Football News: Euro 2024, Champions League, and More

The upcoming Euro 2024 tournament in Germany is set to feature a diverse mix of domestic and foreign-based players among the participating nations. According to the latest reports, Switzerland’s 3-1 victory over Hungary in the group stage opener did not include a single player from the Swiss league, which is not too surprising as the Swiss squad only has two domestic-based players.

Domestic vs. Foreign-Based Players

This trend is not unique to Switzerland, as only six of the 24 competing nations at Euro 2024 have predominantly home-based players in their 26-man squads. Most teams have players from single-digit numbers of domestic leagues, including powerhouses like France, the Netherlands, and Portugal.

Two nations, Albania and Denmark, do not have a single player from their own domestic leagues, though Denmark has four players representing other countries’ squads, including Scotland’s Scott McKenna. This leaves Albania as the only team at Euro 2024 without any representation from their domestic league.

On the other hand, England boasts the most home-based players, with Bayern Munich‘s Harry Kane and Real Madrid‘s Jude Bellingham being the only members of Gareth Southgate‘s squad who play their club football outside the Premier League. Italy and Germany round out the top three nations with the highest number of foreign-based representatives.

Top Clubs Represented

The same three countries โ€“ England, Italy, and Germany โ€“ have also sent the most players to the Euros, accounting for nearly half of the participants. Manchester City and Inter Milan lead the way with 13 players each, followed by Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid (12 each) and RB Leipzig and Barcelona (11 each). Slavia Prague, a relative underdog, has an impressive 10 players at the tournament, mostly Czech nationals with the exception of Slovakia‘s Ivan Schranz.

As the excitement builds for Euro 2024, football enthusiasts will be keeping a close eye on the performances of these domestic and international stars, as they compete for the prestigious European championship. Stay tuned for more updates on the Champions League, FIFA World Cup, Women’s World Cup, Africa Cup of Nations, Premier League, EFL Cup, EFL Championship, EFL One, EFL Two, and FA Cup.

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