Bundesliga Beats Premier League With 21 World Cup Semifinalists
The Bundesliga "is just edging out the Premier League as the best in the world -- according to the number of players left from each league in the World Cup," according to Oliver Todd of the London DAILY MAIL. England's top division "had been storming ahead" in these stakes, but Germany's progression to the semifinals "has helped put the Bundesliga on top heading into the last four." Serie A "trails behind with 14 representatives while Holland's win over Costa Rica has helped boost the Eredivisie numbers to 10." Bayern Munich "are still the top club around" -- with a total of nine men helped by their six starters in the German side, but Chelsea and Man City "are not far behind." Most surprisingly, Dutch runners up Feyenoord "are the second-best represented with five players -- all in Louis van Gaal's Oranje squad" (DAILY MAIL, 7/7).