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The best training clubs in Europe: Only one German club in the top 20

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Which clubs produced the most players who played in Europe’s top 5 leagues last season? The annual ranking of the CIES Football Observatory provides answers.

A club is considered a training club if a player between the ages of 15 and 21 has been under contract with the club for at least three years.  Here are the top 20 European clubs whose players are now on the ball in the top 5 leagues.

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A club is considered a training club if a player between the ages of 15 and 21 has been under contract with the club for at least three years. Here are the top 20 European clubs whose players are now on the ball in the top 5 leagues.

TSG Hoffenheim, VfB Stuttgart and Hertha BSC (all 17 players, 22nd place) just missed the leap into the ranking, Borussia Dortmund (13 players), on the other hand, clearly.

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TSG Hoffenheim, VfB Stuttgart and Hertha BSC (all 17 players, 22nd place) just missed the leap into the ranking, Borussia Dortmund (13 players), on the other hand, clearly.

20th place: FC BAYERN MÜNCHEN - 19 players (average number of games for their clubs last season: 29.1; average age of players: 26.7)

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20th place: FC BAYERN MÜNCHEN – 19 players (average number of games for their clubs last season: 29.1; average age of players: 26.7)

20th place: AS ROMA - 19 players (games: 18.9; age: 23.6)

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20th place: AS ROMA – 19 players (games: 18.9; age: 23.6)

15th place: ATALANTA BERGAMO - 20 players (games: 19.7; age: 26.5)

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15th place: ATALANTA BERGAMO – 20 players (games: 19.7; age: 26.5)

15th place: ESPANYOL BARCELONA - 20 players (games: 27.9; age: 25.8)

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15th place: ESPANYOL BARCELONA – 20 players (games: 27.9; age: 25.8)

15th place: MANCHESTER CITY - 20 players (games: 32.6; age: 24.9)

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15th place: MANCHESTER CITY – 20 players (games: 32.6; age: 24.9)

15th place: ATLETICO MADRID - 20 players (games: 22.4; age: 26.9)

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15th place: ATLETICO MADRID – 20 players (games: 22.4; age: 26.9)

15th place: AJAX AMSTERDAM - 20 players (games: 28.3; age: 24.9)

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15th place: AJAX AMSTERDAM – 20 players (games: 28.3; age: 24.9)

13th place: SPORTING LISSABON - 21 players (games: 32.6; age: 28.4)

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13th place: SPORTING LISSABON – 21 players (games: 32.6; age: 28.4)

13th place: REAL SOCIEDAD - 21 players (games: 26.9; age: 25.7)

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13th place: REAL SOCIEDAD – 21 players (games: 26.9; age: 25.7)

12th place: ATHLETIC BILBAO - 22 players (games: 27.8; age: 25.1)

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12th place: ATHLETIC BILBAO – 22 players (games: 27.8; age: 25.1)

9th place: AS MONACO - 25 players (games: 20.5; age: 25.2)

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9th place: AS MONACO – 25 players (games: 20.5; age: 25.2)

9th place: FC CHELSEA - 23 players (games: 29.6; age: 24)

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9th place: FC CHELSEA – 23 players (games: 29.6; age: 24)

9th place: MANCHESTER UNITED - 23 players (games: 28.2; age: 28.5)

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9th place: MANCHESTER UNITED – 23 players (games: 28.2; age: 28.5)

6th place: FC VALENCIA - 25 players (games: 25.8; age: 27.5)

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6th place: FC VALENCIA – 25 players (games: 25.8; age: 27.5)

6th place: FC ARSENAL - 25 players (games: 27.3; age: 26.4)

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6th place: FC ARSENAL – 25 players (games: 27.3; age: 26.4)

6th place: AS SAINT-ETIENNE - 25 players (games: 20.3; age: 24)

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6th place: AS SAINT-ETIENNE – 25 players (games: 20.3; age: 24)

4th place: PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN - 30 players (games: 23.9; age: 23.7)

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4th place: PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN – 30 players (games: 23.9; age: 23.7)

4th place: STADE RENNES - 30 players (games: 18.5; age: 23.9)

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4th place: STADE RENNES – 30 players (games: 18.5; age: 23.9)

3rd place: OLYMPIQUE LYON - 32 players (games: 22.5; age: 26.4)

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3rd place: OLYMPIQUE LYON – 32 players (games: 22.5; age: 26.4)

1st place: FC BARCELONA - 42 players (games: 23.9; age: 26.3)

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1st place: FC BARCELONA – 42 players (games: 23.9; age: 26.3)

1st place: REAL MADRID - 42 players (games: 26; age: 27.1)

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1st place: REAL MADRID – 42 players (games: 26; age: 27.1)

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