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Report Shows Newcastle In World Top 50 For Developing 2014 Brazil World Cup Players

8 years ago

The latest report from the respected CIES Football Observatory has rated clubs worldwide in terms of developing players for this summer’s Brazil World Cup.

Out of 821 clubs that have helped train players who are appearing in this World Cup, Newcastle surprisingly rank 47th out of all clubs worldwide, with only Manchester United, Arsenal and Southampton featuring ahead of United out of the English clubs.

The first six in the rankings detailed here with the English ones then detailed as well, up to Newcastle in 47th spot. The number of players clubs are credited with being in brackets.

1st Feyenoord (9), 2nd Barcelona (9), 3rd Dinamo Zagreb (8),  4th Ajax (7), 5th Lille (8), 6th Manchester United (7), 13th Arsenal (5), 29th Southampton (4), 47th Newcastle (4)

Newcastle’s four, after a fair bit of thinking, I would assume are Tim Krul (Holland), Fraser Forster & James Milner (both England) and James Troisi (Australia). (If you can think of anybody else who was one of the four who qualified please let us know)

The ranking taking into account the number of World Cup participants that were trained per club, as well as the number of league matches that were played by those players up to the age of 23.

The age limit has been set according to FIFA regulations on training indemnities and training clubs have been defined according to UEFA definition of at least 3 years at the club between the ages of 15 and 21.

When it comes to country by country, England rank second behind France but ahead of Germany. France’s position is largely down to the number of footballers trained in France but who play for other national teams, especially African countries.

In England’s case, their high placing no doubt comes from the number of players cherry picked from abroad by clubs such as Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City.


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