Following last night’s 1-1 draw, Sean Curtain looks through how much the accumulated cost of Germany’s squad compares to Ireland’s in terms of transfer fees.
Ireland’s fantastic late equaliser proves money can’t buy you happiness, or wins for that matter.
This writer knows what Irish fans were thinking as 100-cap hero John O’Shea wheeled away from the outstretched Manuel Neur deep into stoppage time last night; “How many John O’Shea’s could I buy for the cost of Manuel Neur?”
The answer? 6.1 of course…duh! Is it time to start dreaming about France 2016 yet? Maybe not, but what would the point in Ireland’s dramatic draw be if we couldn’t be a little smug about it?
With that in mind and inspired by yesterday’s budget, lets take a look at just how much the boys in green cost, compared to their World Cup winning opposition.
The 14 Republic of Ireland players who played a part last night cost a grand total of €23.41 million. That means the average transfer fee for each ROI player on the pitch was only €1.7 million per player.
The Germans, unsurprisingly were a little bit more pricey. Germany’s Starting XI plus their subs cost a combined total of €141.2 million.
Pricey acquisitions like Manuel Neur (€27.5 Million), Toni Kroos (€30 Million) and Mario Götze (€37.5 Million) all cost more individually than the Irish team, with some change left over.
That means the Germans on average cost just under six times more than Ireland coming in at €10.1 million per player. Perhaps you’d rather have 113 Wes Hoolahans (€330k) or one Mario Götze, maybe 50 Darron Gibsons (€600k) instead of just Toni Kroos.
Admittedly, these statistics don’t tell the whole story. Outliers like Kroos and Götze exaggerate the transfer values of the Germany team. In fact, Germany fielded five players who have never commanded any transfer fee; Erik Durm, Antonio Ruediger, Karim Bellarabi, Julian Draxler and Thomas Mueller.
But that shouldn’t get in the way of some bragging. While you debate the pros, cons and logistics of 113 Wes Hoolahans just remember, money doesn’t guarantee success!
Sean Curtin, Pundit Arena