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?

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. 

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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 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 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 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 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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