The English Premier League is considered by many as the best league in Europe and yet, if one were to look at the squads of some of the bigger clubs in England, you get the feeling that the major stars are predominantly foreigners. Two of Europe’s top 5 leagues stand out for their ability to produce talent through their youth systems on a consistent basis: Spain’s La Liga and Germany’s Bundesliga. However, since the Premier League is unarguably the largest football league in the world (at least financially) and the country itself is the birthplace of the sport in almost every aspect (from its Football Association to the oldest club in the world), basic logic suggests that England should be producing world class talent on a consistent basis, but somehow that is not the case. The question is why? And why are Spain and Germany so successful in that department? In fact, right now, even the Portuguese and French leagues develop talent […]