Twenty-nine big-5 league footballers aged 27 or over have played for a single club since the start of their career in the adult game. Among them are only two English Premier League players: Tony Hibbert (Everton) and Andy King (Leicester). Francesco Totti is the big-5 league player who has stayed for the longest period at the club where he made his debut. A full set of data is available in issue number 140 of the Weekly Post.
Weekly Post 139
Issue number 139 of the CIES Football Observatory Weekly Post unveils the players with the most domestic league appearances since the start of their career at adult level per year of birth. Tottenham’s rising star, Dele Alli, tops the table for players born on or after 1996. Overall, the current squad member of a big-5 league club who has played the most domestic league games during his career is Leicester City’s reserve goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer: 626 matches.
Weekly Post 138
Issue number 138 of the CIES Football Observatory Weekly Post presents the 10 most fielded U21 players per position. French Ligue 1 footballers are the most represented, while English Premier League players are the least numerous. However, Anthony Martial (Manchester United) tops the table for forwards, while Héctor Bellerín (Arsenal) heads the full back rankings. Among the most fielded young players are two Schalke 04 players: Leon Goretzka and Maximilian Meyer.
Weekly Post 137
Issue number 137 of the Weekly Post presents analysis on the performance levels of Champions League last 16 round participants during the group stages. The study covers both defensive and attacking areas of play. This allows us to predict the most likely winners. The biggest performance gap was measured between Real Madrid and Rome: +32%. Atlético Madrid and Bayern Munich also performed significantly better than PSV Eindhoven and Juventus: +25% and +23% respectively.
Weekly Post 136
Issue number 136 of the Weekly Post compares fees paid to sign big-5 league players during the January window with transfer values estimated on the basis of the algorithm exclusively developed by the CIES Football Observatory. In 34 cases out of 49, the difference between the fee invested to recruit a big-5 league player and his estimated transfer value was less than €2 million. The analysis also highlights that the inflation in transfer costs continues.
Weekly Post 135
Manchester United have fielded the most players at English Premier League level since the start of the season. At the opposite end of the table is Arsenal. Arsène Wenger has only used 21 players so far, while Louis van Gaal has already fielded 28 footballers. The data for all clubs is available in issue number 135 of the Weekly Post. Previous research from the CIES Football Observatory suggests that maintaining a core group of footballers is more likely to allow clubs to achieve top level results.