Mapping Premier League player’s birthplaces

As part of my Chalkboard¬†project, I assembled data on a large number of football squads. Sometimes with a project like this you end up with more data than you need and so I found myself with a database of players’ birthplaces.

Where were this season’s Premier League players born?

They come from all over the world. Take a look for yourself…


If you like this, let me know and I might do some more leagues.

Locations were built from each player’s birth city and nationality (where available), bounced off the Google Places API to get lat-long, which isn’t a perfect method as some players have a different nationality to their birth country, but it is pretty good. I had to append the player’s nationality to their city because so many cities share the same name. You’ll undoubtedly find a few quirks if you look hard enough.