Dinamo Zagreb and Hajduk Split are amongst the 10 largest ‘producers’ of players to leagues across Europe. Osijek is amongst the top 30.
The International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES) has conducted and published their research for the list of clubs that have ‘produced’ the largest number of players out to European leagues, and who were trained for at least three seasons between 15 and 21 years of age.
“As per UEFA definition, the training clubs of players are teams having employed them for at least three seasons between the ages of 15 and 21. The list takes into account first team squad members having played in domestic league games until October 1st of the current season or in adult championships during each of the two previous ones,” reports CIES.
In first place on the list is the Dutch Ajax with 72 players, followed by Partizan Belgrade with 61 players.
In a high third place is Dinamo Zagreb with 55 players, ahead of European giants like Barcelona and Real Madrid. In 10th place with 46 players is Hajduk Split.
In addition, 28th place is occupied by another Croatian representative – Osijek, with a total of 34 players.
Here is the list in its entirety: