Mon 13 Nov by Mark Gleeson
The aggregated value of current squad members is above one billion Euros for four clubs – Barcelona, Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur – according to research by the CIES Football Observatory, who estimated transfer values on the basis of an algorithm. According to it, Manchester City’s current squad has a total transfer value of almost 1.2 billion euros, with Kevin de Bruyne potentially their most expensive player at a value of 144.5-million Euros, while three other City squad members are worth more than 100 million – Leroy Sané, Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus.
*Professional footballers and other athletes who have suffered from concussion are more likely to get depression and other problems, including sleep disturbance, when their playing careers end, according to new research carried out by the international players’ union FIFpro. The study showed those who had suffered “four of five concussions” were 1.5 times more likely to report mental health problems than those who had not. The FIFpro study questioned 576 former top-flight footballers, ice hockey and rugby players from eight countries, including South Africa.
*Football’s lawmakers look set to postpone their annual business meeting in Abu Dhabi where the main focus of attention was to have been video technology. It is understood that IFAB, comprising the four British associations and FIFA, will almost certainly have to call off its scheduled mid-December session due to unavailability so close to Christmas and that a January replacement date will be sought instead.
*The new UEFA Nations League is set to enhance the value of European international football matches, and generate 2-billion euros over the 2018-22 four-year cycle. The Nations League is a new idea, intended to replace most international friendly matches in Europe with games pitting national teams of broadly comparable ability against one another. The opening match in the new competition has been scheduled for September next year.
*Beleaguered Bafana Bafana, who crashed out of the World Cup qualifying race by losing at home to Senegal on Friday, will not play again until March next year when they meet Libya in the 2019 African Nations Cup qualifiers.