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The Insurance Value Of Every Squad At Brazil World Cup

7 years ago

In advance of the Brazil World Cup, FIFA implemented its ‘Club Protection Programme’, the first time it has been in place at the World’s premier football tournament.

In June 2012 the FIFA General Secretary, Jerome Valcke made the announcement;

“Clubs will be indemnified, to a certain extent, if their players are injured while on duty with senior men’s representative ‘A’ teams for matches listed in the international match calendar, for the period 1 September 2012 to 31 December 2014.”

So basically, if players get injured on international duty there is a process whereby clubs can claim compensation up to certain limits and meeting certain criteria.

Interestingly, insurance experts Lloyds carried out research to then produce a league table of what insurable value each of the 32 squads would have.

When added up, the 32 countries collectively had £6.211billion worth of insurable players.

However, it is most interesting when you see the breakdown country by country.

Here are the top seven rated  and maybe yet again we see one of the major problems with English football, along with all the other unrealistic expectations, the England squad ends up with the third highest insurable value.

Something that bears little resemblance to the reality of their ability and a process which means English players have a ridiculous premium on their ‘value’ which is apparent when transfers take place. You only have to look at such average players as James Milner going for over £20m to see what little connection it has with their intrinsic value.

As you will see, ironically Costa Rica are at the very bottom of the table despite being good enough to qualify, unlike England, amassing seven points to our lot’s one. Each Costa Rica player was valued at less than £1m, whereas England’s failures were close on £24m per player on average.

£641.2m £27.9m Germany

£590.1m £25.7m Spain

£550.1m £23.9m England

£448.3m £19.5m Brazil

£394.8m £17.2m France

£360.4m £15.7m Belgium

£355.2m £15.4m Argentina

  £18.3m £0.8m Costa Rica


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