Howden has published the first edition of the Men’s European Football Injury Index. This reveals how much the COVID-19 pandemic has spent on football clubs.
According to reports, 494 COVID-19 cases were reported in the top five European leagues last season. In these cases, the player was forced to spend time off the pitch, missing a total of 7,068 days. Similarly, these missed games cost football clubs € 48.2 million.
“This report is the first to quantify the significant financial impact of COVID-19 on major European football clubs last season,” said James Burrows, director of Howden, Sports & Entertainment. Stated. “The pandemic not only contributed a 14% increase in injuries across the five major Europa Leagues, which cost the club a total of $ 473.6 million, but also peaked injuries early in the season. The result was to reach. “
Howden also said players missed an average of 14.44 days each time they tested positive for the coronavirus in all leagues. Among them, the top Italian sector had the highest incidence of cases. As one of the hardest hit countries in Europe, 37% of Italian players in Serie A are COVID-19 positive in the 2020/2021 season, and the Serie A club costs € 19.6 million for pandemic absenteeism alone. It took.
Other important findings of the report are:
- The number of injured in the five major European leagues increased by 13.8% to 3,988 in the 2020/2021 season (3,504 in 2019/2020).
- The total injury costs for the top five league clubs totaled € 472.6 million, with an average injury cost per league of € 94.5 million.
- The English Premier League had the highest number of injuries in 938 in 2021/21 and the highest number of injuries at € 155.9 million, surpassing second place Liga € 84.5 million.
- The position of the player affects the type and frequency of injuries, with the highest total number of defenders suffering a total of 1,422 people, and the midfielder has the highest injury cost of € 165.6 million.
- The clubs with the highest injury costs in Europe are: Paris Saint-Germain (34.2 million euros). Real Madrid (Euro 28 million) and Liverpool (Euro 17.9 million)
- Players aged 26 to 30 recorded the highest number of injuries at 1,551 and also the highest injured costs totaling € 205.7 million in salary costs.
Howden also said the injuries peaked in early October and early November of the 2020/2021 season. Injuries usually peak in December and January. Brokers attribute this to the short preseason and late start of the 2020/2021 season, with the exception of League One.
The report further addresses the attempted withdrawal from the “Super League” earlier this year, suggesting that the increased cost of player absenteeism faced by wealthier clubs is a “possible factor.” Based on statistics, Howden pointed out that the clubs involved in the proposed league split suffered disproportionately poorly compared to other clubs in terms of the cost of player absenteeism. Brokers also suggest that this is due not only to high salaries, but also to the high number of injuries.