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European football economics: Transfer fees go crazy

An Adidas soccer ball on the field prior to the 2018 MLS All Star Game between the MLS All-Stars and Juventus at Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has apparently discovered who is to blame for the recent surge in prices on the football transfer market. “If prices are inflated then the fault lies with Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain,” he told German magazine Merkur. Continue reading

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Transfer cost to assemble the squad: Manchester City at the top

Manchester City has spent almost €1 billion in transfer indemnities to sign its present squad members (add-ons included). This obscene figure is the highest figure ever measured for a football team. The CIES Football Observatory Weekly Post presents the data for all of the big-5 league teams in Europe.

Seven English Premier League teams are in the 11 top positions of the table. The biggest increase compared to last year was measured for Liverpool (from €437M to €704M). The Spanish giants (Barcelona and Real Madrid), Juventus and Paris St-Germain (2nd overall) are the only non-English teams in the top 11. The best-ranked German Bundesliga club, Bayern Munich, is 12th.

Total transfer expenditure to make up the squad for clubs from the five major European leagues went constantly up during the last decade. In 2010, a big-5 league had spent on average €67M to sign its squad members. In 2018, this figure reached a new record high of €161M. During the same period, the amounts invested to assemble the squad by English Premier League clubs went up from €126M to €326M.

The Premier League, whose member clubs are owned by financial oligarchs, currently has the highest percentage of foreign players of any league in the world, at 69.2 per cent.

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Tactical analysis: How Bayern’s high line killed a comeback against Barcelona

How Bayern’s high line killed a comeback against Barcelona – tactical analysis

Written by Bayern Central (May 13) – FC Bayern München fought in its Champions League semi return leg against Barcelona but its attempt at a comeback was destroyed by a high defensive line. A detailed look at how it unfolded.

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CSKA Moscow hit with stadium ban for Champions League match against Bayern

Playing five-times winners Bayern Munich in the Champions League should have been one of the highlights of CSKA Moscow’s season but unfortunately for the Russian champions, they will have to play the Group E contest behind closed doors.

CSKA have been ordered to play Tuesday’s match in an empty arena by European soccer’s governing body UEFA following the poor behaviour of their fans against Viktoria Plzen last December. Continue reading

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