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Premier League melting pot: Chelsea unique in England in fielding 100% international line-ups every game

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By Brian Sears

12 October 2010

The international break provides an opportunity to take stock of the multinational melting pot that is the Premier League, and late last week we presented snapshots of the number of international players by club, and a breakdown of the 60 nations represented by full internationals in the Premier League so far this season.

Today, sportingintelligence looks at some individual club case studies, including Chelsea here; they have used 14 different players from nine different nations as starters in League games so far this season.

The most common nationality of Chelsea starting players so far has been English (three, all full internationals), followed by Brazilian, French and Ivorian (two each, all internationals).

Chelsea are the only Premier League club this season so far to start every League game with a full team of full internationals.

Chelsea, along with Bolton and Newcastle, have used the fewest number of different starters (14).

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Analysis of CHELSEA players used in Premier League games this season

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14 different Premier League starters from nine countries
*Not full internationals
In the 2010-11 season so far up to 10-10-10
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Alex – Brazilian
Anelka – French
Cech – Czech
Cole – English
Drogba – Ivorian
Essien – Ghanaian
Ferreira – Portuguese
Ivanovic – Serbian
Kalou – Ivorian
Lampard – English
Malouda – French
Mikel – Nigerian
Ramires – Brazilian
Terry – English
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Six players used as “substitutes only” so far from three more countries
Benayoun – Israeli
Bruma – Dutch
Kakuta* – French
McEachran* – English
Sturridge* – English
Zhirkov – Russian
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Summary of starters / of whom full internationals: English 3/3, Brazilian 2/2, French 2/2, Ivorian 2/2, Czech 1/1, Ghanaian 1/1, Portuguese 1/1, Serbian 1/1, Nigerian 1/1  = 100 per cent of starters are internationals.
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Summary of substitutes / of whom full internationals: English 2/0, Israeli 1/1, Dutch 1/1, French 1/0, Russian 1/1 = 50 per cent of subs are internationals.
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Summary: 20 players from 12 countries, 85 per cent of them full internationals.

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