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"Football and International Relations" Panel Speaker

Dr Raffaele Poli
(University of Neuchâtel)

Raffaele Poli has been a Scientific Collaborator at the International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES) since 2002. He holds a PhD in Human Sciences from the University of Neuchâtel (Switzerland) and Franche-Comté (France). Dr Poli is Head of the CIES Observatory. The Observatory, which is an international academic research group, specializes in the statistical analysis of sport and has a global reputation as the leading research Centre for the review and analysis of the professional football labor market. The high profile work of the CIES Observatory has led to Dr Poli regularly advising football and Olympic sport governing bodies on various regulatory matters.

Raffaele is particularly interested in the logics of success in football. Focusing on squad management, Dr Poli uses key performance indicators to analyse teams at both a collective (team make-up) and individual level (productivity on the pitch). Since 2008 he has taught on the ‘Sport and Globalization’ course at the University of Neuchâtel and from 2008 – 2011 he was junior professor assistant at the University of Lausanne. The author and co-author of more than 30 scientific publications, Raffaele has also appeared in numerous international peer reviewed journals.

The International Migrations of Football Players in Europe


This presentation deals with player migration in 30 top division leagues of UEFA member associations. It is based on the data gathered by the CIES Football Observatory academic team through an annual census on more than 11,000 players under contract with about 500 clubs throughout Europe. The first part presents a longitudinal study on the volume of international flows since 2009 in order to measure the level of internationalisation in different national markets and to define the latest trends according to area of the continent (Southern, Eastern, Northern, Western and Central Europe). The findings of the quantitative analysis are interpreted through the broader analysis of the economic, political and sporting state of football in each area or country. The second part maps the areas of international recruitment according to country and league location within the continent. This enables the comparative analysis of the spatial reach of transfer networks in order to test the hypothesis of a diversification process occurring within the context of economic globalisation and post-colonialism.


The International Migration of Football Players in Europe

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