Qatar 2022: 20% of all players at the World Cup play in England, over 10% in Spain

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The majority of football fans across the globe have their specific preference when it comes to club football, with the teams in England and Spain being the most popular. The Premier League and La Liga are often compared in all kinds of aspects.

When looking at the national teams of England and Spain both countries have won just 1 World Cup title each, which is a way worse record than the one of Brazil, Germany, Italy, France, Argentina and even Uruguay. It turns out however, that English and Spanish leagues account for exactly 30% of all players in Qatar – 19.7% or 163 footballers are playing in the English Leagues and 10.3% or 85 players are employed by teams in the 1st and 2nd echelons of La Liga.

This is what analysis showed us, after we at SportingPedia compiled data for the teams of all 829 players participating at the World Cup in Qatar.

A mix of 829 players were selected by the 32 head coaches to represent the participating nations and defend their flags at the upcoming World Cup 2022. At club level these footballers are performing in 52 different leagues across 42 different countries, located on 6 different continents.

The difference between the English leagues and the ones in the rest of the world is staggering. Almost 20% of all the players at the World Cup are defending the colors of an English team when it’s time for club football. In that aspect, Spain is the only other country to exceed the 10% barrier at 85 players or 10.3%.

The first 15 countries whose leagues contributed the most players in Qatar are responsible for 83.84% of all footballers, while the other 27 nations whose domestic leagues have representatives at the World Cup account for just 16.16%. Despite producing many talents playing all over the globe, the limitation of national squad selections leads to the domestic football of Brazil and Argentina both ranking at the 22nd position among all 42 countries.


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