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CIES Football Observatory: "Cercle offers the highest amount of playing time in Jupiler Pro League to U21 players"

There was an impressive statistic this week in edition 333 of the journal of the CIES Football Observatory: Cercle Brugge has given, in percentage terms, the most minutes of action to players under the age of 21 in the Jupiler Pro League.

CIES Football Observatory is a research unit that is part of the International Center for Sports Studies, an independent study center based in Switzerland. CIES Football Observatory was established in 2005 and is renowned for their high-quality global statistical football analysis.

As technical director Carlos Aviña noted in Sport/Voetbalmagazine two weeks ago, Cercle, taking into account the minutes played by all players under the age of 23, is the second-youngest team in Europe, and this study by CIES Football Observatory now confirms that Cercle also gives the most opportunities to play in percentage terms for players under the age of 21. 20% of all of the playing time at Cercle was given to players under the age of 21. The Groen-Zwart is therefore the best in this regard in Jupiler Pro League, doing better than, among others, Standard (18.7%), RSC Anderlecht (18.4%), Club Brugge (16.2%) and KRC Genk (4.3%).

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Cercle as a talent hub

These statistics serve to confirm the youth-oriented strategy that Cercle have been implementing, building the squad through a combination of experienced players supplemented with the best young talents to provide an ideal mix for sporting success. An important role is also reserved for  Cercle Brugge's own youth players in this scheme as the Groen-Zwart continues to focus on the promotion of local talent, having proved this in recent seasons by giving opportunities to the likes of Decostere, Vanhoutte, Deman, Somers, Cassaert and Dekuyper.

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