Ranking Clubs by Number of Players in World Cup Squads

Ryan BaileyFeatured ColumnistMay 29, 2014

Ranking Clubs by Number of Players in World Cup Squads

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    In two weeks' time, a total of 736 men will have the honour of representing their country at the planet's biggest sporting event, the World Cup.

    Each of those men has a full-time job with a domestic club, but which of these clubs boasts the highest proportion of World Cup stars? Bleacher Report will reveal which club is best represented in Brazil.

    Some notes before we begin: At the time of writing, more than half of the 32 competing nations have not declared their final 23-man squads, so these rankings will actually change when the final deadline is reached next Monday.

    Also, a player who has spent the full 2013-14 season on loan will be counted for the side he has played for, rather than his parent club. 

    Finally, this power ranking features every team with six or more players going to Brazil. 

    Let's begin...

34. Emelec

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    Number of players at World Cup: six

    Jorge Guagua

    Gabriel Achilier

    Oscar Bagui

    John Narvarez

    Pedro Quinonez

    Angel Mena

     

    Number of domestic players at World Cup: six

    Fourteen of Reinaldo Rueda's 30-man Ecuador squad ply their trade in the domestic league, with six of those players coming from 2013 champions and 2014 league leaders Emelec.

    The most experienced of that crop is journeyman centre-back Jorge Guagua, who has 57 caps for his national team.

33. Basel

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    Number of players at World Cup: six

    Serey Die

    Yann Sommer

    Valentin Stocker

    Fabian Schar

    Marcelo Diaz

    Giovanni Sio

     

    Number of domestic players at World Cup: three

    Ottmar Hitzfeld's final 23-man Switzerland squad includes three of the players who helped Basel retain their fifth consecutive Super League title this season. Die and Sio, meanwhile, have both earned call-ups to the provisional Ivory Coast squad.

32. Olympiakos

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    Number of players at World Cup: six

    Gaetan Bong

    Giannis Maniatis

    Jose Holebas

    Kostas Manolas

    Andreas Samaris

    Joel Campbell

     

    Number of domestic players at World Cup: four

    Greece's squad is traditionally dominated by players based in the Greek Superleague, but just nine of Fernando Santos' final selections are domestic players this time. Four of those represent the resilient side that troubled Manchester United in the Champions League this season, Olympiakos. 

    Joel Campbell, the winger on loan from Arsenal who famously scored against David Moyes' side, has also been recalled to the Costa Rica provisional squad.

31. PSV Eindhoven

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    Number of players at World Cup: six

    Jeroen Zoet

    Karim Rekik

    Memphis Depay

    Georginio Wijnaldum

    Santiago Arias

    Bryan Ruiz

     

    Number of domestic players at World Cup: four

    Traditional Dutch powerhouse PSV could only manage a fourth-place finish in the Eredivisie this season, but they are sending twice as many players as champions Ajax to the World Cup.

    All four of Louis van Gaal's domestic picks from Eindhoven are under 23, with much attention being paid to precocious talents such as left winger Memphis Depay.

30. Parma

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    Number of players at World Cup: six

    Gabriel Paletta

    Marco Parolo

    Antonio Cassano

    Walter Gargano

    Joel Obi

    Afriyie Acquah

     

    Number of domestic players at World Cup: three

    Antonio Cassano may not be at his vivacious best these days, but the striker scored 12 goals and bagged six assists with Parma this season to earn a spot in Cesare Prandelli's 30-man squad. Also joining him are midfielder Marco Parolo and defender Gabriel Paletta, who have three caps between them.

29. Southampton

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    Number of players at World Cup: six

    Dejan Lovren

    Maya Yoshida

    Rickie Lambert

    Adam Lallana

    Luke Shaw

    Gaston Ramirez

     

    Number of domestic players at World Cup: three

    Southampton's players may not be sure as to who the manager will be next season, but six of them have something bigger to deal with in the coming weeks.

    The Saints were delighted to have a trio of talent called up to Roy Hodgson's squad, including youth prospects Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw, and veteran hitman Rickie Lambert.

28. Newcastle

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    Number of players at World Cup: six

    Tim Krul

    Cheick Tiote

    Mathieu Debuchy

    Moussa Sissoko

    Loic Remy

    Shola Ameobi

     

    Number of domestic players at World Cup: zero

    France will be hoping to avoid the kind of implosion that blighted their campaigns in 2010 and 2002, and they will do so with the help of three Newcastle stars who couldn't help the Magpies avoid an end-of-season implosion: Mathieu Debuchy, Loic Remy and Moussa Sissoko.

27. Monaco

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    Number of players at World Cup: six

    Danijel Subasic

    James Rodriguez

    Radamel Falcao

    Sergio Romero

    Elderson

    Joao Moutinho

     

    Number of domestic players at World Cup: zero

    Colombia coach Jose Pekerman has vowed to wait until the very last moment to reveal his 23-man squad, in order to make a call on star striker Radamel Falcao.

    The talismanic forward has been sidelined since January with a knee injury, but he has been training with the Colombian squad, including Monaco teammate James Rodriguez. 

    Interestingly, the nouveau riche principality are not sending a single Frenchman to the tournament.

26. Tottenham

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    Number of players at World Cup: six

    Paulinho

    Hugo Lloris

    Nabil Bentaleb

    Jan Vertonghen

    Mousa Dembele

    Nacer Chadli

     

    Number of domestic players at World Cup: zero

    With Kyle Walker and Andros Townsend missing out through injury, this will be the first World Cup since 1954 that Tottenham have not sent at least one Englishman to the World Cup. By contrast, they sent five players in 2010.

    Yet Spurs are the single biggest supplier of players to the purported dark horses of the tournament, Belgium. Vertonghen, Dembele and Chadli should all play a role in Marc Wilmots' squad. 

25. Roma

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    Number of players at World Cup: six

    Maicon

    Gervinho

    Vasilis Torosidis

    Daniel De Rossi

    Mattia Destro

    Miralem Pjanic

     

    Number of domestic players at World Cup: two

    The second of six Serie A teams to make this list, the Giallorossi boast homegrown talent, including Daniele De Rossi (pictured with the unselected Dani Osvaldo) and 23-year-old striker Mattia Destro.

    Cesare Prandelli, however, has yet to give any indication as to when he'll trim his 30-man provisional squad down.

24. Feyenoord

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    Number of players at World Cup: seven

    Bruno Martins Indi

    Daryl Janmaat

    Stefan de Vrij

    Terence Kongolo

    Jordy Clasie

    Jean-Paul Boetius

    Tonny Vilhena

     

    Number of domestic players at World Cup: seven

    Much is said about the comparative weakness of the Eredivise to other major European leagues, but 2013-14 runners-up Feyenoord are providing seven of Van Gaal's 30-man squad. 

    Like PSV's offering, Feyenoord's Dutch stars all have youth on their side; combined, the seven players have 39 less caps than Rafael van der Vaart, who was ruled out of action on Wednesday, per The Guardian.

23. VfL Wolfsburg

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    Number of players at World Cup: seven

    Luis Gustavo

    Ivan Perisic

    Ivica Olic

    Diego Benaglio

    Ricardo Rodriguez

    Vieirinha

    Kevin De Bruyne

     

    Number of domestic players at World Cup: zero

    Wolfsburg boast two Swiss, two Croatian, a Belgian, a Brazilian and a Portuguese, but no German national team players.

    Perisic and Olic were Die Wolfe's two top scorers 2013-14 with a combined 24 league goals, and they shall be looking to have a similarly prolific time in Group A against Mexico, Cameroon and Brazil.

22. CSKA Moscow

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    Number of players at World Cup: seven

    Seydou Doumbia

    Ahmed Musa

    Igor Akinfeev

    Sergei Ignashevich

    Vasili Berezutski

    Georgi Shchennikov

    Alan Dzagoev

     

    Number of domestic players at World Cup: five

    Fabio Capello's Russian national team is composed entirely of players based in the Russian Premier League, five of whom play for 2013-14 champions CSKA Moscow. 

    CSKA's two non-Russian representatives in Brazil will be Musa of Nigeria and Doumbia of the Ivory Coast. 

21. Schalke

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    Number of players at World Cup: seven

    Joel Matip

    Klaas-Jan Huntelaar

    Atsuto Uchida

    Sead Kolasinac

    Benedikt Howedes

    Julian Draxler

    Kevin Prince-Boateng

     

    Number of domestic players at World Cup: two

    After a poor run at Euro 2012, Schalke's 2013-14 top scorer Klaas-Jan Huntelaar will be hoping the Netherlands can show the kind of form they displayed at the 2010 World Cup. 

    Die Knappen's player to watch at the tournament, however, might be 20-year-old youth product Julian Draxler, who may reignite transfer interest from clubs such as Arsenal if he is given playing time with Germany.

20. Lazio

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    Number of players at World Cup: seven

    Antonio Candreva

    Alvaro Gonzalez

    Lucas Biglia

    Senad Lulic

    Ogenyi Onazi

    Miroslav Klose

    Helder Postiga

     

    Number of domestic players at World Cup: one

    Lazio's top scorer Antonio Candreva is their only player to be called to duty by the Azzurri, but all eyes will surely be on veteran striker Miroslav Klose.

    The German is battling to reach full fitness, so that he may add to his tally of 14 World Cup goals from three tournaments. With one more, Klose will overtake Gerd Mueller to become Die Mannschaft's all-time top scorer and will equal the all-time World Cup goal record held by Mueller and (Brazilian) Ronaldo.

19. Dynamo Moscow

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    Number of players at World Cup: eight

    Luke Wilkshire

    Christian Noboa

    Aleksei Kozlov

    Vladmir Granat

    Igor Denisov

    Aleksei Ionov

    Yuri Zhirkov

    Aleksandr Kokorin

     

    Number of domestic players at World Cup: six

    Dynamo Moscow may have finished three places below champions and city neighbours CSKA this season, but they are providing more players for the World Cup and are the biggest single contributor to Capello's Russia squad. 

    It's no shock that Dynamo top scorer Aleksandr Kokorin made the grade, while Chelsea flop Yuri Zhirkov has also earned his place. 

    The Belo-golubye's two non-Russian representatives will be Australian defender Luke Wilkshire and Ecuadorian midfielder Christian Noboa.

18. Zenit Saint Petersburg

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    Number of players at World Cup: eight

    Hulk

    Luis Neto

    Nicolas Lombaerts

    Axel Witsel

    Yuri Lodygin

    Viktor Fazyzulin

    Oleg Shatov

    Aleksandr Kerzhakov

     

    Number of domestic players at World Cup: four

    Portuguese midfielder Danny was Zenit's top scorer in 2013-14, but he has curiously fallen out of favour with Paulo Bento.

    His defensive colleague Luis Neto, however, has made the Portugal team, while the Russian Premier League champions will see four of their stars in Capello's squad this summer.

17. Everton

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    Number of players at World Cup: eight

    Lacina Traore

    Leighton Baines

    Phil Jagielka

    Ross Barkley

    Tim Howard

    Kevin Mirallas

    Romelu Lukaku

    Gerard Deulofeu

     

    Number of domestic players at World Cup: three

    Ross Barkley has had something of an annus mirabilis with Everton this season, and he will hope to be rewarded with some playing time under an England manager who has seemed quite keen to blood the youngsters (although his squad number suggests he might be lower down the pecking order). 

    Earlier this week, Barcelona loan star Gerard Deulofeu was added to Spain's preliminary squad in place of Thiago Alcantara. 

16. Borussia Dortmund

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    Number of players at World Cup: eight

    Mitchell Langerak

    Sokratis Papastathopoulos

    Roman Weidenfeller

    Mats Hummels

    Marcel Schmelzer

    Kevin Grosskreutz

    Erik Durm

    Marco Reus

     

    Number of domestic players at World Cup: six

    The German national team has been criticised for not having too many out-and-out strike options in this tournament, but Joachim Loew will be hoping Reus will continue with the incredible goalscoring form he showed for BvB at the end of the 2013-14 Bundesliga season. 

    Outside of the Nationalmannschaft, reserve keeper Mitchell Langerak has made the Australia provisional squad and Sokratis Papastathopoulos is in the Greece setup.

15. Porto

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    Number of players at World Cup: nine

    Diego Reyes

    Hector Herrera

    Juan Fernando Quintero

    Jackson Martinez

    Jorge Fucile

    Eliaquim Mangala

    Silvestre Varela

    Nabil Ghilas

    Stevan Defour

     

    Number of domestic players at World Cup: one

    Porto finished third in the Portuguese Liga in 2013-14, thanks to the continued efforts of Jackson Martinez, who scored 20 times—15 goals more than anyone else on the side.

    If Radamel Falcao struggles for full fitness, Jackson will need to step up his efforts for Jose Pekerman's Colombia side.

14. Internazionale

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    Number of players at World Cup: nine

    Hernanes

    Mateo Kovacic

    Fredy Guarin

    Yuto Nagatomo

    Andrea Ranocchia

    Hugo Campagnaro

    Ricardo Alvarez

    Rodrigo Palacio

    Saphir Taider

     

    Number of domestic players at World Cup: one

    Internazionale earned their name for their propensity to rely on foreign talent, which is evident this summer with just Andrea Ranocchia filling out Prandelli's provisional squad. 

    The Nerazzurri boast three players in Argentina's squad in Palacio, Campagnaro and Alvarez. Their chances of boasting another World Cup winner next season are also increased by winter signing Hernanes, who has made Big Phil's cut.

13. Milan

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    Number of players at World Cup: nine

    Nigel De Jong

    Cristian Zapata

    Keisuke Honda

    Ignazio Abate

    Mattia De Sciglio

    Riccardo Montolivo

    Mario Balotelli

    Sulley Muntari

    Michael Essien

     

    Number of domestic players at World Cup: four

    Milan are providing four players for the Azzurri, including the man who flits between game-changing skill and abject anonymity: Mario Balotelli. Elsewhere, the Rossoneri will lend Essien and Muntari to Ghana's attempts to escape the "Group of Death," while Honda represents one of Japan's brightest hopes of exiting Group C.

12. Paris Saint-Germain

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    Number of players at World Cup: 10

    Thiago Silva

    Maxwell

    Salvatore Sirigu

    Thiago Motta

    Marco Verratti

    Edinson Cavani

    Lucas Digne

    Yohan Cabaye

    Blaise Matuidi

    Ezequiel Lavezzi

     

    Number of domestic players at World Cup: three

    Unsurprisingly, the Ligue 1 side with the highest proportion of World Cup stars is PSG. The French champions will boast three domestic stars, three Italians, two Brazilians and an Argentinean. 

    World Cup fans will need no reminding that a certain talismanic Swede who scored 40 goals in the last campaign will be conspicuous by his absence in Brazil.

11. Arsenal

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    Number of players at World Cup: 10

    Santi Cazorla

    Jack Wilshere

    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

    Bacary Sagna

    Laurent Koscielny

    Olivier Giroud

    Per Mertesacker

    Mesut Ozil

    Lukas Podolski

    Thomas Vermaelen

     

    Number of domestic players at World Cup: two

    Arsenal managed to secure two pieces of silverware this season (The FA Cup and the Fourth Place Trophy), thanks to their wealth of world-class talent.

    Wilshere and the Ox, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, should feature in Hodgson's youthful teams, while Laurent Koscielny, Olivier Giroud and Bacary Sagna will attempt to steer clear of another French implosion.

10. Liverpool

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    Number of players at World Cup: 10

    Kolo Toure

    Glen Johnson

    Steven Gerrard

    Daniel Sturridge

    Jordan Henderson

    Raheem Sterling

    Luis Suarez

    Mamadou Sakho

    Victor Moses

    Simon Mignolet

     

    Number of domestic players at World Cup: five

    Liverpool may have squandered the chance of winning their first league title in over two decades, but they may take a quantum of solace from being England's largest single supplier of World Cup players. 

    Ironically, the Reds also boast the Uruguayan striker who threatens to seriously dent the Three Lions' progress at the tournament.

9. Atletico Madrid

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    Number of players at World Cup: 10

    Juanfran

    Koke

    David Villa

    Diego Costa

    Diego Godin

    Jose Maria Gimenez

    Cristian Rodriguez

    Jose Ernesto Sosa

    Thibaut Courtois

    Toby Alderweireld

     

    Number of domestic players at World Cup: four

    Atletico Madrid enjoyed incredible success in 2013-14, so it is little surprise that a squad that won La Liga and reached the Champions League Final features so highly in the World Cup power rankings. 

    Atleti would have featured even higher if Big Phil had selected superb centre-back Joao Miranda in his final squad, but many were surprised to see him bumped in favour of Napoli's Henrique.

    The biggest question mark of these selections hangs over Costa, who will battle to get fit to represent his adopted nation of Spain. As mentioned earlier, Vicente Del Bosque is delaying his 23-man squad announcement for Costa's benefit.

     

8. Manchester City

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    Number of players at World Cup: 12

    Fernandinho

    David Silva

    Jesus Navas

    Alvaro Negredo

    Yaya Toure

    Joe Hart

    James Milner

    Martin Demichelis

    Pablo Zabaleta

    Sergio Aguero

    Edin Dzeko

    Vincent Kompany

     

    Number of domestic players at World Cup: two

    Some of the brightest prospects in Brazil lifted the Premier League trophy a few weeks ago. Hart and Milner are on England's plane; Demichelis, Zabaleta and Aguero have the potential to meet Brazil in the final for a South American showdown, and Kompany will be captaining dark horses Belgium. 

    Yaya Toure, meanwhile, will be extremely perturbed if he is not given some kind of cake.

7. Chelsea

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    Number of players at World Cup: 12

    David Luiz

    Ramires

    Oscar

    Willian

    Samuel Eto'o

    Cesar Azpilicueta

    Fernando Torres

    Gary Cahill

    Frank Lampard

    Jon Obi Mikel

    Andre Schurrle

    Eden Hazard

     

    Number of domestic players at World Cup: two

    David Luiz's days as a Chelsea player may be numbered, but the bushy-haired defender is currently one of four stars who will be representing the home nation. 

    The Blues are also lending Lampard and Cahill to the England setup, while Torres and Cesar "Dave" Azpilicueta should be among the defending champions.

6. Napoli

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    Number of players at World Cup: 13

    Henrique

    Pepe Reina

    Raul Albiol

    Juan Camilo Zuniga

    Christian Maggio

    Lorenzo Insigne

    Gokhan Inler

    Valon Behrami

    Blerim Dzemaili

    Federico Fernandez

    Gonzalo Higuain

    Faouzi Ghoulam

    Dries Mertens

     

    Number of domestic players at World Cup: two

    Napoli top scorer Gonzalo Higuain and his strike partner Dries Mertens have both earned call-ups to their respective nations, yet prolific striker Jose Callejon, who scored 20 goals in 2013-14, has never been considered for Spain's senior side. 

    The Partenopei's presence is most strongly felt in the Switzerland squad, where Inler, Behrami and Dzemaili will all be available to try and help Hitzfeld's side battle their way out of Group E.

5. Juventus

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    Number of players at World Cup: 13

    Mauricio Isla

    Arturo Vidal

    Fernando Llorente

    Gigi Buffon

    Giorgio Chiellini

    Andrea Barzagli

    Leonardo Bonucci

    Andrea Pirlo

    Claudio Marchisio

    Martin Caceres

    Paul Pogba

    Stephan Lichtsteiner

    Kwadwo Asamoah

     

    Number of domestic players at World Cup: six

    Juventus are sending as many players to Brazil as their Serie A rivals Napoli, but considerably more Italians. The scudetto holders' back three of Chiellini, Bonucci and Barzagli should slot into Prandelli's back four, while the Azzurri's all-time appearance leader, Buffon, should be behind the back line.

    In the middle of the park, Pirlo, the man with the greatest beard in all of football—and humanity—will direct traffic.

4. Real Madrid

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    Number of players at World Cup: 13

    Marcelo

    Luka Modric

    Iker Casillas

    Daniel Carvajal

    Sergio Ramos

    Xabi Alonso

    Raphael Varane

    Karim Benzema

    Angel Di Maria

    Sami Khedira

    Pepe

    Fabio Coentrao

    Cristiano Ronaldo

     

    Number of domestic players at World Cup: four

    Real Madrid played 61 games in all competitions this season and capped off a mixed campaign with the much-vaunted 10th European Cup. The downside of this continental success is that their Galacticos will have little respite before heading to Brazil, so La Liga top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo may not have his full quotient of energy.

    This will be particularly true when the Portuguese star and his two countrymen, Pepe and Coentrao, face the humidity of Manaus in their second game.

3. Barcelona

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    Number of players at World Cup: 13

    Dani Alves

    Neymar

    Alex Song

    Alexis Sanchez

    Gerard Pique

    Jordi Alba

    Xavi

    Andres Iniesta

    Cesc Fabregas

    Sergio Busquets

    Pedro

    Javier Mascherano

    Lionel Messi

     

    Number of domestic players at World Cup: seven

    In the past few international competitions, the Spanish national team have heartily embraced Barcelona's tiki-taka philosophy and false-nine tactics, so it is little surprise that the Blaugrana are supplying seven of Del Bosque's preliminary squad. 

    Aside from the Spaniards, Barca also boast the two men who arguably have the biggest storylines at this tournament: Neymar and Messi. The former has the entire weight of Brazil upon his shoulders, while the latter will strive to cause an upset for their fierce South American rivals and hosts, simultaneously cementing his reputation as a legend of the game.

2. Manchester United

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    Number of players at World Cup: 14

    Javier Hernandez

    Robin van Persie

    David De Gea

    Juan Mata

    Shinji Kagawa

    Wayne Rooney

    Danny Welbeck

    Chris Smalling

    Phil Jones

    Antonio Valencia

    Patrice Evra

    Nani

    Marouane Fellaini

    Adnan Januzaj

     

    Number of domestic players at World Cup: four

    Manchester United endured a miserable season by their standards, and many have commented that their squad is past its prime. It may, therefore, come as a surprise to learn that the Red Devils are second in the World Cup rankings. 

    After declaring his allegiance to Belgium, Januzaj will be looking to make his mark on the biggest stage, while Van Persie will seek to overcome a relatively disappointing campaign by helping the Netherlands exorcise the demons of Euro 2012. His sublime goal against Ecuador recently shows he is on the right track. 

    Meanwhile, all eyes will also be on Wayne Rooney, who will be under immense pressure to prove to the world that he still has the fitness and ability to drive England deep into the competition. Incredibly, the 28-year-old is still seeking his first World Cup goal.

1. Bayern Munich

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    Number of players at World Cup: 15

    Dante

    Mario Mandzukic

    Arjen Robben

    Javi Martinez

    Franck Ribery

    Xherdan Shaqiri

    Manuel Neuer

    Philipp Lahm

    Jerome Boateng

    Bastian Schweinsteiger

    Toni Kroos

    Mario Gotze

    Thomas Muller

    Julian Green

    Daniel van Buyten

     

    Number of domestic players at World Cup: seven

    With a squad that boasts 15 players worthy of the World Cup, it is little wonder that Bayern Munich are such a force to be reckoned with.

    Die Roten will provide the backbone of Die Nationalmannschaft, with one of the world's best goalkeepers, Neuer, full-back and captain Philipp Lahm, midfield general Bastian Schweinsteiger and precocious forward Thomas Muller. 

    Interestingly, the eight non-German World Cup players in their ranks each represent a different nation. Robben, Ribery and Mandzukic are likely to be key players for their respective countries. 

     

     

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