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I'm sure some of you have heard and seen at least 1 of their statistics. Its a football observatory and they post all sorts of interesting stats. Relevant? Debatable. Interesting for sure though.

Here are some for the World Cup.

Average age

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Height

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Players born abroad

(Portugal's is fucking high!)

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Players playing abroad

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Employer associations

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Full link is here

 

https://www.football-observatory.com/?lang=en

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From a Peru point of view, these seem accurate, although players born abroad at 4%? There were a few but they are not on the NT anymore. That got me seriously thinking.

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One reason why England won't/don't perform that well at major tournaments - the lack of players playing abroad.

The fact it's at 0.0% speaks volumes. Germany is next biggest team but lowest percentage, but relatively 32% is still high. 

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7 minutes ago, Stan said:

One reason why England won't/don't perform that well at major tournaments - the lack of players playing abroad.

The fact it's at 0.0% speaks volumes. Germany is next biggest team but lowest percentage, but relatively 32% is still high. 

I'm curious how is that related to performing well at major tournaments though, especially considering the success of the Premier League? Do you reckon that spending a few seasons abroad is beneficial for broadening players' perspectives and making them more complete on and off the pitch? 

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Just now, nudge said:

I'm curious how is that related to performing well at major tournaments though, especially considering the success of the Premier League? Do you reckon that spending a few seasons abroad is beneficial for broadening players' perspectives and making them more complete on and off the pitch? 

I mentioned this to Danny several times but I think one of the big problems in English football is the reluctance to accept that other football nations have different traditions. However, I do think that English players should go abroad due to the fact that the PL is a joke at developing players, especially the English. They aren't taken seriously enough and these teams are more focused on marketing the club for a foreign audience. I think Dier made a really smart decision in going to Portugal.

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22 minutes ago, nudge said:

I'm curious how is that related to performing well at major tournaments though, especially considering the success of the Premier League? Do you reckon that spending a few seasons abroad is beneficial for broadening players' perspectives and making them more complete on and off the pitch? 

I believe it to be somewhat beneficial, yes. Understanding first-hand how the game is played at a different level and different way of playing. 

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