Clubs with the most number of players at the FIFA U17 World Cup
The FIFA U-17 World Cup is almost upon us, and as we countdown to India's biggest footballing event, all 24 participating teams have submitted their final 21-man squads. A total of 504 players will be part of the World Cup, apart from over 150 members combined of the teams' respective support staff.
Those 504 players will represent 24 nations from six FIFA confederations and will fight for what is the biggest prize in U-17 level football from 6th to 28th October. From New Caledonia to Niger, football clubs have sent players en masse to India but only a few clubs can claim to have major representations.
While the likes of Barcelona and Bayern Munich - world-beating clubs at senior level - don't have a great number of players at the U-17 World Cup, Real Madrid and Chelsea barely edge them ahead as the big European clubs with the most players at next month's FIFA U-17 World Cup. Turkey's Galatasaray leads the way in Europe overall.
In the India squad, AIFF Academy alone has 16 players, but that is a different matter altogether since Indian players don't have clubs as such and are generally selected from a central pool of players under the Academy who don't play competitive games on a seasonal basis. Similar is the case with Korea DPR's Pyongyang International Football School that has eight players in the national team squad.
Not counting the AIFF Academy and Pyongyang International Football School, let's take a look at the five clubs with the most number of players at the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017:
#5 Barcelona, Manchester City, Olympique Lyon, RB Leipzig, Alajuelense, Nigelec, Universidad Catolica, Colo-Colo - 4 players
Barcelona, Manchester City, Lyon and RB Leipzig as Europe's top tier clubs find themselves in unfamiliar company, rubbing shoulders with Chile's Universidad Catolica and Colo-Colo, Costa Rica's Alajuelense and all the way to Niger's Nigelec. All eight clubs have supplied four players each to various teams at the FIFA U-17 World Cup.
Spain's captain and hottest prospect Abel Ruiz is Barcelona's star man, while England's Phil Foden and Lyon's Amine Gouiri are the players to watch.