Friday, June 6, 2008

Foreign-Born Players on Euro 2008 Squads

Yes, it's another Euro 2008 post. What can I say, the tournament is what's on my mind this week.

These are the players on Euro 2008 squads that were born somewhere other than the country that they are representing in the tournament. Many of these players were born elsewhere but grew up in the country they are representing and a few of the players are naturalized, having moved to their nation later on in their career.

Josip Šimunić - Australia
Robert Kovač - Germany
Niko Kovač - Germany
Ivan Klasnić - Germany
Ivan Rakitić - Switzerland
Vedran Ćorluka - Yugoslavia (Bos-Herz)
Mladen Petrić - Yugoslavia (Bos-Herz)

Jean-Alain Boumsong - Cameroon
Florent Malouda - French Guiana [1]
Lilian Thuram - Guadeloupe [1]
Steve Mandanda - Zaire (DR Congo)
Claude Makélélé - Zaire (DR Congo)
Patrice Evra - Senegal
Patrick Vieira - Senegal

Kevin Kurányi - Brazil
Miroslav Klose - Poland
Piotr Trochowski - Poland
Lukas Podolski - Poland
Oliver Neuville - Switzerland

Pepe - Brazil
Deco - Brazil
Nani - Cape Verde
José Bosingwa - Zaire (DR Congo)
Petit - France

Gelson Fernandes - Cape Verde
Johan Vonlanthen - Colombia
Johan Djourou - Cote d'Ivoire
Valon Behrami - Yugoslavia (Kosovo)
Eldin Jakupović - Yugoslavia (Bos-Herz)

Mehmet Aurélio - Brazil
Colin Kazim-Richards - England
Mevlüt Erdinç - France
Hakan Balta - Germany
Hamit Altintop - Germany

Ronald Gërçaliu - Albania
Ivica Vastić - Yugoslavia (Croatia)
Martin Harnik - Germany
György Garics - Hungary

Mauro Camoranesi - Argentina
Simone Perrotta - England

Marcos Senna - Brazil

Loukas Vyntra - Czech Republic

Roger Guerreiro - Brazil

Tobias Linderoth - France

Czech Republic




A couple of interesting foreign-born player situations:

Josip Šimunić was born in Australia and trained, on Australian tax dollars, at the Australian Institute of Sports. He played in Australia for the Melbourne Knights until he was 19 before moving to Germany with Hamburger SV. When it was time to choose a national team he chose Croatia. He was eventually the player who Graham Poll yellow carded 3 times in one 2006 World Cup game against, you guessed it, Australia.

There's a good post at about recent Polish "acquisition" Roger Guerreiro.

[1] French Guiana and Guadeloupe are considered overseas parts of France and are members of the EU.

More Euro 2008 Posts:
Former 'Team of the Tournament' Players returning to Euro 2008
Premiership Players on Euro 2008 squads
La Liga Players on Euro 2008 squads
Serie A Players on Euro 2008 squads
Bundesliga Players on Euro 2008 squads
Club Breakdown of Euro 2008 squads
Age-Analysis of Euro 2008 squads
Euro 2008 Head Coach Look-a-likes


  1. Vieira, and evra are of cape-verdean origins although they were born in senegal.

    Nani, and miguel and jorge Andrade from the Portuguese team or of cape-verdean origins.

    Henrik, larson is half-capeverdean and half-swedish.

    Cristiano Ronaldo was born in Madeira, one autonomous teritory of Portugal (at large of marrocco)

  2. There are seventeen autonomous communities in Spain, including Catalonia, the Basque Country, Madrid, etc. It's not really correct to say Silva was born outside of Spain.

  3. You're right, I debated including Silva on the list in the first place, but I was too fascinated that he was born on The Canary Islands (:

    For future reference, I'll leave him here in the comments, and remove him from the main list.

    David Silva - Canary Islands

    Thanks for the input

  4. Thanks for this!
    I was wondering how many foreign born players there were.
    Brazilian born players have almost scored more than players born in the coutries they they are representing and were born in.

    So far -

    Spain 4 (Villa (3) Fabregas (1)
    Poland 3 (Podoliski (3)
    Brazil 3 (Pepe (1) Deco (1) Guerreiro (1)
    Portugal 3 Quaresma (1) Ronaldo (1) Meireles (1)
    Holland 3 van Bronckhorst (1) RVN (1) Sneijder (1)

  5. Oops missed out Croatia
    So far -

    Spain 4 (Villa (3) Fabregas (1)
    Croatia 4 (Olić (1) Srna (1) Modrić (1) Vastić (1)
    Poland 3 (Podoliski (3)
    Brazil 3 (Pepe (1) Deco (1) Guerreiro (1)
    Portugal 3 Quaresma (1) Ronaldo (1) Meireles (1)
    Holland 3 van Bronckhorst (1) RVN (1) Sneijder (1)