Southampton is the European champion in terms of making money from youth football

Southampton is the European champion in terms of making money from youth football 2
Southampton is the European champion in terms of making money from youth football 2

This is the statistical result of the football research group CIES Football Observatory, conducted from July 2012 until now.

According to CIES calculations, in 2014 Southampton alone had a revenue of about $95 million through the sale of stars trained by their Youth Football Academy: Calum Chambers (to Arsenal), Luke Shaw (Man Utd)

Lallana (second from left), Shaw (middle) and Chambers (right) are young stars trained by Southampton and sold at very high prices last summer.

The most lucrative deal among the three players above was the transfer of Luke Shaw to Man Utd for a fee of nearly $45 million in the summer of 2014. At the age of 19, this defender became the most expensive teenage player.

In the top 20 most profitable youth football centers in European football, there are top clubs, but not in the highest positions: Real Madrid (6th), Barcelona (7th).

Meanwhile, many of Europe’s top clubs from the English Premier League and Serie A were suddenly absent from the top 20 youth football academies: Chelsea, Arsenal, Juventus and Inter.

Southampton is the European champion in terms of making money from youth football

Arsenal was once famous for its youth training policy, but now also follows the trend of buying established stars like Ozil.

Lille, Real Sociedad, Sevilla and Borussia Dortmund have football academies in the top five, behind Southampton, also thanks to recent large revenues.

Mario Gotze, an attacking midfielder who came of age at Dortmund’s academy, was an integral part of the club’s 2012 Bundesliga championship campaign before being sold to Bayern Munich a year later for a fee of $39 million.

Meanwhile, Eden Hazard, once a student at Lille, has now become an important member of Mourinho’s Chelsea squad.

High-priced deals like Hazard have helped France’s Ligue 1 become the most profitable league through transfer activities of players trained by academies.

Southampton is the European champion in terms of making money from youth football

Hazard, who grew up in Lille before going to Chelsea,┬áis a typical product of Ligue 1’s youth training and then selling technology. Photo: Reuters.

La Liga ranked second with a total revenue of $290 million from selling student players.

The CIES team also compiled statistics to see which academies have trained the most players currently playing in one of Europe’s top five leagues.

Rich Man City Club has only trained 12 players who are still capable of playing in Europe’s top tournaments, and of these only one player remains at Etihad Stadium.

Nguyen Phat

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