Issue number 144 of the CIES Football Observatory Big-5 Weekly Post compares clubs according to the percentage of their current squad members who have been signed from abroad. At the top of the table is Chelsea (75% of players), followed by Monaco (73%) and Manchester City (69%). Sassuolo is the only big-5 league team who signed all squad members from national based clubs. The English Premier League gathers the most footballers recruited from abroad: 43.1%.
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Players fielded by France since June 2015 have played 66,961 minutes in the big-5 leagues during the current season. This is the highest figure among teams qualified for the Euro 2016 tournament, ahead of Italy, Spain, England and Germany. Since last June, Didier Deschamps has fielded 35 footballers who have played during the current season in the big-5 leagues (34 for England). Issue number 143 of the Weekly Post presents data for all the national sides.
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Issue number 142 of the CIES Football Observatory Weekly Post presents the median stay of coaches at the head of teams in the five major European leagues. Arsène Wenger stands alone, having managed Arsenal for 233 months. This is almost six times more than the second coach with the highest longevity in the English Premier League: Eddie Howe (Bournemouth). At big-5 league level, the second coach with the longest stay is Christophe Galtier (St-Etienne): 75 months.
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Issue number 141 of the Weekly Post presents the highest experience capital for players born in or after 1995. Six players born in 1997 employed by clubs outside the big-5 leagues have greater experience than any footballer born in the same year playing in the five major championships: Rúben Neves (Porto), Youri Tielemans (Anderlecht), Breel Embolo (Basle), Enes Ünal (NAC Breda, on loan from Manchester City), Ante ?ori? (Dinamo Zagreb) and Renato Sanches (Benfica).
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Twenty-nine big-5 league footballers aged 27 or over have played for a single club since the start of their career in the adult game. Among them are only two English Premier League players: Tony Hibbert (Everton) and Andy King (Leicester). Francesco Totti is the big-5 league player who has stayed for the longest period at the club where he made his debut. A full set of data is available in issue number 140 of the Weekly Post.
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Issue number 139 of the CIES Football Observatory Weekly Post unveils the players with the most domestic league appearances since the start of their career at adult level per year of birth. Tottenham’s rising star, Dele Alli, tops the table for players born on or after 1996. Overall, the current squad member of a big-5 league club who has played the most domestic league games during his career is Leicester City’s reserve goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer: 626 matches.