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Looking at the non-Cech news in the world of football.

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He looks so happy
He looks so happy
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ENGLAND/UK:

Arsenal have seemingly "ended their interest" in Arturo Vidal.

Manchester United have renewed their interest in Phil Jones until 2019.

MUFC have also expressed interest in Sergio Ramos, while David de Gea has expressed interest in Real Madrid.

Nike released next year's Premier League match balls, and they're...not great.

Cardiff's Millennium Stadium is the site for the 2017 Champions League final.

EUROPE:

United Arab Emirates-based club Al-Jazira, not the TV network, had expressed interest in signing Gervinho. Gervinho took one look at the the average temperature charts for the UAE and said "Sure, if you give me a private beach and a helicopter". They predictably told him to do one.

Paul Pogba has reportedly agreed to join Barcelona next summer, after Barca's transfer ban has been lifted.

Lukas Podolski may be on his way to Galatasaray.

La Liga is filing suit over FIFA's decision to switch the Qatar World Cup to winter.

WOMEN'S WORLD CUP:

It's down to the semifinals now, with the US taking on Germany in one and England facing Japan in the second. The US need to generate some offense, and coach Jill Ellis has some decisions to make. I'm American, and I would love it if America won, but I also really want England to win just because it'd be awesome if the English women do something the men can't even come close to doing these days.

MLS/US:

One of the interesting things about the new MLS TV deal is that it makes it easier to promote things like Rivalry Week, which is when MLS pairs up traditional rivals in the same week and hypes the crap out of it. The Harrison Red Bulls Of New York beat Manchester City West in the NYC derby, San Jose beat the LA Galaxy in front of 50,000 fans at the California Clasico, and the Portland Timbers completed a miserable week for the Seattle Sounders, welcoming them to Portland by beating them 4-1 thanks to two goals in two minutes from Fanendo Adi. That game also featured a gorgeous tifo. And the aforementioned Fanendo Adi doing this.