Standing Together: Racism in Dutch football

Standing Together: Racism in Dutch football

Featured in the Raumdeuter Online Magazine – Edition #24

Racism continues to occur with unacceptable regularity on the terraces around Europe and beyond, but after an incident in Dutch football the country’s top two leagues are taking a stand.

Ahmad Mendes Moreira, who is a black Dutch-born professional football currently playing for second division side Excelsior in the Netherlands, was subjected to racial abuse from the early minutes of his side’s clash with Den Bosch.

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Reviving a legacy: Rebuilding domestic football dominance

Reviving a legacy: Rebuilding domestic football dominance

Featured in the Raumdeuter Online Magazine – Edition #23

Latvian football is hardly the finest on the European football, but that doesn’t prevent it from being noteworthy. A story of former dynasties, and newly-emerging ones, make it an interesting place.

Skonto Riga were for a period in the 1990s and early 2000s the pinnacle of football coming out of the Baltic region.

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Buying Success: The controversial rise of Pyramids FC

Buying Success: The controversial rise of Pyramids FC

Featured in the Raumdeuter Online Magazine – Edition #22

For the best part of a decade now in football, the power of Gulf oil money on the sport’s biggest clubs has been well-known. However, on the African continent, it is rearing its head once again.

Just a few years ago, Pyramids FC simply didn’t exist.

Or at least, not in their current form. Instead, the club then known as Al Assiouty – a mid-table Egyptian Premier League side playing in Beni Suef – were a relatively unknown side who struggled even to generate headlines within their own native Egypt, let alone the world beyond.

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Legacy of Catenaccio: Leaving a permanent influence on the game

Legacy of Catenaccio: Leaving a permanent 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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Road less travelled: Make or break masterclass from Dani Olmo

Road less travelled: Make or break masterclass from Dani Olmo

Featured in the Raumdeuter Online Magazine – Edition #6

Barcelona are famed for their La Masia academy, producing some of the world’s best young stars and playing an integral part in the Catalan giants’ European dominance. A centre of excellence for youth development, training within the esteemed halls of the academy is a dream for countless young footballers around the world.

As such, the thought of putting that all behind oneself to move across to far less glamorous pastures in the Balkans seems like an unthinkable move.

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Maintaining momentum: The best time for women’s football

Maintaining momentum: The best time for women’s football

Featured in the Raumdeuter Online Magazine – Edition #5

Women’s football has been on a steady, upwards climb in popularity for a number of years now, but recently success with the 2019 Women’s World Cup and large stadiums attendances at the beginning of the current Women’s Super League season show that the momentum is really with the women’s game right now. It’s just a matter of making sure those in control of the game seize the opportunity they now have.

As interest in the women’s game grows, it is necessary that organisations involved come together to ensure that in this most crucial of steps it is supported to reach the next step. The foundations have been built, the business case of sorts for the game itself proven clearly – there is an audience out there, hungry for the sport – and now it just needs the necessary backing.

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Rewriting the rulebook: Fixing offside, handball rules in a post-VAR football world

Rewriting the rulebook: Fixing offside, handball rules in a post-VAR football world

Featured in the Raumdeuter Online Magazine – Edition #4

Now we are several weeks into the season, supporters of almost every Premier League side have now experienced the almighty power of the video assistant referee (VAR) system and it’s penchant for disallowing marginal goals.

Offsides are quickly becoming the bane of forwards up and down the country, while the backwards handball rules involved with VAR continue to lurk in the shadows, rearing their head to snap away lastsecond winners and supporters’ euphoria with callous indifference.

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