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Study: Brazil sells record number of players abroad

By Gregory Sica, Special to SI.com, Goal.com


Brazil sold 1,176 footballers abroad in 2008, a record number that beats last year's total by 8.4 percent (1,085), according to the Brazilian Football Association (CBF).

This year's amount is almost twice the transfer number of 10 years ago (530) and 13 times the figure of 30 years ago (87).

Of the footballers who emigrated abroad, 222 ended up in Asian clubs, 762 in Europe, 105 in other South American countries, 69 in North and Central America and 15 in Africa.

The most popular destination in Europe was Portugal, to where 209 players moved, followed by Germany (58), Switzerland (46) and Spain (34).

According to the CBF, Brazilian clubs don't have the necessary financial backing to compete with clubs from Europe and Asia, the main reason why so many players are transferred abroad.

Each year younger players move abroad, and although Brazilian soccer still produces extraordinary talent, this could diminish if this trend continues in the future.

In order to minimize the likelihood of that happening, a new project has been established which doesn't allow players under the age of 16 to sign professional contracts.
 

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no surprises there...despite what the FIFA rankings may suggest, they are the number 1 footballing nation in the world
 

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I wouldnt have so much of a problem with this if they moved on after the age of 18....
 

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nah,the problem is not sending people aboard. Is sending them as if they will improve and get status outside. In this case, we are not the colony, we are the metropolis. We arethe specialists. If they leave and we got vallued by it, then it would be fine. We would have return. But they leave so we would hear stuff about how only in europe they would improve, we have to thanks those pirates for being incompentt to produce players and save us from misery. We do not need to stop the flood, we need to transform them in our colonies, that is all.
 
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