WORLD CUP 2018

Sweden and Senegal with no players representing their national league

Sweden and Senegal with no players representing their national league

England are the only team that has zero players plying their trade outside of their national league but Saudi Arabia and Russia run them close.

México

All 32 teams that will participate in the World Cup in Russia 2018 have handed in a squad of 23 players to take part in the tournament. Of all the nationalities, there are two countries that do not have a single player that players in their local league. Sweden, who are in Mexico's group, along with Senegal have zero players representating their national league.

Mexico's national team will played with 65.2% of their players plying their trade outside of LigaMX. That is lower than 22 countries in the tournament. Germany have 34.8% of their team made up of 'outsiders' and England are the only team with 0% made up of players who play outside of the Premier League. 

Other countries with low percentages of 'outsiders' in their team are Russia, the hosts, with 8.7% and Saudi Arabia at 13%.

Percentage of players in foreign leagues for each team at Russia 2018

Team Percentage of outsiders
Sweden 100%
Senegal 100%
Nigeria 95.7%
Switzerland 95.7%
Belgium 95.7%
Morocco 91.3%
Croatia 91.3%
Uruguay 91.3%
Iceland 91.3%
Denmark 87%
Serbia 87%
Colombia 87%
Australia 87%
Brazil 87%
Panama 87%
Argentina 87%
Poland 82.6%
Peru 78.3%
Portugal 78.3%
Tunisia 73.9%
Costa Rica 73.9%
France 69.6%
México 65.2%
Japan 65.2%
Egypt 65.2%
Irán 60.9%
South Korea 47.8%
Germany 34.8%
Spain 26.1%
Saudi Arabia 13%
Russia 8.7%
England 0%

*Source: Transfermarkt

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