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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.

109 of the 207 foreign FIFA-affiliated nations have been represented in the Premier League. On 9 September 2018, the Central African Republic became the most recent nation to be represented after Frédéric Nimani made his debut for the African nation.

In bold: players who have played at least one Premier League game in the current season (2018–19), 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 8 December 2018

Albania Albania[edit]

Algeria Algeria[edit]

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

Angola Angola[edit]

Antigua and Barbuda Antigua and Barbuda[edit]

Argentina Argentina[edit]

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 Armenia[edit]

Australia Australia[edit]

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

Austria Austria[edit]

Barbados Barbados[edit]

Belarus Belarus[edit]

Belgium Belgium[edit]

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 Benin[edit]

Bermuda Bermuda[edit]

Bolivia Bolivia[edit]

Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina[edit]

Brazil Brazil[edit]

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 Bulgaria[edit]

Burkina Faso Burkina Faso[edit]

Burundi Burundi[edit]

Cameroon Cameroon[edit]

Geremi won two consecutive Premier League titles with Chelsea

Canada Canada[edit]

Cape Verde Cape Verde[edit]

Central African Republic Central African Republic[edit]

Chile Chile[edit]

China PR China[edit]

Colombia Colombia[edit]

Congo Republic of the Congo[edit]

Costa Rica Costa Rica[edit]

Croatia Croatia[edit]

Curaçao Curaçao[edit]

Cyprus Cyprus[edit]

Czech Republic Czech Republic[edit]

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

Denmark Denmark[edit]

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

DR Congo Democratic Republic of the Congo[edit]

Ecuador Ecuador[edit]

Antonio Valencia won the Premier League twice with Manchester United

Egypt Egypt[edit]

In 2017–18, Mohamed Salah won the PFA Players' Player of the Year and was the top scorer with a record breaking 32 goals.

Equatorial Guinea Equatorial Guinea[edit]

Estonia Estonia[edit]

Faroe Islands Faroe Islands[edit]

Finland Finland[edit]

France France[edit]

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 Gabon[edit]

Gambia The Gambia[edit]

Georgia Georgia (country)[edit]

Germany Germany[edit]

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

Ghana Ghana[edit]

Michael Essien won the Premier League twice with Chelsea

Gibraltar Gibraltar[edit]

Greece Greece[edit]

Grenada Grenada[edit]

Guinea Guinea[edit]

Guinea-Bissau Guinea-Bissau[edit]

Guyana Guyana[edit]

Honduras Honduras[edit]

Hungary Hungary[edit]

Iceland Iceland[edit]

Iran Iran[edit]

Israel Israel[edit]

Italy Italy[edit]

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

Ivory Coast Ivory Coast[edit]

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

Jamaica Jamaica[edit]

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

Japan Japan[edit]

Kenya Kenya[edit]

Korea Republic South Korea[edit]

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

Kosovo Kosovo[edit]

Latvia Latvia[edit]

Liberia Liberia[edit]

Lithuania Lithuania[edit]

Macedonia Republic of Macedonia[edit]

Mali Mali[edit]

Malta Malta[edit]

Mexico Mexico[edit]

Javier Hernández won the Premier League twice with Manchester United

Montenegro Montenegro[edit]

Montserrat Montserrat[edit]

Morocco Morocco[edit]

Netherlands Netherlands[edit]

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 New Zealand[edit]

Nigeria Nigeria[edit]

John Obi Mikel has won two Premier League titles for Chelsea

Norway Norway[edit]

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

Oman Oman[edit]

Pakistan Pakistan[edit]

Paraguay Paraguay[edit]

Peru Peru[edit]

Philippines Philippines[edit]

Poland Poland[edit]

Portugal Portugal[edit]

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 Republic of Ireland[edit]

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 Romania[edit]

Russia Russia[edit]

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 Saint Kitts and Nevis[edit]

Senegal Senegal[edit]

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

Serbia Serbia[edit]

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

Seychelles Seychelles[edit]

Sierra Leone Sierra Leone[edit]

Slovakia Slovakia[edit]

Slovenia Slovenia[edit]

South Africa South Africa[edit]

Spain Spain[edit]

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 Sweden[edit]

Switzerland Switzerland[edit]

Togo Togo[edit]

Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago[edit]

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

Tunisia Tunisia[edit]

Turkey Turkey[edit]

Ukraine Ukraine[edit]

United States United States[edit]

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

Uruguay Uruguay[edit]

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

Venezuela Venezuela[edit]

Zambia Zambia[edit]

Zimbabwe Zimbabwe[edit]

Notes[edit]

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

References[edit]

  • 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.[permanent dead link]