The share of foreign players in professional clubs is steadily growing every year

The share of foreign players in professional clubs is steadily growing every year. The process of globalization has fully penetrated the sporting sphere of society, which is confirmed by the diagram below, which is based on the percentage of foreign players in the five largest leagues of Europe, starting in 1985, to this day. The main jump has been observed since 1995. This is due to the fact that in this period in the Old World, the restraining quotas for legionaries were abolished.

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If we take into account 37 of the strongest leagues from all continents, the total percentage of foreigners is 26.6%. Leaders in this regard are the European and American leagues, which is explained by the relatively low limit on foreign players. On the contrary, Asia has a fairly strict limit. The consequence is a low percentage of foreign players in the teams of these leagues. A slightly different situation in Latin America. A low percentage is due to the desire of the teams to obtain high profits from sales to the West of homegrown players. They give constant practice to their compatriots and then during the transfer windows they gladly part with them. Replacement is often found in a double or a youth team.

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It seems interesting that most foreigners often find themselves somewhat older than their own national football players. This is indirectly confirmed by a diagram showing the proportion of legionnaires older than 28 years (33.8%) and under the age of 21 (13.2%). And also on the basis of the analysis given below, one can see a tendency to the fact that midfielders and attackers are more often foreigners than defenders and goalkeepers. And this is not so simple: clubs often try to have a creative attack group of foreign origin, since this seriously complicates the work of the defenders of the opponent who, from childhood in sports schools, learned to play against their compatriots.

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In Latin America, the situation with the legionnaires is as follows: Brazil has the lowest percentage and this is quite logical, because in this country from time immemorial appears the largest number of football talents. Brazilian clubs prefer to give the opportunity to develop their own players. Mexico is the leader among the South American teams. 34.1% of foreign players are due to the lower quality of football schools and higher financial capabilities. The peculiarity of Latin America is that in these championships there is a high percentage of foreign goalkeepers (15.1%).