17.2% is the rather paltry percentage of homegrown players in Europe's top leagues according to a new survey.
The Centre International d'Etude du Sport (CIES) in Switzerland found the average has fallen from 20.2% four years ago. They took 'homegrown' as a player who had spent at least three years in a club's academy between the ages of 15 and 21.
The match between Spain's two most illustrious outfits is one of the most hotly anticipated spectacles on the footballing calendar, and all eyes will be on the Santiago Bernabeu this weekend for that one.
Elsewhere, we've got the top two sides in Germany going head-to-head,while the Premier League also boasts a pair of intriguing clashes.
UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino confirmed that the European governing bodywill introduce changes to the Champions League group-stage, so that only the winners of the highest ranking leagues and the title holders will be among the top-seeded teams.
Currently, UEFA ranks clubs over five years of results, leaving domestic champions Manchester City, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain among the number two-seeded teams(Pot 2) this season.
Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez has told the club's official website that he believes the Premier League is a tougher competition than La Liga and Serie A.
Thequestion of 'which league is better' is the topic of an endless debate between fans of the European leagues. Although there is no straightforward way of gauging the strength of each country's domestic competition, it won't stop supporters from claiming theirs as the best.
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Borussia Dortmund have had a terrible start to their new campaign. They are currently lying 13th in the Bundesligawith only seven points on board and 10 points behind Bayern Munich, title challenge is almost as good as over before it really started.
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Mats Hummels saysthat he is not tempted to join Manchester United or any other big European club, adding that if he ever moves abroad, it won't be because of money.
The 25-year-old defender washeavily linked with Manchester United in the summer, and although the Germanis happy to see him name being linked with other top clubs, he sees himself playing at Dortmund for the rest of his career.
As previously mentioned, Bayern Munich beat Hamburg 3-1 in the DFB Pokal last night, so Hamburg keeperJaroslav Drobny is probably wondering why he bothered to make one save in particular as he nurses his tender, swollen cobblersthis morning.
Bayern Munich cruised to a routine 1-3 away victory over Hamburg in the DFB Pokallast night though the night wasn't completely without incident, with a scarf-wielding fan doing Franck Ribery a bit of a mischief right at the end of the game.
We're kind of over this now, but it looks like the 'RKO Outta Nowhere!!!' fad has just reached the 2. Bundesliga, with Leipzig striker Daniel Frahn celebrating his goal against Vfl Bochum at the weekend by laying the smacketh down on his American teammateTerrence Boyd.
Dortmund pretty much passed Galatasaray to death on their way to a 4-0 victory in Istanbul in the Champions League last night, thus preserving the Bundesliga side's immaculate start to the competition.
With some truly delightful interplay from a midfield strata boastingShinji Kagawa, HenrikhMkhitaryan, Marco Reus and later the returning Ilkay Gundogan, Dortmund dismantled their hosts though it was Reus who grabbed the goal of the night with an altogether more direct approach.
Just a few days after scoring an absolutely stonking volley in the Europa League last Thursday, Wolfsburg winger Kevin De Bruyne came crashing back down to Earth againstAugsburg at the weekend when , in trying to imitate a kick to the official, defender Tobias Werner inadvertently flicked his boot directly into the former Chelsea man's technical area.
We know what you're thinking: You wait ages for a Christoph Kramer post then two, etc, etc...
Anyway, the Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder managed to wriggle his way out of a booking against newly-promoted SC Paderborn at the weekend when opposing strikerStefan Kutschke sort of admitted to taking a tumble to the referee.
With the game square at 1-1 and the clock ticking over into stoppage time, Chelsea loanee Lucas Piazon stepped up and whiffled this little beauty into the top corner to snag all three points for Eintracht Frankfurt against Hamburger in the Bundesligayesterday.
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Bayern Munich have done the thoroughly decent thing and refunded a small group of intrepid fans who rented out an office in tower block overlooking CSKA Moscow's stadium in order to watch their team play a "behind closed doors" Champions League tie on Tuesday evening.
Spanish journalistMarti Perarnau has written a new book entitled "Pep Confidential" in which he, as you may be able to guess, profiles Pep Guardiola's first season in charge at Bayern Munich.
While compiling the book, Perarnau was allowed to shadow Guardiola day-to-day and, as such, was privy to a number of clandestine remarks, with the Bayern coach even apparently admitting to hating "tiki-taka" the obsessive possession-based tactical approach on which he seemingly based his entire Barcelona tenure.
We're guessing that Schalke's HR department looks like a tornadohas torn through it given the amount of paperwork they must have chomped their way through over the last few hours.
In short, the German club have sacked coach Jens Keller and sworn in Roberto Di Matteo as his replacement in the space of a morning this being Di Matteo's first managerial job since being let goby Chelsea in November 2012.
In the Bundesliga, there is an inevitable end, and it is dressed in red and blue — Bayern Munich will win the league. This does not make the league any less exciting though, and as we take a breather for the Euro 2016 qualifiers, it is a perfect time to assess where we have been and where we are going in Germany.
In transfer windows, elite teams generally spend more money than their lesser counterparts. This is due to more success and larger war chests. Bayern Munich has pulled something of a U-turn on that school of thought.
The team had to spend a justifiably large wad of cash on AS Roma center back Mehdi Benatia, but other than that were very economical with their spending.
'Tis that time of year again and, let off the leash following Saturday's 4-0 win over Hannover, the Bayern Munich squad donned their finest lederhosen and suede hat combos and hit Oktoberfest the following day...
Bolivian club Universitario have inadvertently kicked up a bit of fuss in the German press this week after being forced into turning out for their game against Oriente Petrolero at the weekend wearing a set of knock-offVfB Stuttgart strips.
Having turned up and even lined up for the pre-match photos, the referee chose that point to declareUniversitario'sstandard white away jerseywas too similar to Oriente's striped, though predominantly white home kit.
Although Borussia Dortmund's win over St Pauli in the DFB-Pokal eased some tensions, problems still remain, as Dortmund have made a terrible start to the Bundesliga season. Already 14 points behind league-leading Bayern Munich, Dortmund have only won two out of their opening nine games of the season.
Oriol Romeu moved on loan to Stuttgart shortly after signing a new three year deal last summer. Having been fully involved in their league campaign so far, he is refusing to rule out a permanent move to the Bundesliga.
The whole situation with Romeu was confusing to say the least in the summer.