FIFA has just released the new edition of the Global Transfer Market Report, its annual report providing detailed data on the global international transfer activity at professional football clubs around the world.
Key statistics from the men’s report:
Spending reached a new high of USD 7.35 billion, 5.8% more than in 2018
A new record was set with 18,042 international transfers, which involved 15,463 players of 178 different nationalities
80% of all spending on transfer fees came from 100 clubs combined
Portugal had the largest positive net balance with USD 384.0 million, England had the largest negative net balance with USD -549.9 million
More than one in every four transfers of players under 18 included sell-on fees
Key statistics from the women’s report:
All-round upward trends, including the number of international transfers (+19.7%), clubs involved (+24.5%) and transfer fees (+16.3%)
Almost 20% of all transfers involved a player from the USA, by far the most represented nationality in the transfer market
The average contract duration has grown from 10.5 months in 2018 to 12.1 months in 2019 (+16%)
Fifa wants to prevent clubs from stockpiling young players and using the loan system for ‘commercial exploitation’.Clubs may only be allowed to loan out six to eight pros from 2020-21 – although clubs are hoping that deals with domestic clubs and those involving young, homegrown players will not be affected by the new rules.
The measure, which was endorsed by the committee, means that clubs will only be allowed to send a maximum of eight players aged 22 or over overseas on loan during the 2020/21 season, with the number being reduced to six for the following 2021/22 campaign.
There will also be a restriction on the amount of loans allowed between two clubs, with a maximum of three loans in a three out permitted between the same clubs.
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Cameroon, who will qualify for the Nations Cup as hosts regardless of their results in the group, were held to 0-0 draw at home to Cape Verde, that supposes the debut in an official game of national team of our client , the headcoach Toni Conceiçao.
Antonio Conceiçao Oliveira «Toni» head coach Cameroon prepares the november CAN games against Cape Verde in Yaounde next 13 november 2019 and Rwanda out game by 19 november 2019, oficial qualifycation macthes for the final round of African Cup of Nations 2021 that will be hosted in Cameroon.
The Portuguese tactician’s first gesture in Cameroon was to visit the Ahmadou Ahidjo stadium where the Indomitable Lions are unbeaten for more than three decades.
«For a long time I’ve been working on this and I know the challenges ahead,» he admitted, without elaborating on what he has planned.
«This is a great opportunity for me to coach Cameroon. The country has a great football history and is a prestigious nation.
«I’m here to thrive for good results. This is very important for us as a team and for the country.»
Conceicao whose most remarkable achievements are two Romania cups and and a Romania Super Cup clinched in 2009 and 2016 with CFR Cluj is tasked with leading Cameroon to triumph at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations on home soil.
The last time Cameroon hosted the continental marquee tournament in 1972, the Indomitable Lions finished third.
BBC Sport understands that Conceicao who is yet to sign his contract is also expected to guide the five time African champions to an eight World Cup in 2022 in Qatar.
His coaching team includes former Cameroon players Omam-Biyik, who made 73 appearances and scored 26 goals, along with former Deportivo keeper Jacques Songo’o.
Omam-Biyik won the 1988 Africa Cup of Nations and played at three World Cups in 1990, 1994 and 1998.
«There’s a lot of work to do but there’s also a lot of talent in this country and it’s our role to bring these players to the forefront,» Omam-Biyik told BBC Sport.
«As a player or coach for Cameroon, it’s always the same ambitions, that of winning games and making Cameroonians proud.
«We have the Africa Cup of Nations in 2021 to host and We know we have to win the competition.
«Cameroon is a football loving country and every Cameroonian is a football coach who at times are very demanding.»
Omam-Biyik also added that despite recent squabbles that rocked Cameroon’s participation at the 2019 Nations Cup, the technical staff will grant every Cameroonian player the opportunity to prove their worth.