Clubs with the most players at the FIFA World Cup 2018
Written by: Rohan Philip
From winning the title to sending the highest number of players to the World Cup its been remarkable season for Manchester City.
With the club season over, the footballing community is gearing up for the quadrennial international footballing competition that will be held in Russia this year. Players from clubs all over the world have packed their bags for Moscow and will be looking to give their best in their national colours after meriting call-ups on the back of successful club campaigns.
There have been some surprise exclusions in the final squads announced by the head coaches of the national teams, with Premier League stars like Jack Wilshire, Anthony Martial and Leroy Sane not making the final cut. We at Khel Now take a look at the top 10 clubs with the most players who will be taking part in the World cup finals in Russia.
Al Hilal SC
The Saudi Arabian side have nine players going to the World Cup and are the only Non-European side to make it into the top 10.
Abdullah Al Mayouf, Yasser Al Shahrani, Mohammed Al Breik, Osama Hawsawi, Ali Al Bulaihi, Abdulmalek Al Khaibri, Abdullah Otayf, Salman Al Faraj, Mohamed Kanno.
The Italian champions will have 11 of their players going to Russia, with stars like Paulo Dybala widely touted to be one of the bright lights of the tournament. Juan Cuadrado and Mehdi Benatia will play crucial roles for their respective countries while Sami Khedira and Blaise Matuidi are expected to go far in the tournament.
Szczęsny, M. Benatia, S. Lichtsteiner, S. Khedira, Juan Cuadrado, Douglas Costa, K. Asamoah, B. Matuidi, G. Higuaín, P. Dybala, M. Mandžukić
The German giants have 11 players making it to the World Cup finals. The Munich club won the Bundesliga after yet another dominant season. While their main man, Arjen Robben will not be going to Russia, following Holland’s failure to qualify, the squads of Poland, Germany, Austria and Spain will be counting on Bayern’s stars to take them far in the tournament.
Thomas Muller, Sebastian Rudy, Niklas Sule, Joshua Kimmich, Jerome Boateng, Manuel Neuer, Robert Lewandowski, James Rodriguez, Thiago Alcantara, David Alaba, Corentin Tolisso.
Manchester United have faced a rough season, finishing a very poor second behind league winners, Manchester City. This did not stop 11 of their players from being called up to the national teams of their respective countries. Star player David de Gea will take his place in goal for Spain and Paul Pogba will hope to play a crucial role in anything that the French do at Russia.
Marcus Rashford, Phil Jones, Jesse Lingard, Ashley Young, David De Gea, Marcos Rojo, Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic, Victor Lindelof, Marouane Fellaini.
Tottenham Hotspur are represented by five players in the English national side, the most by a single club. Tottenham can boast of having the captains of two major footballing countries in their ranks, in France’s Hugo Lloris and England’s Harry Kane. The club from North London have representatives in no less than seven nations taking part in the World Cup.
Harry Kane, Kieran Trippier, Dany Rose, Eric Dier, Dele Alli, Hugo Lloris, Mousa Dembele, Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld, Christian Eriksen, Son Heung-min, D.Sanchez.
Paris Saint Germain
The wealthy Parisians have a lot of their squad being left out of the World Cup due to injury, but still take fifth place on this list with no less that 12 players going to the World Cup. Big Money signing, Neymar will hope to do what he failed to in 2014 by leading Brazil to the title. Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe will also look to show what they are made off in Russia this summer.
Neymar, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Kylian Mbappe, Presnel Kimpembe, Alphonse Areola, Julian Draxler, Kevin Trapp, Thoman Meunier, Angel Di Maria, Giovani Lo Celso, Edinson Cavani.
Despite the fact that a major portion of a largely underperforming Chelsea side have been left out of their national squads, the Blues still have 13 players who will be plying their trade in Russia this summer. Gary Cahill and Ruben Loftus-Cheek form the Blues’ contingent in the English side. Eden Hazard, Thibaut Courtois and loaned star Michy Batshuayi will star for Belgium while Olivier Giroud and N'Golo Kante are sure to star for the French.
Gary Cahill, Reuben Loftus-Cheek, Cesar Azpilicueta, N’Golo Kante, Olivier Giroud, Eden Hazard, Thibaut Courtois, Michy Batshuayi, Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, Victor Moses, Kenneth Omeuro, Willian, Willy Caballero.
The Catalan giants take third place on our list with a mammoth 14 members of their squad heading to the World Cup. Their mercurial star, Lionel Messi will be looking to defy the odds and repeat his feat of 2014, by taking Argentina to the World Cup final. Fellow South Americans Luis Suarez and Philipe Coutiniho will also star for their respective countries.
Gerard Pique, Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta, Jordi Alba, Samuel Umtiti, Ousmane Dembele, Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Ivan Rakitic, Thomas Vermaelen, Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi, Philippe Coutinho, Paulinho, Yerry Mina.
Nine out of 23 players are from Camp Nou and Santiago Bernabeu
Barcelona’s fiercest rivals, Real Madrid take second place on our list, with 15 players going to Russia. Their talisman, Cristiano Ronaldo will lead a Portugal squad that has been vastly revamped after their Euro 2016 victory. Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Casemiro will be crucial in midfield for their countries and Keylor Navas will take up his position between the sticks for Costa Rica.
Sergio Ramos, Dani Carvajal, Nacho, Marco Asensio, Isco, Lucas Vasquez, Luka Modric, Mateo Kovacic, Cristiano Ronaldo, Toni Kroos, Raphael Varane, Marcelo, Casemiro, Keylor Navas, Achraf Hakimi.
The runaway winners of the Premier League take top spot on our list with 16 players going to the World Cup. PFA Young Player of the Year, Leroy Sane was left out of the German squad while his teammate Ilkay Gundogan has ben picked by Low. Sergio Aguero, Kevin de Bruyne, Gabriel Jesus and David Silva are indispensable members of their respective squads.
Kyle Walker, Raheem Sterling, John Stones, Fabian Delph, Fernandinho, Gabriel Jesus, Ederson, Danilo, Vincent Kompany, Kevin De Bruyne, Nicolas Otamendi, Sergio Aguero, Ilkay Gundogan, Bernardo Silva, David Silva, Benjamin Mendy.
The World Cup never fails to deliver on excitement and unpredictability. All 32 squads are studded with stars who play all over the world. It promises to be a tournament to remember, as it always is.
Published: Mon Jun 11, 2018 10:46 PM IST