In the last seasons has been discussed, in several European leagues, the presence of a continuously decreasing number of national players in clubs’ starting 11 and the negative consequences of this fact on national teams performance.
Football Industry analyzed the starting 11 of 148 clubs from 8 different leagues in the first 3 matchdays of 2012/2013 and 2013/2014 in order to:
1 – Check the average number of national players in clubs’ starting 11;
2 – Analyze the disparity between clubs with higher and lower reputation with regard to their bet on local players;
3-Verify the standard starting 11 of each league (by nationalities);
4-Verify which teams have more and less local players in each league; and
5-Check the field position occupied by the Portuguese players chosen for the starting 11 of the clubs competing in Liga ZON Sagres.
In the analyzed period, Eredivisie (Dutch League) was the one with a higher number of national players in its clubs’ starting 11, recording an average of 7.3 players in 2013/2014 and 7.0 in 2012/2013. The Spanish and French Leagues (Liga BBVA and Ligue 1) complete the podium having presented, on average, 6.7 and 5.8 players in each starting 11 in 2013/2014. The German (Bundesliga), Belgian (Jupiler Pro League), English (Barclays Premier League), Italian (Serie A) and Portuguese (Liga ZON Sagres) leagues were also considered in this research.
A complete version of the study can be read below.
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This research was discussed on the TV show “Maisfutebol“, of TVI24, on the 18th of October.
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In the document below, we present the amounts received in the past four years by the 32 teams participating in the 2013/2014 edition of UEFA Champions League.
These values ​​allow us to assess the differences between and within groups. Thus, groups H (Barcelona, AC Milan, Ajax and Celtic) and D (Bayern Munchen, CSKA Moskva, Manchester City and Viktoria Plzen) are the ones that, in aggregate, gathered the highest amount of revenues distributed by UEFA in the last four seasons. Group G is on the opposite side (FC Porto, Zenit, Atletico Madrid and Austria Wien) gathering only 98.4 million Euros. Group D also includes the top-team with the largest share in the total group’s bonus (Bayern Munchen).
Regarding the disparity between clubs from the same group, considering the difference in the weight of each club compared with the total bonuses of the group, it appears that groups F (Arsenal, Borussia Dortmund, Olympique Marseille and Napoli) and C (SL Benfica, Olympiacos, Paris Saint-Germain and Anderlecht) are the most balanced ones. Group A (Manchester United, Shakhtar Donetsk, Bayer Leverkusen and Real Sociedad) is at the opposite side.
Check the document below for a more detailed analysis.
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Notes: (1) For the purposes of this research, we considered the values ​​distributed by UEFA to the clubs competing in the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League between 2009/10 and 2012/13, (2) The figures shown do not include market pool revenues.
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Throughout the 2012/2013 season, the clubs from the top 5 European leagues (Barclays Premier League, Serie A, Liga BBVA, Ligue 1 and Bundesliga) presented 14 different tactical formations. The highest diversity level was registered in the Italian League (11 different formations).
Currently, the most widely used option is “4-2-3-1” having been presented by more than half of the clubs, except in Italy. In the case of the Spanish League, it was adopted by 90% of the teams over the last season.
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Note: We only considered the tactical formations used by the clubs in more than 50% of their matches in the competitions mentioned above.

After the huge on-pitch success of Bayern Munchen this season, the German club took the lead of the 2013 edition of the ranking compiled by Brand Finance which includes the 50 world’s most valuable football brands.
Inversely, Manchester United went on to take the second place in the ranking being, however, beyond Real Madrid, the only team with an AAA+ rating assigned by Brand Finance.
Spanish and Italian clubs have seen their growth be affected by adverse economic conditions. On the other hand, Brazilian and Turkish clubs registered significant growth rates associated with the emerging economies of their countries and the passion of their supporters.
The average growth of the 50 brands within the ranking was 7% adding together a total value of 6,647 million Euros. Currently, the 50 clubs represented are associated with 10 different suppliers of sports equipment (the lead belongs to Adidas with 18 clubs followed by Nike with 14).
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The ranking includes clubs from ten different countries being England and Germany the two ones most represented (14 and 8 clubs respectively) aggregating more than 50% of the total value of the 50 brands.
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Note: Exchange rate May 29, 2013: 1 USD = 0,772821 EUR.

After the final of the UEFA Champions League, we present some key figures of the 2012/2013 edition regarding the games, teams and players that took part in this competition.
Games: 124
Teams: 32
Players: 704 (average of 22 per team)
Goals: 365 (2.9 per game)
1-15 Minute Goals: 41 (11.1%)
16-30 Minute Goals: 55 (14.9%)
31-45 Minute Goals: 61 (16.5%)
– Additional Time (1st half) Goals: 7 (1.9%)
– 46-60 Minute Goals: 59 (15.9%)
– 61-75 Minute Goals: 57 (15.4%)
– 76-90 Minute Goals: 68 (18.4%)
– Additional Time (2nd half) Goals: 22 (5.9%)
– Extra Time (1st half) Goals: 0 (0%)
– Extra Time (2nd half) Goals: 0 (0%)
– Offsides: 662 (5.3 per game)
– Fouls: 3,395 (27.4 per game)
Corner Kicks: 1,296 (10.5 per game)
– Yellow cards: 545 (4.4 per game)
– Red Cards: 20 (0.2 per game)
Top 3 Best Scorers: 1st – Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid (12 Goals, Accuracy 16%, scored every 90 minutes), 2nd – Robert Lewandowski, Borussia Dortmund (10 goals; Accuracy 22%, scored every 109 minutes); 3rd – Burak Yilmaz, Galatasaray (8 goals, 24% Accuracy, scored every 96 minutes)
Top 3 Players with More Assists: 1st – Zlatan Ibrahimovic, PSG (7), 2nd – Karim Benzema, Real Madrid (5), 3rd – Mesut Ozil, Real Madrid (5)
– Top 3 Players with More Shots on Target: 1st – Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid (53 shots, 4.4 per game), 2nd – Lionel Messi, Barcelona (28 shots, 2.5 per game), 3rd – Robert Lewandowski, Borussia Dortmund (26 shots, 2 per game)
Teams with More Goals per game: 1st – Chelsea, England (2.67), 2nd – Bayern Munchen, Germany (2.38), 3rd – Real Madrid, Spain (2.17)
Goals per Match Finalists: Bayern Munchen, Germany (2.38); Borussia Dortmund, Germany (1.85)
Top 3 Teams with More Shots on Target: 1st – Real Madrid, Spain (135), 2nd – Borussia Dortmund, Germany (115), 3rd – Bayern Munchen, Germany (113)
Commercial Gross Revenues (Euros): 1,340 million
Revenues Distributed to Clubs (Euros): 910 million
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After the end of the UEFA Europa League, we present some key figures of the 2012/2013 edition regarding the games, teams and players that took part in this competition.
Games: 204
Teams: 56
Players: 1,238 (average of 22 per team)
Goals: 521 (2.6 per game)
Headed Goals: 115 (0.6 per game)
1-15 Minute Goals: 50 (9.6%)
16-30 Minute Goals: 87 (16.7%)
31-45 Minute Goals: 68 (13.1%)
– Additional Time (1st half) Goals: 11 (2.1%)
– 46-60 Minute Goals: 85 (16.3%)
– 61-75 Minute Goals: 86 (16.5%)
– 76-90 Minute Goals: 91 (17.5%)
– Additional Time (2nd half) Goals: 39 (7.5%)
– Extra Time (1st half) Goals: 2 (0.4%)
– Extra Time (2nd half) Goals: 2 (0.4%)
Penalties Scored: 39
Penalties Denied: 14
– Offsides: 1.008 (4.9 per game)
– Fouls: 5,227 (25.6 per game)
Corner Kicks: 1,960 (9.6 per game)
– Yellow cards: 834 (4.1 per game)
– Red Cards: 45 (0.2 per game)
Top 3 Best Scorers: 1st – Libor Kozák, Lazio (8 Goals, Accuracy 47%, scored every 77 minutes), 2nd – Edinson Cavani, Napoli (7 goals; Accuracy 26%, scored every 66 minutes); 3rd – Óscar Cardozo, Benfica (7 goals, 32% Accuracy, scored every 84 minutes)
Top 3 Players with More Assists: 1st – Jose Barkero, Levante (6), 2nd – Juan Mata, Chelsea (6), 3rd – Fredy Guarin, Internazionale (4)
– Top 3 Players with More Shots on Target: 1st – Óscar Cardozo, Benfica (17 shots, 1.89 per game), 2nd – Samuel Eto’o, Anzhi (17 shots, 1.7 per game), 3rd – Fernando Torres, Chelsea (15 shots, 1.7 per game)
Teams with More Goals per game: 1st – Young Boys, Switzerland (2.33), 2nd – Dnipro, Ukraine (2.13), 3rd – Internazionale, Italy (2)
Goals per Match Finalists: Chelsea, England (1.89); Benfica, Portugal (1.67)
Top 3 Teams with More Shots on Target: 1st – Basel, Switzerland (73), 2nd – Stuttgart, Germany (71), 3rd – Lazio, Italy (65)
Commercial Gross Revenues (Euros): 225 million
Revenues Distributed to Clubs (Euros): 168,75 million
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Football Industry is introducing a new analysis regarding the geographic location of Facebook fans of the 2012/2013 Barclays Premier League clubs.
Currently, the clubs of that competition aggregate approximately 80.7 million fans on Facebook social network. Indonesia emerges as the country with the largest number of followers of these clubs ahead of the United Kingdom and Mexico joining together 24% of the 80.7 million fans.
The table below shows the top 20 countries with most fans of Barclays Premier League clubs as well as the comparison, as a percentage, between this value and the total number of Facebook users in the country.
Top 20 Countries with most Facebook Fans of the 2012/2013 Barclays Premier League Clubs
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Top 5 Countries per Club
Then, we present the Top 5 countries of each of the Barclays Premier League clubs. Indonesia ranks first in 5 of the 20 participating clubs (the ones with more followers), and the United Kingdom occupies this position in 13 cases.
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Local Fans Ranking (UK)
Regarding local fans, Manchester United and Liverpool are the ones with the highest number of followers from the UK. The current champion, Manchester City, comes in sixth with only about 15% of the number of Manchester United fans.
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Degree of Internationalization
We have also analyzed the degree of internationalization of the clubs from this competition computing the percentage of fans from outside the UK that belong to their base of followers. Chelsea is the club that has the most international fan base being comprised by 96% of fans located outside the UK. Only 5 of the 20 clubs from this competition have a percentage lower than 50% in this ratio.
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Notes: (1) Data collected between the 14th and 15th of February 2013, (2) The “% of Facebook users of the country” may include users who are fans of more than one of the clubs from the 2012/2013 Barclays Premier League, (3) This analysis only presents the top 20 countries for simplification purposes, (4) The figures may include users from the UK who are living in other countries.
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