The Sun: “Even tiny Curaçao is represented in the Premier League”
LONDON – Even tiny Curaçao is represented in the Premier League. According to the British sports website The Sun, the world loves watching the Premier League... and is flocking to play in it too.
The latest figures show that 59 nations are currently represented in the English top flight, nearly one third of all the nations on the planet.
And it means England provides just under one third of all Premier League players... 157 of the 480.
The Sun says that even the tiny island nation of Curaçao, famous for sharing its name with a sweet liqueur, boasts one representative in Southampton full back Cuco Martina.
Other unlikely footballing nations include Venezuela (West Brom's Jose Salomon Rondon), New Zealand (Winston Reid at West Ham), Lithuania (Watford star Giedrius Arlauskis), Burkina Faso (Chelsea's teenage winger Bertand Traore) and Iceland (Gylfi Sigurdsson at Swansea).
England tops the table with 157 players turning out in the Premier League this season, with Ireland, Wales and Scotland also in the top ten on 19, 15 and 13 players respectively.
Understandably France, Spain and the Netherlands feature heavily, along with the usual suspects of Belgium, Argentina, Brazil and Germany.
But further down the list there are some really surprising entries.
For instance Chile — the current champions of South America having won the Copa America in 2015 — boasts only ONE player in the Prem (Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal).
However Mali has two (Crystal Palace's Bakary Sako and Adama Traore of Aston Villa), and the Democratic Republic of Congo has four players (Yannick Bolasie of Palace, Newcastle's Chancel Mbemba, and Dieumerci Mbokani and Youssouf Mulumbu, both of Norwich).