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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QUICK READS: Women’s Super League smashes attendance records

QUICK READS: Women’s Super League smashes attendance records

Featured in the Raumdeuter Online Magazine – Edition #23

After four of the six Women’s Super League games taking place this weekend were played at the larger men’s Premier League and Championship football stadiums of their respective sides – taking advantage of the ongoing international break – the league confirmed it smashed a number of attendance records.

More than 70,000 people turned out across the country to watch the women’s football matches, including a record 38,262 supporters at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to watch Arsenal’s 2-0 victory over north London rivals Spurs.

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MATCH FOCUS: Liverpool 4-3 Red Bull Salzburg

MATCH FOCUS: Liverpool 4-3 Red Bull Salzburg

Featured in the Raumdeuter Online Magazine – Edition #7

Liverpool thought they’d all but wrapped up their Champions League clash against Red Bull Salzburg when they raced into a three goal lead, but the Austrians had other ideas during a European classic at Anfield.

Taking the lead early through Sadio Mane, Liverpool remained dominant throughout the first half of the contest. Flying full back Andrew Robertson soon added a second goal for the Reds and before the half hour mark the Austrian visitors were in danger of sinking without a trace.

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PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Ki-Jana Hoever

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Ki-Jana Hoever

Featured in the Raumdeuter Online Magazine – Edition #4

Ki-Jana Hoever is one of Liverpool’s stars for the future, as the young centre back continues his development at the Anfield club.

The 17-year-old Dutchman joined Liverpool in 2018 from Ajax, after four years at the Amsterdam club. Originally, Hoever started out in the youth ranks of AZ Alkmaar.

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MLS Defending: United States domestic league’s defending struggles

MLS Defending: United States domestic league’s defending struggles

Featured in the Raumdeuter Online Magazine – Edition #3

Major League Soccer is a fascinating league to watch, presenting a strange, unique brand of football which has both its very clear strengths and weaknesses openly on display. Graced by world-renown names and stars of former years, the technical, attacking quality of the MLS is at a really high level, and yet is faced off against a defensive and goalkeeping core still seemingly in its developmental infancy.

Match after match, MLS supporters watch as the technically-gifted forwards and creative players of the league run rings round defenders often struggling with some of the more basic elements of top level football. Positioning and tactical defending seems yet to become properly rooted into MLS defences, and as such there is almost always an abundance of space and opportunity for the opposition attackers.

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