The 31st edition of the Africa Cup of Nations, to be held in Gabon, will kick off this Saturday 14 January and last until Sunday 5 February 2017.

The 31st edition of the Africa Cup of Nations, to be held in Gabon, will kick off this Saturday 14 January and last until Sunday 5 February 2017.

Given the great number of players released by European Clubs, and as for every major national team tournament, the European Club Association has conducted a research highlighting the number and origin of clubs involved in releasing players.

Key facts & figures:

  • 64.7% of the Africa Cup of Nations players (238 players from a total of 368) currently play in one of the European national championships
  • 172 European clubs (68.3% of the total number of clubs) are involved in the release of players (including 57 ECA Member Clubs)
  • LOSC Lille (FRA) is the European Club releasing most players (5)
  • 22 out of 23 players of the National Team of Guinea-Bissau play in Europe
  • 35 different French clubs are releasing players for the tournament
  • 57 Africa Cup of Nations players are registered with clubs in France

Please find further key facts and figures in the attached infographics map. Click here.