The report covers international transfers completed in January 2014 – a crucial time for many players given that the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ is just months away – as well as data from last year’s European summer transfer window, providing a full analysis of the 2013/14 transfer season.
It is based on official data inputted into FIFA TMS’s International Transfer Matching System (ITMS) from 1 June 2013 to 31 January 2014. During this period, these five markets accounted for 66 per cent or USD 2.2 billion of the total global spend. In terms of the number of players transferred, the five markets accounted for 34 per cent of the total market or 3,465 out of 10,060 global transfers.
Among the revelations was English clubs accounting for a whopping 26 per cent of the global market spend (USD 885m). French, Italian and Spanish clubs accounted for 12 per cent (USD 399m), 11 per cent (USD 363m) and ten per cent (USD 337m) respectively.
Spanish clubs earned more on sales (USD 497m) than the spent on signings.
Meanwhile German clubs’ spending on international transfer fees rose by USD 26m to USD 252m, representing seven per cent of the global market spend (USD 3.4b).
The report, available in English for download via the FIFA TMS website, is one of the premium services provided by the FIFA TMS. These services, which also include the recently launched Global Transfer Market Report 2014 plus country-level market reports and the Domestic Transfer Matching System (DTMS), are helping the FIFA subsidiary to become self-funding, fulfilling the requirement of the FIFA Congress. This in turn will help FIFA to achieve its long-term goals of bringing greater transparency and understanding to the transfer market and its operation.
For more information about FIFA TMS and the reports, please visit the link to the right.