World Cup: Barça break record as most represented club in Qatar, Man City draw with Bayern

Barcelona are more represented in Qatar than any club at any previous World Cup. They benefit from injury while Bayern suffer.

Here are the clubs that sent the most players to the tournament…

1) Barcelona – 17

Barça had already broken their own record for World Cup final representation before Alejandro Balde was called up to replace Valencia’s José Gaya. Never before has a single club sent more players to a World Cup.

Sergio Busquets, Jordi Alba, Alejandro Balde, Ansu Fati, Eric Garcia, Gavi, Pedri, Ferran Torres (Spain), Ronald Araujo (Uruguay), Andreas Christensen (Denmark), Frenkie de Jong (Netherlands), Memphis Depay (Netherlands), Ousmane Dembele, Jules Kounde (France), Robert Lewandowski (Poland), Raphinha (Brazil), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Germany).

=2) Bayern Munich – 16

Bayern would have equaled Barça’s record if Sadio Mané had not withdrawn from the Senegal squad after undergoing knee surgery. The Bundesliga giants are the most represented club in Germany and France.

Serge Gnabry, Thomas Muller, Jamal Musiala, Manuel Neuer, Leroy Sane, Leon Goretzka, Joshua Kimmich (Germany), Dayot Upamecano, Benjamin Pavard, Kingsley Coman, Lucas Hernandez (France), Alphonso Davies (Canada), Matthijs de Ligt (Netherlands) ), Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (Cameroon), Noussair Mazraoui (Morocco), Josip Stanisic (Croatia)

=2) Manchester City – 16

City are the Premier League club with the most players heading to Qatar and are the most represented team in the England national team. Pep Guardiola will be watching with a glass of red in hand, hoping his players will avoid injury.

Kyle Walker, John Stones, Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, Kalvin Phillips (England), João Cancelo, Ruben Dias, Bernardo Silva (Portugal), Rodri, Aymeric Laporte (Spain), Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium), Ederson (Brazil), Ilkay Gundogan (Germany), Manuel Akanji (Switzerland), Nathan Ake (Netherlands), Julian Alvarez (Argentina)

4) Al Sadd – 15

Half of the Qatar national team is made up of players ranked ninth in the 12-team domestic league. The hosts’ 26-man squad is drawn entirely from the Qatar Stars League, with third-placed Al-Duhail next best represented with six players.

Saad Al Sheeb, Meshaal Barsham, Pedro Miguel, Musaab Khidir, Tarek Salman, Boualem Khoukhi, Abdelkarim Hassan, Ali Asad, Mohammed Waad, Salem Al Hajri, Mustafa Meshaal, Hassan Al Haydos, Akram Afif (Qatar), Andre Ayew (Ghana) , Jung Woo-young (South Korea)

5) Manchester United – 14

Three United players in each of the England, Portugal and Brazil squads – although representation in the Portugal squad will drop if they sack Cristiano Ronaldo mid-tournament, as they definitely should.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes, Diogo Dalot (Portugal), Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, Marcus Rashford (England), Raphael Varane (France), Christian Eriksen (Denmark), Tyrell Malacia (Netherlands), Facundo Pellistri (Uruguay), Casemiro, Fred, Antony (Brazil), Lisandro Martinez (Argentina)

6) Real Madrid – 13

There is currently a lot of concern in the France squad after Karim Benzema was forced to pull out of his first full session with the defending champions. Currently, Real have more players in the France and Brazil national teams than in the Spanish national team.

Marco Asensio, Dani Carvajal (Spain), Karim Benzema, Eduardo Camavinga, Aurelien Tchouameni (France), Thibaut Courtois, Eden Hazard (Belgium), Eder Militao, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo (Brazil), Luka Modric (Croatia), Antonio Rudiger ( Germany), Federico Valverde (Uruguay)

=7) Chelsea – 12

Chelsea would be higher up this list, level with Al-Sadd, if they hadn’t struggled with injuries in recent weeks. Ben Chilwell and Reece James would almost certainly have gone with England, while N’Golo Kante loses to France.

Mason Mount, Raheem Sterling, Conor Gallagher (England), Edouard Mendy, Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal), Cesar Azpilicueta (Spain), Thiago Silva (Brazil), Christian Pulisic (USA), Kai Havertz (Germany), Matteo Kovacic (Croatia) , Hakim Ziyech (Morocco), Denis Zakaria (Switzerland)

=7) Al-Hilal – 12

Similar to Qatar, Saudi Arabia’s national team is made up entirely of domestic players, with a dozen coming from Saudi Arabia’s Pro League champions Al-Hilal.

Mohammed Al-Owais, Yasser Al-Shahrani, Ali Al-Bulaihi, Mohammed Al-Breik, Saud Abdulhamid, Salman Al-Faraj, Mohamed Kanno, Abdulellah Al-Malki, Abdullah Otayf, Nasser Al-Dawsari, Salem Al-Dawsari, Saleh Al-Shehri (Saudi Arabia)

Six teams have 11 players heading to Qatar: Tottenham PSG, Juventus, Borussia Dortmund, Ajax, Atlético de Madrid.

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