The rich can afford young people: so the poor Serie A is among the last in Europe | I study

The whole thing has a cyclical trend and easily predictable. Because the assumption is first dusted off, then elevated to a system and finally quickly forgotten. It happens practically after every defeat of the National. But also following the most heartbreaking and painful victories of the Azzurri. It went like this a few weeks ago too, when the Italy that once was Mancini and what time is it Spalletti he won the pass for Euro 2024 from unspeakable suffering. The clubs of A leagueit was said on that occasion, tend to ignore the Boys trained in their own nurseries to stuff your roses with foreigners. A concept repeated so many times that it ended up becoming a cliché, spot electoral. At least until last week. Yes, because the Ciesthe football observatory based in Neuchâtel, in Swisspublished a study that provides a direct snapshot of the situation of youth sectors internationally. Taking into consideration the percentage of minutes granted to players who trained in the national clubs’ academies, the report draws up a global ranking among the teams of over sixty championships around the world. And the results are disturbing. There A leaguein fact, it is theultima among the five major continental leagues (and the twenty-eighth in all of Europe) for the use of “Club-trained players“. Basically, the Italian clubs have fielded players from their youth sectors only for 5.7% of the total minutes available. Only the First Division did worse Cypriot (5.6%), the Super League Greek (4.8%) e la Super League Turkish (4.3%). Specifically, only three Italian clubs used players who grew up in their academy for more than 10% of the total minutes. In the head is theAtalanta (18.7%), followed by Juventus (11.4%) and from Roma (11.1%). On the contrary, Genoa, Frosinone and Salernitana have never sent one of their own players onto the pitch youth sector.

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The situation around Europe is very different. In Spainputting aside the t-shirt and shorts utopias like Athletic Bilbao (68.9%) e Real Sociedad (45.4%), there are 8 other clubs that have given space to their young players in a percentage that varies from 36.3% Real Madrid up to 13.6% of Seville. In Ligue 1however, the clubs are even in double figures tenwhile in Premier League I am set.

The most interesting fact, however, is another. Because it is not true that the nursery products are deployed the smaller clubsthose with less spending capacity on the market and, consequently, forced to experiment and to bet on rough diamonds. Atalanta is at twentieth place among the clubs of the five major continental tournaments for minutes granted to players who grew up in their youth sector. But before the Goddess there are clubs with a very heavy coat of arms such as Real Madrid (fourth in the ranking), Barcelona (nono), Arsenal (fourteenth), Atletico Madrid (seventeenth), Manchester United (eighteenth) e Chelsea (nineteenth). All clubs with one budget which oscillates between the substantial and the exaggerated.

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What looks like a paradox it is instead the result of a very particular trend. And to understand this, the concept of “Club-trained players” must first be clarified. It’s something very different from the idea of ​​the kid starting from Chicks of a club and makes his debut with the first team. By players trained in the club we mean those players who have spent at least three seasons in the same company between the ages of 15 and 21. Vinicius Juniorwho joined Real Madrid in 2018, a 18 years, can be considered a player trained in the Meringues youth sector. Except it cost the club something like 61 million euros. It is the new frontier of a market that for some years has seen the Blancos write out huge checks in order to grab the best young people In circulation. It was like this for too Rodrygopurchased at 18 for 45 million euros, for Arda Laughswho last summer, as soon as he came of age, was paid 20 million plus bonuses, and for Camavinga, purchased at 19 for 31 million plus bonuses. And it will soon be the same for Endrickwho will arrive in the Spanish capital on 21 July 2024, i.e. when he has reached the age of majority, but only after payment to the Palm trees of a figure close to 40 million euros.

These are difficult purchases to frame. Because on the one hand they risk creating a international market where guys always younger they are purchased for increasingly higher prices. But on the other hand they give a gift to the clubs that can afford that type of investment advantage both in the short and long term. Because in addition to being able to count on the best talents in circulation, the most opulent societies can fill the most efficiently list uefa. List A, for example, must be filled with at least 8 “locally trained” players. These are club trained players, but also players who were trained in the federation and owned by another club of the same federation for three years between the ages of 15 and 21. With a very specific difference: each team could potentially be made up only of club trained players, while the players trained in the same federation cannot be more than four. Thus, whoever manages to transform the best foreign players in club trained players has the opportunity to train longer roses e more competitive compared to opponents.

2023-12-05 11:05:52
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