UK clubs outspend on football transfers: FIFA

The value of the international player transfer market jumped by 41 percent to $3.7 billion (2.7bn euros) last year, with British clubs driving a quarter of business, Zurich-based FIFA said on Wednesday.

UK clubs outspend on football transfers: FIFA
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Global football's governing body said that its Transfer Matching System handled a total of 12,309 cross-border deals involving male professional players, underlining the rosiness of the market.
The data was gathered in FIFA's Global Transfer Market report, which is now into its third edition.
"The report provides a unique insight into the patterns and trends that have developed in the international transfer market over the 2013 calendar year from a national, regional and global perspective," FIFA said.
"This includes compelling analysis of market activity and mobility patterns, transfer fee spending, player characteristics and the involvement of club intermediaries in player transfers."
With a total of 1,402 transfers, Brazil remained the most active market for both incoming and outgoing players.
Last year was marked by Real Madrid's September purchase of Wales international Gareth Bale from English club Tottenham for a reported world record fee of over 100 million euros.
That beat the previous record, also set by Real when they bought Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United for 94 million euros in 2009.
But despite Real's outlay for 24-year-old Bale, it was English clubs that spent the most on transfers in 2013, with their combined $913 million representing a quarter of the total.
Commissions to agents involved in transfers rose by 30 percent, although the actual number of deals involving such intermediaries dropped to 14 percent from 17 percent in 2012.
The data also showed that the average age of players transferred internationally was 25 years and 3 months.
FIFA's figures also showed that transfer activity for the first two weeks of this year was slacker than in 2013.
A total of 290 players were transferred between January 1st and 13th, compared with 352 in the same period last year.

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Trial over 2006 German World Cup corruption opens in Switzerland

Three former German football officials and ex-FIFA Secretary General Urs Linsi went on trial on Monday in Switzerland over suspicions that Germany bought votes to obtain the 2006 World Cup.

Trial over 2006 German World Cup corruption opens in Switzerland

The three defendants have indicated that they will not be present at the hearing in Bellinzona for a variety of reasons, including fear of travelling because of coronavirus contagion.

Swiss Linsi, 70, former German Football Association (DFB) presidents Wolfgang Niersbach, 69, and Theo Zwanziger, 74, and 78-year-old former DFB General Secretary Horst R. Schmidt are being prosecuted for “fraud”.

They are accused by the Swiss Federal Prosecutor's Office (BA) of concealing from the DFB the true destination of a transfer of 6.7 million euros ($7.6 million today), paid in 2005 by the organising committee to former Adidas boss, the late Robert Louis-Dreyfus, via FIFA.

The case of former World Cup organising committee chairman Franz Beckenbauer is being heard separately because of the former Germany captain's poor health.

The investigation was prompted by a report in German publication Der Spiegel in 2015 that Germany had used a secret fund of 10 million Swiss francs (6.7 million euros at the time) to buy votes and obtain the rights to host the competition at the expense of South Africa.

Beckenbauer is suspected of having asked Louis-Dreyfus, to contribute to this fund shortly before the vote on the host in the summer of 2000.

Louis-Dreyfus was allegedly reimbursed by the German Football Association on the pretext of expenses related to a FIFA gala evening, which ever took place.

Zwanziger, Niersbach and Schmidt have also been charged with tax fraud in Germany and the case is expected to come to trial in the coming months. cpb/pb/td