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From the Premier League to Serie A – how Europe is likely to be represented at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations – posted by www.equatorialguineaonline.com

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Most of the players in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea will be there having arrived from their various clubs in Europe, which could drive interest from outside the continent

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17 Nov 2011 13:18:00

 
 

 

 
Salomon Kalou and Didier Drogba, Chelsea

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By Kingsley Kobo
At the 2002 Africa Cup of Nations, held in Mali, more than a quarter of the competing players derived from the French league, which attracted great attention from their France-based fans.

That situation will likely repeat itself at Gabon-Equatorial Guinea 2012, but with the Premier League supplying a substantial contingent as well.

La Liga, the Bundesliga, Serie A and other European leagues will also have representatives at next year’s showpiece, which could fuel interest outside of Africa during the three-week period in January and February.

Each national team will play with their traditional style, but not without traces of European-inspired tactical and technical influence.

Goal.com runs through the leagues and players who are expected to feature next year…

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