Leaders
Dallmeier

Business Directory

Browse the Directory

Sign Up to the Directory

FC Business Twitter
FC business Linked in
FC Business facebook
FC Business Youtube

A Third Of Euro 2016 Players Could Represent A Different Country

Fri 10th Jun 2016 | Euro 2016

Euro 2016 kicks-off today and it looks set to be the most diverse championships of all time with almost a third of players taking part eligible for other countries.

The Multicultural Championship, by online bookmaker NetBet, celebrates this by tracking the origins of all 552 players in the tournament as various nations join forces as one.

166 players selected to represent their home nation can trace their heritage elsewhere, including England captain Wayne Rooney and Harry Kane. Both could have played for the Republic of Ireland through grandparental and parental descent respectfully, while five players in Roy Hodgson's squad have close ties with Jamaica.

In total, 12 of England's squad have foreign ancestry, the fifth most diverse in the competition. Both the Welsh and Republic of Ireland fall just beneath this, with the latter benefitting from a FIFA ruling allowing players born from both Northern or the Republic eligible to represent either nation.

It's the host nation which represents the most diverse nation however, with 65% of the French squad having roots elsewhere, 11 of those hailing from Africa.

Perhaps most interesting are the Swiss and Albanian squads, both of whom have multiple players eligible for both. The pair go head-to-head on June 11 with Albania potentially fielding as many as six players with Swiss connections, including Taulant Xhaka the brother of Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka.

It'll be the first time in Euros history that two brothers have faced off against each other and is reminiscent of the 2014 World Cup when Ghana's Kevin Prince Boateng took on his brother Jerome, who represents Germany.

Countries all over the world are represented from Guadeloupe to Nigeria where Austrian midfielder David Alaba's father is a Yoruban prince.

A representative from NetBet said, "We're really proud of the map, to us it really helps show how the Euro's, and international football as a whole, is an incredible tool which brings countries and culture together time and time again. France 2016 will be an amazing show of diversity and celebration. We're thrilled to be involved."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heading Image: Reuters / Andrew Yates via Action Images

Posted by: Kev Howland 

Tripleplay 468 banner V2 (468x60_Animated_v2.gif)
RETURN TO LATEST NEWS SECTION
SUBSCRIBE TO THE FCBUSINESS RSS FEED
 
If you have any football business related news stories you’d like to share then please contact us – agourley@fcbusiness.co.uk

To subscribe to our range of football newsletters including news, products and jobs CLICK HERE.

Add to: Google Google | Yahoo Yahoo | Live Live | del.icio.us del.icio | Digg Digg |

Related Articles

Institute of Leadership and Management encourages employers to screen sports games in the office

Thu 16th Jun 2016 | Euro 2016

With warmer weather on the horizon, as well as the Rio 2016 Olympics and the UEFA European Championships taking place, summertime in the office tends to be a lot quieter and managers can find it...

Euro 2016: UEFA hands Russia suspended disqualification and €150,000 fine

Tue 14th Jun 2016 | Euro 2016

The independent UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body (CEDB) has given the Russian Football Union a suspended disqualification from Euro 2016 due to crowd disturbances at Saturday's game against...

FA chairman Greg Dyke defends England fans and raises security concerns over Wales game

Tue 14th Jun 2016 | Euro 2016

FA Chairman Greg Dyke has asked UEFA to reassess their security arrangements ahead of England's Euro 2016 fixture against Wales on Thursday. Dyke sent a letter to UEFA on Monday evening after the...

Savage invites fans to watch England vs Wales as part of Vauxhall Motors’ #GetIN celebrations

Fri 10th Jun 2016 | Euro 2016

Disappointed football fans left without a ticket to this summer’s games need not worry because football legend Robbie Savage is offering a better and more comfortable seat to watch Wales vs...