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

FOOTBALL THOUGHT BUBBLE: 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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Brescia handed partial stadium closure for pjanic racial abuse

Brescia handed partial stadium closure for pjanic racial abuse

Featured in the Raumdeuter Online Magazine – Edition #2

Brescia have found themselves the latest Italian football side to be embroiled in a racism scandal involving their fans, with the newly-promoted Serie A side being handed a partial stadium closure order as punishment for racial abuse aimed at Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic.

The Bosnian international suffered the abuse from Brescia supporters after scoring the winning goal in Juventus’ 2-1 victory over the side. Pjanic was targeted with chants of a phrase which translated to “gypsy” in English.

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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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