The world CHAMPIONSHIP selections: striking figures

Both England and Saudi Arabia is doing in Russia with 23 players who are all in their own league under contract. Of all 736 players to earn up to 124 their bread in England, that is more than 1 in 6.

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England and Saudi Arabia are the only two countries that all of their players from their own league. At the Saudiërs times Fahad al-Muwallad, Yahya al-Shehri and Salem al-Dawsari after four months in Spain, respectively Levante, Leganes and Villarreal, to return to their club in Saudi Arabia. Their stay in Spain came after an agreement between Saudi Arabia and La Liga to them experience to experience with the eye at the world cup.

Of the 23 Russians play there 2 abroad, Club Brugge-goalkeeper Vladimir Gaboelov and midfielder Denis Tsjerisjev of Villarreal. Followed by Spain with 17 to 23, Germany takes 15 players from the Bundesliga.

Sweden and Senegal to take back anyone from their own league. One place higher up the ‘ranking’ Belgium: Leander Dendoncker is the only Red Devil in Russia, which in the Jupiler Pro League play. Our country thus, in addition to Iceland, Nigeria and Switzerland.

Iceland, Nigeria, and Panama, to pick up their 23 players from 13 different countries.

Of the favorites for the world title-scoring Argentina and Brazil are the worst, their selections will each count as only three players that in their own country to play football. The French coach Didier Deschamps takes 9 players from the Ligue 1, the Portuguese Fernando Santos, only 5 out of the Primeira Liga.


England 23

Saudi Arabia 23

Russia 21

Spain 17

Germany 15

South Korea 12

France 9

Iran 9

Egypt 8

Japan 8

Mexico 8

Costa Rica 6

Tunisia 6

Peru 5

Portugal 5

Poland 4

Argentina 3

Australia 3

Brazil 3

Colombia 3

Denmark 3

Panama 3

Serbia 3

Croatia 2

Morocco 2

Uruguay 2

Belgium 1

Iceland 1

Nigeria 1

Switzerland 1

Senegal 0

Sweden 0


The 32 selections for the world cup will count a total of 736 players, who in 52 different countries took office. But fewer than 124 players to earn their bread in England, that is more than one WK-ganger at six.

The top five is not surprisingly taken up by the five major European championships. After England follow Spain (79) Germany (67), Italy (57) France (40). In the top ten, we encounter with Saudi Arabia (33) and Mexico (22) only two non-European countries.

Belgium stands with 16 players on the twelfth place. This puts the country just for the Netherlands, which 15 players to the world cup sends.

The Chinese league provides 8 players. Belgium with Yannick Carrasco (Dalian Yifang) and Axel Witsel (Tianjin Quanjian) together with Nigeria, the country that has the largest number of players from China takes.


The best represented club is the English champion Manchester City, which is no less than 16 world CHAMPIONSHIPS-goers to Russia send. That are in addition to the 4 English Fabian Delph, John Stones, Kyle Walker and Raheem Sterling also the Spaniard David Silva, the Frenchman Benjamin Mendy, the Argentines Nicolas Otamendi et Sergio Agüero, the Brazilians Ederson, Danilo, Fernandinho and Gabriel, Jesus, the German Ilkay Gundogan, the Portuguese Bernardo Silva and, of course, our Vincent Kompany and Kevin De Bruyne.

Only in group A (Russia, Uruguay, Saudi Arabia and Egypt) and group H (Poland, Colombia, Japan and Senegal) is not a player of Manchester City is active).

After Man City follow Real Madrid (15 WK-goers), FC Barcelona (14), Tottenham (12), Paris Saint-Germain (12), Manchester United (11), Bayern Munich (11) and Juventus (11) despite the absence of Italy.


The oldest player at the world cup is the Egyptian goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary, Wednesday, in goal against the Red Devils. On his 45th he the Colombian Fardy Mondragon, who four years ago in Brazil, 43 years of age, of the throne in Russia, as the oldest player in action on a WK. The goalkeeper of the Saudi city of Al Taawoun is even older than coach Roberto Martinez.

El-Hadary is the most experienced player at the world cup, with 158 caps for Egypt. He is the Spaniard Sergio Ramos (151), the Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo (149) and the Mexican Rafael Marques advance. The Argentine Javier Mascherano (both 143) completes the top five.

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The youngest player at the world cup is the Australian Daniel Arzani. The spire of Melbourne City was born on 4 January 1999, and thus became this year 19.

The youngest selection is that of Nigeria , with an average age of 25 years and 337 days.with 25 years and 337 days, while Costa Rica is the oldest selection afvaardigt: an average of 29 years and 203 days.

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