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12-07-2012, 06:24 AM
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Free agency- yes, but you don't see big name players hit it very often because they are usually sold with a year left on their contracts. There's also no real free agent frenzy date like july 1 in the NHL.

Trades, not really, you'll see the odd player swap, but the last I can remember was Ashley Cole from Arsenal to Chelsea for William Gallas and cash a few years back. You see, the way contracts work is completely different. Players don't take their contracts with them from one team to the next. Transfer fees are payed for the old club to scrap their contract with a player, who then negotiates a new one.

As for new players, many of them come from the clubs own junior acadamies where they are recruited at a fairly young age. Barcelona is a team known for their great acadamy (Xavi, Messi, Iniesta, etc), Arsenal too (wilshere, Walcott was signed as a 16 year old I believe which is already fairly old). Bundesliga teams have pumped out a lot of self-made talent in the last few years (Götze, Müller, Draxler...).

"Feeder leagues" are the countries' lower divisions, smaller but still good european leagues like the dutch or portugese. A lot of youngsters come over from south america as like 20-22 year olds... Recent years have seen the asian market become somewhat more populars with notables like Kagawa.

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