Analysis of World Cup squads shows majority of players are registered at English clubs.

With the kick-off to the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia just days away the European Club Association (ECA) has published its ECA Player Release Analysis findings.



Following the official announcement of the final 23-player squads by FIFA on 4th June 2018, the ECA has conducted a study, which highlights the number and origin of clubs involved in releasing players for FIFA’s flagship tournament.


The analysis shows that 74% (544) of the 736 players playing in this summer’s tournament are registered with clubs in Europe (UEFA) and of those, 130 are registered in England.


The 130 players represent 34 clubs across England with Manchester City providing the most with 16 of their squad heading to Russia. The notable exception to Manchester City is the omission of Leroy Sane from Germany’s squad. 


Champions League winners Real Madrid provides the next highest number of players with 15 of their squad taking part in the tournament followed by LaLiga champions FC Barcelona with 14.


Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur will both provide 12 players while Manchester United will be represented by 11 players.


Both Leicester City and Liverpool will provide 8 players each.


The ECA Player Release Analysis is a study undertaken by ECA at the occasion of every major national team tournament.


ECA General Secretary, Michele Centenaro stated: “The ECA Player Release Analysis aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the pivotal role clubs play in making major national team tournaments possible.


“The results of this study demonstrate that European clubs are the foundation of the game, providing nearly three out of four of the players for the tournament.”


* All findings based on official squads published by FIFA on 4th June 2018. Due to player transfers, results are subject to change.

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