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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FTB: Why youth development pathways must improve in England, but ‘B’ teams aren’t the answer

FTB: Why youth development pathways must improve in England, but ‘B’ teams aren’t the answer

Featured in the Raumdeuter Online Magazine – Edition #6

English football seems to be seeing an increasing exodus of its young stars abroad to further their development. While experiencing a range of footballing styles and cultures isn’t necessarily a bad thing for the country and its next generation, some of the reasons for the move abroad comes down the fundamental development opportunities here in England.

Opportunities for regular starting berths, especially at the top sides where the best young players are found, seem increasingly sparse at most clubs given the Premier League’s financial might and attraction to established senior players.

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PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Zhi-Gin Lam

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Zhi-Gin Lam

Featured in the Raumdeuter Online Magazine – Edition #6

Zhi-Gin Lam is a former Bundesliga talent who has played in one of Europe’s top leagues – and was praised by his coach at Hamburger SV, Rodolfo Cardoso, as a courageous player, unafraid to claim the ball, and a very intelligent player who can play anywhere.

Born in Hamburg, Germany to a father from Hong Kongese and a German mother, Lam began his professional career coming through the youth ranks of HSV, first appearing for the HSV II team, before breaking into the first team setup in 2011.

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MATCH FOCUS: Tottenham 2-7 Bayern Munich

MATCH FOCUS: Tottenham 2-7 Bayern Munich

Featured in the Raumdeuter Online Magazine – Edition #5

Bayern Munich humbled Tottenham Hotspur in their own backyard, running in a ruthless display to breeze past their opponents as 7-2 winners in their UEFA Champions League Group B clash.

Despite the score, it was an enthralling encounter in London, as Tottenham even took an early lead through Son Heung-min and were level just before half time – before sinking without a fight in the closing stages of the match.

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England women set to play in front of record crowd against Germany

England women set to play in front of record crowd against Germany

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England’s women’s side are set to play in front of a record crowd in a women’s match in England when they face off against Germany in their final home game of the year on 9 November.

Already more than 75,000 tickets have been sold for the friendly clash, several thousand higher than the current record for a women’s football match in England – which currently stands at 70,584 who watched Team GB’s 1-0 victory over Brazil at Wembley in the 2012 Olympics.

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PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Xavier Amaechi

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Xavier Amaechi

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Xavier Amaechi is an exciting English winger and one of the latest wave of young English stars to have moved overseas – largely to Germany – in the hope of furthering their development in a different, potentially more accessible environment.

An England youth international, Amaechi was part of the team of the tournament when he played for England’s under17s national team in the 2018 UEFA European Under-17 Championship, scoring in the quarter final against Norway.

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PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Serge Gnabry

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Serge Gnabry

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Serge Gnabry might not have been a success in England, but now at German champions Bayern Munich the German international is experiencing something of a renaissance.

Having initially come through the youth ranks of Stuttgart, before joining Arsenal in 2011.

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