Legacy of Catenaccio: Italian football may no longer see pure Catenaccio styles used, but it still has an influence on the game

Legacy of Catenaccio: Italian football may no longer see pure Catenaccio styles used, but it still has an influence on the game

Featured in the Raumdeuter Online Magazine – Edition #7

Catenaccio. It’s a word wellknown among the ranks of Italian football and hardcore followers of the beautiful game, but has largely been left behind as football evolved and grew. Yet, the hyper-defensive tactical style has left a legacy on the sport which cannot be simply ignored or overlooked.

Ultra-defensive sides these days are so often bemoaned by supporters and pundits alike, but they serve their purpose. Earning a result over all other factors is sometimes a necessary evil for sides to undertake, especially against difficulty opponents, and much of this legacy can be found back in the success that Catenaccio football had in Italy in the 1960s and early 1970s.

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FOOTBALL THOUGHT BUBBLE: Why Watford already look like a side destined for relegation this season

FOOTBALL THOUGHT BUBBLE: Why Watford already look like a side destined for relegation this season

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Watford have had a Premier League campaign to forget so far this season, and it doesn’t seem to be showing any signs of improving any time in the near future.

Already the Hornets look a sure bet for relegation come season’s close, and it could well be a very long season ahead for supporters of the club.

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MATCH REPORT: Liverpool 4-3 Red Bull Salzburg – Liverpool survive Salzburg scare to earn Champions League victory

MATCH REPORT: Liverpool 4-3 Red Bull Salzburg – Liverpool survive Salzburg scare to earn Champions League victory

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Liverpool thought they’d all but wrapped up their Champions League clash against Red Bull Salzburg when they raced into a three goal lead, but the Austrians had other ideas during a European classic at Anfield.

Taking the lead early through Sadio Mane, Liverpool remained dominant throughout the first half of the contest. Flying full back Andrew Robertson soon added a second goal for the Reds and before the half hour mark the Austrian visitors were in danger of sinking without a trace.

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Anderlecht appoint former manager Frank Vercauteren as head coach

Anderlecht appoint former manager Frank Vercauteren as head coach

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Vincent Kompany’s return to Anderlecht as player-manager hasn’t gone too smoothly so far, with the Belgian club struggling for form on the pitch. As such, the club have moved to appoint former boss Frank Vercauteren as head coach – though this move is not said to affect Kompany’s own position at the club.

As part of the staff changes, technical director Frank Arnesen has left the club and Simon Davies returns to his role of assistant coach. Arnesen’s replacement by former player and manager Vercauteren comes less than a year on from his appointment in December 2018.

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Drone flying flag halts Europa League game in Luxembourg

Drone flying flag halts Europa League game in Luxembourg

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Play was forced to be temporarily halted during a Europa League game between F91 Dudelange and FK Qarabag in Luxembourg after a drone was flown over the match, flying a flag which appeared to be of the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh, a landlocked separatist region within Azerbaijan.

Match officials were forced to delay the match for more than 15 minutes following the appearance of the drone carrying the flag.

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PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Erling Håland

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Erling Håland

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Erling Håland is something of Red Bull Salzburg and Norway’s darling future prospect. The striker is already in electric form this season, having netted 18 for the campaign already, and will no doubt be on the shopping list of top European clubs not before long.

The Leeds-born forward – born there while his father, defender Alf-Inge Håland, played for Leeds United – is one of European football’s next generation of stars.

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PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Emanuele Cicerelli

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Emanuele Cicerelli

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Emanuele Cicerelli is an Italian winger playing for Serie B side Salernitana. Something of a bit-part player for the Italian side, he has spent time away on loan at Serie C sides during his spell at the club – having arrived back in 2017.

The Italian also represents something a little new for Raumdeuter here, as we take Player Spotlight and change it up a little. Now, players covered outside the ‘One to Watch’ will be a bit more random. We want to highlight a much wider mix of players, selected at random, just like Cicerelli.

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