Champions League Squads Announced: Brazilians Top Numbers

Each of the 32 club sides that have qualified for the 2012/13 Champions League group stage has submitted their squads for the forthcoming competition which kicks off on Tuesday 18 September.

The 32 participating sides have submitted two groups of players; List A and List B. No club may have more than 25 players on List A, of which 8 must be “locally trained players” (a player who has been at the club for three seasons between the ages of 15 and 21). An unlimited number of players may be registered on List B. Players on this list must be born on or after 1 January 1991 and been eligible to play for his club for two years prior to his 15th birthday.

When counting only players on List A, Brazil come out on top with 78 players registered, 10 more than second-place France and Spain. Remarkably, only Ajax, BATE Borisov and Nordsjaelland are without a Brazilian in their side.

Juventus’ Lucio is the most-experienced Brazilian in this competition, having previously played 81 Champions League games. Having picked up a runners-up medal in 2002 with German outfit Bayer Leverkusen, Lucio was part of Jose Mourinho’s Internazionale who won the trophy in 2010. Of all players, Manchester United’s Ryan Giggs has made the most appearances in this tournament; 129 appearances in all, winning the competition on 2 occasions, in 1999 and 2008.

26 of the 78 Brazilians registered for this season’s competition have never previously made an appearance in this tournament.

Combining the A and B lists, Spain come out on top with 80 players in all; 1 more than Brazil. Anderlecht’s youngster Fernando is the only Brazilian registered on a B list.

In all, there are 67 nationalities registered on List A amongst the 32 clubs who have put 761 players on the list combined. Sierra Leone youth Aziz Deen-Conteh has made it on Chelsea’s B list and Angola’s teen Kadu has made it onto Porto’s, bringing the number of nationalities up to 69 on the two lists combined.

Serbia (13) have more players registered than any other European country not to have a team qualified for the tournament. Argentina also worth a mention, supplying 29 players.

On the English front, there are 30 players on List A and 53 combined. All 53 of these players are with the 5 British club sides who have qualified for the tournament; no Englishman plays for a Champions League side outside of the English or Scottish Premier League’s this season.