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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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Forbes released today the 2013 edition of the list of the 50 most valuable sports teams in the world. Real Madrid leads the ranking in exchange with Manchester United, comparing with the previous year, and is also the club with higher revenues overall.
The list compiled by Forbes includes 30 American football teams, 7 Football clubs, 7 Baseball teams, 3 Basketball teams, 2 from Formula 1 and 1 Ice Hockey team.
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Note: Exchange Rate July 15, 2013 – 1 USD = 0,76549 EUR.

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 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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Forbes recently presented the ranking of the 20 most valuable football/soccer clubs in the world. In this ranking, we can observe that Real Madrid knocked, for the first time since 2004, Manchester United from the top spot and became the most valuable club with a value of around 2.5 billion Euros.
Simultaneously, Barcelona was the club that had the greatest growth in the last year (99%) followed by their rivals Real Madrid (76%), Manchester City (56%, club that rose more places in the ranking of 2013) and Manchester United (42%).
Overall, the Top 20 teams have an average value of 744 million Euros, which represents an increase of 26% compared to the 2011 edition, making a total of about 14.9 billion Euros. With regard to operating income, the average of the 20 clubs is 32 million Euros representing a drop of approximately 2.3 million compared to 2011.
Regarding new entries in the ranking, Newcastle United is now in the last position and Corinthians in the 16th place, being the first non-European club to join the list. The Brazilian side, who won Série A in Brazil in 2011 and FIFA Club World Cup 2012, has been characterized by creativity since they were the first Brazilian club to launch a TV channel of a sports team, TV Corinthians, and have sponsored an athlete who competed in the Ultimate Fighting Championship event held in Rio de Janeiro.
In the table below, we present the top 20 most valuable clubs as well as some financial data for each of them.
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Analyzing the values ​​by country, we can observe that English clubs, being 5 of them in the Top 10, present a greater value than the remaining countries (linked to the new contracts for TV rights) although, on average, the leadership belongs to Spain.
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Notes: (1) Exchange Rate April 24, 2013: 1 USD = 0.768362 EUR; (2) Operating profit: earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization and players transactions, (3) The values ​​presented are business values ​​(equity plus debt) based on multiple sources of revenue that clubs get through television rights, premium seats, media, merchandising, among others.
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