In Edition 349 of the CIES Football Observatory weekly newsletter, football teams from 72 top leagues worldwide are ranked according to the average age of the starting teams. As it turns out: with an average age of 23.18 years, Cercle not only plays with the youngest team in the Belgian top flight, Cercle is also the youngest team across the 10 top European leagues!
CIES Football Observatory reports Cercle as having the youngest team in the top flight this season
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 the quality of its global football statistical analysis.
Last season, in edition 333 of the CIES Footbal Observatory, the organization highlighted the way Cercle offers playing opportunities to young, talented players. At that time, had Cercle even given the most playing time as a percentage of available minutes to players younger than 21 in the Jupiler Pro League. This season*, Cercle is generally the youngest team in terms of average age: at 23.18 years old, the Groen-Zwart are just ahead of Standard (23.40) and KV Oostende (23.66).
*From matchday 1 to matchday 9