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Tue. 24 September 2013

First Big-5 Weekly Post of the season

The CIES Football Observatory is happy to publish the first issue of the Big-5 Weekly Post for the 2013/14 season. We are also delighted to unveil a brand new format.

This edition presents the data on the average number of new signings fielded by clubs since the start of the season. New signings are players recruited during the summer transfer window. Players back to the club after a loan period are also included in the new signings category.

While clubs in Italy on average fielded since the start of the season 3.1 new signings, this figure is only 2.5 in Germany. At club level, the average number of new signings on the pitch varies from 7.1 at Genoa to 0.1 at Cagliari.

The data for each big-5 league club is presented in the 46th Big-5 Weekly Post which is now available here. Thanks to our partnership with Opta Pro, once a month we will also be revealing rankings for the most productive footballers according to our exclusive key performance indicators.

For more information please email us at football.observatory(at)