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African footballers in the Premier League, La Liga, Ligue 1, Serie A and the Bundesliga.

African footballers in the Premier League, La Liga, Ligue 1, Serie A and the Bundesliga.

With the Africa Cup of Nations a fading memory and the European leagues back in full swing I thought it would be interesting to take a look at the Africans represented in five of Europe’s top leagues: Premier League, Serie A, La Liga, Ligue 1 and Bundesliga.

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Despite their non qualification for the Africa Cup of Nations 2013, Senegal have the most players playing in the five European leagues mentioned in the introduction. 32 Senegalese players play in these leagues. Twenty-nine different nationalities are represented in these leagues from Morocco to Mauritania.

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With much of Africa being Francophone and many French born players opting to play for the countries in the Maghreb it’s unsurprisng that Ligue 1 features so many African footballers.

Number of African players used so far in the 2012/2013 league season.

Number of African players used so far in the 2012/2013 league season.

French teams dominate the list. Every single one of Ligue 1’s twenty sides have fielded an African footballer during the current 2012/2013 season. However, it’s Rennes who are the club who have used the most African players. They’ve used an impressive eleven different African players so far this season. Brilliantly this is enough to field a whole first XI of African players:

Possible Rennes first XI

Possible Rennes first XI

 

 
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Posted by on March 6, 2013 in Africa, Statistics

 

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La Liga table for the 2012 calendar year


Unsurprisingly Barcelona and Real Madrid dominated Spanish football in 2012. Barca accumulated over 100 points, whilst Real Madrid were ten points behind their bitter rivals. Interestingly during 2012 Valencia and Rayo Vallecano picked up the same number of points as each other, however Valencia drew 10 of their games, Vallecano drew just one – a goalless game with Sevilla in September.

La Liga 2012

La Liga 2012

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Posted by on January 2, 2013 in Club, European, Statistics

 

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Foreign players in the top five European Leagues


I’m a big fan of word clouds as a data visualisation tool. The following five word clouds illustrate the number of foreign nationals that have played in each of the five “top” European leagues (England, Italy, Spain, Germany & France) during the current 2011/2012 season. If you want to see more click on each image for an enlarged version.

Premier League - nationalities represented

Premier League - nationalities represented

Serie A - nationalities represented

Serie A - nationalities represented

La Liga - nationalities represented

La Liga - nationalities represented

Bundesliga - nationalities represented

Bundesliga - nationalities represented

Ligue 1 - nationalities represented

Ligue 1 - nationalities represented

Images created using the terrific website: http://wordle.net

 
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Posted by on March 18, 2012 in Club, European, Players

 

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The best number thirty-threes in Europe


A couple of weeks ago I wrote a small article selecting the best eleven in Europe who wear the number thirteen shirt. I thought I’d look into this subject further and I believe that if you take the top five leagues in Europe (Spain, Italy, Germany, France and England) that the highest number you can make an eleven from (you need a goalkeeper remember) is 33.

I have to admit at this juncture that I don’t watch an awful lot of European football (I’m not sure any of us can keep up with five leagues at once). The only decision I would like to elaborate on is the decision to pick brothers Lionel and Kurt Zouma who play for Sochaux and Saint Etienne respectively. Both wear number 33.(Andrew Gibney of the peerless French Football Weekly informs me that the number 33 in France is used for footballers who haven’t yet been allocated a squad number)

The best number thirty-threes in Europe

The best number thirty-threes in Europe

Players in the top five leagues who wear number 33. Feel free to pick your own eleven.

PREMIER LEAGUE: Cameron Jerome (Stoke City), Alex (Chelsea), Paul Scharner (West Brom) and Stefan Maierhofer (Wolves)

LIGUE 1: Kurt Zouma (Saint Etienne), Lionel Zouma (Sochaux), Stephane Bahoken (Nice), Marco Dasilva (Valenciennes) and Adama Ba (Brest)

BUNDESLIGA: Tom Starke (Hoffenheim), Heinz Muller (Mainz), Alexander Esswein (Nurnberg), Manuel Schmiedebach (Hannover), Sascha Molders (Augsburg), Patrick Helmes (Wolfsburg) and Mario Gomez (Bayern Munich)

SERIE A: Alexandros Tzorvas (Palermo), Ciro Capuano (Catania), Thiago Silva (Milan) and Juraj Kucka (Genoa)

LA LIGA: Mamadou Kone (Racing Santander)

 
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Posted by on January 10, 2012 in Club, European, Players

 

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