Davids was also a quality player, who was particularly noted for his combative style, short temper, energy and technique. Deco's inclusion was criticized by many, including Luis Figo, but he went on to win 75 caps. However, what is very interesting is that there are in fact many players that are not exactly playing for their countries of origin, or the countries they were born in, but for whatever set of circumstances, are playing for other nations altogether when it comes to game time on the international level; predominantly the biggest stage of them all: The FIFA World Cup. Interestingly enough, he was coerced out of retirement in 2006 to help the team qualify for that year’s cup. A talented forward, he has had quite the impressive career and he has collected quite a few honors and accolades for his troubles. He currently manages Nice in the French league, but as a player, he played in the midfield for his whole career. They made third place, having won many of their matches with high scores. Despite being considered something of a recent issue, South-American born Raoul Diagne represented France way back in 1931. He was considered for the Canadian team, but was accepted to play for the Netherlands by FIFA officials. He had fantastic seasons during his decorated career, playing predominantly for Celta Vigo, Real Madrid and, of course, Chelsea, where he is renowned. This centerback was born in Sao Vicente, Cape Verde, Africa. Born in November of 1992 and in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Africa, this winger has had a decent career. Are considered foreign, i.e., outside the.

His club soccer has been played in Chelsea and with Porto - two very important teams, as well as others. In 2013, The Spanish Football Federation were on board with his request and petitioned the change of nationality, putting in a request to FIFA.

This page was last edited on 3 November 2020, at 15:50. He is now retired, but in his day, Deco was a powerful attacking midfielder who has left in his wake quite the legacy and a career he can most definitely be very proud of. Alfredo Di Stéfano was actually born in Argentina way back in 1926, on the fourth of July. He was born in Sao Bernardo do Campo, Brazil back in 1977. He competed in the 2006 World Cup and the 2010 one as well. This is a list of foreign players in the Premier League, which commenced play in 1992. He went on to become a star of the French team as their midfield enforcer, winning the World Cup, European Championship's and Confederation's Cup as he picked up 107 caps. Fellow French national team defender Desailly was born in Accra, Ghana, both his parents were Ghanian and he was brought up in the African country. If a player has been capped at international level, the national team is used; if he has been capped by more than one country, the highest level (or the most recent) team is used. He and his family moved to France when he was eight years old. It was there where this talented player made headlines for his skill and dedication to the sport. He'd already represented Italy at youth level by the age of 16, and moved up through the ranks until winning his first full cap in 2008. Marcel Desailly is a legend in the sport of soccer. He then appeared and played in 2014 and is in active play this year as well, and right into the action he has delved, playing hard and fast for Portugal, who definitely have a strong team this year.

Players with dual-nationality obviously have tricky decisions to make, often regarding which country they feel a closer allegiance to. This is a list of foreign players in the Premier League, which commenced play in 1992.The following players must meet both of the following two criteria: Have played at least one Premier League game. Joining Lilian Thuram on our list of 1998 World Cup winning players who were born outside of France is Marcel Desailly. He started playing soccer in the streets, literally, before moving up to more professional fare.

His club career has taken him to many great teams which include Aston Villa, Crystal Palace and Liverpool. He has scored 15 goals in 33 caps, making him North Korea's all-time top scorer. So as you enjoy this year’s World Cup, take a look at this article and see who made the list—from the past and the present. I'm not sure Najar would even make our top 23, much less our starting XI, but it got me thinking about good soccer players who COULD HAVE played for the US national team because they lived in or were born in the US, but opted to play for other countries: Andy Najar (Honduras) -- Plays for Belgium's top club team, Anderlecht. Despite not being both there, he is considered one of the greatest German players in history. He was actually born in Sao Bernardo do Campo, Brazil, yet he played his international play with Italy.

Unique lists featuring pop culture, entertainment and crazy facts. He still plays pro soccer in Japan. Another Brazilian-born player who doesn't represent his native country, former Arsenal striker Eduardo was born in the Brazilian capital of Rio, but plays his international football for Croatia. He made his Germany debut in 2001 and has gone on to be one of the country's greatest ever players, winning 137 caps and scoring 71 goals.

Hargreaves was born in Calgary, Canada to a Welsh mother and an English father which meant that his was eligible to play international for the three countries.

For example, "1992–95" indicates that the player has played in every season from 1992–93 to 1994–95, but not necessarily every calendar year from 1992 to 1995.

The most LOL-worthy things the Internet has to offer. Narrowly edging out Miroslav Klose as the greatest player to play for a nation other than their native one is Eusebio. This 41 year old winger started his career back in 1995. With hindsight, Christiansen may have regretted his decision, as he won only two caps for Spain and would surely have been a star player in the Denmark squad.

Born in Suriname, Davids played internationally for Holland, winning 74 caps. He is now retired, but in his day, he definitely was a force not to be messed with in the midfield. The former Manchester United striker was booed by the away fans as he made his entrance on 81 minutes. Fiorentina striker Giuseppe Rossi has won 30 caps for the Azzurri, but he was actually born in the U.S., and more specifically, New Jersey. He moved to Croatia at the age of 16 when he joined Dinamo Zagreb in 1999. Kinshasa is the capital of The Democratic Republic of Congo and is near the famed Congo River. Thuram has 142 caps for France, making him their all-time most capped player. Born to Italian immigrants, Rossi had the choice of representing either Italy or the U.S. but made his decision early. Eusebio was born in Mozambique, but made his Portugal debut in 1961, going on to win 64 caps, scoring 41 goals and winning the Golden Boot at the 1966 World Cup.

On the 5th of March, of 2014, he played his first friendly game with Spain, but was unfortunately disgraced in Brazil. Kinshasa is the capital of The Democratic Republic of Congo and is near the famed Congo River. Note that seasons, not calendar years, are used. He has said that he “feels” more like a citizen of Ghana.

The athletic forward is regarded as Portugal's greatest ever player, with only Cristiano Ronaldo in recent times forming his first genuine competition.

He was predominantly a striker and his style of play not only garnered him quite the reputation on the field, but even the nickname: “Helmut.”. In 1981, the now 37 year old was actually born in Dakar, Senegal. He then went on to play for some rather elite European teams, which include: AC Milan, Arsenal, Juventus and Inter Milan. These include British players with dual citizenship. He was born in Germany, but is of Ghanaian descent. those naturalized can play for the National Team. He went on to win 55 caps for Italy, winning the World Cup in 2006.

He debuted in Cannes at the tender age of 17 and actually captained the team at 19. Unique lists featuring pop culture, entertainment and crazy facts.

Born in Tandil, Argentina, Camoranesi was eligible to play for Italy through a great-grandfather named Luigi who emigrated to Argentina in 1873. Much like Edgar Davids, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is another Holland international who was born in Suriname. Eligible to play for both nations, when Podolski first broke through at FC Koln, Polish media asked the country's manager whether he was in line for a call-up. He enjoys having 27 major titles to his name, representing all his hard work and dedication to the sport within these clubs and others.

OR . High-profile cases of players such as Ferenc Puskas, Luis Monti, Alfredo di Stefano and even Joe Gaetjens, who one might expect to see on this list are omitted. He has played with Juventus, Marseille and West Ham—all great teams. Known for a few altercations off the field, in 2017, the soccer player resembled Jean-Claude Van Damme when he karate kicked a fan on the sidelines.

He moved on to Mexico and finally Italy where he eventually played for the famed club Juventus after a stint in Verona. Pepe moved to Portugal in 2001, aged 18. He went on to become a crucial player for the team, scoring twice in the 1998 World Cup semi-final. He is not the only former Manchester United star to represent a country other than the one of his birth, with Patrice Evra another who could have made this list. He represented Spain at the under-21 level while playing for Barcelona, aged 19, and won his first full cap at the age of 20.

The box-to-box midfielder went on to have an impressive Serie A career, playing 573 games, finishing as a Serie A runner-up four times and winning the Coppa Italia twice.

When Desailly chose to represent France rather than Ghana in 1993 there was much controversy, but Desailly has always maintained that he feels France was always the country closest to his heart and has no regrets. In bold: players who have played at least one Premier League game in the current season (2019–20), and are still at a club for which they have played. The World's Most Entertaining Car Website, The 10 Most Overpushed WWE Superstars Each Year In The '90s, 10 Wildest Backstage Stories About The Survivor Series, 5 Wrestlers Who Use The Superkick To Success (& 5 Who Fail With It), 10 Times ECW Was Too Violent For Their Own Good, 10 Times Wrestling Legends Had A Match That Didn't Matter, 10 Things We Want To See Covered On Netflix's Vince McMahon Docuseries, 10 Gimmick Matches WWE Women Outshined The Men In, 5 WWE Superstars That Had A Win In Their Debuts (& 5 That Lost), 10 Good Wrestlers Stuck With Bad Gimmicks, Every Version Of Edge, Ranked From Worst To Best, 10 Current Veterans Who Haven't Aged Much Over The Past Decade, The Undertaker's 5 Best & 5 Worst Survivor Series Matches Ever, 10 Biggest Booking Errors In Survivor Series History, 10 Times A Wrestler Botched During Their Debut, The 10 Most Embarrassing Things To Ever Happen On WCW Thunder, 10 Wrestlers Who Left & Came Back To WCW Multiple Times, 10 Fantastic ECW Rivalries You Totally Forgot About, Nikki Bella's Rack Attack & 9 Other Underrated Female Finishers. Today he has 126 caps and 48 goals for Germany, winning the 2014 World Cup and finishing second at Euro 2008. Kick-off Times; Kick-off times are converted to your local PC time.

Now, in 2018, many countries have laid claim to the trophy and all these years later, the world is still deeply interested if not more than ever.