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Men’s Football: 18,068 Players Switched Clubs in 2021—Report

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By Adedapo Adesanya

There was a 5.1 per cent increase in the number of international transfers in men’s professional football as a total of 18,068 players switched clubs in 2021, signalling a return to the levels of 2019 despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

This was contained in the Global Transfer Report 2021 published by the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA), which charts the transfers of men’s and women’s players in both professional and amateur football.

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No fewer than 54,739 transfers across borders were recorded in 2021 out of which 19,372 involved professionals (men and women) while another 35,367 involved amateurs.

These 18,068 transfers involved a new record high of 4,544 clubs from 185 different associations, compared to 4,162 clubs in 2020, with 15,617 players representing 179 different nationalities.

A continuous trend was seen as transfer fees decreased for the second consecutive year in 2021 to $4.86 billion, a fall of 13.6 per cent from 2020 and 33.8 per cent from the all-time high of 2019.

Another key positive from the report showed that women’s football is still booming

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According to the world’s football governing body, women’s football continued to go from strength to strength in 2021, with the number of clubs involved in international transfers rising from 347 in 2020 to 414 last year, a 19.3 per cent increase.

This reflects the impressive strides being made as more and more female players are turning professional every year.

About 1,304 international transfers were recorded in the year under review, an increase of 26.2 per cent compared to the previous year, which had also recorded an increase of 23.3 per cent.

In contrast to the men’s game, spending on transfer fees in women’s professional football increased by 72.8 per cent $1.2 million in 2020 to $2.1 million in 2021.

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Amateur Football Transfer Impressive

Transfers in the vast world of amateur football have been recorded in TMS since July 2020, which means that the data covered an entire calendar year for the first time.

The results from 2021 are certainly impressive, with 17,571 clubs from 201 member associations involved in the transfers of 35,367 amateur players (men and women) of 202 different nationalities.

Germany recorded the highest numbers of both incoming (5,122) and outgoing (2,651) transfers.

For each of the above categories, the Global Transfer Report 2021 includes analyses on the players’ nationalities, ages, and movement between confederations and associations.

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For professional players and in addition to the list of top transfers, the report also provides further analysis in respect of employment contracts while also presenting the top performers at confederation, association and club levels.

The report also features a complete list of the number of transfers in each member association for each of the respective categories.

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4th Mainland Bridge: Lagos selects 3 companies in final stage, contract to be awarded in March 2022

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The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, says the state government has selected 3 companies for the final stage in the contract award process for the Fourth Mainland Bridge.

He also said that the selection process for the project, which will be executed under a Public-Private Partnership (PPP), will be completed by March this year.

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The project is running behind schedule as the governor had earlier said that the project will take off by the end of 2021.

This was made known by Governor Sanwo-Olu while speaking during an interview on a Channels Television programme; Sunrise Daily, as he was trying to highlight efforts by his administration to tackle the traffic gridlock and improve infrastructure across the state.

Sanwo-Olu, who noted that the fourth mainland bridge is a huge project, said 3 companies had been shortlisted for the final stage of the process from an initial list of 30 companies.

What the Lagos State Governor is saying

Sanwo-Olu, during the interview, said, “I also addressed the Fourth Mainland Bridge which is a big project we want to deliver under Public-Private Partnership (PPP). From about 30 companies that expressed interest, we are now at the final stage with three shortlisted companies and I am hoping by March we should have completed the process.

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‘’I want to say our administration is doing well, even if I do say so myself and our people can also testify to the progress we are making across board.

‘’I made a promise to serve Lagosians diligently and I intend to continue to do that with all the vigour and energy in me.’’

What you should know about 4th Mainland Bridge 

  • Recall that in August 2020, the Lagos State Government shortlisted 6 companies for the design, development, construction, operation, and maintenance of the Fourth Mainland Bridge.
  • This followed the government’s issuance of a Request for Qualification (RFQ) in February this year. The 6 companies were said to have completed the technical and financial capacity requirements.
    The Lagos State Government had earlier said that the preferred bidder for the fourth mainland bridge will be known by December 2021.
  • Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu had earlier revealed that the foundation for the proposed Fourth Mainland Bridge would be laid before the end of the year 2021.
  • The Fourth Mainland Bridge is a 37.4km freeway subdivided into three sections namely Island Section, Lagoon Section and Mainland Section. It will commence from Abraham Adesanya Roundabout in Lekki through Ajah and Langbasa areas, crossing the Ado Badore Road before arriving at the Lagoon shoreline.

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iPhone drives Apple’s net sales up 11% to $124 billion in Q4 2021

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Apple’s 2021 fourth-quarter financial report has shown that the total net sales reported hit N124 billion, up 11% from the 111 billion the same period last year in the face of supply chain bottlenecks and chips shortage.

iPhone saw massive patronage at $71 billion in fourth-quarter 2021 against $65 billion same quarter the previous year, while Mac and iPad sales totalled $10 billion and $7 billion respectively from the $8.6 billion and N8.4 billion respectively same period last year.

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This shows that more people continued to show interest in the company’s product than they did in 2020.

The growth could also be attributed to the late-September release of the iPhone 13 line causing sales to spike a 9% year on year increase from $65.6 billion.

While other Wearables, Home and Accessories also saw an increase from $12 billion to N14.7 billion last year, only services went down to reach $19.5 billion, a significant decline from 15.8 billion last year.

America tops the list in terms of region, as the highest spender of Apple products at $51 billion in 2021 followed by Europe, China and Japan at respective $29 billion, $25 billion and $7 billion while the rest of the Asia Pacific saw a $9.8 billion during the period.

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Tim Cook, the CEO said in the financial report, “This quarter’s record results were made possible by our most innovative lineup of products and services ever. We are gratified to see the response from customers around the world at a time when staying connected has never been more important.”

What you should know

Counterpoint Research put the company at the top of the market share list for the world’s largest smartphone market, as companies like Vivo, Oppo, Honor and Xiaomi followed in that respective order.

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