A couple of other threads have arisen on the Germany forum about the foreign invasion, and why German clubs aren't so big. We've also discussed in the past why the German NT has fallen a bit over the last decade or so. Well, here is a major reason: http://www.planetfootball.com/artic...=22&title=Voller+alarmed+at+foreign+influence Voller is expressing alarm at the fact that Bundesliga teams are comprised of 60% foreigners, thus giving few opportunities for young German players to develop. I was already aware of the very high 60% figure, but I figured that the other big leagues would have similar numbers. Not so - Other leagues percentage of foreigners: England - 47% (the closest) Spain - 40% France - 40% Italy - 33% This is a major problem for the development of German players, the strength of the German NT, and the depth of Bundesliga teams. Some have (rightly) said that it is a simple matter of the cream rising to the top. That German players will get playing time if they earn it over their foreign rivals. It's a good point, however, it is also a bit of kunundrum. How can young German players ever prove themselves if playing slots are already being filled up by more experienced foreigners who were already able to develop with smaller clubs from their home countries? What has happened is that BL clubs have gotten lazy or indifferent to their youth systems. It is easier or a quicker fix for them to simply let foreign clubs do the youth development, then go raid them when the players are ready for prime time. Meanwhile, young German players get the shaft. And the funny thing is, at least half of the 60% foreign players are, IMHO, quite mediocre and could be easily replaced by a decent young German. It has also been proven by Stuttgart that a team can be very successful with having good (largely German) young players. Any thoughts?