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Premier League’s global game hits landmark 100th different foreign nationality



By Nick Harris

11 August 2013

The Premier League in 2013-14 will again be a melting point of nations, with players from 67 countries currently represented within the first-team squads of the 20 clubs ahead of the start of the new season on 17 August.

PL of nations 13-14 mapA graphical representation of where these players comes from is on the left, and you can click on the image to enlarge it and see it in greater detail.

Things will change on a daily basis with players leaving and others coming to the league for the first time. But this snapshot gives a good idea of the diversity this season.

Victor Wanyama will become the first Kenyan to play Premier League football when he makes his Southampton debut. You can read a feature about the extraordinary teacher who put him on his path to success – a 48-year-old mother of six from Nairobi called Sophie Makoba – in the Mail on Sunday (below right, and link here).

Kenya will become the 100th ‘foreign’ country (aside from the four Home Nations of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) to have an international player appearing in Premier League history, i.e. since the English top division was revamped in the 1992-93 season.Sophie Makoba in MoS

English players are biggest single group in the Premier League today: 207 of 566 players (36.6 per cent) are English.

They are followed by Spanish players and French players (32 of each, 5.7 per cent each), then Irish (Republic) players (29 of them, 5.1 per cent), Scottish players (24, 4.2 per cent), Welsh (21, 3.7 per cent), Dutch (15, 2.7 per cent), Belgian (14. 2.5 per cent), Brazilian (14, 2.5 per cent), Northern Irish (11, 1.9 per cent) and German (10, 1.8 per cent).

The breakdown of nationalities per club is laid out in the graphic below. Fulham have the most different nationalities in their first-team squad: 19. Norwich have fewest: nine as things stand.

In addition to the 67 current nationalities, 37 others have been represented over the past 21 seasons and they are all listed at the bottom of the graphic.



A potted history of foreign players in the English game since 1888

Man City’s foreign players: a catalogue of the historic, the sublime and the ridiculous

All-time great foreign players in England


The 566 players currently in the 20 squads are from the following continents and regions:

Europe 463 players from 32 different countries

Africa 42 players from 15 different countries

South America 32 players from 8 different countries

N&C America 14 players from 6 different countries

Asia 8 players from 3 different countries

Australasia 6 players from 2 different countries

Middle East 1 player from 1 country



PL of nations 1 by team 13-14

PL of nations 2 by team 13-14


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