The delayed European Championship captured our attention this summer, with domestic football taking a back seat after a long season.
Club and league rivalries are still bubbling away though, so we tracked the fortunes of every player during the tournament in our Euro 2020 stats to see who contributed the most to it.
Whose players spent the most time on the pitch?
The Premier League is dominant in European club football at the moment, having provided both Champions League finalists this season. It is therefore unsurprising that players from the English top flight have been the most visible at this summer’s tournament.
Premier League stars clocked up over 27,500 minutes of football between them overall. This is over 10,000 more than the next most-represented leagues: Italy’s Serie A and the German Bundesliga.
English champions Manchester City were at the forefront with a combined 5,139 minutes played by 14 different players. Three of them – John Stones, Raheem Sterling and Aymeric Laporte – played over 600 minutes in the competition and Pep Guardiola’s side would have been even further ahead if Joao Cancelo had not needed to withdraw from the tournament after a positive COVID test.
Chelsea and Tottenham were the next most heavily-represented Premier League clubs, with the Blues second in the list and Spurs fourth behind Italian giants Juventus.
The dominance of English football is not just confined to the top division either. Players from the Championship spent a combined 4,243 minutes on the pitch at Euro 2020, which is the fifth highest of any league ahead of France’s Ligue 1.
Whose players scored the most goals at Euro 2020?
English teams may have got the most players onto the pitch, but the Euro 2020 stats show they did not have the biggest impact on the tournament.
While Premier League players scored 30 goals at Euro 2020, those from Serie A netted 37 times between them. The Bundesliga was not far behind with a total of 28 strikes, while no other league provided more than eight.
Juventus were the most prolific club with 12 goals, five of which were scored by the evergreen Cristiano Ronaldo. Italian champions Inter were one of three clubs tied on eight, half of which belonged to Romelu Lukuku.
The other two clubs with a tally of eight goals both hailed from the Premier League and each saw a representative register three times at the tournament.
Raheem Sterling was Manchester City’s best performer while both Xherdan Shaqiri and the departing Georginio Wijnaldum scored three times while representing Liverpool.
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