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International labour movement in football

21 December, 2007

While preparing a keynote address on Trends in the Football Industry, I was struck by the changed nature of the composition of top flight club teams in terms of nationalities. As well as compiling datasets, I came across the work of Raffaele Poli and Loïc Ravenel from the International Center for Sport Studies (CIES) in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, who have published annual reports on general trends in Europe.

I would like to extend their work ‘downwards’ into the second, third and fourth flights of English football, and try to identify changing trends in the routes non-European footballers to join Premier League teams.

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