Brazilians Dominate This Seasons Champions League

Brazil are the most represented nation in the group stage of this seasons Champions League, with 78 registered to the 32 club sides. 25 different teams have at least 1 Brazilian in their team, with only Ajax, Auxerre, Basel, Bayern Munich, Rangers, Valencia and Zilina the only sides without one. Portuguese side Sporting Braga have the most Brazilians in their squad with 13.

Second on the list is France, whom have 65 different French players registered for the 32 sides in the group stages of the Champions League; that’s an average of 2 per team. Auxerre, Lyon and Marseille are the 3 French club sides in this seasons Champions League, all with at least 9 homeland players registered in their squads. Arsenal possess the most French players outside of their own country, with 6. Arsenal are the only club side without a single player registered on their A list from their homeland*.

England rank just 9th in the list of nationals in this seasons Champions League, despite having 4 club sides in the group stage. No other domestic league has as many club sides in the competition. Champions League debutants, Tottenham Hotspur have the highest percentage of English players in their squad, with 36%. Manchester United have 8 English players registered and Chelsea 6. James Beattie of Glasgow Rangers is the only English player in the Champions League playing outside of his home nation, playing for Rangers in Scotland. Hapoel Tel-Aviv have the highest proportion of homeland players (80%).

78 different nationalities are represented in this seasons Champions League, with the majority from UEFA nations (72.55%). There are 134 CONMEBOL players with 41 Argentinians on display, 54 CAF, 9 CONCACAF and 5 AFC.

Korea DPR and New Zealand are the only two 2010 World Cup qualifiers who have 0 players registered to a Champions League team this season.

Here is a full list of nations and the number of players registered in the 2010/11 Champions League:

Brazil 78
France 65
Spain 49
Argentina 41
Germany 37
Italy 31
Netherlands 29
Portugal 28
England 24
Serbia 23
Russia 20
Slovakia 19
Turkey 19
Denmark 18
Israel 18
Greece 16
Scotland 14
Croatia 13
Ukraine 13
Switzerland 12
Romania 11
Sweden 11
Cameroon 10
Czech Republic 10
Nigeria 7
Poland 7
Austria 5
Belgium 5
Bosnia & Herzegovina 5
Ghana 5
Mali 5
Ivory Coast 4
Republic of Ireland 4
Senegal 4
Uruguay 4
Bulgaria 3
Costa Rica 3
Finland 3
Mexico 3
Montenegro 3
Morocco 3
Northern Ireland 3
Norway 3
Peru 3
South Africa 3
Angola 2
Burkina Faso 2
Colombia 2
Ecuador 2
Georgia 2
Kenya 2
Macedonia 2
South Korea 2
USA 2
Algeria 1
Armenia 1
Australia 1
Belarus 1
Benin 1
Bolivia 1
Chile 1
China 1
DR Congo 1
Egypt 1
Gambia 1
Honduras 1
Iceland 1
Japan 1
Lithuania 1
Mozambique 1
Paraguay 1
Sierra Leone 1
Slovenia 1
Togo 1
Uganda 1
Venezuela 1
Wales 1
Zambia 1

*Arsenal’s English players, like many teams youngsters are listed on their B list. UEFA’s official regulations for B list registration:

17.15 Each club is entitled to register an unlimited number of players on List B during the season. The list must be submitted by no later than 24.00 CET on the day before the match in question.

17.16 A player may be registered on List B if he is born on or after 1 January 1987 and has been eligible to play for the club concerned for any uninterrupted period of two years since his 15th birthday by the time he is registered with UEFA. Players aged 16 may be registered on List B if they have been registered with the participating club for the previous two years without interruption.

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