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Deadline Day Difficulties: Addressing the issues with the Premier League’s summer transfer window

Deadline Day Difficulties: Addressing the issues with the Premier League’s summer transfer window

Featured in the Raumdeuter Online Magazine – Edition #15

Premier League clubs are widely expected to debate the current Premier League summer transfer window when they host their first meeting of the season, with change being sought to when the off-season window closes.

Currently, the English top-flight sees its transfer window shut the Thursday prior to the new season beginning. In essence, it makes sense in securing squad stability among clubs. If all transfers have to be completed before a ball is kicked, no team is going to be left in the lurch by some late business from rivals stealing away their star players.

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Why Mike Riley’s VAR admission is no surprise, yet remains equally worrying for football

Why Mike Riley’s VAR admission is no surprise, yet remains equally worrying for football

Featured in the Raumdeuter Online Magazine – Edition #15

Video Assistant Referee (VAR) has been a talking point all throughout the summer leading into the Premier League campaign, and since the football kicked off seemingly a headline-grabber each and every week. Brought in to eradicate doubt and controversy, it seems to have generated more than it has solved.

As such, it comes as little surprise when Premier League referee chief Mike Riley admitted that there already have been four VAR mistakes in the top flight already. That’s the equivalent to one VAR error in every single game week.

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England 5-3 Kosovo: England struggle past spirited Kosovo to win in Southampton

England 5-3 Kosovo: England struggle past spirited Kosovo to win in Southampton

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Kosovo head coach Bernard Challandes stole much of the pre-match spotlight with his animated press conference, dramatically urging his players to attack from the first whistle. His passion was electric, and it clearly translated onto the turf at Southampton’s St. Mary’s Stadium.

Within just 34 seconds, a lackadaisical England defence invited pressure onto themselves, before Michael Keane passed a suicide ball across defence – directly into the path of a black Kosovo shirt.

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Yerry Mina fined £10,000 for breaching Football Association betting rules

Yerry Mina fined £10,000 for breaching Football Association betting rules

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Everton centre back Yerry Mina has been fined £10,000 by the Football Association, and warned over future conduct, after admitting a breach of the FA’s betting rules.

The 24-year-old Colombian international had appeared in a TV advert for betting company Betjuego back in his home country.

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Building Foundations: Growing Grassroots Football in the United States

Building Foundations: Growing Grassroots Football in the United States

Featured in the Raumdeuter Online Magazine – Edition #14

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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Curacao goalkeeper Jairzinho Pieter dies in team hotel ahead of Haiti match

Curacao goalkeeper Jairzinho Pieter dies in team hotel ahead of Haiti match

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Curacao goalkeeper Jairzinho Pieter, a 31-year-old international from the island’s capital Willemstad, died after suffering a heart attack the night before his country’s international match with Haiti.

Haiti’s sports minister, Edwin Charles, confirmed Pieter passed away in the Curacao team hotel on Monday, after falling ill and suffering a cardiac arrest.

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England 4-0 Bulgaria: Kane hat-trick does little to lighten the mood in dull win

England 4-0 Bulgaria: Kane hat-trick does little to lighten the mood in dull win

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England were in no danger of ever jeopardising their 100% record in Euro 2020 qualifying when they came up against a Bulgaria side rooted to the bottom of the Group A table.

Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions cruised to victory in a game full of goals, and yet somehow seeming to lack the excitement a 4-0 win would typically bring about. It was all very routine, training ground stuff on display at Wembley.

England captain Harry Kane netted a hat-trick in the game, while Raheem Sterling provided the other, as the attacking pair proved simply too much for their Bulgarian opponents, brushing them aside without ever really leaving a canter.

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