Spanish clubs import the highest number of under-age players
22% of the non-national minors signed in 2014 (1607) went to Spanish teams. Portuguese clubs came second, with 188 registrations.
Among the slew of cases affecting Atlético Madrid's transfer policy at the moment are those of Senegalese Arona Sane and Chinese Xu Xin, who trained with the first team during the pre-season. Both players signed for the club when they were minors, at 14 and 16 years of age respectively. According to information obtained by AS, Fifa’s understanding is that their contracts failed to conform with article 19 of the Regulations, which prohibits international deals involving individuals under the age of 18.
There are numerous other non-national players on Atlético’s books, with 27 countries from four different continents represented at the club’s youth academy, including eight Africans.
On the face of things Real Madrid’s case involves two Venezuelan youngsters, Macías and Godoy. However, Fifa investigated 39 of Madrid’s under-age players and, according to sources at the club, the sanction revolves around eight minors. The make-up of the los blancos youth set-up is also very international in nature, and includes players from Japan, USA, Romania and France.
22% of the signings of non-national minors in 2014 (1607) were made by Spanish teams. Portuguese clubs came second in this list, albeit way behind their Iberian neighbours with a mere 188 registered international youngsters during the same period.