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 (2017–2018) 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 June 2, 2018.
Contents
Albania | Algeria | Angola | Argentina | Armenia | Australia | Austria | Azerbaijan | Belarus | Belgium | Bolivia | Bosnia and Herzegovina | Brazil | Bulgaria | Burkina Faso | Burundi | Cameroon | Canada | Cape Verde | Central African Republic | Chad | Chile | Colombia | Comoros | Congo | Congo DR | Costa Rica | Croatia | Curaçao | Cyprus | Czech Republic | Denmark | Djibouti | Egypt | El Salvador | England | Equatorial Guinea | Estonia | Faroe Islands | France | Gabon | Georgia | Germany | Ghana | Greece | Guadeloupe | Guinea | Guinea-Bissau | Haiti | Honduras | Hungary | Iraq | Israel | Italy | Ivory Coast | Japan | Jordan | Kenya | Latvia | Lebanon | Liberia | Lithuania | Macedonia | Mali | Moldova | Montenegro | Morocco  | Mozambique  | Netherlands | New Zealand | Nigeria | Panama | Paraguay | Peru | Philippines | Poland | Portugal | Russia | Rwanda | Saint Lucia | Saudi Arabia | Scotland | Senegal | Serbia | Sierra Leone | Slovakia | Slovenia | South Africa | South Korea | Spain | Suriname | Sweden | Switzerland | Tajikistan | Togo | Tunisia | Turkey | Uganda | Ukraine | United States | Uruguay | Venezuela | Zambia | Zimbabwe
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Albania[edit]

Roland Agalliu was the first foreign footballer that arrived in Romania after the 1989 Romanian Revolution.

Algeria[edit]

Angola[edit]

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 Viitorul Constanța, also being named the Liga I Foreign Player of the Year in 2009.
Emmanuel Culio won three Liga I titles with CFR Cluj.

Armenia[edit]

Australia[edit]

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

Austria[edit]

Azerbaijan[edit]

Belarus[edit]

Belgium[edit]

Bolivia[edit]

Bosnia and Herzegovina[edit]

Branko Grahovac won the Liga I title with Oțelul Galați.

Brazil[edit]

Juliano Spadacio scored 25 goals in 107 Liga I games for Rapid București and Astra Ploiești.
Júnior Morais played in over 200 Liga I matches, winning the title with Astra Giurgiu.
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[edit]

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

Burkina Faso[edit]

Burundi[edit]

Cameroon[edit]

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

Canada[edit]

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[edit]

Chad[edit]

Chile[edit]

Colombia[edit]

Dayro Moreno and Juan Toja played together at Steaua Bucureşti.

Comoros[edit]

Congo[edit]

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[edit]

Croatia[edit]

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

Curaçao[edit]

Cyprus[edit]

Czech Republic[edit]

Denmark[edit]

Djibouti[edit]

Egypt[edit]

El Salvador[edit]

England[edit]

Equatorial Guinea[edit]

Estonia[edit]

Faroe Islands[edit]

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[edit]

Georgia[edit]

Germany[edit]

Ghana[edit]

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[edit]

Guinea[edit]

Guinea-Bissau[edit]

Haiti[edit]

Honduras[edit]

Hungary[edit]

The member of Hungary's Mighty Magyars, Gyula Lóránt (left) and one of the Romanian-Hungarians who represented both Romania and Hungary at International level, József Pecsovszky (right) managed to win the Liga I title in their single season spent together at UTA Arad.

Iraq[edit]

Israel[edit]

Italy[edit]

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

Ivory Coast[edit]

CFR Cluj was Lacina Traoré's first European club.

Japan[edit]

Jordan[edit]

Kenya[edit]

Latvia[edit]

Lebanon[edit]

Liberia[edit]

Lithuania[edit]

Giedrius Arlauskis won three Liga I titles with three teams: Unirea Urziceni, Steaua București and CFR Cluj.

Macedonia[edit]

Mali[edit]

Moldova[edit]

Eugeniu Cebotaru spent five years at Ceahlăul Piatra Neamț.

Montenegro[edit]

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

Morocco[edit]

Mozambique[edit]

Netherlands[edit]

New Zealand[edit]

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[edit]

Paraguay[edit]

Peru[edit]

Philippines[edit]

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[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 five different Liga I clubs winning the title with Astra Giurgiu.
Geraldo Alves spent the last years of his career playing for three teams in Liga I, winning the title with Astra Giurgiu.
Rui Duarte appeared in over 100 Liga I matches for FC Brașov and Rapid București.

Russia[edit]

Rwanda[edit]

Saint Lucia[edit]

Saudi Arabia[edit]

Scotland[edit]

Senegal[edit]

Serbia[edit]

Milan Perendija won the Liga I title with Oțelul Galați.

Sierra Leone[edit]

Slovakia[edit]

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

Slovenia[edit]

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

South Africa[edit]

South Korea[edit]

Spain[edit]

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[edit]

Sweden[edit]

Switzerland[edit]

Tajikistan[edit]

Togo[edit]

Tunisia[edit]

Turkey[edit]

Uganda[edit]

Ukraine[edit]

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

United States[edit]

Uruguay[edit]

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

Venezuela[edit]

Zambia[edit]

Zimbabwe[edit]

External links[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Born in Albania
  2. ^ Born in Angola
  3. ^ Born in Australia
  4. ^ Born in Austria (then part of Austria-Hungary)
  5. ^ Born in Belarus (then part of the Soviet Union)
  6. ^ Born in Belgium
  7. ^ Born in Bosnia and Herzegovina (then part of SFR Yugoslavia)
  8. ^ Born in Brazil
  9. ^ Born in Cameroon
  10. ^ Born in Canada
  11. ^ Born in Cape Verde
  12. ^ Born in Croatia (then part of SFR Yugoslavia)
  13. ^ Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo (then Zaïre)
  14. ^ Born in England
  15. ^ Born in France
  16. ^ Born in Germany
  17. ^ Born in Ghana
  18. ^ Born in Guinea-Bissau
  19. ^ Born in Italy
  20. ^ Born in Ivory Coast
  21. ^ Born in Kosovo (then part of SFR Yugoslavia)
  22. ^ Born in Kosovo (then part of FR Yugoslavia)
  23. ^ Born in Luxembourg
  24. ^ Born in Netherlands
  25. ^ Born in Nigeria
  26. ^ Born in Paraguay
  27. ^ Born in Poland
  28. ^ Born in Portugal
  29. ^ Born in Romania
  30. ^ Born in Romania (then part of Austria-Hungary)
  31. ^ Born in Serbia (then part of SFR Yugoslavia)
  32. ^ Born in Slovakia (then part of First Czechoslovak Republic)
  33. ^ Born in South Africa
  34. ^ Born in Spain
  35. ^ Born in Switzerland
  36. ^ Born in Turkey
  37. ^ Born in the Uganda
  38. ^ Born in the USA
  39. ^ Born in West Germany (now part of Germany)
  40. ^ Capped for the Belarus national under-16 football team
  41. ^ Capped for the Belgium national under-23 football team
  42. ^ Capped for the Benin national football B team
  43. ^ Capped for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national under-19 football team
  44. ^ Capped for the Canada national under-20 football team
  45. ^ Capped for the England national under-20 football team
  46. ^ Capped for the France national under-16 football team
  47. ^ Capped for the France national under-17 football team
  48. ^ Capped for the France national under-19 football team
  49. ^ Capped for the France national under-20 football team
  50. ^ Capped for the Iraqi Kurdistan national football team
  51. ^ Capped for the Ivory Coast national under-17 football team
  52. ^ Capped for the Ivory Coast national under-19 football team
  53. ^ Capped for the Ivory Coast national under-20 football team
  54. ^ Capped for the Netherlands national under-17 football team
  55. ^ Capped for the Netherlands national under-20 football team
  56. ^ Capped for the Norway national under-17 football team
  57. ^ Capped for the Norway national under-18 football team
  58. ^ Capped for the Norway national under-19 football team
  59. ^ Capped for the Paraguay national football team
  60. ^ Capped for the Portugal national under-17 football team
  61. ^ Capped for the Portugal national under-18 football team
  62. ^ Capped for the Portugal national under-20 football team
  63. ^ Capped for the Portugal national under-21 football team
  64. ^ Capped for the Romania national football team
  65. ^ Capped for the Russia national under-17 football team
  66. ^ Capped for the Russia national under-18 football team
  67. ^ Capped for the Russia national under-19 football team
  68. ^ Capped for the Serbia national under-17 football team
  69. ^ Capped for the Yugoslavia national football team