Wednesday, March 5, 2008

World Clubs with Home Grown Players

With the recent controversy surrounding the apparently American born Jesus Padilla at "Mexican-born-only" Chivas, I thought I'd look into other clubs around the world who use players mostly from their home nations.

The other obvious club is Athletic Bilbao who only field players from the Basque region in Spain. Outside of those two I didn't know what to expect. Here's what I came up with. (The percentage indicates home grown talent on each squad)

100%Chivas Guadalajara Mexico
100%Athletic Bilbao Spain
100%Gwangju Sangmu Phoenix Korea
100%Varteks Croatia
100%5 clubs: Sport Recife, Ipatinga, Coritiba, Goias, Portuguesa Brazil
100%Deportivo Saprissa Costa Rica
98%Club Atletico San Lorenzo de AlmagroArgentina
97%Jubilo Iwata Japan
95%Central Coast Mariners FC Australia
93%FC Naftovyk Okhtyrka Ukraine
93%Lyngby Goldklub Denmark
93%SBV Exelsior Holland
92%Trelleborgs FF Sweden
88%Motherwell FCScotland
82%Houston Dynamo USA
79%Leixões Portugal
70%FC Tom' TomskRussia
66%Arminia BielefeldGermany
59%Aston Villa England

Of the bigger clubs in the world, São Paulo has the highest percentage of home grown talent that I found, with the entire squad being Brazilian except for Reasco, who is a DF from Ecuador.

Japan, Korea, and Australia's leagues have a very high percentage of home grown talent, with most of the outsiders being Brazilians. I didn't run the numbers, but I would guess that these three leagues use about 85%-90% home grown players.

As an MLS fan, it was interesting to see the Houston Dynamo so far down the list. It really shows how international the league is when the most "American" team in the entire league has nearly 20% international players. DC United is right around 50/50 with their current roster.

Now that I've done this list, I plan to take a look at the opposite end of the spectrum, and find the clubs using the least amount of home grown talent. In England, Arsenal is the club everyone talks about as being "foreign", it'll be interesting to see if they top the list of clubs with the highest percentage of foreign players.


  1. Just to let you know, the Gwangju team from Korea is always going to be 100% Korean because that is their military team (as in, they have to be serving their couple of years in the military to be on it, and they have high turnover every 2 years I believe). - PJ

  2. Saprissa in Costa Rica are 100% Ticos

  3. Interesting, I didn't know that about the Korean team.

    I'll add Saprissa to the list, thanks.