World Cup 2018

Spain lead World Cup nations in 2017-18 minutes played

Julen Lopetegui's squad have 85,554 minutes in their legs going into the tournament, more than France (81,982), Brazil (80,533), England (76,516) and Portugal (75,348).

España llega al Mundial con más minutos jugados que ninguna.

Spain will go into the World Cup in Russia with a squad who have played more combined minutes during the 2017-18 season than any other competing nation in Russia.

According to a report compiled by the CIES Football Observatory, Julen Lopetegui’s 23-player group have put in a combined 85,554 minutes across all competitions during the campaign, more than France (81,982), Brazil (80,533), England (76,516) and Portugal (75,348).

Top 10 World Cup teams in 2017-18 minutes played

Team Minutes played
Spain 85,554
France 81,982
Brazil 80,533
England 76,516
Portugal 75,348
Denmark 73,026
Uruguay 72,926
Serbia 71,704
Germany 70,753
Argentina 70,656

The reigning European champions almost 10,000 fewer minutes of football between them than the 2010 World Cup winners, with Spain and Portugal due to face each other on June 16 in a game that will likely decide who tops Group B.

The CIES also examined the number of minutes played by every player representing their countries in Russia and only one of Lopetegui’s squad, Atlético Madrid midfielder Saúl, features in the top 10. Portugal’s first-choice keeper, Rui Patricio, tops that particular list with his club teammates Sebastián Coates and Bruno Fernandes also in the top 10.

Top 10 most-used club players in 2017-18

Player Club Country Games Minutes
Rui Patricio Sporting Lisbon Portugal 61 5,580
Duje Caleta-Car Salzburg Croatia 58 5,117
Saúl Atlético Madrid Spain 62 5,009
Leo Messi Barcelona Argentina 60 5,008
Allison Roma Brazil 56 4,995
Luis Suárez Barcelona Uruguay 57 4,969

Sebastián Coates

Sporting Lisbon Uruguay 55 4,950
Adil Rami Marseille France 55 4,904
Bruno Fernandes Sporting Lisbon Portugal 60 4,879
Marc-Andre Ter Stegen Barcelona Germany 54 4,860

Three Barcelona players also feature, with Leo Messi, Luis Suárez and Marc-Andre Ter Stegen among the most-used players for their clubs going into the tournament.