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Data shows Brazil and England dominated football transfers in 2012

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's move from AC Milan to PSG cost  20 million euros -- one of the highest of 2012

Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s move from AC Milan to PSG cost 20 million euros — one of the highest of 2012. And it is an exception

Brazilian and English clubs alone were responsible for about one fifth of the world’s player transfers last year, said Fifa. They lead in the incoming and in the outgoing list, which means the two countries were involved in the football transfer business than 2,200 times. The TMS report is part of an effort to undermine the willingness of big spenders to buy out clubs and show off their power.

In this chart you can see Brazil and England have a rare trend among the top 10 importers: they had more people coming to their shores than going — the other exception is the United States. The data gathered by Fifa says 1,314 transactions involved Brazilian clubs and 978 were in English clubs. The numbers from Belgium were available only in the “incoming transfers.”

In this chart you can see the difference between incoming and outgoing transfers last year. Brazil’s economic boom has spread into its football and many stars play in the national league: Neymar (Santos), Ronaldinho (Atletico Mineiro), Alexandre Pato (Corinthians), Eduardo Vargas (Gremio) and Deco (Fluminense). England doesn’t traditionally export many players, despite having the best league in the world now.

About US$ 2,5 billion were spent in transfers last year — which is 10% less comparing to the previous year, according to Fifa. Marc Goddard, who coordinated the study at Fifa, says the impact of the economy crisis in Europe could be an issue for the market to be less active this year.