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Antwerp and Anderlecht, big “consumers” of players, Manchester City and PSG at the antipodes

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How many players do clubs use in a year? This is the question that the CIES Football Observatory wanted to answer by analyzing the number of players used in the league during the last 365 days in 84 top divisions around the world.

The Belgian Pro League teams are also part of the observed sample. Without any real surprise, the most voracious clubs in terms of player utilization are Antwerp with 45 players and Sporting Anderlecht with 43 players. The tandem is closely followed by Sporting de Charleroi (41) and Standard (39). The Union Saint-Gilloise (30), Genk (28) and Mechelen (28) drag the Belgian average (34.1) down.

Within the 5 major European championships (Germany, England, Spain, France, Italy), these are the small Serie A clubs which struggle the most to keep a stable nucleus. Thus Genoa used 50 players and Spezia (49). Four additional Italian clubs (Venezia, Cagliari, Salernitana and Bologna) are in the top 10 of the Big-5 clubs in terms of players used against only one for France (Troyes), Spain (Cadiz), England ( Watford) and Germany (Hertha Berlin). These 10 clubs are the only ones to have given playing time to more than 40 players in the European championships.

The first prestigious club in this ranking is Paris Saint-Germain with 38 players used. On the other hand, the two teams that work with the smallest cores in the Big-5 are West Ham United and Manchester City with 25 players. Atlético de Madrid (26), Mönchengladbach (27), Lille (27), Tottenham (28) and Chelsea (29) are the other clubs of a certain level to stay below the 30 players used.

>> CIES figures in detail

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