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Can you name the top-flight club outside Portugal with the most Portuguese players? Find out here:

Portuguese football has spread across the continent rapidly over the past two decades, very much in parallel with the rise in the quality of the national team.

As a result of having a bigger national pool than we've ever seen before, there are also more Portuguese players based 'overseas' than we've ever seen before too.

And as is by now widely reported, this has resulted in groups of growing Portuguese contingents developing at certain clubs across Europe, some of which are heavily built around their Portuguese stars.

But which European club outside Portugal has the most Portuguese players?

Two names that may immediately come to mind are Lille, who have 5 Portuguese players (one out on loan), or more accurately, Wolverhampton Wanderers, who have a scarcely believable 8 senior Portuguese players in their ranks. 

Wolves have been talk of the town in Portugal, the fact they have three regular internationals in Rui Patricio, João Moutinho and Ruben Neves in their ranks alongside the supporting Portuguese cast has propelled them to the forefront of the minds of fans of Portuguese football up and down the country.

The fact they also have Nuno Espirito Santo at the helm and are currently sitting seventh in the league table only further makes them a very appealing overseas project for Portuguese supporters.

But, contrary to popular belief, Wolves AREN'T the most Portuguese foreign football club in Europe.

In fact, perhaps surprisingly to many, they aren't even the most Portuguese foreign-based club that are currently competing in a country's top flight.

That honour goes elsewhere, with another club having a staggering 9 Portuguese players on their books, one more than Wolves have in their ranks. 

That club is none other than the lesser-known FC RM Hamm Benfica of the Luxembourg National Division - a club named after Portugal's most successful team in history, SL Benfica.

It is therefore perhaps rather unsurprising to hear that they have nine senior Portuguese footballers in their roster, with a clear deep-rooted connection between the Luxembourg club and the country of Portugal, and have even had three Portuguese managers in the last 12 years.

Indeed, it was in 2006 that the name change occurred, RM Hamm becoming RM Hamm Benfica after they forged an affiliation and a ‘sporting marriage’ with the Lisbon club in order to potentially build a larger platform on the European stage and attract some foreign players.

Their nine Portuguese players are goalkeeping duo Tiago Alves and Dany Rodrigues, as well as defenders Costinha, Paulo Arantes, Gonçalo Pessoa, and Samuel Correia, midfielders Lélé and Bertino Barbosa, and forward Claudio Borges Furtado.

Those who speak Portuguese then only need to have a look at some of the other players in Hamm's ranks to see that there are other Portuguese sounding names in the side, likely to have at least some connection to the country of Portugal themselves.

It is therefore indisputable that Hamm Benfica, who currently sit 13th out of 14 in the Luxembourg National Division and six points adrift of safety, are the most Portuguese foreign top flight team in all of Europe.

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