Here comes the 2013 summer transfer window

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The football summer of 2013 will be very exciting. There will also be tens of thousands of transfers happening with little or even no public attention.

How will Manchester United manage without Sir Alex Ferguson, who is retiring and is being replaced by David Moyes? What can Pep Guardiola do at Bayern München? Where will Jose Mourinho go after he leaves Real Madrid and who will replace him? And who will all these coaches bring to new clubs to boost their squads? Those are just a few of the questions for the public – there will also be tens of thousands of transfers happening with little or even no public attention.

Just like we wrote in our last year’s post on the summer transfer window 2012, the majority of (European) countries open their transfer windows for professionals on July 1st and keep it open until September 2nd 24:00 CET. There are some deviations, but most of them – making it easier for everyone – stick to this, making the last day of August a nightmare for the journalists and a fun late night for the fans. It is yet to be decided who will open this summer’s transfer window, but there are bound to be quite a few changes – new managers have a habit of turning things around. Will Gareth Bale leave Tottenham? Can Liverpool hang on to Luis Suarez? And will Neymar finally leave the safe haven of Brazil and come to prove his worth in Europe?

Amateur or free agent? Different rules apply!

The dates mentioned in this article apply to professional football players. A professional is a player who has a written contract with a club and is paid more than the expenses he effectively incurs in return for his football activity; all other players are considered amateurs. Special rules that vary apply from country to country: mostly they are more loose and allow a wider transfer window.

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Special rules also apply to free agents – players who have already turned professional, but are not under any kind of valid contract. They can usually sign for teams even beyond the mentioned dates; please check with the domestic football association.

Please also note that, according to FIFA rules, an individual player can be registered with a maximum of three clubs during one season. In this time, he is only allowed to play official (league, cup, European) matches for two of those clubs. There are some exceptions which apply to associations where the whole season is played within the calendar year (the Scandinavian countries, Russia …). Players from those leagues can also play for the third club, but only if they have already fully complied with their contractual obligations towards their previous clubs.

Summer transfer window (source: transfermarkt.de):

Algeria                        01.07.2013 – 31.08.2013

Australia                     01.07.2013 – 31.08.2013

Austria                        01.07.2013 – 2.09.2013

Belarus                       24.07.2013 – 20.08.2013

Belgium                      01.07.2013 – 2.09.2013

Bosnia-Herzegovina 20.06.2013 – 03.08.2013

Brazil                           03.08.2013 – 31.08.2013

Bulgaria                      01.07.2013 – 31.08.2013

China                         18.06.2013 – 12.07.2013

Costa Rica                  26.06.2013 – 17.09.2013

Croatia                       15.06.2013 – 31.08.2013

Denmark                     17.06.2013 – 2.09.2013

Egypt                           01.07.2013 – 31.08.2013

England                      01.07.2013 – 2.09.2013

Estonia                       01.06.2013 – 31.07.2013

Faroe Island               25.06.2013 – 23.07.2013

Finland                       07.08.2013 – 02.09.2013

France                         13.06.2013 – 02.09.2013

Germany                    01.07.2013 – 02.09.2013

Greece                       02.07.2013 – 02.09.2013

Hungary                      11.06.2013 – 31.08.2013

Iran                             18.06.2013 – 08.08.2013

Italy                             01.07.2013 – 02.09.2013

Japan                         20.07.2013 – 17.08.2013

Luxembourg               25.05.2013 – 31.07.2013

Malta                         01.07.2013 – 31.08.2013

Mexico                        08.06.2013 – 05.09.2013

Netherlands               01.07.2013 – 02.09.2013

New Zealand             01.07.2013 – 31.10.2013

Norway                       01.08.2013 – 31.08.2013

Poland                        01.07.2013 – 31.08.2013

Portugal                      01.07.2013 – 31.08.2013

Russia                         18.06.2013 – 02.09.2013

Scotland                     09.06.2013 – 31.08.2013

Serbia                         18.06.2013 – 31.08.2013

Singapore                   04.06.2013 – 29.06.2013

Slovenia                      15.06.2013 – 31.08.2013

South Africa               01.07.2013 – 31.08.2013

Spain                           02.07.2013 – 02.09.2013

Sweden                       01.08.2013 – 31.08.2013

Switzerland                10.06.2013 – 31.08.2013

Turkey                        14.06.2013 – 04.09.2013

Ukraine                       01.07.2013 – 02.09.2013

United States             27.06.2013 – 27.07.2013

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