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Finances of football: How money rather than passion is the driving force shaping the modern game

Finances of football: How money rather than passion is the driving force shaping the modern game

Featured in the Raumdeuter Online Magazine – Edition #17

Born in the sooty industrial towns of England, football is quintessentially working-class in its nature. It’s the people’s game, played around the world by people of all colours, cultures and creeds.

Money forms no barrier to entry; a ball of some sorts is the only true requirement for a spontaneous game to kick off. From dusty favela streets in Brazil to pristine, modern pitches of European football academies, these young footballers all devote their time to the very same game.

Neither their backgrounds, nor their circumstances or privileges, can prevent their access to, or love for, the beautiful game.

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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

Featured in the Raumdeuter Online Magazine – Edition #17

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

Featured in the Raumdeuter Online Magazine – Edition #17

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

Featured in the Raumdeuter Online Magazine – Edition #17

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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The Dictator’s Son: Taking a look back at the bizarre, questionable footballing career of Al-Saadi Gaddafi

The Dictator’s Son: Taking a look back at the bizarre, questionable footballing career of Al-Saadi Gaddafi

Featured in the Raumdeuter Online Magazine – Edition #16

For almost every football fan not born with the ability to grace professional football, there still exists the dream of one day representing their boyhood club by some strange, unexpected circumstance. Regardless of the lack of necessary footballing talent, we all still dream of being given the chance to pull on that hallowed shirt and scoring the goal that rights our name into the annals of club history.

Yet, it remains just that: a dream. An unrealistic hope that won’t ever be realised. Some fans rationalise it with ‘what if’ scenarios that have hamstrung their football career – the childhood injury that cost them their Premier League future. Others simply accept their inability to play at the necessary standard for professional football.

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FTB: Why Tammy Abraham’s form should merit potential England call-up

FTB: Why Tammy Abraham’s form should merit potential England call-up

Featured in the Raumdeuter Online Magazine – Edition #16

Tammy Abraham was always going to have big shoes to fill when he agreed to stay at Chelsea and take on the coveted number nine shirt ahead of the new season.

Blighted by their transfer ban, Chelsea were reliant on their lengthy roster of young talent to step up to the mark; arguably none more so than striker Abraham, who’d impressed at Championship level but was yet to really make the step up to regular Premier League football.

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