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One Country For Old Men

He should come looking for some of Italy's aging stars.

He should come looking for some of Italy's aging stars.

It should come as no surprise to anyone who’s seen a Serie A match recently that Italy’s domestic league is home to the world’s oldest players and the least amount of club-trained players of any of the top five leagues in Europe. The Annual Review of the European Football Players Labour Movement, published by The Professional Football Players’ Observatory, found that players for the top Italian clubs were almost two years older than their counterparts in the other leagues (27.5:25.9). The study also shows that Italy has the least amount of club-trained players (12.5) and the highest number of players who move around the most (4.24 transfers every ten years). These should be alarming stats for any fan of Italian football as the study concludes that a starting eleven full of club-trained players who have been with the club for a number of years is the key to success—aging journeymen, not so much. Here are some clubs that have have high percentages of veteran club-trained players—Barcelona, Manchester United and Arsenal. Hmm, sounds like the names of some successful Champions League performers. Are you paying attention Italian football executives?

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