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Similar is true of Russian players - they were the only country other than England to have their World Cup squad entirely made up of domestic based players. One guess would be that at the top end both leagues are pretty rich so maybe there’s less of an incentive for players to go abroad as soon as the opportunity arises, or perhaps the historical strength of the likes of Dynamo Kiev means that young players see playing for them as an ambition rather than moving west, I don’t know.
Historically it seems to have been the case too - Shevchenko and Voronin were the only players in the 2006 World Cup squad to play outside of Ukraine and Russia, for Euro 2012 it was only Tymoshchuk (though perhaps that was more due to staying in Ukraine to be more visible to the selectors). Whereas for Holland the best players have always moved abroad.
It will be interesting to see the future of football in Ukraine after Shakhtar got to the final of the UEFA Youth League this season with a squad made up entirely of Ukrainians; of course they won’t all make it but it would suggest there’s a good amount of talent there.
It’s true that if you draw a segment line between complete cosmopolitanism in a European culture and its opposite, the Dutch will probably end up at the very end of the world-embracing spectrum while Eastern Europeans will most likely settle at the other end, which adds to the perceived contrast of the football dynamics in this issue.
Thanks for the heads-up RE the Youth CL, it had gone completely off my radar. Very interesting to learn about Shakhtar’s success - that may be the reason why Lucescu isn’t keen on leaving yet, to everyone’s surprise.
The wages post tax are so much better in the Ukraine than in the Netherlands or most other places. Until recently it was the same in Russia hence why no Russian players went abroad, the wages were just as good at home than anywhere else, it’s only the recent economic downturn which is putting off players from abroad moving there.
In the Netherlands the top rate of income tax is 52%, in the Ukraine it’s 17%.
That’s a great shout, I’m now remembering that I once read that Turkey has tax at around 7% (I think). That explains a lot of the big money moves there.