Euro 2020 Squads Feature More Players From The Championship Than Ligue 1

Fifteen players have the chance of winning both the Champions League and European Championship this summer. Chelsea, along with Champions League finalists Manchester City, have 15 players at Euro 2020, more than any other team.

Bayern Munich have 14 representatives, Juventus twelve, and both Manchester United and Dynamo Kiev eleven. All but one of Kiev’s players represent Ukraine, whose side also features seven Shakhtar Donetsk players.

Chelsea’s 15 players include three each in the England, France and Germany squads, while City’s side has four players from England, four from Spain and three from Portugal. They are among the 118 players from Premier League clubs that will feature at Euro 2022 – more than Serie A and La Liga combined.

Both Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur can name eight players at the Euros, while Leeds United, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leicester City have seven each. In perhaps a sign of their recent struggles, Arsenal only have four players at the tournament.

The dominance of English club sides in the European Championship squad lists is such that every squad apart from Russia has a player who plies his trade in England.

But England’s club soccer dominance goes beyond the Premier League.

The Championship, England’s second tier, has 32 players at the tournament. That’s more players than Ligue 1.

The majority of those are from the British Isles, with 14 playing for Wales (including four from Cardiff City and two from Swansea City), and four playing for Scotland. But even if Wales and Scotland hadn’t qualified, there would still be 14 Championship players at the tournament, from Bristol City’s Hungarian midfielder Adam Nagy to Luton Town’s Croatian goalkeeper Simon Sluga.

That’s quite a feat when only eight players at Euro 2020 are from clubs in Portugal and ten from Belgium.

Promoted Championship sides Brentford and Norwich City both have four players at the Euros, which is as many as Lyon and AC Milan. Luton Town’s three players is as many as Marseille.

Brexit, and the related rule changes will make it harder to sign players from smaller European countries in the future, and Euro 2020 could represent a high-water mark in the Championship’s representation at a major tournament. But at the same time, many of the international players in question, like Norwich City’s star striker Teemu Pukki who was signed from Brondby, would probably qualify through international appearances. Others, like Brentford’s Danish midfielder Mathias Jensen, were signed from teams in La Liga, Ligue 1 or Serie A.

Fourteen Championship clubs, from Bournemouth to Barnsley, are represented at the tournament. As well as that, Wales midfielder Matthew Smith played on loan for Doncaster Rovers in England’s third tier last season, and Finland’s Anssi Jaaloka plays for Bristol Rovers in the fourth tier of English soccer.

While England’s lower leagues have 34 players at Euro 2020, only 42 players from La Liga will be at the tournament. A lot has been made about how Spain have named a squad with just three Barcelona players and no Real Madrid players in it, a long cry from their 2010 World Cup winning side which had five Real Madrid and seven Barcelona players. But Real Madrid are hardly represented in other squads either. Only six of their players, including France’s Karim Benzema, are at Euro 2020.

Ten players will have to fly into Europe for the tournament, with six coming from North America, three from China and Belgium’s Thomas Vermaelen from Vissel Kobe in Japan.

With the European Championships being a chance for players to put themselves in the shop window ahead of a summer move though, it may be the case that by the start of next season, teams like Paris Saint Germain, AC Milan and Real Madrid have several more players who took part in Euro 2020.

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