World Cup 2014 final - Germany vs Argentina: Which league has the most players in tonight's final?
Where do all the protagonists in tonight's big game play their club football?
Sunday 13 July 2014
The World Cup final represents the peak of the international game - after four years of waiting and then four frantic weeks of football, two nations go head to head for the ultimate prize.
But of course international football is not the be all and end all of the game, for the majority of the the year these players are involved in the hurly burly of club football, with leagues and cups to be won.
So, I hear you cry, which league has provided the most players to tonight's final? Is it the Premier League, the self-styled 'best league in the world'?
Well, given the two finalists, the results are not at all surprising - Germany's involvement has of course propelled the Bundesliga to the top of the charts, with 16 of the 46 players involved, but who makes up the other positions?
The World Cup final by league:
Bundesliga - 16
Bayern Munich: Manuel Neuer, Philipp Lahm, Jerome Boateng, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Thomas Muller, Toni Kroos, Mario Gotze.
Borussia Dortmund: Roman Weidenfeller, Kevin Grosskreutz, Mats Hummels, Erick Durm.
Hannover 96: Ron-Robert Zieler
Schalke 04: Benedikt Howedes, Julian Draxler.
SC Freiburg: Matthias Ginter
Borussia Monchengladbach: Christoph Kramer
Howedes is the only first-team regular who plays in Germany outside of Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund Serie A - 10
Internazionale: Hugo Campagnaro, Ricardo Alvarez, Rodrigo Palacio
Napoli: Federico Fernandez, Gonzalo Higuain
Catania: Mariano Andujar
Lazio: Lucas Biglia, Miroslav Klose
Sampdoria: Shkodran Mustafi
Premier League – 7
Arsenal: Per Mertesacker, Mesut Ozil, Lukas Podolski
Manchester City: Pablo Zabaleta, Martin Demichelis, Sergio Aguero
Chelsea: Andre Schurrle
Mesut Ozil is one of a growing number of German stars at Arsenal La Liga – 5
Real Madrid: Sami Khedira, Angel Di Maria
Barcelona: Javier Mascherano, Lionel Messi
Celta Vigo: Augusto Fernandez
Khedira is the only German to play in Spain Portuguese – 2
Benfica: Enzo Perez
Sporting: Marcos Rojo
Argentina Primera – 3
Boca Juniors: Augustin Orion, Fernando Gago
Newell's Old Boys: Maxi Rodriguez
Ligue 1 – 1
Paros Saint Germain: Maxwell
Russian Premier – 1
Zenit Saint Petersburg: Ezequiel Garay - 1
Garay joined Zenit during the World Cup campaign Mexican League – 1
Monterrey: Jose Maria Basanta
Germany take on Argentina in the Maracana tonight at 8pm
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