Ever stop and wonder: "How have the Germans managed to flood world football with so much German talent?" I know I have.
Once again, Bren Goetze has the answer:
A major driving feature of the Bundesliga is the production of home-grown players. A decade ago, the Bundesliga and the German FA made an agreement that to obtain a license to compete, one must found and run an education academy.
The results have been spectacular, as less money is spent on transfers and also provide a vast array of talent for the national team which has had successful runs in all the major European and World competitions; of the 23-man national squad announced for the World Cup in South Africa, 19 came from the Bundesliga academies, while the other four came from the Bundesliga-2 academies.
In these academies, at least 12 players that are admitted in each round have to be eligible to play for Germany, thereby providing a continuous replenishment of great, young football talent, and all clubs have a strong relationship to the German FA.
In contrast, in England, there is a great level of infighting between the FA, the Premier League and the Football League. Thus, the responsibility of producing home-grown players rests on the Premier League clubs.
Out of the two-billion euro in turnover for the Bundesliga, only 80 million euros are spent on the academies. In England, around 95 million euros are spent each year, and the results are appalling, as only one percent of boys who join the academy aged nine turn into professional footballers.
Marco Reus, Mario Goetze, Holger Badstuber, Andre Schurrle, Lewis Holtby, Toni Kroos, Marko Marin, Tomas Muller—the list goes on and on. If I start including players over the age of 22, then Mats Hummels comes into the discussion, as do Mesut Ozil and Jerome Boateng.
Simply put, there is no nation in the world with a better conveyor belt of talent than Germany right now. Not even Brazil or Argentina, traditionally the best nations at producing world-class talent in bulk, can take the title of "best talent producer" away from Germany right now.