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Monday 12 May 2014

Around the World: Brazil and the Barclays Premier League

Ahead of the FIFA World Cup a look at the influence players from Brazil have had on the BPL

A look at the players from the country who brought "joga bonito" to the Barclays Premier League

Ahead of the FIFA 2014 World Cup, which starts on 12 June, looks at the 31 nations outside of England who are competing in Brazil and their influence on the Barclays Premier League.

We start with the hosts, Brazil, who are in Group A and have named six present Barclays Premier League players in their 23-man squad for the tournament - Chelsea's David Luiz, Ramires Oscar and Willian, Tottenham Hotspur's Paulinho and Manchester City's Fernandinho. The Brazilian to have played the most matches in the Barclays Premier League, Liverpool's Lucas Leiva, did not make the final cut.

In total there have been 55 players from Brazil who have played in the Barclays Premier League across the past 22 seasons, 11th in the ranking of nations. They have made 2,633 appearances in total, 15th in ranking. They have scored 232 goals in total (15th), with Middlesbrough's Juninho, the highest scorer with 29 goals.

There has been only one Brazilian manager in the Barclays Premier League, the present Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, who managed Chelsea for 25 League matches in the 2008/09 season.

Brazilians in the Barclays Premier League

Total players in BPL history 55
Total BPL appearances 2,633
Total BPL goals 232
Total BPL managers 1
Total BPL matches managed 25

First Brazilian to play in the Barclays Premier League

Isaias - Coventry City (v Man City 23/8/95)           

Top 10 appearances by Brazilians

Lucas Leiva 176
Gilberto Silva 170
Emerson Thome 152
Juninho 125
Ramires 124
Anderson 104
Rafael 99
Denilson 96
Heurelho Gomes 95
Fabio Aurelio 87

First Brazilian to score in the Barclays Premier League

Isaias – Coventry City (v Middlesbrough 16/9/95)

Top 10 Brazilian goalscorers in the BPL

Juninho 29
Gilberto Silva 17
Geovanni 14
Elano 14
Robinho 14
Ramires 13
Oscar 12
Afonso Alves 10
Philippe Coutinho 8
Alex 7

Brazil squad for FIFA 2014 World Cup

Julio Cesar (Toronto FC), Jefferson (Botafogo), Victor (Gremio); Dani Alves (Barcelona), Maicon (Inter Milan), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Maxwell (Paris St Germain), David Luiz(Chelsea), Thiago Silva (Paris St Germain), Dante (Bayern Munich), Henrique (Napoli); Luiz Gustavo (Wolfsburg), Paulinho (Tottenham Hotspur), Ramires (Chelsea), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Oscar (Chelsea), Willian (Chelsea), Hernanes (Inter Milan), Bernard (Shakhtar Donetsk); Fred (Fluminense), Neymar (Barcelona), Hulk (Zenit St Petersburg), Jo (Atletico Mineiro).

Coventry City's Isaias, left, was the first Brazilian to score in the Barclays Premier League

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Key Points

  • Ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup we look at the influence of players from 31 particpating nations outside England on the BPL
  • First in series looks at players from Brazil in the Barclays Premier League
  • Liverpool's Lucas Leiva is the one with the most appearances, while former Middlesbrough player Juninho is top scorer