The latest study by CIES – Observatório do Futebol analyzes 417 teams from 27 European leagues (the main ones) in order to extrapolate the percentage of minutes played by young players who have been at the club for at least three years between seasons. Their fifteenth and twenty-first birthdays.
The club with the highest percentage is Zilina, from Slovakia (73.3% divided by 16 players), followed by the Ukrainians from Dynamo Kyiv (73.1% divided by 17 players) and Athletic Bilbao, which was in the “ranking” the first team of the Big Five, five major leagues in Europe (56.6% divided by 13 players). Soon after came Lyon (52.1% divided by 11 players) and Real Sociedad (40.1% divided by 17 players).
In England Chelsea and Brighton lead (26.9%), Germany Freiburg (31%) and Italy Roma (17.8%). In Portugal, Benfica ranks first (25.7% divided by six players), followed by V. Guimarães (20.8% divided by six players), FC Porto (15.2% divided by four players), Estoril (13.9% divided by two players) and Sporting (13.3% divided by nine players). It should be noted that Casa Pia and Vezilla are two league teams that do not have any “home” player minutes.
It should be noted that only championship matches were analyzed, referring to this season and up to January 16th.
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