Thursday, 15 December 2016

TOP 15 COUNTRIES WITH HIGHEST NUMBER OF FOOTBALLERS PLAYING OUTSIDE THEIR COUNTRY.

NIGERIA IS THE NUMBER ONE COUNTRY IN AFRICA AMONG COUNTRIES THAT HAVE HIGHEST NUMBER OF FOOTBALL PLAYERS PLAYING OUTSIDE OF THEIR COUNTRY AS FOREIGNERS.


The CIES Football observatory give a breakdown analysis of exporting countries in world football.

Professional football has always been a stimulus for the international migration of players. This is particularly the case in today's globalised world. Although quotas limiting the number of foreign players continue to exist in most leagues, they are generally less restrictive than in the past.


This report analyses the origin of foreign players in 6,135 clubs and 458 leagues of 138 countries situated in all of the existing Confederations: Europe (UEFA), Asia (AFC), Africa (CAF), South America (CONMEBOL), North and Central America (CONCACAF) and Oceania (OFC).

The analysis is carried out on five different levels:
1. Worldwide
2. In Asia (League of AFC Countries)
3. In Latin America (League of CONMEBOL countries)
4. In Europe (Leagues of UEFA countires)
5. In United State Leagues.






In total, 18,660 foreign players of 194 origins were recorded in the leagues taken into account in the analysis. Footballers playing outside of their country of origin make up about 13% of squads.
With 1,784 players, Brazil is the most represented country among foreigners. Brazilians are clearly ahead of Argentinean (929 players) and the French (758). These three nationalities alone account for almost 20% of foreigners present on a global level.

Two other countries have more than 500 of their nationals in foreign clubs are: Serbia with 607 players and Nigeria with 596 players.


TOP 15 COUNTRIES WITH MOST FOOTBALL PLAYERS OUTSIDE THEIR COUNTRY.

COUNTRY                                          No. Of Players

1. Brazil ...............................................      1,784
2. Argentina..........................................      929                      
3. France ..............................................      758
4. Serbia .................................................     607
5. Nigeria ................................................    596
6. Spain ....................................................   497
7. Croatia ................................................... 477
8. Colombia ................................................440
9. Portugal.  ................................................392
10. Senegal .................................................377
11. Ivory Coast............................................370
12. Cameroon. ............................................366
13. Ghana .................................................. 365
14. Borsnia Herzegovina ............................363
15. Uruguay ..............................................  354


Nigeria is the leading country in Africa with the highest number of players playing outside their country, followed by Senegal, Ivory Coast, Cameroon and Ghana to make the top 5 African countries.

Nigeria have total number of 401 foreign players in Europe ( UEFA League countries) and 127 players in Asia (AFC League countries) while the remaining are playing in other continents countries.



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