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Table 1 Absolute and relative numbers of foreign-born football players within the fifteen selected national teams per World Cup, 1930–2018

From: Has the World Cup become more migratory? A comparative history of foreign-born players in national football teams, c. 1930-2018

World Cup Total # of Footballers # Foreign-born Footballers % Foreign-born Footballers
1930 131 11 8,40%
1934 233 19 8,15%
1938 176 29 16,48%
1942    
1946    
1950 194 11 5,67%
1954 218 16 7,34%
1958 154 4 2,60%
1962 198 11 5,56%
1966 220 5 2,27%
1970 176 4 2,27%
1974 154 2 1,30%
1978 198 6 3,03%
1982 176 9 5,11%
1986 242 6 2,48%
1990 266 10 3,76%
1994 264 14 5,30%
1998 264 25 9,47%
2002 299 26 8,70%
2006 299 26 8,70%
2010 299 22 7,36%
2014 322 27 8,39%
2018 278 18 6,47%
Totals 4761 301 6,32%
  1. [Due to the Second World War there were no World Cups held in 1942 and 1946]
  2. Source: G. van Campenhout