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There are many legionnaires in NB I, but we are not in the lead

An average of ten legions per team is located in 12 clubs in the NB I football club, which means that 39 percent of footballers in our league side – according to a recent study by the Swiss International Center for Sports Science (CIES). It has also been shown that the number of legionaries around the world is growing: clubs are the most successful Brazilians, and England is the biggest outlet.

Isael and Stopira fight for the ball: NB I have an average of ten legions per club (Photo: Csaba Dömötör)


147 of the 98 national associations of CIES continents, of which more than half of European students studied. In the case of a foreign player, these are players who grew up in another country than they play, so they are not counted for those who grew up in the country in which they are currently playing. In the 147 tested championships, the average share of legionaries is 21.4 percent, It is only lower in South America and Africa than 15%.

Brazil is still the biggest footballer: In the 2018-2019 season, 1330 Brazilian players played at the championships examined by CIES, and 85 out of 98 countries have Brazilian football players. The world champion is far behind the podium France (867 players) t i Argentina (820) t got up. Among neighboring countries, Serbia and Croatia are among the top ten, Hungary is not among the top 50 – Costa Rica and Finland share 49th place with 66 foreign players.

Interestingly: if we calculate per capita footballers per capita, Iceland is the first: 5458 by legion.

Compared to 2018, Brazil (64), Spain (61) and Argentina (57) have become more successful, but with 51 players from Poland, 44 more from Germany, 38 from Russia, 37 from France, 27 more than a silver medal from Croatia. If we turn around, Slovenia will be in the foreground, with 17 players contracted abroad, while Ireland and Romania are placed 13th in second place.

The biggest importer in England: 728 foreign players arrived in four professional leagues, 139 of them are from the British Isles. Italy is the second largest exit (636) in front of the United States (575). Spain (516) and Portugal (508) are almost in the head and head even at the top. Hungary on the 23rd with 168 legions, this will prevent Luxembourg, Switzerland, Croatia and Serbia.

Looking at top-level championships, most of the legions are in the Cyprus League, an average of 17.5 per club, which means that 63 per cent of the players are foreign – Norbert Balogh also plays football here, with the APOEL winning the title. The other is Italian Serie A, the third is the Portuguese Prime League. England Premier League is the sixth, the German Bundesliga is the ninth, in Hungary NB I a 20. The smallest legion is in Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina on average.

Testing the movement of players, the most popular route is from 261 players from Brazil to Portugal during this period. 116 from Argentina to Chile, 113 from England to Scotland. Most of the players come to France from England (87). Spanish clubs prefer Argentine players (66) when looking for legions, Italian teams are Brazilians (65), and German associations are Austrian footballers (50). The fifth heat, the French league 1 in Senegal, is eager to look for legionaries.

All in all, one can say that more and more legion players are playing, five percent more players are looking for bread abroad compared to the 2018 measurement. At European championships, on average, a quarter of the players are foreign, Brazilian, French and Argentine players are the most wanted. Most of the legions have been contracted in England and Italy.

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