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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PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Pirulo

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Pirulo

Featured in the Raumdeuter Online Magazine – Edition #7

Pirulo, real name Jose Antonio Ruiz Lopez, is a Spanish winger playing for Polish top flight side LKS Lodz.

The 27-year-old spent much of his early career in the lower levels of Spanish football, representing a host of clubs including Sabadell and L’Hospitalet, as well as the B teams of Malaga and Espanyol – the club through whose youth setup he was a part of.

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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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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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MATCH FOCUS: Real Madrid 2-2 Club Brugge

MATCH FOCUS: Real Madrid 2-2 Club Brugge

Featured in the Raumdeuter Online Magazine – Edition #6

Real Madrid left plenty to be desired in their UEFA Champions League Group A match when they were forced to battle back from two goals behind against a spirited Club Brugge at the Bernabeu.

Zinedine Zidane’s side have started their European campaign this season poorly, having just one point after two games now – and even that proved a challenge on a difficult night against their Belgian opponents.

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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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Off the Continent: The curious case of Ceuta and Melilla

Off the Continent: The curious case of Ceuta and Melilla

Featured in the Raumdeuter Online Magazine – Edition #2

Spain is one of the hallowed, iconic footballing homelands in Europe, with La Liga firmly position as one of the continent’s big five leagues and its most dominant sides such as Real Madrid and FC Barcelona having a worldwide fan base and recognition. European football is intrinsically linked with Spain.

As such, it is fascinating to discover that not too far down the Spanish footballing pyramid you can find two professional football sides not even based on the continent.

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