Monday, May 23, 2011

Fun with transfermarkt.de

It's the day when we celebrate a long-dead queen, but in reality what it means is we all have loads of time on our hands. What have I done with my time? Played around with the recently announced Canada roster for the Gold Cup and a German website called transfermarkt which lists player data for most of the world's players and, among other things, includes a putative market valuation.

And I've produced the following magnum opus:

player transfermarkt (€)
Atiba Hutchinson 3 500 000
Josh Simpson 2 000 000
Julian de Guzman 1 750 000
Mike Klukowski 1 500 000
Rob Friend 1 500 000
Kevin McKenna 1 250 000
Lars Hirschfeld 1 000 000
Marcel de Jong 900 000
Milan Borjan 800 000
Dwayne De Rosario 600 000
Will Johnson 600 000
Issey Nakajima-Farran 500 000
Jaime Peters 500 000
Ali Gerba 400 000
Nik Ledgerwood 400 000
Simeon Jackson 400 000
André Hainault 350 000
Dejan Jakovic 300 000
Pedro Pacheco 300 000
Tosaint Ricketts 300 000
Haidar Al-Shaïbani 200 000
Jonathan Beaulieu-Bourgault 200 000
Terry Dunfield 150 000
total 19 400 000

It's Canada's Gold Cup squad, ranked by the site's market valuation, in euros. To be honest, I don't have the faintest idea how these valuations are computed. As far as I can tell, there is no relation to actual transfer fees paid.

That said, I think the site has it mostly right. Hutchinson and Simpson are among the most successful Canadian pros, and the guys at the bottom are journeymen or longshot prospects.

My only two major quibbles are the following:
  • Is Terry Dunfield really the least valuable Canadian international?
  • How is Simeon Jackson valued so low?
Some notable Canucks who weren't selected:
  • Paul Stalteri: € 250 000
  • Iain Hume: € 1 250 000 (probably the craziest valuation of all!)
  • Tomasz Radzinski: € 300 000
  • Adrian Cann: € 150 000
  • Nana Attakora: € 150 000
  • David Edgar: € 750 000
By the way, at today's exchange rate of roughly 1.36 CAD = 1 EUR, the 23 players selected by Stephen Hart come out to a total valuation $26 547 428.

Not such a bad bargain.

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