List of foreign Liga I players

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This is a list of foreign players in the Liga I, which commenced play in 1909. The following players must meet both of the following two criteria:

  1. Have played at least one Liga I game. Players who were signed by Liga I 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 Romania determined by the following:
A player is considered foreign if he is not eligible to play for the national teams of Romania.

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 Romanian players with dual citizenship. Players who played for Romania but came as foreign players (such as István Avar) are also listed.
  • If a player has not been capped on international level, his country of birth is used, except those who were born abroad from Romanian parents or moved to Romania at a young age, and those who clearly indicated to have switched his nationality to another nation.

Clubs listed are those that the player has played at least one Liga I game for.

Seasons listed are those that the player has played at least one Liga I game in. Note that seasons, not calendar years, are used. For example, "1992–1995" indicates that the player has played in every season from 1992–1993 to 1994–1995, but not necessarily every calendar year from 1992 to 1995.

In bold: players that have played at least one Liga I game in the current season (2016–2017) and the clubs they've played for. They include players that have subsequently left the club, but do not include current players of a Liga I club that have not played a Liga I game in the current season.

Last update March 13, 2017.
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Albania Albania[edit]

Arben Minga was one of the first foreign footballers that arrived in Romania after the 1989 Romanian Revolution.

Algeria Algeria[edit]

Angola Angola[edit]

Argentina Argentina[edit]

Sebastián Dubarbier won two Liga I titles with CFR Cluj and was the first winner of the Liga I Foreign Player of the Year award.
Pablo Brandán won the Liga I title with Unirea Urziceni and was the Liga I Foreign Player of the Year in 2009.
Emmanuel Culio won two Liga I titles with CFR Cluj.

Armenia Armenia[edit]

Australia Australia[edit]

Joshua Rose is the Australian player with the most games played in Liga I, 113 and they are all for Universitatea Craiova.

Austria Austria[edit]

Azerbaijan Azerbaijan[edit]

Belarus Belarus[edit]

Belgium Belgium[edit]

Bolivia Bolivia[edit]

Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina[edit]

Branko Grahovac won the Liga I title with Oțelul Galați.

Brazil Brazil[edit]

Juliano Spadacio scored 25 goals in 107 Liga I games for Rapid București and Astra Ploiești.
During his period spent at Astra, William De Amorim managed to win the Liga I title and to obtain Romanian citizenship.
Rafael Bastos won the Liga I title with CFR Cluj.
Adaílton ended his European career with a two-year spell at FC Vaslui scoring 17 goals in 59 Liga I appearances.
Júnior Moraes started his European career at Gloria Bistrița scoring 18 goals in Liga I.
Gláuber Berti is the only Brazilian international that played in Liga I.

Bulgaria Bulgaria[edit]

Zhivko Milanov appeared in 104 Liga I games for FC Vaslui.

Burkina Faso Burkina Faso[edit]

Burundi Burundi[edit]

Cameroon Cameroon[edit]

Patrick Ekeng died while playing for Dinamo București in a Liga I game against Viitorul Constanța.

Canada Canada[edit]

Cape Verde Cape Verde[edit]

Fernando Varela has won two Liga I titles with Steaua București and once the Liga I Foreign Player of the Year award.

Central African Republic Central African Republic[edit]

Chad Chad[edit]

Chile Chile[edit]

Colombia Colombia[edit]

Dayro Moreno and Juan Toja played together at Steaua Bucureşti.

Republic of the Congo Congo[edit]

Democratic Republic of the Congo Congo DR[edit]

Jeremy Bokila had a prolific period in his only season spent at Petrolul Ploiești scoring 16 goals in 32 games.

Costa Rica Costa Rica[edit]

Croatia Croatia[edit]

International Saša Bjelanović played for CFR Cluj in two different periods.

Curaçao Curaçao[edit]

Cyprus Cyprus[edit]

Czech Republic Czech Republic[edit]

Denmark Denmark[edit]

Djibouti Djibouti[edit]

Egypt Egypt[edit]

El Salvador El Salvador[edit]

England England[edit]

Equatorial Guinea Equatorial Guinea[edit]

Estonia Estonia[edit]

Faroe Islands Faroe Islands[edit]

France France[edit]

Nicolas Godemèche with the 2012 Liga I trophy.
Cyril Théréau scored 10 goals for Steaua București in his only season in Liga I.

Gabon Gabon[edit]

Georgia (country) Georgia[edit]

Germany Germany[edit]

Ghana Ghana[edit]

Greece Greece[edit]

Pantelis Kapetanos has won the Liga I title with CFR Cluj and Steaua București having a total of 48 goals scored in the competition.

Guadeloupe Guadeloupe[edit]

Guinea Guinea[edit]

Guinea-Bissau Guinea-Bissau[edit]

Haiti Haiti[edit]

Honduras Honduras[edit]

Hungary Hungary[edit]

Iraq Iraq[edit]

Israel Israel[edit]

Italy Italy[edit]

Federico Piovaccari scored 10 goals and won the Liga I title in his single season spent at Steaua București.

Ivory Coast Ivory Coast[edit]

CFR Cluj was Lacina Traoré's first European club.

Japan Japan[edit]

Jordan Jordan[edit]

Kenya Kenya[edit]

Latvia Latvia[edit]

Lebanon Lebanon[edit]

Liberia Liberia[edit]

Lithuania Lithuania[edit]

Giedrius Arlauskis has won the Liga I title with Unirea Urziceni and Steaua București.

Republic of Macedonia Macedonia[edit]

Mali Mali[edit]

Moldova Moldova[edit]

Eugeniu Cebotaru spent five years at Ceahlăul Piatra Neamț.

Montenegro Montenegro[edit]

Vladimir Božović spent five years at Rapid București, playing in 131 Liga I games.

Morocco Morocco[edit]

Mozambique Mozambique[edit]

Netherlands Netherlands[edit]

New Zealand New Zealand[edit]

Nigeria Nigeria[edit]

Kehinde Fatai started his senior career playing in Romania for Farul Constanța but scored all his 41 Liga I goals for Astra Giurgiu.

Panama Panama[edit]

Paraguay Paraguay[edit]

Peru Peru[edit]

Philippines Philippines[edit]

Poland Poland[edit]

Łukasz Szukała won three consecutive Liga I titles with Steaua București and was the Liga I Foreign Player of the Year in 2014.

Portugal Portugal[edit]

Ricardo Cadú won a hat-trick of Liga I titles with CFR Cluj and was the first foreign player that played in over 200 Liga I games.
Tony has won two Liga I titles with CFR Cluj.
International goalkeeper Beto won the Liga I title in his only season spent at CFR Cluj.
Filipe Teixeira played for four different Liga I clubs winning the title with Astra Giurgiu.
Rui Duarte appeared in over 100 Liga I matches for FC Brașov and Rapid București.

Russia Russia[edit]

Rwanda Rwanda[edit]

Saint Lucia Saint Lucia[edit]

Scotland Scotland[edit]

Senegal Senegal[edit]

Serbia Serbia[edit]

Milan Perendija won the Liga I title with Oțelul Galați.

Sierra Leone Sierra Leone[edit]

Slovakia Slovakia[edit]

International goalkeeper Dušan Kuciak had a three-year spell in Liga I at FC Vaslui.

Slovenia Slovenia[edit]

Miha Mevlja made his International debut for Slovenia during his spell at Dinamo București.

South Africa South Africa[edit]

South Korea South Korea[edit]

Spain Spain[edit]

A man wearing a red shirt.
A man wearing a white shirt.
The twin Oriol brothers Joan (left) and Eduard (right) played together in their short spell at Rapid București.
Pablo de Lucas played in Liga I for Petrolul Ploiești and Viitorul Constanța.

Suriname Suriname[edit]

Sweden Sweden[edit]

Switzerland Switzerland[edit]

Tajikistan Tajikistan[edit]

Togo Togo[edit]

Tunisia Tunisia[edit]

Turkey Turkey[edit]

Ukraine Ukraine[edit]

International Artem Milevskiy scored 5 goals in his half-year spell at Concordia Chiajna.

United States United States[edit]

Uruguay Uruguay[edit]

World Cup semi-finalist and Copa América winner Álvaro Pereira spent his first season in Europe at CFR Cluj.

Venezuela Venezuela[edit]

Zambia Zambia[edit]

Zimbabwe Zimbabwe[edit]

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