According to the data provided by the Liga de Fútbol Profesional and the newspaper Marca, Barcelona and Real Madrid have, at this early stage of the season, an overall salary cost close to 190 million per year. The disparity between these two giants and the other clubs from Liga BBVA (Spanish League) is also clear in this point since Atlético Madrid, ranked third in this list, only presents a wage cost between 65 and 67 million Euros (about 35% of the first two).
At the beginning of this year, was agreed a salary cap for the Spanish clubs according to their revenues.
2013/2014 Liga BBVA’s Salary Cap
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Bloomberg Sports published for the first time its Football Power Top 50 that ranks players from the 5 main European leagues (England, France, Germany, Italy and Spain) according to their performance in 2012/2013 in statistical terms.
According to this list, the 11 best players of each league were the following ones:
Liga BBVA (Spain)
Courtois (Atl. Madrid); Dani Alves (Barcelona), Diego Mainz (Granada), Diego Godín (Atl. Madrid) and Nacho (Betis); Xavi (Barcelona); Patrick Ebert (Valladolid), Lionel Messi (Barcelona) and Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid); Falcao (Atl. Madrid) and Alvaro Negredo (Sevilla).
Serie A (Italy)
Abbiati (AC Milan); Konko (Lazio), Chiellini (Juventus), Campagnaro (Napoli) and Asamoah (Juventus); Pirlo (Juventus); Cuadrado (Fiorentina), Hamsik (Napoli) and Bonaventura (Atalanta); Cavani (Napoli) and Lamela (AS Roma).
Barclays Premier League (England)
Mignolet (Sunderland); Rafael (Manchester United), Vertonghen (Tottenham), Chico (Swansea) and Baines (Everton); Arteta (Arsenal); Walcott (Arsenal), Cazorla (Arsenal) and Bale (Tottenham); Van Persie (Manchester United) and Luis Suarez (Liverpool).
Ligue 1 (France)
Kossi Agassa (Reims); Rudy Mater (Valenciennes), Sakho (Paris Saint-Germain), Carlos Henrique (Bordeaux) and Bernard Mendy (Brest); Gonalons (Lyon); Dossevi (Valenciennes), Valbuena (Marseille) and Yohan Mollo (St. Etienne); Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint-Germain) and Aubameyang (St. Etienne).
Bundesliga (Germany)
Ron-Robert Zieler (Hannover); Lahm (Bayern Munchen), Dante (Bayern Munchen), Hummels (Borussia Dortmund) and Oliver Sorg (Friburgo); Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munchen); Thomas Müller (Bayern Munchen), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund) and Ribéry (Bayern Munchen); Lewandowski (Borussia Dormtund) and Stefan Kiessling (Leverkusen).

MLS Players Union periodically reveals MLS players salaries, representing an unique action in the football world, stating as two of the main arguments the fact that it allows a greater equity between players and rewards those who contribute more to the evolution of Major League Soccer, and the greater bargaining power of players gained through this entity
When the regular phase of the 2013 edition of Major League Soccer is taking place, Football Industry presents the top 20 salaries of the competition as well as the costs with salaries of each club (values ​​to May 1, 2013).
The 20 Highest-Paid 2013 MLS Players
In the table below, we present the 20 players with the highest annual base salaries of MLS in 2013. In this ranking there is a great predominance of players who made the most of their careers in Europe, as are the cases of Thierry Henry, Robbie Keane and Tim Cahill. We also observe a very significant difference between the highest-paid (Robbie Keane, 3.1 million Euros) and the 20th-ranked (Darren O’Dea, 239 000 Euros). In this table, 10 players are forwards, 7 are midfielders, 2 can play as fowards or midfielders, and one is a defender. Seattle Sounders is the most represented club with 3 players.
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Salaries of the 2013 MLS Clubs
When analyzing the clubs participating in the 2013 MLS, one can see a great disparity between the New York Red Bulls and La Galaxy and the other MLS clubs. However, this distance fell between October 2012 and May 2013. The average annual base salary per club is 3.2 million Euros and 110,000 Euros per player.
On the other hand, there is also a large disparity between the highest-paid player of the club and his teammates. This difference is very pronounced especially in the case of LA Galaxy in which 44% of their base salary belongs to Robbie Keane.
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Notes: (1) Data from May 1, 2013, (2) Exchange Rate May 31, 2013: 1 USD = 0.769470 EUR; (3) For the purposes of analysis and simplification we only considered the base salaries of the players.

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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Forbes recently released the list of the 20 best-paid players in 2012. Together, these athletes received more than 332 million Euros representing an increase of 20% compared to 2011.
David Beckham continues to lead the list of the best-paid players having been his best year in terms of commercial revenues. The English player, the oldest of the 20 players on the list, managed to raise about 33.8 million Euros through its sponsorship contracts along with around 5 million in salary and bonuses through his contract with LA Galaxy. These values ​​were mainly due to his relationship with adidas, Coty, Breitling and Chinese Super League since the salary earned in the club is the lowest in the Top 20.
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English players are the majority in number and value. The five English players on the list received 91.7 million Euros in 2012 being followed by the three Argentine players (59.6 million euros) and Cristiano Ronaldo (33.4 million Euros) from Portugal.
Regarding the championship(s) in which they played in 2012, the English Premier League (Barclays Premier League) dominates the list of the best-paid players since 12 of the 20 athletes competed in that league during this period (Didier Drogba only for 6 months) aggregating 201.2 million Euros. Spanish (Liga BBVA) and North American (Major League Soccer) leagues complete the podium.
With regard to the age of the players, 40% are less than 29 years-old (received 44% of the total amount in 2012), 20% is 29 years-old (received 17% of the total sum) and 40% have over 29 years-old (received 39% of the total amount). We can also see that 12 of them are forwards, 7 are midfielders and only 1 is a defender (John Terry).
Notes: (1) The amounts received by the athletes include their salary, performance bonuses and sponsorship contracts, (2) Exchange Rate April 26, 2013: 1 USD = 0.767430 EUR; (3) Amounts rounded to hundreds of thousands.
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At a time when most European leagues are about to end, we present five young players who stood out in those which are considered the five most competitive championships, namely, Barclays Premier League (England), Bundesliga (Germany), Liga BBVA (Spain), Ligue 1 (France) and Serie A (Italy).
MARIO GOTZE – Bundesliga
Mario Gotze made ​​an impressive season and has already been “rewarded” with a transfer to Bayern Munchen for about 37 million Euros. The player stands out for its passing, crossing, dribbling and vision ability. Gotze also presented an interesting goalscoring sheet being responsible for 12.5% of Borussia Dortmund‘s goals in 12/13 Bundesliga being also important on defensive moments (2.8 interceptions and tackles per game).
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Although AS Roma has made ​​a modest championship, Erik Lamela has confirmed his potential. The youngster has shown a remarkable ability to dribble and shot scoring 21.7% of the goals of his team.
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The youngster from Ivory Coast, who plays for Toulouse, has proved to have great potential in tackles, interceptions and aerial duels but still needs to improve on the offensive moments.
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MATIJA NASTASIC – Barclays Premier League
The Serbian central defender who moved from Fiorentina to Manchester City has confirmed his potential and received several praises despite the less successful campaign of his team this year. Matija Nastasic has shown a great ability especially in aerial duels, although this was not confirmed offensively, good passing ability, strong in tackling and fewer fouls per game.
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The midfielder from  Atlético Madrid‘s “cantera” has been highlighted for his ability to pass and cross (has also played as a winger) and his defensive contribution. Moreover, he has been also responsible for a significant part of his team’s passing (9% of his team’s total passes).
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Notes: (1) Were only considered players with 21 or fewer years of age playing in the German, Spanish, French, English and Italian leagues; (2) The data presented in this article refers to the competitions mentioned above; (3) Data collected on May 18, 2013.
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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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Last week, FIFA Transfer Matching System GmbH published the “Global Transfer Market 2012” report which presents data about international transfers of professional football players aged over 18 years old. The report covers 200 countries and more than 5,600 professional clubs. The vision of FIFA TMS, who controls the process of players transfers is to foster and sustain a transparent global transfer market, based on integrity, responsibility and innovation.
Key figures of the market in 2012:

  • 11,552 international transfers performed successfully (increase of 1% compared to 2011);
  • Overall, European countries were the most active;
  • 64% of transfers occurred in January, July and August 2012;
  • On 31 January and 31 August 2012, there was a transfer every 5 minutes;
  • The most represented nationality in the transfer market was the Brazilian one, followed by Argentine and the ones belonging to the United Kingdom;
  • Average age of players transferred internationally: 24 years and 10 months (equal to 2011);
  • 39% of international transfers involved players aged between 20 and 24 years old;
  • 70% of international transfers involved out of contract athletes (equal to 2011), 12% involved loans between clubs (36% with monetary compensation), 10% direct transfers between clubs (85% with monetary compensation) and 8% returns on loans;
  • 14% of international transfers were performed involving monetary compensation between clubs;
  • 67% of clubs belonging to associations overseen by FIFA acquired at least one athlete and 79% sold at least one player;
  • Total compensation between clubs: 2.000 million Euros (drop of 10% compared to 2011);
  • Average compensation between clubs: 1.2 million Euros (break 11% compared to 2011);
  • Average length of contract of players acquired at no cost: 1 year and 4 months;
  • Average length of contract of players acquired through monetary compensation: 3 years;
  • Average length of loan agreements: 10 months;
  • Average annual fixed salary of the players transferred to Italy (the country with the highest average salary among the six most active countries in the market): 550 000 Euros;
  • Average annual fixed salary of the players transferred to Brazil (most active country in 2012 recording 11% of the total transfers): 61 000 Euros.
  • Change in the involvement of intermediaries in international transfers compared to 2011: + 19%;
  • Compensation paid by English clubs to intermediaries in international transfers (the highest in the world): 45 million Euros.

Incoming and Outgoing Transfers by Region
The European market registered the majority of the incoming and outgoing transfers in 2012. The African and North American markets were the ones with the highest growth while the South American and Asian regions registered a decline.
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Most Active Countries in the Transfer Market in 2012
Regarding the most active countries in the market in 2012, there is mainly a trend for the entry of a greater number of foreign players in the English market and the larger internationalization of the Spanish player, certainly encouraged by the achievements of the Spanish national team. In percentage terms, the countries with the largest growth in the number of entries were Iraq (342%), Ivory Coast (322%) and Liberia (300%). Regarding the outgoing transfers, the top 3 in percentage terms, is composed by Gabon (75%), Hong Kong (72%) and Malaysia (69%).
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Balance of Incoming and Outgoing Transfers (€)
With regard to the balance of each country between revenues and expenses with players transfers, Brazil and Portugal lead the top 10 countries whose benefits were higher than expenditures while England and Russia lead, prominently, spenders top 10.
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Average annual salary paid to players transferred into the 6 most active countries in the Market in 2012 (fixed compensation)
Regarding this aspect, there is still a large gap between the European and South American markets.
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Commissions paid to intermediaries in International Transfers
England, Italy and Russia lead the top 10 countries that paid the highest values to intermediaries in 2012.
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Next Monday will take place at Old Trafford the 144th clash in official competitions between Manchester United and Manchester City being the top two positions of Barclays Premier League occupied, at the moment, respectively, by these two clubs separated by 15 points. As has been usual, Football Industry presents a set of comparative tables between both clubs divided into three distinct areas: Web, Finance and Sports Performance.
Such comparisons allows us to have an overview of the two clubs, their dimension and the chances of both teams.
Regarding the online component, the strategy of Manchester United differs from the one adopted by its rival. In fact, Manchester City is present in various social networks having reached an interesting number of followers although, with regard to Facebook, is still quite far from United. In this social network, Manchester City has only 15% of the number of fans of its rival. Regarding the websites of both clubs, currently, is in a better position both at a national and international level.
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Note: Manchester United’s Twitter belongs only to its Press Office.
In terms of revenues, Manchester United presents stronger figures occupying the third position in Deloitte Football Money League 2013 compared to the seventh position of Manchester City. Regarding the revenue structure of the clubs, City has a greater dependence on revenues from TV rights and commercial deals while the Reds structure is more divided between the three sources. However, in the last ten seasons, Manchester City has managed to achieve a remarkable growth, due to the effort to evolve of the club and its owners, more than tripling its revenues. Moreover, Manchester United has shown better results in UEFA competitions and, therefore, gathered higher revenues through this source. Simultaneously, the Reds have a more valuable brand and a better average attendance although the squad of City is considered more valuable. Finally, the Blues did not show encouraging results in their latest report and accounts having recorded a negative net result and personnel costs that exceed the ones of their rival in spite of having a lower net debt.
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Manchester United also has a greater dominance in the sports performance area having been victorious 59 times in the 143 clashes in official competitions between these teams compared with the 39 triumphs of Manchester City. Regarding the remaining performance indicators during this season, shown in the table below, there is a greater balance between both teams.
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Notes: (1) Data collected on March 31, 2013, (2) When counting the number of trophies won were considered the following competitions: FIFA Club World Cup, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, Cup Winners Cup, Intercontinental Cup, UEFA Cup, Premier League, FA Community Shield, English League Cup and FA Cup.
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Football Industry starts publishing today a set of articles that examine the relationship between sporting performance and the average annual salaries paid per player by clubs.
In the edition of 2010/2011 of the Barclays Premier League, Manchester United won the competition presenting the third highest annual average salary per player.
From a positive perspective, West Bromwich achieved the eleventh position in the competition with only the eighteenth highest salary value. In the opposite perspective, West Ham was the case with less success finishing in last place with the twelfth highest average annual salary per player.
Chelsea, Arsenal, Fulham, Sunderland and Wigan presented the same position in the salaries ranking as they did in the competition.
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