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Liverpool 3-1 Newcastle: Liverpool quality comes through despite early scare

Liverpool 3-1 Newcastle: Liverpool quality comes through despite early scare

Featured in the Raumdeuter Online Magazine – Edition #16

Liverpool are without doubt one of the best clubs the Premier League has seen in recent seasons. Alongside Manchester City, they have pushed the standards of modern football up that next rung of the ladder.

Yet, for the opening 25 minutes or so at Anfield on Saturday, chaos broke out. The usually indomitable Reds stumbled at home against a Newcastle side that boasts little in the way of special talent. Liverpool staggered and spluttered their way through the opening exchanges, and so truthfully it came as little surprise when they found their typically airtight defence at fault for an opposition opening goal.

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David de Gea signs new Manchester United contract through until 2023

David de Gea signs new Manchester United contract through until 2023

Featured in the Raumdeuter Online Magazine – Edition #16

David de Gea has signed a new, longer contract with Manchester United, keeping the 28-year-old at Old Trafford through until 2023.

Since arriving in June 2011 under Sir Alex Ferguson for £18.9m, de Gea has made 367 appearances for Manchester United.

Capped 40 times by Spain, de Gea has seen himself repeatedly linked with moves back to his home country with Real Madrid in recent transfer windows.

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Italian football pundit Luciano Passirani sacked for on-air racist remarks

Italian football pundit Luciano Passirani sacked for on-air racist remarks

Featured in the Raumdeuter Online Magazine – Edition #16

Italian football has been marred with racism issues for much of the start of this new football campaign, overshadowing what has been an exciting start to the new Serie A season.

The ongoing, reprehensible environment towards black players in Italy has shown little sign of improving, with fans groups from clubs issuing condemnable statements and a continued inaction from Italian football governing bodies.

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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

Featured in the Raumdeuter Online Magazine – Edition #15

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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