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mynamebowl
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Leagues where the best players are foreign born
Typically, the majority of the best players in Spain, Germany, Italy etc are from those countries.

That is not the case for the Premier League. The very top tier of players that play in England are not from England. There are a couple exceptions obviously, but you get the idea.

What other leagues are like this?


RebelVol
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re: Leagues where the best players are foreign born
America


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The Mick
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re: Leagues where the best players are foreign born
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Typically, the majority of the best players in Spain, Germany, Italy etc are from those countries.
Not necessarily. Real and Barcelona are full of players from all over the world. (as well as most teams)


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thenry712
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re: Leagues where the best players are foreign born
Lionel Messi
Cristiano Ronaldo
Luis Suarez
Antoine Griezemann
Toni Kroos
Gareth Bale
etc.

All great Spanish players plying their trade in Spain's La Liga.


TheIrishFro
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re: Leagues where the best players are foreign born
How will they ever lose the world cup with that team.


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WarSlamEagle
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re: Leagues where the best players are foreign born
I looked at SoFIFA — not a great metric, but an easily searchable one and one that shouldn't be too off from popular opinions — to measure this La Liga claim.

Of the players rated 85 or higher, here's the country breakdown:

La Liga

- Spain: 5
- France: 4
- Brazil: 3
- Uruguay: 2
- Croatia: 2
- Germany: 2
- Argentina: 1
- Wales: 1
- Slovenia: 1
- Belgium: 1
- Costa Rica: 1

By comparison...

Premier League

- Belgium: 7
- France: 4
- Spain: 4
- Brazil: 2
- Germany: 2
- Chile: 1
- Argentina: 1
- Sweden: 1
- Denmark: 1
- Czech Republic: 1
- England: 1
- Armenia: 1

Bundesliga

- Germany: 7
- Spain: 2
- Poland: 1
- Netherlands: 1
- Gabon: 1
- Chile: 1
- France: 1
- Austria: 1
- Colombia: 1
- Greece: 1
- The United States of America: 1 (not really, but it should be)

Serie A

- Italy: 6
- Brazil: 2
- Belgium: 2
- Argentina: 2
- Slovenia: 1
- Slovakia: 1
- France: 1
- Bosnia and Herzegovina: 1

Ligue 1

- Brazil: 2
- France: 1
- Uruguay: 1
- Italy: 1
- Poland: 1
- Croatia: 1
- Argentina: 1

I can extrapolate those down to 80-plus rated players, but you get the point.

Every league has a wide range of top players from different countries. The Bundesliga and Serie A have bigger chunks of national stars, but they have fewer overall stars than the Premier League or La Liga.

The Premier League just gets docked because its national team sucks by comparison.
This post was edited on 10/4 at 1:14 pm


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StraightCashHomey21
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re: Leagues where the best players are foreign born
quote:

Typically, the majority of the best players in Spain, Germany, Italy etc are from those countries.

That is not the case for the Premier League. The very top tier of players that play in England are not from England. There are a couple exceptions obviously, but you get the idea.

What other leagues are like this?



might want to try this thread over


Mr Personality
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re: Leagues where the best players are foreign born
China


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S
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Member since Jan 2007
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re: Leagues where the best players are foreign born
Stuart Dallas is technically foreign.


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