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Which clubs dominate World Cup squads?

Nick Wilhelm

Updated: Nov 16, 2022 06:45

World Cup 2022: Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Manchester City dominate squads in Qatar

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The World Cup in Qatar will feature a record-breaking 163 English-based players representing their countries, but which home sides are the best and which countries have the most experience?

The number of English players traveling to Qatar with their separate national teams comprises one-fifth of all World Cup squads and is 77 more than any other nation, with 86 players from Spanish leagues doing the same.

Germany (81), Italy (70), France (58), and the remaining top five leagues in Europe round up the top rungs. The United States is placed sixth, ahead of Saudi Arabia (34) and the host nation Qatar (31).

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Breaking that figure down into British representation, 134 current Premier League players have joined up with their national teams, followed by the Championship (25), Scottish Premiership (13), English League One and English League Two (both two).

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Club domination

In terms of domestic clubs, Bayern Munich surpassed rival powerhouses Manchester City and Barcelona with 17 call-ups, setting a tournament record (both 16).

15 of Qatar's 26-man team represent Qatari club Al-Sadd, while large contingents of players from Real Madrid (13) and Manchester United (14) also travel with the team.

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International experience

With 1,472 international caps, the host country has a commanding lead over Belgium (1,340), Mexico (1,285), and Uruguay (1.285). (1,183).

On the opposite end of the spectrum, Ghana has only amassed a total of 438 run-outs to date. Cameroon (612) and Morocco (520) are also particularly inexperienced.

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Cristiano Ronaldo, a forward for Manchester United, has made headlines leading up to the tournament after saying he has "no respect" for his club's manager Erik ten Hag in a shocking interview with Piers Morgan. However, the 37-year-old will have the most experience in Qatar due to his 191 national team appearances.

Among their different teams, Andres Guardado (Mexico), Hassan Al-Haydos (Qatar), Lionel Messi (Argentina), and Diego Godin (Uruguay) all contribute seasoned knowledge.

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Veterans and rookies

Years and caps do not always go together. With an average age of 29 years and 157 days, Iran enters the competition as the oldest team, ahead of Mexico, Tunisia, and tournament favorites Argentina and Brazil.

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England midfielder Jude Bellingham is the ninth-youngest player among World Cup squads

The USA, Ecuador, Spain, and Cameroon all chose young rosters, but Ghana is the youngest with an average age of just 25 years and 110 days.

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Youssoufa Moukoko, an 18-year-old striker for Borussia Dortmund, is the youngest member of Germany's roster. He is followed by five other players his age: Garang Kuol (Australia), Gavi (Spain), Jewison Bennette (Costa Rica), Bilal El Khannous (Morocco), and Abdul Fatawu Issahaku (Ghana).

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