Spain is the fifth country in Europe that invests the most money in quarry: 3.4 million euros

Ahead are England, with an average of € 6.1m, Germany, which invested an average of € 5.3m, France, which averaged an investment of € 4.7m and Italy, which allocated € 4.6m.


Spanish First Division clubs invested an average of 3.4 million euros in the development of the lower categories in 2020, according to a study released this Thursday by UEFA.

A figure that places Spain in fifth position in the ranking of the countries that spend the most money on average per club in the development and training of new talents, led by England with an average of 6.1 million euros.

After the English First Division teams are the German teams, who invested an average of 5.3 million euros for the development of the lower categories 444 444

Behind England and Germany are France, whose First Division teams averaged an investment of 4.7 million euros, and Italy, where top-flight clubs spent 4.6 million on average on the development of grassroots football.

The economic uncertainty generated by the coronavirus pandemic has endowed, as UEFA highlights in its report, of "greater importance than ever" the investment made by clubs in the training of new talent. "With the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic casting an uncertain future on football finances, high-quality youth development and investment in infrastructure to support player development is arguably more important than ever," noted by UEFA.

An idea that seems to have penetrated more than ever in First Division clubs across Europe, as reflected in the figure of 870 million that will invest in 2020 in the development of the lower categories.

In this sense, the German First Division teams are the ones that seem most concerned about the development of their "quarries". As evidenced by the fact, according to the data provided by the UEFA report, that up to 12 of the 18 Bundesliga clubs allocated a budget of more than 5 million euros for the development of their lower categories.

For its part, 9 are the English First Division clubs that exceeded the 5 million barrier, for the 8 that did so in France, the 7 that exceeded it in Italy or the 6 teams that crossed it in Spain.

Solidarity payments

However, the clubs are not the only ones willing to contribute financially to the development of new footballers, an area in which UEFA plays a fundamental role through solidarity payments.

In fact, the amount of solidarity payments made by the European Federation to teams participating in competitions not belonging to the development of the lower categories has "exceeded 1,000 euros in the last decade". These payments, which have gone from 43 million in the 2008/2009 season to 139 in the 2018/2019 season, have benefited a total of 1,629 different clubs in the last ten years.


An important part of the money invested by the clubs in the development of grassroots football has been allocated to the construction or modernization of the facilities where new players are trained.

Section in which, as stated in the UEFA report, the clubs of the first European divisions have invested more than 1,000 million euros.

Thus, in the last two years, a total of 53 top-level clubs from 33 different countries have opened new training centers and, as UEFA emphasizes, "at least 27 other new centers are currently being developed" .

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