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Netherlands, Italy and England have the most players going to the Olympics



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The Olympic Men’s Football tournament starts on Thursday, 7 August. The 16 qualified countries named their squads last week and most of the players play their club football in the Netherlands.

  • The Dutch squad contains 13 players from the Netherlands, while Belgium has selected six players from the Eredivisie.
  • Marc Mboua (Cameroon) and Keisuke Honda (Japan) play for clubs in the Eerste Divisie, which is the second professional level in Holland.
  • England, Spain, France and Germany are also in the top 10, despite the fact that their Olympic teams do not take part in the Olympic Men’s Football tournament.

Where do the players at the 2008 Olympic Games play their club football?

Total Nation
28 Netherlands
27 Italy
21 England
18 China
18 Spain
17 Japan
16 France
16 South Korea
15 Honduras
12 Germany

Non-Dutch players at Olympic Games who are active in Dutch leagues

Country Player Pos. Club team
Argentina Sergio Romero GK AZ
Belgium Sebastien Pocognoli DF AZ
Belgium Sepp De Roover DF FC Groningen
Belgium Thomas Vermaelen DF Ajax
Belgium Jan Vertonghen DF Ajax
Belgium Maarten Martens MF AZ
Belgium Moussa Dembélé FW AZ
Cameroon Marc Mboua FW SC Cambuur-Leeuwarden
Ivory Coast Sekou Cissé FW Roda JC
Japan Keisuke Honda MF VVV-Venlo
Nigeria Dele Adeleye DF Sparta Rotterdam
Nigeria Sani Kaita MF Sparta Rotterdam
Nigeria Oluwafemi Ajilore MF FC Groningen
Serbia Slobodan Rajkovic DF FC Twente
USA Michael Bradley MF sc Heerenveen