Manchester City 8-0 Watford: Man City decimate the Hornets in untouchable performance

Manchester City 8-0 Watford: Man City decimate the Hornets in untouchable performance

Featured in the Raumdeuter Online Magazine – Edition #17

Manchester City are without a doubt one of the top footballing sides in the world, helped by their recently record-breaking €1bn squad. Watford, meanwhile, are in a state of collapse, having seen their fairly good form from last season entirely crumble away and begin this new campaign in freefall. Returning manage Quique Sanchez Flores stood as the latest attempt to steady a sinking ship.

In other words, this meeting was always going to go one way. The Premier League champions were never going to be in doubt over winning this game – there wasn’t going to be a shock on the cards, like the week prior to Norwich.

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FTB: Football must think seriously about introducing concussion substitutions

FTB: Football must think seriously about introducing concussion substitutions

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Concussion is a recurring issue across the whole sporting spectrum, not just in football. However, whereas the likes of rugby and other contact sports have implemented strict, rigorous head injury protocols, football’s approach remains relatively underwhelming.

As such, medics have once again urged football’s governing body to revise the current rulebook, moving towards a system similar to is used by rugby to manage head injuries.

This would be looking towards the introduction of temporary concussion substitutes – effectively rolling subs that allow players suffering from a head injury to leave the field temporarily to be checked out for concussion, without being out of the entire remainder of the game.

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Racism forces former QPR striker Antonio German out of Malaysian club

Racism forces former QPR striker Antonio German out of Malaysian club

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Antonio German, a 27-year-old Grenada international, has claimed he was forced to leave Malaysia Super League side Selangor after suffering racism abuse from some of the club’s supporters.

The former Queens Park Rangers forward joined Selangor in January but left the club after just one month when fans told him he was “too dark to play” for their side.

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St Pauli win at home in Hamburg Derby for first time in 59 years

St Pauli win at home in Hamburg Derby for first time in 59 years

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St Pauli earned a memorable victory in one of German football’s fiercest rivalries, when they defeated city rivals Hamburg 2-0 to record their first home victory in the heated fixture for 59 years.

Prior to the 2. Bundesliga match at St Pauli’s Millerntor-Stadion, 3,000 Hamburg fans marched to the stadium under police escort, while the second half of the contest ended up delayed due to pyrotechnics being set off by both sets of fans.

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Building Foundations: Growing Grassroots Football in the United States

Building Foundations: Growing Grassroots Football in the United States

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Soccer in the United States is an ever-growing sport, but it remains a long way behind the likes of American football and basketball in terms of history, infrastructure and progression.

Unlike the aforementioned sports, where the United States have a long, proud tradition of being at the forefront, and dominating on a global stage, soccer has long been playing catch up. Facing up against Europe, which has had a long-established and thorough footballing pedigree from the top to the very bottom of its football pyramid, the USA has sought to catch up and speed through years of crucial development, and is paying the price for it.

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Watford sack Javi Gracia; Quique Sanchez Flores returns to Hornets hot seat

Watford sack Javi Gracia; Quique Sanchez Flores returns to Hornets hot seat

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Entering the first international break of the new Premier League campaign, supporters, pundits and clubs alike are provided the chance to take a momentary step back and evaluate the early start of their league seasons.

It is also usually the time the chopping block comes calling for any managers significantly underperforming, and this season has proved no different.

The unfortunate soul this time round; Watford boss Javi Gracia. Despite leading Watford to Wembley last season in the FA Cup final – albeit where they were turned over 6-0 by a rampant Manchester City side – the Spaniard found himself on thin ice after a woeful start to the new campaign. Three defeats in his opening four games – the only omission being his most recent, and underwhelming, 1-1 draw away with Newcastle was just too much for the Watford board.

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Wycombe Wanderers’ Joe Jacobson writes himself into football trivia with hat-trick

Wycombe Wanderers’ Joe Jacobson writes himself into football trivia with hat-trick

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Scoring a hat-trick is an impressive accomplishment for any player. As a defender, a position not commonly gifted with goals, it’s even more memorable of an achievement.

Yet, Wycombe Wanderers full back Joe Jacobson wasn’t quite content with just that, going one better in his side’s win over Lincoln. The 32-year-old managed to score arguably the most memorable hat-trick possibly to ever grace a football pitch – certainly one that will be entrenched into footballing trivia for years to come. A hat-trick scored entirely from set pieces.

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