La Liga will boast its best representation at the FIFA World Cup in 16 years this summer. A total of 62 players from Spain’s top league will be present in Brazil, three more than four years ago in South Africa.
Two more players from the Segunda Division will take the overall Spanish-based tally to 64, just six less than the all-time record at France ’98.
The number will be reduced after July 1 however if both Switzerland and Spain make it to the quarter-finals, with Philippe Senderos due to complete his move to English Premier League side Aston Villa and David Villa joining new MLS franchise New York City. While Diego Costa looks set to complete his move to Chelsea in the near future.
Like in 2010, Villa’s former club Barcelona possess the most La Liga players at the World Cup, again with a total of 13.
Seven have been included for defending champions Spain. Midfield quartet Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Sergio Busquets and wantaway Cesc Fabregas are hoping for a second title apiece, along with centre-half Gerard Pique and forward Pedro, while full-back Jordi Alba will make his debut at the finals.
Dani Alves and Neymar will be representing host nation Brazil, while Lionel Messi, Javier Mascherano will be hoping to make an impact with Argentina.
Striker Alexis Sanchez will want to cause Spain problems in Group B with Chile, while Alex Song will be looking to keep the Brazilians at bay.
Champions League winners Real Madrid take 12 players to the finals with veteran trio Iker Casillas, Sergio Ramos and Xabi Alonso hoping for a fourth consecutive major title.
Cristiano Ronaldo will be hoping to make an impact with Portugal this time around along with Pepe and Fabio Coentrao, while Karim Benzema and Raphael Varane will want a happier tournament with France.
Brazil and Argentina will be represented by Marcelo and Angel Di Maria respectively, while Luka Modric and Sami Khedira will be aiming high with Croatia and Germany.
La Liga champions Atletico have nine players in Brazil, with Juanfran, Koke, Villa and Costa representing the holders, while Diego Godin, Cristian Rodriguez and Jose Maria Giminez complete a Uruguayan trio and Belgium boast a pair of Thibaut Courtois Toby Alderweireld.
Valencia take five players to the tournament including Portugal duo Ricardo Costa and Joao Pereira, as well as Senderos (Switzerland), Eduardo Vargas (Chile) and Sofiane Feghouli (Algeria), while Europa League winners Sevilla will be represented by four - Stephane Mbia (Cameroon), Ivan Rakitic (Croatia), Carlos Bacca (Colombia) and Beto (Brazil).
Granada and Real Sociedad each have three players at the finals, with Allan Nyom (Cameroon), Orestis Kanezis (Greece) and Yacine Brahimi (Algeria) representing the former, while the Champions League qualifiers take keeper Claudio Bravo (Chile), Antoine Griezmann (France) and Haris Seferovic (Switzerland).
Villarreal duo Giovani Dos Santos and Javier Aquino will be playing for Mexico along with Espanyol’s Hector Moreno, whose teammate Christian Stuani will be representing Uruguay. Getafe boast Sammir (Croatia) and Medhi Lacen (Algeria), Levante have Greece’s Loukas Vyntra and Costa Rica’s Keylor Navas and Celta Vigo are represented by Fabian Orellana (Chile) and Augusto Fernandez (Argentina).
Osasuna (Chile’s Francisco Silva), Elche (Colombia’s Carlos Sanchez) and Almeria (Nigeria’s Ramon Azeez) each have a player, while there are also two representatives from the Segunda Division in Las Palmas’ Masoud Shojaei (Iran) and Mallorca’s Liassine Cadamuro-Bentaiba (Algeria).
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