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Dries Mertens

Dries Mertens (born 6 May 1987 in Leuven, Flemish Brabant) is a Belgian footballer currently playing for Dutch Eredivisie club PSV Eindhoven, for whom he is a prolific goalscorer, and for Belgium.

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Wow just thinking that Dries Mertens is in my city right now🤘🏽 Going to go and find him
Dries Mertens. Hit his prime too late :( still an unreal baller, plays anywhere as well, can do better than Napoli
This is just wrong. Icardi possibly the most overrated player on FT. Dries Mertens is a better player.
I only watch Napoli because of Dries Mertens. But if you say the other matches are interesting then I'll start watching more
Watching Napoli play football is so entertaining, Dries Mertens is actually world class
So far it looks like Dries mertens z the best in serie A
Dries Mertens believes he is "tailor made" for Maurizio Sarri's brand of football -
EDF: “Manolas hurt himself during that chance for Dries Mertens & I think it is practically impossible to see him o…
Dries Mertens. Unreal baller, 28 goals in 35 league games last season and somehow didn't make the shortlist for the worl…
Dries Mertens has to be scoring that.
the Oscar will never go to Dries Mertens
Corner kick, Dries Mertens with a bullet header from six yards straight at Alisson. Great chance to make it 2-0.
Mertens' header straight at Alisson. Napoli making fine inroads into Roma.
Dries Mertens turning into football's second-best false 9 is an underrated part of Napoli becoming super fun.
Mertens played in by Hamsik and his shot saved by Alisson. Napoli chance.
Best 5 non liverpool players i like watching .. dries mertens. Eden Hazard Harry Kane Dybala and messi (Obviously) id love them in my team
⏱9️⃣ . Dries Mertens has a go but it finishes well wide . 0-0 ⚽️
⚽️ | Dries Mertens has found the back of the net 13 times in his last 11 matches. FGS 👉 7/2. An…
Dries Mertens is the best belgian player atm
Line-ups: Napoli try to maintain their perfect start to the season and have Dries Mertens up against…
Dries Mertens is the "false 9" who drops into space to link up pl…
Dries Mertens: Has registered more assists from open play (11) than any other player in Europe's top 5 leagues in 2017 https…
Napoli Dries Mertens Admits He Always Has Time for a Selfie as He Aims for Maradona Style Legacy…
Man Utd can snap up Dries Mertens for €28m, says ex-Napoli director
Dries Mertens and his imaginary friend.
Dries Mertens - Absolutely mind-blowingly good forward, it's a pity he's not 5 years younger.
Dries Mertens our jewel in the celebration of
Dries Mertens and his imaginary friend. 😂
Everyone wants an imaginary friend as nice as Dries Mertens'. 😂
Dries Mertens and Yannick Carrasco need big moves.
I liked a video Top 5 Serie A goals of 2016/17, featuring Dries Mertens and Lorenzo Insigne
Dries Mertens and his imaginary friend
You're losing 2-1 against Lille & what do you do. Put on, the left footed younger version of Dries
Utrecht, not Twente! Dries and Mihai were team mates at Utrecht. They are friends since then
A lesson of humanity and friendship. Hats off Dries
7. Dries Mertens vs. Torino. Mertens was a star this season and this was his best ga…
Dries Mertens decides kicking Lorenzo Insigne is the best way to celebrate his teammates goal. 😂
Top guy Dries Mertens visiting former FC Utrecht teammate Mihai Nesu, who got paralyzed in . 2011 due to an accident in…
Liverpool should sign dries mertens also . Martens can give loads of options and lit up the already strong wing attack.
Player of the Season: Dries Mertens. Tune into for more .
Dries Mertens: yes or no? 30 in 2 weeks, but no doubt he's a class act.
Tottenham said to be 'very interested' in Dries Mertens. He's Belgian, the story had to happen.
I watch Napoli every game and Mertens is not as good as he seems to be, Insigne runs Napoli and wit…
DH understand Tottenham Hotspur are "very interested" in signing Napoli forward Dries Mertens this summer.
Tottenham set to battle Jose Mourinho over prolific striker: Man United want key man
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Who is the better player, and who is having a better season?. RT. For Philippe Coutinho. Like For Dries Mertens
Dries Mertens gets helped up by his invisible teammate! 😂😂
are interested in signing Napoli attacker Dries Mertens, according to Belgian reports
i just saw you walking again for Dries Van Noten, you nailed it
Inter Milan have opened transfer talks to sign Dries Mertens (Source - Various)
No no. The other guy from Napoli, we need Dries Mertens!!!
Dries Mertens equals the best ever goalscoring season of his career. 27 goals for PSV in 2011/12 🔴⚪️. 27 goals for Napoli in 2…
Dries goal as heard outside the San Paolo.
Cavani, Lavezzi, Higuain, all gone but Napoli finds the new one – Dries Mertens
Napoli winger Dries Mertens, 29, met representatives for 2 hours in the lobby of a hotel in Italy earlier this week [E…
A professional soccer player just gave new meaning to bringing your dog to work
Premier League target Dries Mertens holds two-hour meeting in hotel with Manchester ..
This Dries Mertens celebration better be in FIFA 18... .
Manchester United have reportedly held talks with Napoli star Dries Mertens. [Mirror]
Dries Mertens met with representatives of at a hotel in Naples earlier this week to discuss a potential move. [I…
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Manchester United have held talks with Napoli star Dries Mertens over a summer transfer. (Source: Daily Express) https…
According to Italian newspapers, Dries Mertens has met with Manchester United officials ahead of a potential summer move 🤔…
Manchester United transfer news and rumours: 'Secret talks' held with Napoli star Dries Mertens
1 magician, 2 top scorers: Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku and Dries Mertens: all on 🔥.
Dries Mertens is gonna hat-trick his way to the European Golden boot
Dries Mertens' four-goal haul for Napoli against Torino didn't sink in Gab Marcotti assesses the play of Dries Mer…
Mertens' form a testament to Sarri . Gab Marcotti assesses the play of Dries Mertens as a false 9 and what it …
Dries Mertens has scored seven goals in two games and just did this against Torino to get his fourth of the game.
Four-goal haul for Dries Mertens boosts him into double figures and up to joint fourth (with Higuain) in Capocannon…
The players who go a hat- trick this weekend are: Vicente Iborra, Jamie Vardy, Dries Mertens, Ola Toivonen, and Radamel Falcao
Dries Mertens & Radja Nainggolan both scored once in their clubs' victories in the Serie A today: Napoli 2-0 Empoli & Sassuolo 1-3 AS Roma.
Dries Mertens or Hiroshi Kiyotake for my FM? Both for 3.3m
never not mixing up Dries Mertens and Kevin Mirallas
📒 62' Geoffrey Kondogbia is booked for a foul on Dries Mertens.
SAVED!!! Dries Mertens penalty is saved by Gigi Buffon!!
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Napoli Dries Mertens is yellow carded in the 83rd minute.
Dries Mertens has been yellow carded 4th time this season, he has now 12 yellow cards in 3 Serie A seasons.
Dries Mertens scores and dedicates his goal to Chelsea loanee Nathaniel Chalobah, who recently lost his mother. https:…
and Dries Mertens barely ever starts. There's no justice, Joe.
why does Dries Mertens look like a midget?
Dries Mertens makes it 4-2 for Napoli away at Sampdoria. Which means this did not happen:
Just used my Sharp Shooter on Dries Mertens on for vs
Napoli now have Dries Mertens and Lorenzo Insigne on the pitch at the same time.
Napoli continued to rally behind Nathaniel Chalobah this weekend, with Dries Mertens focussing his goal celebration on t…
I added a video to a playlist Dries Mertens
Just used my Double Up on Dries Mertens on for vs
A man with a ❤️! Dries Mertens scores & runs to Nathaniel Chalobah who recently lost his mother.
Result. Dries Mertens was a pointless answer. Its a minor moral victory of sorts.
Just won pointless thanks to Dries Mertens
I'll be shocked if Dries Mertens, the greatest footballer alive, isn't pointless.
5 - Dries Mertens has had a hand in 5 goals as substitute so far (2 goals, 3 assists): a seasonal high in Serie A. Lively.
Dries Mertens starts in place of Lorenzo Insigne!
Among players produced by the system are the likes of Dries Mertens, Axel Witsel, Simon Mignolet, Eden Hazard and others. Too many of them.
dries mertens is the CUTESTFJAKDNSD
Dries Mertens likely out for Europa League with thigh strain
Napoli will be without Dries Mertens for their Europa League Group D clash with Midtjylland on Thu...
Serie A: Mertens set for two weeks out: Napoli's Dries Mertens looks set for a couple of weeks on the sid...
Napoli-Fiorentina - 61th minute: Substitution for Napoli: Lorenzo Insigne goes off, Dries Mertens comes on.
Napoli-Fiorentina - 79th minute: Substitution for Napoli: Dries Mertens goes off, Omar El Kaddouri comes on.
I hope the injury is nothing worrying 😔
Crank some redemption song for Dries Mertens!
Dries mertens is gonna have his own gaffs DVD shocking miss again
Dries Mertens just absolutely wastes a chance from close range
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The goalscorer is subbed. Perhaps an indication he isn't completely over his injury. Dries Mertens is on. Familiar option from the bench 1-0
Dries Mertens on for Lorenzo Insigne. One imp on for another. Both devilish.
standing ovation for Lorenzo Insigne, one of their own from naples.DRIES MERTENS LETS DANCE
Serie A: Mertens waiting on offer: Napoli winger Dries Mertens is waiting for the club to call and begin contr...
Mertens agent: ‘Waiting for renewal’: . Dries Mertens' agent discusses the possibility ...
Dries Mertens' agent discusses a Napoli renewal - “we’re waiting for a call”.
Miss of the season contender: Belgium’s Dries Mertens v Israel via
[Video] Dries Mertens produces unbelievable miss in Belgium's win over Israel
Dries Mertens has signed for Bayer 04 Leverkusen from Roma on
For the second time in a row, the Devil of yesterday's match is... !!
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WATCH: Miss of the Year contender from Belgium's Dries Mertens last night
Belgium may be the number 1 ranked team in the world right now, but this miss from Dries Mertens was shockingly bad!
64. Goal for Belgium! sets up the opening strike for Dries Mertens. 1-0
Anyone see Dries Mertens miss last night? This is criminal
Dries Mertens running the show from that left CAM spot 😍 mans a magician
It would be a formidable front, Mertens Icardi Jovetic i will see you in . come with us
My video of Dries reached 170 likes and is close to 25k views! Wow! I never expected this!
Why do you have a picture of marc andre franche as your profile pic? And why does your name sound like Dries Mertens?
Inter make move for star Napoli attacker: Inter are interested in adding Dries Mertens to their attacking opti...
Dries Mertens has signed for Hamburger SV from FC Barcelona on
Seeking a new winger, Inter Milan are also thinking about Napoli Dries Mertens
Inter press for Napoli winger: Dries Mertens has once again emerged as a transfer target for Inter, although N...
iya Dries Mertens will give you £14m in 48 month installments plus £2m add ons if he makes 400 appearances, text back x
Move on from Perisic man,we should be focusing all out attention on Dries Mertens,dealing with that turd ADL is another problem 🔵⚫️
Gazzetta dello Sport reporting Dries Mertens' agent will be in Italy soon to have talks with some clubs, Inter included in the list.
Been linked with everyone what happened to Dries Mertens
has pleased players at AS Roma with the capture of Dries Mertens.
has delighted the fans of AS Roma with the signing of Dries Mertens.
Is shaqiri really that good? Should we really be arsed if we don't sign him. Dries mertens is better and cheaper
ay what's Dries Mertens up to these days?
Remember we enquired anout dries mertens but Napoli wanted real money so that was it
I'd rather have Dries Mertens over Shaqiri any day!
Dries Mertens has signed for FC Barcelona from Newcastle United on
Dries Mertens has signed for Newcastle United from Chelsea on
I feel like all that walking yesterday left me dries out like a raisin. I need approx 7000 gallons of water
Can't think of many better ways to wake up than to the news that Dries Mertens wants to join Liverpool.
Dries Mertens agent will inform Napoli of his clients wish to leave the club with his preferred destination. (La Gazzett…
Goal Italia | Schalke 04 and Borussia Dortmund both are interested in Napoli's Dries Former have already launche…
Dries Mertens will be available this summer. Will defo find a better club than Napoli
From Gianni Verschueren: Geoffrey Kondogbia&move to Inter Milan is all...
Liverpool transfer news: Reds 'considering Dries Mertens bid'
Dries Mertens will inform Napoli that he wants to leave.LFC r his preferred destination.Gazzetta.If true,perfect replacement of Sterling.
Liverpool target Dries Mertens has offers and is considering his future at Napoli. [dailystar]
Napoli midfielder Dries Mertens is reportedly pushing for a move to the English Premier League with Liverpool. (Gazzetta dell…
Fan favorite Dries Mertens looks to have an uncertain Napoli future
Liverpool transfer news: Reds 'considering Dries Mertens bid': The Belgian's future at the San Paolo is unclea...
Dries Mertens' agent says the Belgian will leave this summer. Brendan Rodgers is a huge admirer of him. [Express]
today all I've been doing is wishing craig and dries mertens happy birthday sorryy😂
Dries Mertens has turned 28 today. I thought he was much younger! He has yet to live up to the hype.
If it's your birthday today you share it with Mateo Kovačić (21) Dries Mertens (28) Dani Alves (32) Iván de la Peña (39) Graeme Souness (62)
There are random people commenting on Hazard's instagram reminding him to wish Dries Mertens happy birthday, just why
Happy Birthday to Belgian winger, Dries Mertens who turns 28 today!
Happy 28th birthday to the one and only Dries Mertens! Congratulations
Today's our little devil/diavulillo birthday and this week he's in my masculinity Top3 :D
Hello mertens , congratulations on your birthday from "competent" Max, Ari and me. A Thursday evening!. Forza Napoli
Dries Mertens offers shirt to Guinean child who wore Napoli kit with ...
the guy that is dad isn't Dries Mertens, but the name is Gregory Mertens
Second-half goals from Jose Callejon and Dries Mertens put the Serie A outfit out of sight after their...(1/2
Dries Mertens, Marek Hamsik & Jose Callejon got on the scoresheet as Napoli beat Fiorentina 3-0 for their 1st win in 6 games.
2014 World Cup Day 11 ]Dries Mertens of Belgium controls the ball - Hi_story
Mertens only thinking of Napoli stay: Dries Mertens insists he's committed to Napoli. The B...
Mertens: “I Have No Reason To Leave Napoli.”: Recently Dries Mertens has been linked with a move away from Nap...
Mertens 'not leaving' Napoli: Belgium winger Dries Mertens says he is "not going to leave Napoli for another c...
Serie A - Dries Mertens: 'I have no reason to leave Napoli'
Despite being linked with a move away as he struggles to be a Napoli regular, Dries Mertens is kee...
[News] winger Dries Mertens has said that he is not expecting to part ways with the club in the current transfer window.
Mertens: 'No reason to leave Napoli': . Dries Mertens assured he has “really no reason”...
Dries "I want to play more, but I understand I really see no reason to move. I'm not going to leave
2014 World Cup Day 06 ]Dries Mertens of Belgium celebrates after scoring - Hi_story
My goals are: meet Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Dries Mertens, Josh Hutcherson and to be an actress. Do you think that it'…
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By the way, did I mention that in my FIFA managerial career, just won the champions' cup w/ help of Panic and Dries Mertens?
Schalke 04 are interested in Napoli winger Dries Mertens (Borlife)
Worst performance I've ever seen from Dries Mertens.
Coppa: Napoli-Udinese in extra time: . Dries Mertens missed a penalty and Jorginho conv...
After Dries Mertens hit the bar, Jorginho takes this spot-kick
If Napoli lose, Dries Mertens is getting skips sent to his house
Dries Mertens suffering the my Agent is a *** curse
So after Mertens demands playing time, in his first start he plays like crap, and in his second he does that. Yep. Really earning it, Dries.
Scorer double is Dries Mertens & Sergio Garcia, pays 7/1. Confident the latter will start for Espanyol.
OK gone for Mertens FGS 11/2 £10 & Mertens anytime scorer 2/1 £20.can blame me if you has a stinker!
Schalke have already submitted a bid for Napoli's Dries Mertens, according to "Calcio News 24".
Schalke 04 have made a bid for Belgian Dries last week, reports. Napoli don't want to sell players in January though.
Only slightly less revenue than Napoli. They’ve signed players such as Higuain and Dries Mertens.
Higuain's stunner gives Napoli win over Lazio: Gonzalo Higuain scored a stunner against lazio to give his side a much needed win and Napoli are now 3rd in league table. Following a defence splitting through ball from Dries Mertens, the Argentinean was able to beat Lazio midfielder Lucas Biglia before slotting the ball into the net with a thundering shot to score his 10th Serie A goal. The power of the shot was too much to handle for goalkeeper Etrit Berisha who could only watch it go past him in the 18th minute of the match. credits: Sportskeeda
Cristiano, Lewandowski, Ribery, Arda Turan and Dries Mertens all playing for Anderlecht. Best attack so far.
Axel Witsel, Dries Mertens power Belgium to win over Australia - Indian Express
Goals from Dries Mertens and Axel Witsel gave Belgium a comfortable 2-0 victory over Australia in Liege yesterday night
Axel Witsel, Dries Mertens see Belgium stroll past Australia: A lucky goal from Dries Mertens and a powerful s...
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Dries Mertens and Axel Witsel were on target as Belgium defeated Australia 2-0 in Liege
Rafael Benítez needs to start Dries Mertens more often. He has been electric since coming on. Shame Lorenzo Insigne wasn't however.
If we didn't get Sanchez . I'd probably go in for Luis Muriel/Memphis Depay/Dries Mertens .
Round of 16: Belgium 2-1 USA, Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador Belgium made it a perfect eight of group winners in the quarter finals of the FIFA World Cup but they were made to work very hard for 120 minutes by Juergen Klinsmann’s USA side. Belgium on another day could have had five or six goals but the match was forced into extra time thanks to the heroics of USA goalkeeper Tim Howard, who made more than 15 saves on the night. Now a meeting with Argentina awaits the Belgians. The match was always going to be tight since both teams rarely gave anything away in defence and so it proved to be. Belgium’s only real chance of the opening stages came in the first minute when Divock Origi was through on goal but Howard saved with his legs. USA had more of the possession but Belgium were clearly the dominant side in terms of chances. Long range efforts from Eden Hazard and Dries Mertens were saved by Howard before Jan Vertonghen was clear on goal but his cross was cleared. USA’s only chance of the half was a Cli ...
47’ 0-0 SAVE: Tim Howard saves Dries Mertens header that was heading in as make an early start to the half.
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Belgium can win World Cup, says Marouane Fellaini Rio de Janeiro - Belgium can justify their outsiders tag and win the World Cup for the first time, claimed attacking midfielder Marouane Fellaini who said he'll shave off his afro-style hair if they succeed. The 26-year-old, who has said he will shave his famed afro-style hair should the Red Devils win the trophy, put aside a difficult maiden season with Manchester United after a 27.5million transfer from Everton and scored with a superb header in the 2-1 win over Algeria on Monday. His goal couldn't have been better-timed as he seeks to convince new United boss Louis van Gaal that he is worth persevering with when the Dutch national coach takes over the reins after the World Cup. While the Belgians, appearing in their first major championships since the 2002 World Cup, were slow to get into their rhythm they looked more like the side that went undefeated through their qualifiers by the end of the match when Dries Mertens scored the winner. "Belgium are ca ...
Second-half goals from substitutes Marouane Fellaini and Dries Mertens enabled Belgium to come from behind and beat Algeria 2-1 in their Group H opener. There was as much relief as joy for Marc Wilmots’ side at Belo Horizonte’s Estadio Mineirao, although they ultimately merited a win that had looked…
Final whistle! Belgium wins opener vs Algeria, 2-1. Subs Marouane Fellaini and Dries Mertens do the damage.
Belgium fight back for win: Substitutes Marouane Fellaini and Dries Mertens prevented Belgiums much-hyped Worl...
Belgium 2-1 Algeria: match report – Dries Mertens and Marouane Fellaini come off the bench to secure victory for…
Belgium 2-1 Algeria: Marouane Fellaini and Dries Mertens help Belgium fight back from a goal down to beat Alge...
Algeria let a promising advantage slip as they lost their opening World Cup game to Belgium in Belo Horizonte on Tuesday. The Desert Foxes had taken a first half lead through a Sofiane Feghouli penalty, but the Belgians hit back through Marouane Fellaini and Dries Mertens in the second period. Feghouli's goal was Algeria's first at the World Cup in 28 years.
Algeria's late throw was cleared well and their gamble to sit on a one-goal lead has failed. Two second half subs in the form Marouane Fellaini and Dries Mertens ensure Wilmots' men are up and running with a first game win and in the end a close but deserved 3 points in Brazil! Brazil v Mexico up next...
After being left stunned by Sofiane Feghouli’s first-half penalty, Belgium coach Marc Wilmots made two tactical changes that paid dividends as substitutes Marouane Fellaini and Dries Mertens both found the net to secure victory.
Marouane Fellaini and Dries Mertens scored as Belgium came from behind to win
Goals from Marouane Fellaini and Dries Mertens bring Belgium back from a halftime deficit to beat Algeria. It is the sixth comeback win of the
The remaining African representative in this World Cup has been defeated after having a goal lead in the first half. Two goals within a space of 10 minutes sealed the 3 points for the Belgians. Belgium 2-1 Algeria Scorers: Sofiane Feghouli(penalty 24'), Marouane Fellaini(70'), Dries Mertens(80')
Two goals in 10 second-half minutes by substitutes Marouane Fellaini and Dries Mertens gave Belgium a 2-1 comeback victory over Algeria after the north Africans had threatened a shock result on Tuesday.
"Dries Mertens and Marouane Fellaini came off the bench to score two vital goals to ensure Belgium ran out 2-1 winners against Algeria at Estadio Mineirao. "
2014 FIFA World Cup Game - FT Belgium 2-1 Algeria (Feghouli (p) 25') (Fellaini 70', Mertens 80') Belgium produce a dramatic comeback to get the points over Algeria in the first Group H fixture. Sofiane Feghouli's 25th-min penalty was cancelled out in fine fashion by a stunning 70th-min Marouane Fellaini header before Dries Mertens fired home with 10 minutes remaining. Another cracking World Cup contest!!
Home and Dri: Belgium's forward Dries Mertens blasts into the lead with 10 minutes left. 2-1
***GOAL ALERT! ALGERIA V BELGIUM*** Belgium have taken the lead through Dries Mertens in 79th minute after Marouane Fellaini cancelled out Algeria's earlier penalty by Sofiane Feghouli Follow ALL the action LIVE...
Correction: GOAL: Dries Mertens puts Belgium in the lead
Belgium is sooo gonna win this World Cup looking at their squad u'll see why they are the dark horses in the competition with the likes of Eden Hazard,Romelu Lukaku,Thibaut Courtois,Axel Witsel,Vincent Kompany, Jan Vertonghen, Thomas Vermaleen, Dries Mertens...C'mon these guys r complete from the defence down to the attack
Dit zeggen de Britten over de kansen van de Red Devils: BELGIUM With attacking quality in abundance and a defence marshalled by the man many believe to be the best in the business, Belgium are probably the team most likely to put a new name on the roster of World Cup winners. The attacking talent available to them - led by the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard and Dries Mertens - will be the envy of many, even without the injured Christian Benteke. With Vincent Kompany at the heart of the defence in front of goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, one of Atletico Madrid's brightest stars this season, there is a reassuring solidity at the back too. Also in the mix, intriguingly, is Manchester United youngster Adnan Januzaj, who recently committed his future to the country of his birth. Kompany said: "We have great players in the team so hopefully for the World Cup we will have a great performance as well."
During Belgium’s friendly against Luxembourg , manager Marc Wilmots played Manchester United’s Marouane Fellaini in the centre of midfield and Everton’s Kevin Mirallas on the wing. The "Rode Duivels" (Red Devils) defensive line was made up by each position’s prime candidates: Vincent Kompany and Thomas Vermaelen in the centre, flanked by Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld as full-backs. Belgium’s friendly against Sweden, however, saw a slightly different lineup. In the centre of midfield, Fellaini was replaced by Moussa Dembele, while Daniel van Buyten took the place of Thomas Vermaelen—who was pushed to the left to replace Jan Vertonghen. Up front, Dries Mertens replaced Mirallas. This sort of shuffling around seems to be part of a deliberate strategy employed by Wilmots, and it wouldn’t be surprising if the Rode Duivels lined up in yet another first XI for their next friendly against Tunisia. The benefits of this strategy, however, could be questionable. On the one hand, it’s not diffi ...
International Friendly Report: Belgium 2-0 Sweden Goals from Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard handed Belgium a 2-0 over Sweden in an international friendly at the NYA Ullevi Stadion on Sunday. Sweden started the better of the two teams and had the first decent effort on goal in the eighth minute when Erkan Zengin fired a shot from just inside the box inches over the crossbar. Five minutes later Vincent Kompany came close for Belgium when he met a Dries Mertens cross, but his header was well- saved by the keeper. Two minutes later Kevin De Bruyne hit the bar with a right footed shot from the left side of the box after being put into space by Hazard. Belgium opened the scoring in the 34th minute when Romelu Lukaku found the bottom left corner of the net with a powerful shot from just outside the box, 1-0. Sweden started the second half positively, like they did in the first, with Mikael Lustig firing wide from just inside the box on the hour mark. Eight minutes later Erkan Zengin hit the crossbar with a left f ...
International Reds round-up Marouane Fellaini scored for Belgium in a 2-2 draw against Ivory Coast in Brussels to lead our round-up of Manchester United's international players. David Moyes' first major signing for the Reds nodded home a Dries Mertens corner with keeper Mande Sayouba in no man's land in the 17th minute before being replaced at half time. Antonio Valencia's Ecuador staged a remarkable recovery as they won 4-3 against Australia at The Den in London. The skipper saw his side fall 3-0 down but he eventually set up the leveller for Enner Valencia, after the Socceroos were reduced to 10 men. Edison Mendez then snatched a late winner deep into stoppage time following a cross by the United right winger. Darren Fletcher made his Scotland comeback as a second-half substitute, controlling midfield with Scott Brown and helping Gordon Strachan's men record an eye-catching 1-0 success in Poland. Brown notched the winner with 13 minutes remaining. Patrice Evra and Robin van Persie came face-to-face in P ...
Napoli drop points, Parma hold La Viola (AFP) Monday 24 February 2014 Share A late Emanuele Calaio free-kick earned battling Genoa a shock 1-1 draw away to Napoli on Monday, when Fiorentina also snatched a late share of the points in a 2-2 draw away to Parma. Napoli looked to have done enough to claim all three points at the San Paolo after Gonzalo Higuain ran on to Marek Hamsik's through ball to beat Mattia Perin in the 18th minute. But Rafael Benitez's men failed to build on their lead and paid the price less than ten minutes from the end when Genoa won a freekick after a foul by Dries Mertens which earned the Belgian a yellow card. Calaio was handed the honours and from nearly 30 metres out stepped up to curl the ball over the wall and in off Pepe Reina's post as the Spanish goalkeeper looked on in shock. Instead of reducing the gap to second-placed Roma to four points, Napoli are now six behind Rudi Garcia's men, who themselves are nine behind leaders Juventus albeit with a game in hand. Fiorentina re ...
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Napoli reached their fifth Coppa Italia final after beating Roma 3-0 (agg 5-3) in the second-leg of their semi-final at San Paolo. Jose Callejon headed in the opener in the 33rd minute as Napoli - who have won the tournament on four occasions, most recently in 2012 – took the lead on away goals. And strikes in the first six minutes of the second half from Gonzalo Higuain and Jorginho sealed the result, while Roma's misery was condemned by the 79th minute dismissal of Kevin Strootman for two bookings. Dries Mertens scored as a substitute in the first leg and was promoted to Napoli's starting line-up for the return fixture, with nine-time Coppa winners Roma making three changes from their win in the opener as captain Francesco Totti dropped to the bench. Mattia Destro almost gave Roma the lead in the third minute from Adem Ljajic's cut-back, but Napoli goalkeeper Pepe Reina was equal to the task and made a great save from point-blank range. In a quiet first half, Gervinho had an effort blocked while Ljaji ...
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Dries MERTENS for is first Belgian to score at least 4 goals in a season since Luis OLIVEIRA did for in 1999/2000
Dries Mertens scores twice to help Napoli beat Sampdoria 2-0 and close gap on ...
DRIES MERTENS! Belgian footieplayer but he plays in Italy since this season :)
Dries Mertens (disappointed it's not at LM/LW though), so I don't care how poor the rest of it is.
my dreams have come true Dries Mertens is in form in a CAM position
Not long ago Keisuke Honda, Dries Mertens and Kevin Strootman were all playing in the Eerste Divisie now each representing an Italian giant.
then two ute deh weh play fi Napoli name Dries Mertens and Lorenzo Insigne... watch out for them
you're absolutely a fantastic player, you're "The Wizard" (in italiano Dries "Il Mago" Mertens) :)
Dries Mertens nets twice as Napoli gain on Roma
Serie A Team of Week 18: Francesco Bardi [Livorno] Was tested on several occasions but always came up trumps, especially from Giuseppe Rossi and Juan Cuadrado twice. However, the U-21 star could do nothing about Gonzalo Rodriguez’s sharp header. Alert. Gonzalo Rodriguez [Fiorentina] The 29-year-old Argentinean was Man of the Match in a game of attrition between the two Tuscan cities. His goal came from a corner when he rose majestically above the Livorno defence to head home forcefully. Convincing. Giorgio Chiellini [Juventus] Like a massive iceberg floating around the back-line he sunk everyone who came into contact with him. He was absolutely unbreakable and had the Roma forwards under his thumb and heel as he won all his aerial duels. Impenetrable. Alessandro Lucarelli [Parma] Made himself so big the Torino strikers needed GPS to get around him. Always alert, he led the line superbly and scored with a magnificent back-heel flick at the edge of the six-yard box from a corner. Outstanding. Bryan Crista ...
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you are one of the best players of Napoli! We are PROUD to love Dries Mertens! You are our HERO! Thank you so much!
Belgium winger Mertens struck twice in Naples to ensure Benitez's side a perfect start to 2014.
Will Liverpool live to regret not signing Dries Mertens?
Dries Mertens struck twice to lead Napoli to a 2-0 home win over Sampdoria on Monday afternoon.
Any puns relating to Dries Mertens name?
Napoli kicks of 2014 with a win, thanks to Dries Mertens via
Best player of Ssc Naples, congratulations Dries for two goals against Sampdoria. W Dries Mertens! I want your jersey!
Dries Mertens: 'Napoli will not give up on winning the title'
NAP 2-0 SAM: Dries Mertens is 1st Belgian to score at least 4 goals in 1 Serie A season since Luís Oliveira in 1999/200…
Napoli had before many times but finally won two-nil to Sampdoria thanks to two goals from Belgian Dries Mertens
Dries Mertens struck twice in nine second-half minutes as SSC Napoli edged UC Sampdoria 2-0 on a day when...
Today: Real Madrid stay 5 pts off top in 3rd; a Dries Mertens double sends Napoli to within 2 pts of Roma and M. Tel Aviv extend lead at top
But that freekick by Dries Mertens was beautiful
Dries Mertens trying to tempt defender Thomas Vermaelen to
Today's transfer rumours: 1) Arsenal have been told by newcastle to pay £22 million if they want to sign Yohan Cabaye. 2) FC Porto striker Jackson Martinez has outlined his ambition to play in the Premier League, naming Arsenal as possible destination. 3) Arsenal have been linked with a shock move for Leicester City stopper Kasper Schmeichel whose contract ends at the end of the season. 4) Napoli winger Dries Mertens admits he is attempting to persuade Belgium team-mate Thomas Vermaelen to make a move to Italy 5) Arsene Wenger has confirmed his interest in signing Auxerre striker Paul-Georges Ntep. Roma are also interested in the player and a deal worth £6 million might get him. -JCon
Rafael Benitez has roped Napoli attacker Dries Mertens in to his attempts to sign Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen in January. Merten, who moved to the club in June from PSV, claims that the Partenopei coach has already asked him to encourage his fellow Belgian to make the switch to Serie A. Furthermore, Mertens himself wants his international team-mate to move to Napoli, with Vermaelen having fallen behind Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny in the pecking order at the Emirates Stadium. "I have already told Vermaelen to come to Napoli 10 times," Mertens, 26, told Knack. "The city is magnificent and even Benitez asked me to convince Vermaelen to come here. "But Arsenal is a great club and it won't be so easy for him to leave." Vermaelen made only two league starts this season with the centre-back having previously stated a desire to play regularly in the run-up to World Cup 2014
Napoli star Dries Mertens has revealed he's talked to Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen about leaving the Emirates Stadium for Italy. (reported by Sky Sports) -DA
Napoli going all-out attack 4-3-3. Dries Mertens,Goran Pandev and Higuian upfront.
Juventus 3 - 0 Napoli Llorente 2 (J), Pirlo 74 (J), Pogba 80 (J) Napoli aside 3-0 thanks to Fernando Llorente, Andrea Pirlo and a spectacular Paul Pogba volley, moving within a point of Roma. Roma’s draw against Sassuolo earlier today meant whoever won this Scudetto showdown would close to just one point from the leaders. Giorgio Chiellini, Martin Caceres, Mirko Vucinic, Stephan Lichtsteiner and Simone Pepe were out for the hosts, so Angelo Ogbonna received a rare start. Carlos Tevez faced his fellow countryman Gonzalo Higuain with Lorenzo Insigne picked ahead of Dries Mertens. Giandomenico Mesto and Juan Camilo Zuniga are long-term absentees. In the opening minute Pepe Reina clawed away a Paul Pogba effort, but from that corner Carlos Tevez hit a backheel flick that Fernando Llorente tapped in from six yards. However, replays show the Spaniard was marginally offside, as his foot and knee were over. Reina needed a spectacular reaction save to deny Leonardo Bonucci’s header from point-blank range after ...
Serie A Round Up; Fiorentina 1 - 2 Napoli Scorers: Fiorentina - Rossi 29' pen Napoli - Callejon 13' Mertens 37' In a game which saw both sides reduced to 10 men in Florence, Rafael Benitez's side took the lead after 12' minutes through Jose Callejon before Giuseppe Rossi equalised for the hosts from the penalty spot 16 minutes later. Parity lasted only 8 minutes however as Dries Mertens put the visitors ahead for a 2nd time, before Napoli's Christian Maggio was dismissed 10 minutes out from the final whistle for a 2nd bookable offence. Fiorentina then saw Juan Cuadrado sent off in the dying stages, also after receiving a 2nd caution. Juventus 4 - 0 Catania Scorers:- Vidal 27' Pirlo 35' Tevez 67' Bonucci 72' Behind Napoli on goal difference are Juventus, who enjoyed a 4-0 home thrashing of 10 man Catania. Goals from Arturo Vidal on 26 minutes and Andrea Pirlo 8 minutes later put the hosts in control at the break, before Carlos Tevez's strike in the 66th minute was added to 5 minutes later by Leonardo B ...
Dries Mertens revealed Rafa Benitez’s pre-match instructions as won 2-1 in Marseille
Kompany, Benteke,Hazard,Kevin Mirallas, Jelle Vossen,Dries Mertens & def a team to watch out.
The man arsenal bin suppose to buy since buh 2 years ago was Dries Mertens
bench was awesome. Especially Dries Mertens. What a baller!
How does a country like Belgium get a squad like this? Vertonghen Hazard, Witsel Fellaini De Bruyne Benteken Lukaku Dries Mertens Kompany
Glasgow city centre full of Belgium fans. Great following. Full of colour & very loud! Fantastic to see. Forza Dries Mertens!
Who needs Eden Hazard when you've got Dries Mertens anyway?
But it isn't a problem IMO with De Bruyne, Mirralas, Dries Mertens, Chadli and Bakkali all available to play on the wings and at no10
And I expect a big season from Dries Mertens, who has impressed me for a while. Attack-wise, along with Higuain, they're going to be potent.
For what it's worth, Dries Mertens has played more mins than him. (306 to 275)
and Dries Mertens from in the house for a private session. Fun!
What S.S.C. Napoli have in wide areas is very good. Lorenzo Insigne, José Callejón and Dries Mertens are all very quick and direct players.
We should have jumped Dries Mertens when he was available.
Next year in Serie A we get to see Llorente play alongside Tevez, Mario Gomez with Guiseppe Rossi and Dries Mertens with Gonzalo Higuian.
1) Cruyff: I would sell Messi now Barcelona have Neymar 2)FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke says there are no alternative plans to move the 2014 World Cup away from Brazil. 3)Laurent Blanc appointed Paris St Germain coach. 4)Carlo Ancelotti named as new coach of Real Madrid. 5)AC Milan has handed the captaincy to Riccardo Montolivo as it looks to stave off any potential transfer this northern summer. 6)Napoli has completed the signing of Belgium winger Dries Mertens from PSV Eindhoven. 7)Cavani: Napoli's €63m asking price too high 8)Juventus ready Tevez summer swoop 9)Galliani: Tevez not a transfer target for Milan 10)Rio Ferdinand admits he will not be happy with his trophy collection until he is the most decorated player inside the Manchester United dressing room. 11)Juve and Arsenal have agreed personal terms with Higuain and will fight it off with Madrid. Biggest offer will take him. 12)Spanish Skysport journalism claim Isco will join Real Madrid for a deal worth €25-30m. 13)Barcelona are ready ...
Transfer news: Dries Mertens becomes Rafael Benitez's first signing at Napoli
Dries Mertens has become Rafael Benítez's first signing as coach, joining on a five-year deal from - h…
411 HEADIES: • Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has backed Roberto Soldado after the striker failed to score in the world champions' 3-0 win over Nigeria. • Napoli have completed the signing of Belgian winger Dries Mertens from PSV Eindhoven. • Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has revealed that the club are close to appointing Carlo Ancelotti and capturing Isco from Malaga. • Italy striker Mario Balotelli has been ruled out of the rest of the FIFA Confederations Cup with a thigh injury. • Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama has revealed he has turned down an approach from Southampton after they could not agree personal terms. • New Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is delighted with his club's capture of Jesus Navas and Fernandinho in the off-season. • Former Italian prime minister and Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi has been sentenced to seven years in prison. • Former France international Robert Pires believes that Laurent Blanc has the tools to be successful at Paris Saint-Germai ...
Quick News: ~Kwadwo Asamoah now totally belongs to Juventus, while the Old Lady have renewed their co-ownership of Mauricio Isla with Udinese. ~Italian Under-21 international Giulio Donati says he has yet to make a decision on his future after Inter reportedly sold him to Bayer Leverkusen. ~PSV Eindhoven winger Dries Mertens is confident he will complete a transfer to Napoli by the end of the month. ~Samir Handanovic will remain at Inter after the Nerazzurri bought out his contract from Udinese. Admin X
PSV winger Dries Mertens is close to joining Rafa Benitez at Napoli for a fee of €10m. Very good player.
According to Sky Italia, Dries Mertens is set to leave PSV Eindhoven as a transfer to Napoli is almost a done deal for €1…
Dries Mertens for €10-11 million to Napoli is almost a done deal, according to (cont)
I do not own any of this footage or audio, this is only for entertainment purposes. Highlight: Dries Mertens (PSV Eindhoven)
after that I went looking for the others, I saw them all : Thorgan & Eden Hazard - they're so cute - Vince the Prince, Dries Mertens, ...
If not Lamela, then Dries Mertens would do nicely. If not these, then Arda Turan or probably Ola John. Gaitan out of our reach.
Fabian Johnson, Dries Mertens, Brek Shea, Jack Rodwell, please ke Arsenal, ini IMO aja ya no rumour at all about them coming :p
PSV GO SIX POINTS CLEAR Ten-man PSV Eindhoven stretched their lead at the top of the Eredivisie table to six points with a comeback 2-1 win over FC Utrecht. Jacob Mulenga fired in-form Utrecht into a 10th-minute lead but the leaders were on level terms again on the half-hour through Belgian forward Dries Mertens. Georgino Wijnaldum sent PSV ahead on 65 minutes and despite Atiba Hutchinson's red card moments later, they held on. Ajax can close the gap again when they travel to RKC Waalwijk on Sunday, but FC Twente lost further ground as their recent woes continued with a 1-1 home draw against bottom team Willem II. Coach Steve McClaren admitted on Friday that his team desperately needed to arrest a poor run that has seen them fail to record a league win since the turn of the year. But Ricardo Ippel's stoppage-time strike prevented them from doing that after Douglas had headed the opener from close range on 43 minutes. A stunning Willy Overtoom goal was not enough for AZ Alkmaar as they drew 2-2 at struggli ...
Dries Mertens "Belgians having a field day: Lukaku with a brace for West Brom and Hazard with an incredible goal. I want one."
I like the look of Eriksen @ Ajax. Siem de Jong has impressed me whenever I have seen him play. Dries Mertens too.
Always lots of talk about Dries Mertens. I wonder why no big team, in fact, not even a 'not-so-big' team have snapped up him yet.
Difference between spending +- £12m on 21 year old Borini and spending +- £15m on 25 year old and established Dries Mertens
Much rather spend a little more and get and experienced player who can make an instant impact and change games i.e. Dries Mertens
Same would rather use what's left of our budget + Sahin/Ince money and try bring in a senior wide player like Dries Mertens.
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