Europe's top football clubs are employing fewer players from overseas, acccording to a 2010-11 season study of the five highest-ranked leagues.

The Professional Football Players Observatory says 42.6 percent of top-tier players in England, Spain, Germany, Italy and France came from abroad.

England's Premier League squads dropped slightly to 56.7 percent of players from overseas, but Serie A clubs employed a record 47 percent non-Italians.

Arsenal's starting lineups had an average 9.6 expatriates and Inter Milan had 9.4.

European and Spanish champion Barcelona relied more on homegrown talents, averaging 5.7 in league match lineups.

Brazil provided 123 players to the five leagues, 16 fewer than the previous season.