Ranking the Top 10 Leagues by World Cup Performance

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Ranking the Top 10 Leagues by World Cup Performance
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When the 2014 World Cup All Star team was announced, it was not surprising that the Bundesliga claimed more than half of the 11 spots on offer.

Second—the only other division with more than one spot—was France’s Ligue 1 with two. Then came England’s Premier League, Portugal’s Primeira Liga and the Netherlands’ Eredivisie.

Spain—widely regarded as one of the top football league nations in the world and majority supplier of the 2010 World Cup winners—was conspicuously absent.

Which is why they don’t top the following list.

Over the next few slides we’ll rank the top national divisions represented at the 2014 World Cup, based on performance at the tournament.

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