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Tue. 12 November 2013

Big-5 Weekly Post on club-trained players

The CIES Football Observatory is happy to inform that the 52nd issue of the Big-5 Weekly Post has been published. This edition presents the data on the average number of club-trained players fielded since the start of the season.

A club-trained player is a footballer having played for at least three seasons for his employer club since the ages of 15 and 21.

Our analysis shows that Italian clubs are the most reluctant to field players trained in the club (on average 0.88 players out of 11). At the opposite end of the table is Spain, where teams fielded on average 2.3 club-trained players since the start of the season.

At club level, the highest number of club-trained players was recorded at Barcelona (7.2). In three other teams, club-trained footballers accounted for the majority of players fielded: Athletic Bilbao, Real Sociedad and Olympique Lyonnais.

Conversely, 14 clubs did not field club-trained players so far, among which Internazionale Milan and five other Italian teams.

The figure for all big-5 league clubs are available on the CIES Football Observatory website.