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Captain Number-Crunch (part 2)

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Continental Player Migration

Continental Player Migration

Today I am taking a look at where do players from their continental association’s national teams actually play their league football. I tried to show this in the above charts. The arrows are depicting to which leagues/continents they have migrated, the numbers in the oval shapes are the players staying on their “home” continent and the diamond shapes are players that do not have any team affiliation (all data as per http://www.fifa.com squad lists from June 6).

You can see that all players representing a national team from a UEFA federation actually play their football inside a league under the UEFA umbrella. The largest share of “migrants” is playing for the African national teams, which makes a lot of sense, as the money available in African leagues is probably fairly limited.

The opposite seems true for the Asian national teams, where still almost three quarters are playing in their home continent, which again seems logical, given the fact that there’s good money to be made in some Asian leagues (Japan, the Arab subcontinent’s leagues) but there’s also the effect of the North Korean team where 20 out of the 23 players are playing at home.

South American players are also well travelled, as 7 out of 10 ten are playing in Europe, and chances are that the other 3 out of 10 are hoping to do so as well after the World Cup.

A more balanced picture is offered by the Concacaf teams, where the split between players from “home” and cross-continental players is pretty even, as players representing Mexican and Honduras leagues are the majority of the “home” players of the Concacaf teams.

That’s probably all for today, let’s see what more I can pull out of the data set for tomorrow…


Written by Dierk

June 8, 2010 at 9:49 am

Posted in English, Football and me

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  1. Hui, Infografikalarm!

    Du legst aber direkt mal die Latte für Deinen Blog sehr schön hoch. Gefällt mir.

    Am interessantesten finde ich ja fast, dass es gleich 3 Nationalspieler gibt, die “not affiliated” sind.


    June 8, 2010 at 10:08 am

  2. meinst Du ich fahre damit eine falsche Strategie? 🙂

    Die Spieler derzeit ohne Klub sind
    Craig Moore (AUS): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Craig_Moore
    Simon Elliot (NZL): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simon_Elliott
    Dave Mulligan (NZL): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dave_Mulligan


    June 8, 2010 at 11:37 am

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