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SBD Global/February 14, 2014/International Football

FIFA Presents Report Showing ‘Big 5’ Leagues Accounted For 66% Of Global Transfer Spend

The FIFA Transfer Matching System has launched a new report -- The BIG 5: Transfer Window Analysis January 2014 -- with analysis of int’l transfers involving clubs from England, France, Germany, Italy and Spain. The report covers transfers completed in January -- an important time for many players given that the World Cup is just months away -- as well as data from last year’s European summer transfer window. It is based on data submitted to FIFA TMS's Int'l Transfer Matching System from June ’13 through January. During this period, these five markets accounted for 66%, $2.2B of the total global spend of $3.4B. These five markets accounted for 34% -- 3,465 of the 10,060 -- of transfers. English clubs accounted for 26% -- $885M -- of the global market spend. French (12%, $399M), Italian (11%, $363M), Spanish (10%, $337M) and German clubs (7%, $252M) were the next-most active in the transfer market. Spanish clubs earned more on sales ($497M) than they spent on signings. German clubs’ spending rose $26M from the previous year (FIFA).

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