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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FTB: Why Phil Foden’s development is being cursed by City’s catalogue

FTB: Why Phil Foden’s development is being cursed by City’s catalogue

Featured in the Raumdeuter Online Magazine – Edition #1

There is absolutely no question that Manchester City’s Phil Foden is a Premier League quality midfielder. He might be just 19 years old, but the Stockport-born star is a top talent in his own right and likely one of the shining stars of the future for both club and country.

However, he finds his minutes on the pitch limited.

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