Barca Players Are The Shortest, Inter Players Oldest – Football Survey
Posted: 22 Jan 2011 01:26 AM PST
European footballers are on average playing at the top level until they are older, growing taller and running faster, according to a study of football across the continent published on Wednesday.
The survey, of more than 13,000 players at 534 clubs across 36 leagues by the Swiss-based Professional Football Players Observatory (PFPO), also shows:
* Barcelona has, on average, the shortest team in Europe
* Manchester United has the most stable squad
* European champion Inter Milan has the oldest squad
* Tottenham Hotspur has more active internationals than any other club on the continent
Raffaele Poli, one of the study’s co-authors based at the University of Neuchatel in Switzerland, has been compiling data on European footballers since 2005 and said some trends have emerged since the first report was published three years ago.
“We are seeing that players in the top leagues are becoming older, faster and are getting taller,” he told Reuters.
“In general too, more than 45.7 per cent move internationally during their career but players playing at the club where they developed has fallen from 26 per cent three years ago to 23.4 per cent.
“There is also an increasing internationalisation of European soccer with less players—23 per cent compared to 26 per cent three years ago—staying at the club or in the country where they developed.’’
Barcelona, widely tipped to win both the Spanish and Champions Leagues this season, is on average the shortest team in Europe with an average height of 1.77 metres (5ft 9ins), while the tallest sides are SV Mattersburg of Austria and Volyn Lutsk of Ukraine at 1.86m (6ft 1ins).
United’s squad is the most stable with the average player staying 5.71 years, compared to the “newest” team in Europe, Olympiakos Nicosia of Cyprus which signed 95 per cent of its players during 2010.
Olymnpiakos also has the greatest number of expatriates appearing for it: 85 per cent.
European champion Inter Milan could prove that experience counts for something as its average age is 29.6 years, compared to Europe’s youngest team, JFK Olimps Riga of Latvia, whose average age is 19.02 years.
Reply #1 by mallorca
on: 1 Mar 11, 05:07 PM (4 years ago) Addicted Hero (m)
Reply #2 by uyanah
on: 4 Mar 11, 01:30 PM (4 years ago) Newbie (m)
I seriously belief that if NFF had been more scientific in approaching football, Pius Ikedia cud have been as good as Messi!
Reply #3 by chyke123
on: 5 Mar 11, 12:09 AM (4 years ago) Newbie (m)
Reply #4 by Dikason32
on: 5 Mar 11, 12:36 AM (4 years ago) Newbie (m)
I don't know why short people are the most skilled in football!
Reply #5 by Diamond4u
on: 5 Mar 11, 08:18 AM (4 years ago) Upcoming (m)
POSTER PLZ REMIND ME THIS ISSUE I'M COMING BACK
Reply #6 by simele
on: 5 Mar 11, 09:02 AM (4 years ago) Gistmaniac (m)
Reply #7 by fireman
on: 5 Mar 11, 09:50 AM (4 years ago) Addicted Hero (m)
at least that should make you understand that football is better suited for people who are average at least 5ft 7'' because of their centre of gravity.Some sports are suited for tall players like baskeball and kayaking.
Reply #8 by dedon4nig
on: 5 Mar 11, 03:11 PM (4 years ago) Newbie (m)
Is not how far but how well... They said Barca has the shortest team in European football league but they are the best team in the world at present, they lead the world sport club weekly poll, they have the highest fans on facebook 10million fans more than Real Madrid and Man U... they have the best player in planet and other two nominee. their coach, Pep Godihola is one of the best coach in the world after Jose Moriho, there´s a lot about the club. Guys, Barca is more than a club and i am happy to be one of their Big fans... Thanks to all Barca fans around the world....Hahahaha..A HUG!!!
Reply #9 by Emmatador
on: 5 Mar 11, 06:22 PM (4 years ago) Newbie (m)
Barcelona players are short but still groom the best players in the world
Reply #10 by kenyasmart
on: 5 Mar 11, 08:52 PM (4 years ago) Newbie (m)
Reply #11 by simymoore
on: 6 Mar 11, 12:18 PM (4 years ago) Newbie (m)
DON'T MIND THE BODY, MIND THE ENGINE
Reply #12 by interpo77
on: 6 Mar 11, 05:01 PM (4 years ago) Gistmaniac (m)
so they dont say anything about ma club'?ma real madrid is the best club of the 21st century, the best and niciest guys ever
the best coach ahhsssssssssssss,
hahaha, messi na , the shortest and fastest, the leftiest and chinko
Reply #13 by nollyparker
on: 6 Mar 11, 11:51 PM (4 years ago) Newbie (m)
Short or no short is not any case 4 me. What matters 4 me is de result dat i get 4rm my one and only best clua in d world. Qed.
Reply #14 by Hollermeelaycon
on: 7 Mar 11, 01:06 AM (4 years ago) Upcoming (m)
But dem stil dey win wares.
Reply #15 by Eghe1
on: 8 Mar 11, 08:36 PM (4 years ago) Newbie (m)
Reply #16 by virginpie4real
on: 9 Mar 11, 01:41 AM (4 years ago) Newbie (m)
Reply #17 by captainmike
on: 10 Mar 11, 09:02 AM (4 years ago) Newbie (m)
that why the rob Arsenal in chap. leauge.
Reply #18 by Solidstonez
on: 5 Jan 13, 03:43 PM (2 years ago) Addicted Hero (f)
Reply #19 by Solidstonez
on: 5 Jan 13, 03:44 PM (2 years ago) Addicted Hero (f)