Another year, and another ten nominess for the FIFA Puskas Award. Choosing "the most beautiful goal" of the season can be tricky, but it is a rather enjoyable task to do.
Last year's Puskas Award winner was James Rodriguez who scored an incredible volley for Colombia in the 2014 World Cup against Uruguay.
This year's nominees are:
Real Sociedad v Deportivo de la Coruna, La Liga, April 12 2015
AS Roma v FC Barcelona, Champions League, September 16 2015
Atletico-GO v Goianesia, Brazlian Goiano, March 11 2015
USA v Japan, FIFA Women's World Cup, July 5 2015
Athletic Bilbao v FC Barcelona, Copa del Rey, May 30 2015
AC Milan v Inter Milan, Pre-season friendly, July 25 2015
Paderborn v Bolton Wanderers, Pre-season friendly, July 13 2015
Herediano v Deportivo Saprissa, Costa Rican Primera Division Invierno, November 2 2014
Juventus v Parma, Italian Serie A, November 9 2014
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The latest Monthly Report of the CIES Football Observatory analyses the presence of club-trained players in 460 teams of 31 top division leagues in UEFA member associations.
The study notably shows that the percentage of home-grown footballers in squads has decreased for the sixth consecutive season to reach a new record low.
Following UEFA’s definition, club-trained players are footballers who have been for at least three seasons between the ages of 15 and 21 in their employer team.
The relative presence of this category of players in squads has steadily decreased from 23.1% in 2009 to only 19.7% in 2015. Club-trained footballers still accounted for more than one fifth of squad members in 2014: 21.0%.
This finding reflects the lesser tendency of European top division clubs to give their chance to players from their youth academy.
As a consequence, the average age of footballers in the 31 top division leagues surveyed has reached a new record high: 26.0 years. The decrease in the proportion of club-trained players also reflects the greater mobility of footballers from their youngest age.
The Report also presents the rankings of clubs who trained the most players active in the leagues surveyed. At the top of the overall table is Partizan Belgrade (78 players trained), followed by Ajax Amsterdam (75 players).
FC Barcelona heads the ranking of clubs who trained the most players under contract with big-5 league teams (44 players), ahead of Olympique Lyonnais (35 players) and Real Madrid (34 players). All data is available in issue number 125 of the Big-5 Weekly Post.
Last but not least, the CIES Football Observatory is pleased to unveil a brand new version of its exclusive Digital Atlas on the demography of footballers in Europe.
This unique tool presents a wide array of indicators allowing users to grasp the latest trends in the European football players’ labour market. The next Monthly Reports will further develop some of the exclusive information presented in the Digital Atlas.
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