Aritz Aduriz retires from La Liga with a legacy to defend all veteran players

Aritz Aduriz retires from La Liga with a legacy to defend all veteran players

Featured in Raumdeuter Issue 2 (25/05/2020)

Late bloomers exist in all aspects of life; even in football. Unfortunately, the modern game is also a fickle mistress and as such many supporters and even club owners find it difficult to accept a player over the age of 30, past the traditional sell by date of sorts, can offer their team anything of merit when competing at an elite level. In their eyes, these players should be considering the twilight of their careers and be looking to wind down in greener pastures elsewhere, either racking up some late career stats, shifting down the levels to match fading talent or cashing in on a few final years overseas.

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The Newcastle takeover could have a huge impact on future talent at the club

The Newcastle takeover could have a huge impact on future talent at the club

Featured in Raumdeuter Issue 1 (25/05/2020)

Nobody is going to dispute that the prospect of competing for and winning trophies is the most exciting part of the Newcastle takeover for supporters but the idea that the Tyneside club’s long outdated academy and training facilities could also be in for significant investment under the new Saudi-backed ownership adds an additional dynamic and appeal to the proposed big money takeover of the club.

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With the impacts of coronavirus having now dominated this season the VAR drama is long forgotten

With the impacts of coronavirus having now dominated this season the VAR drama is long forgotten

Featured in Issue 10 of Raumdeuter (19/05/2020)

Controversy has dominated this Premier League season long before the current coronavirus outbreak reared its head. Almost every gameweek throughout this season has come with its own plethora of headlines and questionable moments; most of which will now be long forgotten due to the impact Covid-19 has had on the professional game. And the cause for all of this pre-coronavirus controversy: the video assistant referee (VAR) system.

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Premier League clubs given green light to return to training in groups ahead of league restart

Premier League clubs given green light to return to training in groups ahead of league restart

Featured in Issue 9 of Raumdeuter (18/05/2020)

Project Restart has been the dominant headline for the Premier League in the last few weeks as league officials continue to plot a return to the football season after the season was postponed because of coronavirus. However, before the season can be restarted, officials have taken the crucial first steps by giving the green light to Premier League clubs to return to training in small groups.

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How Kevin Mbabu went from a Newcastle reject to a top Bundesliga full back

How Kevin Mbabu went from a Newcastle reject to a top Bundesliga full back

Featured in Issue 8 of Raumdeuter (17/05/2020)

Kevin Mbabu is a name most Newcastle supporters are familiar with, though up until the last year or two the Swiss full back was little more than an afterthought for most on Tyneside. The defender represented little more than a promising young talent who failed to materialise into a finished product in the black and white: one of a startling number of young prodigies in that generation of Newcastle academy graduates.

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Borussia Dortmund marked the return of German football with a dominant derby win over Schalke

Borussia Dortmund marked the return of German football with a dominant derby win over Schalke

Featured in Issue 7 of Raumdeuter (17/05/2020)

Surreal as it was to witness the Signal Iduna Park virtually silent during a derby with Schalke, bearing witness to football returning was worth the weird experience and for Borussia Dortmund, despite the lengthy postponement, there was no signs of rustiness as they put their rivals to the sword; in particular, Schalke goalkeeper Markus Schubert who will have left the the ground will little desire to watch back the highlights of this match.

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If Manchester City’s European ban is upheld it could see the club lose many of its stars

If Manchester City’s European ban is upheld it could see the club lose many of its stars

Featured in Issue 6 of Raumdeuter (17/05/2020)

Kevin de Bruyne is a metronome in the Manchester City midfield and a key cog in their success under Pep Guardiola to date. Losing the world class Belgian midfielder could be catastrophic to the team’s success and yet it remains a very real possibility should the club see their European ban upheld, with the player himself admitting he’d be forced to evaluate his future should the appeal fail.

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