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Tue. 15 December 2015

National A-team matches: Manchester clubs top the big-5 league table

Current Manchester United and Manchester City squad members have played 120 national A-team matches in 2015. This is the record figure at big-5 league level. At third position is Chelsea (111), ahead of Paris St-Germain (106) and Barcelona (99). The full information is presented in issue number 129 of the CIES Football Observatory Big-5 Weekly Post.

Seven out of the 10 top ranked clubs qualified for the Champions League knockout stage. The only exceptions are Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Inter Milan. The last two clubs did not even participate in the competition. However, the Italian side is currently at the top of the Serie A table.

Real Madrid is the team with the most footballers with national A-team caps in 2015: 19 players. At second position is Manchester United (18). Louis van Gaal’s team outranks Chelsea, Tottenham and Juventus (17 players each). In total, Manchester United players represented 10 national selections. Sergio Romero played more games for Argentina (13) than for Manchester United (4).

List of players

  • Sergio Romero, 13 matches for Argentina
  • Marcos Rojo, 11 matches for Argentina
  • M. Darmian, 10 matches for Italy
  • Daley Blind, 9 matches for the Netherlands
  • Wayne Rooney, 8 matches for England
  • Morgan Schneiderlin, 8 matches for France
  • Memphis Depay, 8 matches for the Netherlands
  • Phil Jones, 7 matches for England
  • Bastian Schweinsteiger, 6 matches for Germany
  • Chris Smalling, 6 matches for England
  • Anthony Martial, 6 matches for France
  • Marouane Fellaini, 6 matches for Belgium
  • Patrick McNair, 5 matches for Northern Ireland
  • Antonio Valencia, 4 matches for Ecuador
  • Juan Mata, 4 matches for Spain
  • David De Gea, 4 matches for Spain
  • Michael Carrick, 3 matches for England
  • Luke Shaw, 2 matches for England

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