List of foreign Premier League players

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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:

  1. Have played at least one Premier League game. Players who were signed by Premier League clubs, but only played in lower league, cup and/or European games, or did not play in any competitive games at all, are not included.
  2. Are considered foreign, i.e., outside the United Kingdom determined by the following:
A player is considered foreign if his allegiance is not to play for the national teams of England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

More specifically,

  • If a player has been capped on 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. These include British players with dual citizenship.
  • If a player has not been capped on international level, his country of birth is used, except those who were born abroad from British parents or moved to the United Kingdom at a young age, and those who clearly indicated to have switched his nationality to another nation.

Clubs listed are those for which the player has played at least one Premier League game — and seasons are those in which the player has played at least one Premier League game. Note that seasons, not calendar years, are used. 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. Therefore, a player should always have a listing under at least two years — for instance, a player making his debut in 2011, during the 2011–12 season, will have '2011–12' after his name. This follows general practice in expressing sporting seasons in the UK.

Up to now, 106 different foreign FIFA-affiliated nations have been represented in the Premier League. Armenia was the most recent nation to be represented officially on the field by Henrikh Mkhitaryan making a substitute appearance for Manchester United on 14 August 2016. In December 2016, after Mesca switched his allegiance from Portugal, Guinea-Bissau became the most recent foreign nation to be represented.[1]

In bold: players who have played at least one Premier League game in the current season (2017–18), and are still at a club for which they have played. This does not include current players of a Premier League club who have not played a Premier League game in the current season.

Details correct as of 13 December 2017

Albania

Algeria

Riyad Mahrez was voted PFA Player of the Year after helping Leicester win the title in 2016

Angola

Antigua and Barbuda

Argentina

Carlos Tevez won the Premier League at Manchester United and Manchester City
Sergio Agüero has won two Premier League titles with Manchester City, and was the top scorer in 2014–15

Armenia

Australia

Mark Schwarzer is the only player from outside the United Kingdom to play over 500 Premier League matches

Austria

Barbados

Belarus

Belgium

Vincent Kompany captained Manchester City to win the Premier League title in 2012, earning him the accolade of Player of the Season
Eden Hazard was voted the Player of the Season after helping Chelsea to the Premier League title in 2015

Benin

Bermuda

Bolivia

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Brazil

Edu was a member of the Arsenal "Invincibles" team which won the Premier League in 2004
Anderson won four Premier League titles with Manchester United
Rafael won three Premier League titles with Manchester United

Bulgaria

Burkina Faso

Burundi

Cameroon

Geremi won two consecutive Premier League titles with Chelsea

Canada

Cape Verde

Chile

China PR

Colombia

Congo

Costa Rica

Croatia

Curaçao

Cyprus

Czech Republic

Petr Čech won four Premier League titles with Chelsea and holds the most Premier League clean sheets

Denmark

Peter Schmeichel won 5 Premier League titles with Manchester United and is the only goalkeeper to be voted Player of the Season

DR Congo

Ecuador

Antonio Valencia won the Premier League twice with Manchester United

Egypt

Equatorial Guinea

Estonia

Faroe Islands

Finland

France

With 175 goals, all for Arsenal, Thierry Henry is the highest-scoring foreign player in Premier League history
Nicolas Anelka won the Premier League at Arsenal and Chelsea
Gaël Clichy has won the Premier League with Arsenal and Manchester City. His part in Arsenal's 2004 triumph makes him the youngest player with a winner's medal
Patrice Evra won the Premier League five times with Manchester United

Gabon

Gambia

Georgia

Germany

Jens Lehmann, goalkeeper for Arsenal during their undefeated season in 2003–04
André Schürrle won the Premier League with Chelsea

Ghana

Michael Essien won the Premier League twice with Chelsea

Gibraltar

Greece

Grenada

Guinea

Guinea-Bissau

Guyana

Honduras

Hungary

Iceland

Iran

Israel

Italy

Mario Balotelli won the Premier league with Manchester City in 2012.

Ivory Coast

Didier Drogba scored 104 Premier League goals, the most by any African player, winning four league titles for Chelsea.

Jamaica

Wes Morgan captained Leicester's title-winning team in 2016

Japan

Kenya

Korea Republic

Park Ji-Sung won the Premier League four times with Manchester United

Kosovo

Latvia

Liberia

Lithuania

Macedonia

Mali

Mexico

Javier Hernández won the Premier League twice with Manchester United

Montenegro

Montserrat

Morocco

Netherlands

Edwin van der Sar is the holder of the record for the longest Premier League clean sheet streak, while playing for Manchester United
Robin van Persie was Premier League top scorer in two consecutive seasons for two different clubs — Arsenal and Manchester United
Ruud van Nistelrooy was the top scorer and Player of the Season in 2002–03

New Zealand

Nigeria

John Obi Mikel has won two Premier League titles for Chelsea

Norway

Ole Gunnar Solskjær won 6 Premier League titles for Manchester United, a record for a player from outside the British Isles

Oman

Pakistan

Paraguay

Peru

Poland

Portugal

Cristiano Ronaldo won a hat-trick of Premier League titles with Manchester United, was twice voted Player of the Season and is the only player to win the FIFA World Player of the Year while playing in the Premier League.
Ricardo Carvalho won three Premier League titles with Chelsea

Republic of Ireland

Roy Keane won seven Premier League titles with Manchester United, including four as captain
Robbie Keane played for six different clubs and scored a total of 126 goals
Shay Given has kept a total of 116 clean sheets

Romania

Russia

Andrey Arshavin became the first player in the Premier League history who scored four goals in an away game at Anfield Road

Saint Kitts and Nevis

Senegal

Sadio Mané scored the quickest Premier League hat-trick, netting three goals in 176 seconds

Serbia

Nemanja Vidić won five Premier League titles for Manchester United and was voted Player of the Season twice

Seychelles

Sierra Leone

Slovakia

Slovenia

South Africa

Spain

Fernando Torres was signed by Chelsea from Liverpool in 2011 for £50 million, then the most ever paid by a Premier League club
Pepe Reina of Liverpool had the most Premier League clean sheets in three consecutive seasons

Sweden

Switzerland

Togo

Trinidad and Tobago

Dwight Yorke scored 123 Premier League goals, a record for a player from North America

Tunisia

Turkey

Ukraine

United States

Brad Friedel appeared in a record 310 consecutive Premier League matches during spells at Blackburn, Aston Villa, and Tottenham

Uruguay

Luis Suárez was the top scorer in the 2013–14 Premier League, with a record-equalling 31 goals.

Venezuela

Zambia

Zimbabwe

Notes

  1. ^ Born in Algeria
  2. ^ Born in Angola (then Portuguese Angola)
  3. ^ Born in Argentina
  4. ^ Born in Australia
  5. ^ Born in Austria
  6. ^ Born in Burundi
  7. ^ Born in Belgium
  8. ^ Born in Bosnia and Herzegovina (then part of Yugoslavia)
  9. ^ Born in Brazil
  10. ^ Born in the Central African Republic
  11. ^ Born in Canada
  12. ^ Born in the Ivory Coast
  13. ^ Born in Cameroon
  14. ^ Born in Cape Verde
  15. ^ Born in Croatia (then part of Yugoslavia)
  16. ^ Born in Curaçao (constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands [then part of the Netherlands Antilles])
  17. ^ Born in Denmark
  18. ^ Born in England
  19. ^ Born in France
  20. ^ Born in West Germany (now part of Germany)
  21. ^ Born in Guinea-Bissau
  22. ^ Born in Germany
  23. ^ Born in Ghana
  24. ^ Born in Guadeloupe (Overseas department of the French Republic)
  25. ^ Born in Greenland (autonomous country within the Kingdom of Denmark)
  26. ^ Born in French Guiana (Overseas department of the French Republic)
  27. ^ Born in Jamaica
  28. ^ Born in Kosovo (then part of Yugoslavia)
  29. ^ Born in Liberia
  30. ^ Born in Macedonia (then part of Yugoslavia)
  31. ^ Born in Mozambique (then Portuguese Mozambique)
  32. ^ Born in Martinique (Overseas department of the French Republic)
  33. ^ Born in New Caledonia (Overseas territory of the French Republic)
  34. ^ Born in the Netherlands
  35. ^ Born in Nigeria
  36. ^ Born in Northern Ireland
  37. ^ Born in Poland
  38. ^ Born in Portugal
  39. ^ Born in Réunion (Overseas department of the French Republic)
  40. ^ Born in South Africa
  41. ^ Born in Scotland
  42. ^ Born in Senegal
  43. ^ Born in Somalia
  44. ^ Born in Spain
  45. ^ Born in Serbia (then part of Yugoslavia)
  46. ^ Born in Switzerland
  47. ^ Born in Suriname
  48. ^ Born in Suriname (then part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands)
  49. ^ Born in Slovakia (then part of Czechoslovakia)
  50. ^ Born in Slovenia (then part of Yugoslavia)
  51. ^ Born in Sweden
  52. ^ Born in Uganda
  53. ^ Born in Ukraine (then part of the Soviet Union)
  54. ^ Born in the United States
  55. ^ Born in Uzbekistan (then part of the Soviet Union)
  56. ^ Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo (then Zaïre)
  57. ^ Bosnian Croat. Born in Bosnia and Herzegovina (then part of Yugoslavia)
  58. ^ Bosnian Serb. Born in Bosnia and Herzegovina (then part of Yugoslavia)
  59. ^ Capped for the Andalusia national football team
  60. ^ Capped for the Argentina national under-20 football team
  61. ^ Capped for the Belgium national under-17 football team
  62. ^ Capped for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national under-21 football team
  63. ^ Capped for the Brazil national under-17 football team
  64. ^ Capped for the Brazil national under-20 football team
  65. ^ Capped for the Brazil national football team
  66. ^ Capped for the Brittany national football team
  67. ^ Capped for the Canada men's national under-20 soccer team
  68. ^ Capped for the Catalonia national football team
  69. ^ Capped for the Cayman Islands national football team
  70. ^ Capped for the Corsica national football team
  71. ^ Capped for the Denmark national under-21 football team
  72. ^ Capped for the England national football B team
  73. ^ Capped for the England national football C team
  74. ^ Capped for the England national under-16 football team
  75. ^ Capped for the England national under-17 football team
  76. ^ Capped for the England national under-18 football team
  77. ^ Capped for the England national under-19 football team
  78. ^ Capped for the England national under-20 football team
  79. ^ Capped for the England national under-21 football team
  80. ^ Capped for the England national football team
  81. ^ Capped for the Basque Country national football team
  82. ^ Capped for the France national under-16 football team
  83. ^ Capped for the France national under-18 football team
  84. ^ Capped for the France national under-19 football team
  85. ^ Capped for the France national under-20 football team
  86. ^ Capped for the France national under-21 football team
  87. ^ Capped for the Galicia national football team
  88. ^ Capped for the Germany national under-15 football team
  89. ^ Capped for the Germany national under-20 football team
  90. ^ Capped for the Germany national under-21 football team
  91. ^ Capped for the Germany national football team
  92. ^ Capped for the Guadeloupe national football team
  93. ^ Capped for the French Guiana national football team
  94. ^ Capped for the Republic of Ireland national under-19 football team
  95. ^ Capped for the Morocco national football team
  96. ^ Capped for the Martinique national football team
  97. ^ Capped for the Netherlands national under-21 football team
  98. ^ Capped for the Northern Ireland national football B team
  99. ^ Capped for the Northern Ireland national under-21 football team
  100. ^ Capped for the Norway national under-21 football team
  101. ^ Capped for the Poland national under-18 football team
  102. ^ Capped for the Portugal national under-19 football team
  103. ^ Capped for the Portugal national under-21 football team
  104. ^ Capped for the Samoa national under-20 football team (then Western Samoa)
  105. ^ Capped for the Scotland national football B team
  106. ^ Capped for the Scotland national under-21 football team
  107. ^ Capped for the Spain national under-19 football team
  108. ^ Capped for the Spain national under-21 football team
  109. ^ Capped for the Switzerland national under-16 football team
  110. ^ Capped for the Switzerland national under-17 football team
  111. ^ Capped for the Switzerland national under-18 football team
  112. ^ Capped for the Switzerland national under-21 football team
  113. ^ Capped for the Turkey national under-21 football team
  114. ^ Kosovar Albanian. Born in Kosovo (then part of Yugoslavia)

References

  1. ^ http://www.bbc.com/sport/football/38353526
  • Since 1888... The Searchable Premiership and Football League Player Database (subscription required)
  • BBC Sport report
  • Ranc, David (2012). Foreign players and football supporters: The Old Firm, Arsenal, Paris Saint-Germain. Manchester: Manchester University Press. ISBN 978-0-7190-8612-0. Retrieved 19 March 2012. 
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