Monday 12 May 2014
Ahead of the FIFA 2014 World Cup, which starts on 12 June, premierleague.com 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.
|Total players in BPL history||55|
|Total BPL appearances||2,633|
|Total BPL goals||232|
|Total BPL managers||1|
|Total BPL matches managed||25|
Isaias - Coventry City (v Man City 23/8/95)
Isaias – Coventry City (v Middlesbrough 16/9/95)
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).