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Football: International transfers hit US$3.7b in 2013

The total value of international player transfers rose by four per cent last year to US$3.7 billion (2.7 billion euros), world football's governing body FIFA said on Wednesday.

GENEVA: The total value of international player transfers rose by four per cent last year to US$3.7 billion (2.7 billion euros), world football's governing body FIFA said on Wednesday.

In the new edition of their Global Transfer Market report, FIFA said that they had combed through data on 12,309 cross-border sales of male professional footballers made in 2013.

"The report provides a unique insight into the patterns and trends that have developed in the international transfer market over the 2013 calendar year from a national, regional and global perspective," FIFA said.

"This includes compelling analysis of market activity and mobility patterns, transfer fee spending, player characteristics and the involvement of club intermediaries in player transfers."

With a total of 1,402 transfers, Brazil remained the most active market for both incoming and outgoing players.

England spent more than any other country on transfer fees, with its combined US$913 million representing a quarter of the total.

Commissions to agents involved in transfers rose by 30 per cent, although the actual number of deals involving such intermediaries dropped to 14 percent from 17 percent in 2012.

The data also showed that the average age of players transferred internationally was 25 years and 3 months.

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