October 7, 2007

FIFA World Rankings: Top Nations’ League Participation

Filed under: Blog — krkhan @ 3:54 am

A common argument that crops up everywhere these days is regarding the leagues which have the best players in the world. The “best players in the world” phrase has a diverse range of definitions, but no one can actually deny the fact that top-nations in FIFA World Rankings are there because of their players. Curiously enough, I decided to compile a list of recent squads of these top-nations to compare their participation in various leagues around the world. This comparison in no way is a stand-alone method to judge these leagues’ quality; as there are top-players who don’t play international Football anymore (read: Franseco Totti), and some whose countries are nowhere near the top 10 rankings (e.g. that Drogba guy). This comparison is just what it is: an estimation of the top nations’ league participation.

To compare the squads, I have first used the most recent call-ups’ list from Wikipedia and then filtered out players with the least caps in order to limit the numbers to 20 players per nation. This way, most of the players who actually affected those ratings are used in the comparison while those who have just made their debut are left out. The World Rankings themselves currently look like this:

  1. Italy
  2. Argentina
  3. Brazil
    [Top 3]
  4. Germany
  5. Netherlands
    [Top 5]
  6. France
  7. Spain
  8. Portugal
  9. England
  10. Croatia
    [Top 10]

England is higher only than Croatia and that somehow brings up a smug smile on my face. The top 5 position fluctuate as much as a stock market these days, but overall it’s usually the same ones changing a spot or two. Let’s start:


Italy National Team’s League Participation
Gianluigi Buffon Italy Juventus F.C.
Christian Panucci Italy A.S. Roma
Fabio Grosso France Lyon
Fabio Cannavaro Spain Real Madrid
Andrea Barzagli Italy Palermo
Alessandro Del Piero Italy Juventus F.C.
Gennaro Gattuso Italy Milan
Luca Toni Germany Bayern Munich
Daniele De Rossi Italy A.S. Roma
Antonio Di Natale Italy Udinese
Gianluca Curci Italy A.S. Roma
Massimo Ambrosini Italy Milan
Vincenzo Iaquinta Italy Juventus
Mauro Camoranesi Italy Juventus
Filippo Inzaghi Italy Milan
Gianluca Zambrotta Spain Barcelona
Simone Perrotta Italy A.S. Roma
Andrea Pirlo Italy Milan
Massimo Oddo Italy Milan
Fabio Quagliarella Italy Udinese

Itay National Team's League Participation Graph


Argentina National Team’s League Participation
Roberto Abbondanzieri Spain Getafe
Oscar Ustari Spain Getafe
Sergio Romero Netherlands Alkmaar Zaanstreek
Fabricio Coloccini Spain Deportivo
Gabriel Milito Spain Barcelona
Gabriel Heinze Spain Real Madrid
Javier Zanetti Italy Inter Milan
Nicolás Burdisso Italy Inter Milan
Martin Demichelis Germany Bayern Munich
Fernando Gago Spain Real Madrid
Javier Mascherano England Liverpool
Cristian Raúl Ledesma Greece Olympiacos
Jonás Gutiérrez Spain Mallorca
Federico Insúa Mexico America
Sergio Agüero Spain Atletico Madrid
Lionel Messi Spain Barcelona
Javier Saviola Spain Real Madrid
Carlos Tevez England Manchester United
Lucho Gonza¡lez Portugal Porto
Maxi Rodriguez Spain Atletico Madrid

Argentina National Team's League Participation Graph


Brazil National Team’s League Participation
Doni Italy Roma
Júlio César Italy Internazionale
Daniel Alves Spain Sevilla
Maicon Italy Internazionale
Lucio Germany Bayern Munich
Juan Italy Roma
Alex England Chelsea
Gilberto Germany Hertha Berlin
Kluber Brazil Santos
Gilberto Silva England Arsenal
Mineiro Germany Hertha Berlin
Elano England Manchester City
Josua Germany Wolfsburg
Diego Germany Werder Bremen
Julio Baptista Spain Real Madrid
Kaka Italy AC Milan
Ronaldinho Spain Barcelona
Robinho Spain Real Madrid
Va¡gner Love Russia CSKA Moscow
Afonso Alves Netherlands Heerenveen

Brazil National Team's League Participation Graph


Top 3 Teams' League Participation Graph


Germany National Team’s League Participation
Jens Lehmann England Arsenal F.C.
Timo Hildebrand Spain Valencia CF
Robert Enke Germany Hannover 96
Marcell Jansen Germany Bayern Munich
Arne Friedrich Germany Hertha BSC Berlin
Christian Pander Germany FC Schalke 04
Per Mertesacker Germany Werder Bremen
Christoph Metzelder Spain Real Madrid
Manuel Friedrich Germany Bayer Leverkusen
Bastian Schweinsteiger Germany Bayern Munich
Thomas Hitzlsperger Germany VfB Stuttgart
Bernd Schneider Germany Bayer Leverkusen
David Odonkor Spain Real Betis
Piotr Trochowski Germany Hamburger SV
Roberto Hilbert Germany VfB Stuttgart
Gonzalo Castro Germany Bayer Leverkusen
Simon Rolfes Germany Bayer Leverkusen
Miroslav Klose Germany Bayern Munich
Lukas Podolski Germany Bayern Munich
Kevin Kurányi Germany FC Schalke 04

Germany National Team's League Participation Graph


Netherlands National Team’s League Participation
Maarten Stekelenburg Netherlands Ajax
Edwin van der Sar England Man United
Kew Jaliens Netherlands Alkmaar Zaanstreek
John Heitinga Netherlands Ajax
Wilfred Bouma England Aston Villa
Urby Emanuelson Netherlands Ajax
Giovanni van Bronckhorst Netherlands Feyenoord
Rafael van der Vaart Germany Hamburger SV
Demy de Zeeuw Netherlands Alkmaar Zaanstreek
Ruud van Nistelrooy Spain Real Madrid
Wesley Sneijder Spain Real Madrid
Robin van Persie England Arsenal
Mario Melchiot England Wigan Athletic
Khalid Boulahrouz Spain Sevilla FC
Denny Landzaat England Wigan Athletic
Clarence Seedorf Italy AC Milan
Henk Timmer Netherlands Feyenoord
Dirk Kuyt England Liverpool
Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink Scotland Celtic
Ryan Babel England Liverpool

Netherlands National Team's League Participation Graph


Top 5 Teams' League Participation Graph


France National Team’s League Participation
Mickael Landreau France Paris SG
Patrice Evra England Manchester United
Eric Abidal Spain Barcelona
William Gallas England Arsenal
Claude Makélélé England Chelsea
Florent Malouda England Chelsea
Jérémy Toulalan France Lyon
Karim Benzema France Lyon
Sidney Govou France Lyon
Thierry Henry Spain Barcelona
Philippe Mexès Italy Roma
Lilian Thuram Spain Barcelona
Julien Escudé Spain Sevilla
Bacary Sagna England Arsenal
Lassana Diarra England Arsenal
Franck Ribéry Germany Bayern Munich
Ulrich Rame France Bordeaux
Nicolas Anelka England Bolton Wanderers
Jereme Rothen France Paris SG
Louis Saha England Manchester United

France National Team's League Participation Graph


Spain National Team’s League Participation
Iker Casillas Spain Real Madrid
Javi Navarro Spain Sevilla
Antonio López Spain Atletico
Carlos Marchena Spain Valencia
Carles Puyol Spain Barcelona
David Albelda Spain Valencia
David Villa Spain Valencia
Xavi Hernandez Spain Barcelona
Luis Garci­a Ferna¡ndez Spain Espanyol
Roberto Soldado Spain Real Madrid
Miguel Angel Angulo Spain Valencia
Xabi Alonso England Liverpool
Sergio Ramos Spain Real Madrid
Andras Iniesta Spain Barcelona
Joaquan Sa¡nchez Spain Valencia
Cesc Fabregas England Arsenal
Angel Lopez Spain Villarreal
Joan Capdevila Spain Villarreal
David Silva Spain Valencia
Jose Reina England Liverpool

Spain National Team's League Participation Graph


Portugal National Team’s League Participation
Ricardo Spain Real Betis
Paulo Ferreira England Chelsea
Marco Caneira Spain Valencia
Jorge Andrade Italy Juventus
Fernando Meira Germany Stuttgart
Petit Portugal Benfica
Simão Spain Atlético
Quim Portugal Benfica
Miguel Spain Valencia
Cristiano Ronaldo England Manchester United
Maniche Spain Atlético
Tiago Italy Juventus
Deco Spain Barcelona
Nuno Gomes Portugal Benfica
Helder Postiga Portugal Porto
Rael Meireles Portugal Porto
Hugo Almeida Germany Werder Bremen
Ricardo Quaresma Portugal Porto
Joeo Moutinho Portugal Sporting
Nani England Manchester United

Portugal National Team's League Participation Graph


England National Team’s League Participation
Paul Robinson England Tottenham Hotspur
David James England Portsmouth
Sol Campbell England Portsmouth
Rio Ferdinand England Manchester United
Ashley Cole England Chelsea
Phil Neville England Everton
John Terry England Chelsea
Wes Brown England Manchester United
Nicky Shorey England Reading
Steven Gerrard England Liverpool
Frank Lampard England Chelsea
Joe Cole England Chelsea
Stewart Downing England Middlesbrough
Shaun Wright-Phillips England Chelsea
Michael Owen England Newcastle United
Wayne Rooney England Manchester United
Jermain Defoe England Tottenham Hotspur
Peter Crouch England Liverpool
Alan Smith England Newcastle United
Andrew Johnson England Everton

England National Team's League Participation Graph


Croatia National Team’s League Participation
Stipe Pletikosa Russia FC Spartak Moscow
Dario Aimie Italy A.C. Milan
Josip Almunia Germany Hertha BSC Berlin
Robert Kovaa Germany Borussia Dortmund
Vedran Aorluka England Manchester City F.C.
Dino Drpie Croatia Dinamo Zagreb
Dario Kneevia Italy A.S. Livorno Calcio
Ivan Rakitia Germany FC Schalke 04
Marko Babia Spain Real Betis
Darijo Srna Ukraine FC Shakhtar Donetsk
Luka Modric Croatia Dinamo Zagreb
Jurica Vranjei Germany SV Werder Bremen
Jerko Leko France AS Monaco FC
Niko Kranjar England Portsmouth F.C.
Ognjen Vukojevia Croatia Dinamo Zagreb
Danijel Pranjia Netherlands SC Heerenveen
Boa¡ko Balaban Croatia Dinamo Zagreb
Ivica Olic Germany Hamburger SV
Mladen Petric Germany Borussia Dortmund
Eduardo England Arsenal F.C.

Croatia National Team's League Participation Graph


Top 10 Teams' League Participation Graph

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