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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