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GENEVA, January 13. /TASS/. Russian football club CSKA Moscow was named the second most stable in Europe in terms of an average length of stay of its players in the club, a report from the International Center for Sports Studies (CIES) said on Tuesday.
“Stability indicators such as the average length of stay of players in their club or the percentage of new signings in the squad thus show their true worth when judging the pertinence of management strategies instigated by club managers,” CIES said in a statement posted on its website.
According to the report, a player stayed with CSKA Moscow FC on the average for 4.91 years. The most stable club, according to the report, is Spain’s Real Sociedad de Futbol with an average figure of 5.26 years. The third place of the rating list is occupied by Turkey’s Fenerbahce SK — 4.41 years.
“The report indicates that stability gives clubs a competitive advantage over rival teams, be it on a sporting level (better medium and long-term results) or an economic one (a greater capacity to launch careers of club-trained players and generating revenues through their transfer),” the statement said.
The rest of the top ten of the most stable clubs ranking list is as follows: 4. Spain’s Real Madrid CF (4.32 years), 5. Spain’s Athletic Club Bilbao (4.25), 6. Spain’s FC Barcelona (4.04), 7. Sweden’s Atvidabergs FF (4.00), 8. Germany’s Borussia Dortmund (3.89), 9. Ukraine’s FC Shakhtar Donetsk (3.89), 10. Germany’s FC Bayern Munchen (3.88).
The top three most unstable football clubs in Europe, according to the report, are Israel’s Hapoel Petah Tikva FC (1.10 years), Serbia’s FK Vozdovac (1.12 years) and Greece’s Niki Volos FC (1.13 years).
“Well-informed fans of the most unstable teams have good reason to be anxious,” CIES said in the statement. “In order to protect football from the bad practices of certain managers, to promote training and to increase team competitiveness, it would thus be timely to consider the introduction of a limitation on the number of transfers allowed.”
CIES is an independent study center located in Neuchatel, Switzerland and it was formed in 1995 as a joint venture between the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the University of Neuchatel, the City and State of Neuchatel.