PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Gabriel BRAZAO

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Gabriel BRAZAO

Featured in the Raumdeuter Online Magazine – Edition #23

Gabriel Brazao is a top Brazilian goalkeeping talent, who is currently contracted to Inter Milan and on loan at Albacete in the Spanish second division.

The 19-year-old originally came through the youth setup at Cruzeiro in Brazil, before making the move across to Europe in January 2019 when he moved to Italian side Parma for a significant transfer fee.

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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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PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Emanuele Cicerelli

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Emanuele Cicerelli

Featured in the Raumdeuter Online Magazine – Edition #7

Emanuele Cicerelli is an Italian winger playing for Serie B side Salernitana. Something of a bit-part player for the Italian side, he has spent time away on loan at Serie C sides during his spell at the club – having arrived back in 2017.

The Italian also represents something a little new for Raumdeuter here, as we take Player Spotlight and change it up a little. Now, players covered outside the ‘One to Watch’ will be a bit more random. We want to highlight a much wider mix of players, selected at random, just like Cicerelli.

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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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Juventus legend Claudio Marchisio announces his retirement at 33

Juventus legend Claudio Marchisio announces his retirement at 33

Featured in the Raumdeuter Online Magazine – Edition #6

Claudio Marchisio announced the end of an era with his retirement from professional football at the age of 33. The Juventus legend joined the Italian club at the age of seven and won seven league titles while in Turin.

After playing almost 400 matches for Juventus, the Italian midfielder departed the club in 2018 to join Russian top-flight side Zenit St Petersburg. However, he found his impact last season affected by a number of injuries.

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PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Sebastiano Esposito

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Sebastiano Esposito

Featured in the Raumdeuter Online Magazine – Edition #3

Sebastiano Esposito is one of Inter Milan’s brightest up-and-coming talents, with the young forward already beginning to get his first taste of senior football at just 17 years old.

The striker is a regular scorer for Italy’s Under-17s side, scoring four at the youth level Euros – and earning a spot in the team of the tournament.

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Australia 1-2 Italy; Stoppage time winner earns Italy surprise victory

Australia 1-2 Italy; Stoppage time winner earns Italy surprise victory

Italy scored a last-gasp winner to complete a fight back from a goal behind against Australia, coming out 2-1 winners in their opening 2019 Women’s World Cup match in Valenciennes.

In one of the tournament’s finest contests so far, Australia took the lead through a penalty – Sam Kerr missed the initial spot kick, but was on hand to sweep home the rebound.

However, Italy showed their resilience and fought back in the second half, with Juventus star Barbara Bonansea scoring both goals. Either side of Bonansea’s equaliser, Italy also saw two more goals disallowed – correctly – for offside by VAR.

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