Typically, certain leagues present a very significant players rotation between national and foreign clubs. This situation tends to occur mainly in leagues considered less competitive and known as markets in which clubs aim to develop young talents and sell them to teams with more financial power.
In this sense, Football Industry compared clubs’ lineups on the last matchday of 2012/2013 with the ones presented on matchday 1 of 2013/2014. We analyzed the following competitions: Bundesliga (Germany), Liga BBVA (Spain), Ligue 1 (France), Eredivisie (Netherlands), Barclays Premier League (England) and Liga ZON Sagres (Portugal).
GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE
In general terms, Spanish and Portuguese leagues present the highest average number of changes in the starting 11, mainly with players who were not part of the squads in 2012/2013.
Barclays Premier League and Bundesliga, considered, at this time, the most competitive leagues, show the lowest average number of lineup changes, equally distributed between players who were part of the squads in 2012/2013 and were signed for 2013/2014.
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IMPACT OF A NEW COACH
When analyzing the impact of the arrival of a new coach at the start of 2013/2014, we can observe that, on average, only in the Netherlands and Portugal this situation led to a higher number of changes in the starting 11.
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This research was discussed on the TV show “Maisfutebol“, of TVI24, on the 23rd of August.
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NOTES: 1.Only were considered clubs that remained in the analyzed leagues between 2012/13 and 2013/14; 2.Signings include loan returns; 3.Sascha Lewandowski left the technical team of Bayer Leverkusen, however, Sami Hyypia remained; 4.The matches of Eredivisie’s play-off were included in the analysis; 5.Italian Serie A was not included because only began on the 25th of August.
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