The 6th edition of the annual CIES Demographic Study on football was recently published. The report examines the "31 top division leagues of UEFA member associations", covering more than 470 clubs and over 11,500 players.
The report offers some stern words for those involved with football clubs which could be deemed as worrying for the future. Depsite the current economic conditions in Europe the CIES suggest:
"The cloud of economic stakes that hangs over sporting logics is flagrant in many clubs and countries. In general, the number of transfers carried out by teams during the current season is at an all-time high. A trend that is difficult to understand given the actual climate with its numerous financial difficulties".
Some of the main findings in the report (which can be viewed here) are as follows:
1. The relative presence of footballers playing for the club where they were trained reached a new record low.
2. The English Premier League has the second highest percentage of expatriate footballers.
3. Transfer activity is much higher in Southern and Eastern Europe than in the northern part of the continent.
4. The tallest league is German Bundesliga (183.8cm), while the shortest is Spanish Liga (180.1cm).
5. Barcelona have the second shortest squad (177.4cm) among the 472 clubs surveyed!!
6. Finally, Ajax top the table of clubs having trained the most players under contract with top division teams.