Bayern Munich are the Most Represented Club in the Euro 2008 Final
After today’s 90 (or 120) minutes of action, we’ll have to start thinking about club football again. So I was wondering which team had the most players involved in the Euro 2008 final.
Here are the most represented club teams at Euro 2008, according to how many players they have in today’s squads:
Bayern Munich – 5 players – Philip Lahm, Marcell Jansen, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Miroslav Klose and Lukas Podolski (all Germany)
Werder Bremen – 4 players – Per Mertesacker, Clemens Fritz, Torsten Frings and Tim Borowski (all Germany)
Valencia – 4 players – Raul Albiol, Carlos Marchena, David Silva and David Villa (all Spain)
Liverpool – 4 players – Pepe Reina, Alvaro Arbeloa, Xabi Alonso and Fernando Torres (all Spain)
Real Madrid – 3 players – Iker Casillas and Sergio Ramos (Spain) Christoph Metzelder (Germany)
Barcelona – 3 players – Carles Puyol, Andres Iniesta, Xavi Hernandez
Villarreal – 3 players – Joan Capdevila, Santo Corzola and Marcos Senna (all Spain)
1. The number of Valencia players makes Ronald Koeman look extra bad, no?
2.Liverpool’s presence as the only non-Spanish or German team tells it’s own story. If you just had a quick glance at this list, you’d be forgiven for thinking Liverpool played in La Liga.
3. Interesting day for Christoph Metzelder, the only player who’ll be returning to work in the nation of his opponents post-final. Win or lose, that’s not comfortable either way.
Obviously not all of these players will play. But even if just potential starters are considered, Bayern still come out on top. It’s near certain that Lahm, Schweini, Klose and Podolski will start.
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Posted from Switzerland
The problem with these who-plays-for-which-club comparisons is that club and international football are such different beasts as to be incomparable. Who was talking about which clubs the Greeks were playing for in the lead up to Portugal Greece 2004?
Good point Richard, especially with cases like Lukas Podolski. He has a much better strike rate for Germany than he does for Bayern. Schweini seems a lot happier in a white shirt too.
Posted from United Kingdom
Who was the most represented club in the entire tournament?
Posted from United States
Quote from bundesliga.de
“FC Bayern have nine players involved in the tournament, only French giants Olympique Lyonnais (eleven) and Greek club Panathinaikos (ten) have more. Werder Bremen are fourth with eight players.”
Jan: Actually Galatasaray of Turkey sent 9 players to the tournament and is therefore the fourth team, tied with Bayern.
Players: Arda Turan, Ayhan Akman, Servet Cetin, Emre Asik, Sabri Sarioglu, Mehmet Topal, Emre Gungor, Hakan Balta (Turkey), Tobias Linderoth (Sweden)
Posted from United States
Ah, thanks for adding that. Though, I need to blame my source here.
Metzelder is not the only one returning to Spain. David Odonkor, although not the most active of the German squad, plays for Real Betis. Luckily for him, the only club teammates that were euro opponents were Ricardo and Juanito Gutiérrez.
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