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How many countries can boast Premier League champions?

85 Englishmen, six Serbians and one Liberian... but how many other countries around the world can boast Premier League champions? (And can you name the ONLY Italian winner?)

  • Over 250 players have gone on to lift the Premier League trophy since the competition started in 1992/93
  • English players dominate the list, followed by France, while perhaps surprisingly only one Italian has won it
  • Sportsmail analyses which nations are represented by players who have lifted the league title

By Nathan Salt For Mailonline

Published: 17:46 EDT, 17 May 2018 | Updated: 19:38 EDT, 17 May 2018

As Manchester City's stars enter the ranks of Premier League champions, medals for Gabriel Jesus, Ederson and Danilo mean Brazil are now the third-most-successful nation in the history of the league, behind only England and France.

Since the competition was formed in 1992, 259 players from a combined 47 different nations have gone on to lift the prestigious trophy – a figure that includes the City stars who have now got their hands on it.

There are a good number of Spaniards and Dutchmen among them but just one player from the lesser celebrated footballing countries of Latvia, Liberia and Jamaica. Surprisingly, only one Italian has ever won the title too. Below is the breakdown... 

Manchester City's stars - including Kyle Walker, John Stones and Raheem Sterling - are now Premier League title winners
Manchester City's stars - including Kyle Walker, John Stones and Raheem Sterling - are now Premier League title winners

Manchester City's stars - including Kyle Walker, John Stones and Raheem Sterling - are now Premier League title winners

Here's the country where every Premier League title winner has hailed from after City's triumph this season
Here's the country where every Premier League title winner has hailed from after City's triumph this season

Here's the country where every Premier League title winner has hailed from after City's triumph this season


WINNERS BY CLUB 

Manchester United - 86 players

Chelsea - 60 players

Arsenal - 42 players

Manchester City - 35 players

Leicester City - 19 players

Blackburn Rovers - 15 players 

Unsurprisingly in an English domestic league, homegrown players lead the way, making up 85 of the 259 winners – 33 per cent.

But away from the British Isles, departing Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has helped lead a French revolution.

Les Bleus are the second-most-successful nation in the history of the competition with 11 of their 26 winners tasting success with the Gunners.

But while the French toast fresh successes again this season – Benjamin Mendy and Aymeric Laporte will be the latest with City – there has been far less to cheer for fellow footballing giants Italy.

Leicester captain Wes Morgan (centre) became the first Caribbean international to win the title in 2015/16
Leicester captain Wes Morgan (centre) became the first Caribbean international to win the title in 2015/16

Leicester captain Wes Morgan (centre) became the first Caribbean international to win the title in 2015/16

Manchester United have had an astonishing 86 players crowned winners since the league's start in 1992/93
Manchester United have had an astonishing 86 players crowned winners since the league's start in 1992/93

Manchester United have had an astonishing 86 players crowned winners since the league's start in 1992/93

Arsene Wenger's French revolution at Arsenal was initially so successful thanks to the likes of Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira
Arsene Wenger's French revolution at Arsenal was initially so successful thanks to the likes of Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira

Arsene Wenger's French revolution at Arsenal was initially so successful thanks to the likes of Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira

The solitary lucky Italian to take home a winners’ medal? Mario Balotelli.

Famously laying on the pass for Sergio Aguero's goal which secured the 2011/12 title in the most dramatic of fashions, Balotelli stands alone in the record books for the Azzurri.

It is not like Italy have been starved of top talent on English shores; Gianfranco Zola and Gianluca Vialli both tasted domestic success with Chelsea in the FA Cup and League Cup but found the Premier League beyond their reach.

What is even more striking about Italy’s Premier League title drought is that they possess the same number of winners as Liberia, Latvia and South Africa.

Christopher Wreh (Arsenal), Igors Stepanovs (Arsenal) and Quiton Fortune (Manchester United) were the respective winners for those countries.

Mario Balotelli (left) is the only Italian player to date to go on and win the Premier League, with Manchester City in 2012
Mario Balotelli (left) is the only Italian player to date to go on and win the Premier League, with Manchester City in 2012

Mario Balotelli (left) is the only Italian player to date to go on and win the Premier League, with Manchester City in 2012

With the diverse number of nations currently competing in the league, it is rare to get first-time winners from a country. But Claudio Bravo, City's back-up goalkeeper who will receive one of the club's 40 commissioned medals (the old rules about minimum number of appearances required for a medal have been replaced), becomes the first Chilean to win it - a chip on Alex Sanchez's shoulder across the city, no doubt.

Further scrutiny of the winners shows a surprising relative lack of medal-holders from Germany, Portugal and Belgium.

WHO GETS A MEDAL? 

A player needs to have played five Premier League games to be eligible for a winners' medal.

However, the champion club are given 40 commemorative medals in total. 

Other than the players who have automatically qualified for a medal via appearances, the club can decide which other players receive one.

This effectively means every player in a first-team squad receives one. 

Given their talent showcased regularly on the world stage, the Portuguese have had eight winners with both Germany and Belgium accruing just six medals each.

Ilkay Gundogan and Leroy Sane bolster the Germans’ tally following City’s swashbuckling campaign and join iconic goalkeeper Jens Lehmann, Robert Huth, Michael Ballack and Andre Schurrle as champions. 

Outside of Europe there is plenty of South American success to mull over with Argentina trying to keep pace with rivals Brazil.

There have been 13 samba stars with a medal placed round their neck and the honour now awaits City’s Gabriel Jesus, Ederson and Danilo this month.

Chelsea has, over the years, become a home away from home for Brazil’s finest with Oscar, David Luiz, Willian, Alex, Ramires, Filipe Luis and Juliano Belletti all eventual winners during spells at the club.

But while the bright lights of London captured the imagination of many Brazilian winners, it is interesting to note that seven of Argentina’s nine winners lifted the trophy with one of the Manchester clubs. 

Italy have as many successes as the African country of Liberia, who were represented by Arsenal's Christopher Wreh
Italy have as many successes as the African country of Liberia, who were represented by Arsenal's Christopher Wreh

Italy have as many successes as the African country of Liberia, who were represented by Arsenal's Christopher Wreh

Away from Europe, Argentina (nine winners, including Hernan Crespo) continue to chase down fierce rivals Brazil (16)
Away from Europe, Argentina (nine winners, including Hernan Crespo) continue to chase down fierce rivals Brazil (16)

Away from Europe, Argentina (nine winners, including Hernan Crespo) continue to chase down fierce rivals Brazil (16)

Only Chelsea’s Hernan Crespo and Leicester City’s Leonardo Ulloa garnered success outside of the North West. 

Glancing down the complete winners list it becomes clear that while some stars and nations can boast multiple titles, there are 33 nations with just one winner to their name.

Wales are not among the 33. Neither are Scotland. Both have four winners over the years.

Jamaica have one with a special edge to it as Leicester captain Wes Morgan became the first Caribbean international to lift the trophy.

African players have a rich history in the league whether that be the explosiveness of Chelsea legend Didier Drogba or the finesse and audacity of City stalwart Yaya Toure.

Algeria have Morgan’s fellow Fox Riyard Mahrez to thank while Egypt, yet to register a single winner, will cling on to the hope that Mohamed Salah will take home the title with Liverpool next season.

But City have been rampant this season and if a country wants to boost their list of winners, it’s time to go on the charm offensive with boss Pep Guardiola. 

COMPLETE LIST OF PREMIER LEAGUE TITLE WINNERS 

England (85): Paul Scholes, Gary Neville, David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Phil Neville, Rio Ferdinand, Andy Cole, Wes Brown, Wayne Rooney, Michael Carrick, John Terry, Gary Pallister, Martin Keown, Ray Parlour, Ashley Cole, Joe Cole, Frank Lampard, Steve Bruce, Lee Sharpe, Teddy Sheringham, Tony Adams, David Seaman, Lee Dixon, Kyle Walker, John Stones, Fabian Delph, Raheem Sterling, Sol Campbell, Paul Ince, Paul Parker, Bryan Robson, David May, Chris Smalling, Joe Hart, Joleon Lescott, James Milner, Gary Cahill, Tim Sherwood, Mark Atkins, Alan Shearer, Tony Gale, Graeme Le Saux, Tim Flowers, Paul Warhurst, Chris Sutton, Stuart Ripley, Ian Pearce, Jason Wilcox, Mike Newell, Nigel Winterburn, Steve Bould, David Platt, Ian Wright, Stephen Hughes, Stuart Taylor, Matthew Upson, Richard Wright, Wayne Bridge, Daniel Sturridge, Dion Dublin, Mike Phelan, Luke Chadwick, Ronnie Wallwork, Glen Johnson, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Kieran Richardson, Alan Smith, Owen Hargreaves, Michael Owen, Micah Richards, Gareth Barry, Adam Johnson, Danny Welbeck, Ashley Young, Tom Cleverley, Phil Jones, Jack Rodwell, Danny Simpson, Danny Drinkwater, Nathan Dyer, Marc Albrighton, Demarai Gray, Jamie Vardy, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Nathaniel Chalobah

France (26): Patrice Evra, Eric Cantona, Mikael Silvestre, Patrick Vieira, Gael Clichy, Nicholas Anelka, Gilles Grimandi, Robert Pires, Sylvain Wiltord, Thierry Henry, Benjamin Mendy, Aymeric Laporte, William Gallas, Claude Makelele, Fabien Barthez, Louis Saha, Samir Nasri, Kurt Zouma, N’Golo Kante, Emmanuel Petit, Remi Garde, Jeremie Aliadiere, Pascal Cygan, Florent Malouda, Laurent Blanc, Loic Remy

Brazil (16): Anderson, Rafael, Edu, Ederson, Gabriel Jesus, Danilo, Oscar, Willian, Gilberto Silva, Juliano Belletti, Alex, Fabio, Fernandinho, Ramires, Filipe Luis, David Luiz

Spain (13): David Silva, Cesc Fabregas, Cesar Azpilicueta, Diego Costa, Jose Antonio Reyes, Asier del Horno, Gerard Pique, David de Gea, Alvaro Negredo, Javi Garcia, Jesus Navas, Marcos Alonso, Pedro

Holland (12): Arjen Robben, Jaap Stam, Edwin van der Sar, Dennis Bergkamp, Raimond van der Gouw, Marc Overmars, Giovanni van Bronkhorst, Jordi Cruyff, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Nigel de Jong, Robin van Persie, Alexander Buttner

Argentina (9): Sergio Aguero, Nicholas Otamendi, Carlos Tevez, Pablo Zabaleta, Hernan Crespo, Juan Sebastian Veron, Gabriel Heinze, Martin Demichelis, Leonardo Ulloa

Portugal (8): Cristiano Ronaldo, Nani, Bernardo Silva, Ricardo Carvalho, Paulo Ferreira, Luis Boa Morte, Tiago, Deco

Belgium (6): Vincent Kompany, Kevin De Bruyne, Thibaut Courtois, Eden Hazard, Ritchie de Laet, Michy Batshauyi 

Germany (6): Leroy Sane, Robert Huth, Ilkay Gundogan, Jens Lehmann, Michael Ballack, Andre Schurrle

Serbia (6): Branislav Ivanovic, Nemanja Vidic, Aleksander Kolarov, Nemanja Matic, Mateja Kezman, Matija Nastasic

Republic of Ireland (5): Damien Duff, Darren Gibson, Denis Irwin, Roy Keane, John O’Shea

Ivory Coast (4): Didier Drogba, Yaya Toure, Kolo Toure, Salomon Kalou 

Scotland (4)Darren Fletcher, Brian McClair, Colin Hendry, Darren Ferguson 

Wales (4): Ryan Giggs, Mark Hughes, Clayton Blackmore, Andy King 

Czech Republic (3): Karel Poborsky, Petr Cech, Jiri Jarosik

Denmark (3):  Anders Lindegaard, Kaspar Schmeichel, Peter Schmeichel

Ghana (3): Michael Essien, Daniel Amartey, Jeffrey Schlupp 

Nigeria (3): Victor Moses, John Obi Mikel, Nwankwo Kanu 

Norway (3): Henning Berg, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Ronny Johnsen 

Russia (3): Andrei Kanchelskis, Alexey Smertin, Yuri Zhirkov 

Sweden (3): Fredrik Ljungberg, Henrik Larsson, Jesper Blomqvist  

Australia (2): Mark Bosnich, Robbie Slater 

Austria (2): Alex Manninger, Christian Fuchs 

Bosnia (2): Edin Dzeko, Asmir Begovic 

Cameroon (2): Lauren, Geremi 

Japan (2): Shinji Kagawa, Shinji Okazaki  

Montenegro (2): Stevan Jovetic, Stefan Savic  

Northern Ireland (2): Jonny Evans, Roy Carroll 

Ukraine (2): Oleksander Zinchenko, Oleh Luzhny   

Algeria (1): Riyad Mahrez 

Bulgaria (1): Dimitar Berbatov 

Chile (1): Claudio Bravo  

Colombia (1): Juan Cuadrado 

Ecuador (1): Antonio Valencia  

Iceland (1): Eidur Gudjohnsen 

Italy (1): Mario Balotelli 

Jamaica (1): Wes Morgan 

Latvia (1): Igors Stepanovs 

Liberia (1): Christopher Wreh 

Mexico (1): Javier Hernandez  

Poland (1): Tomasz Kuszczak 

Romania (1): Costel Pantilimon 

South Africa (1): Quinton Fortune 

South Korea (1): Park Ji-sung 

Switzerland (1): Gokhan Inler 

Trinidad and Tobago (1): Dwight Yorke 

Uruguay (1): Diego Forlan 

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