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List of foreign Premier League players

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, or Ireland determined by the following:
A player is considered foreign if he is not eligible to play for the national teams of England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland or the Republic of 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/Irish 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, 99 different nations have been represented in the Premier League. Gambia is the most recent nation to be represented with Modou Barrow making a substitute appearance for Swansea on 9 November 2014.

In bold: players who have played at least one Premier League game in the current season (2014–15), and are still at the clubs 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 23 November 2014, including the first matches of the new Premier League season.
Albania | Algeria | Angola | Antigua and Barbuda | Argentina | Australia | Austria | Barbados | Belarus | Belgium | Benin | Bermuda | Bolivia | Bosnia and Herzegovina | Brazil | Bulgaria | Cameroon | Canada | Cape Verde | Chile | China | Colombia | Congo | Congo DR | Costa Rica | Croatia | Curaçao | Cyprus | Czech Republic | Denmark | Ecuador | Egypt | Estonia | Faroe Islands | Finland | France | Gabon | Gambia | Georgia | Germany | Ghana | Gibraltar | Greece | Grenada | Guinea | Guyana | Honduras | Hungary | Iceland | Iran | Israel | Italy | Ivory Coast | Jamaica | Japan | Kenya | Korea Republic | Latvia | Liberia | Lithuania | Macedonia | Mali | Mexico | Montenegro | Montserrat | Morocco | Netherlands | New Zealand | Nigeria | Norway | Oman | Pakistan | Paraguay | Peru | Poland | Portugal | Romania | Russia | Saint Kitts and Nevis | Senegal | Serbia | Seychelles | Sierra Leone | Slovakia | Slovenia | South Africa | Spain | Sweden | Switzerland | Togo | Trinidad and Tobago | Tunisia | Turkey | Ukraine | United States | Uruguay | Venezuela | Zambia | Zimbabwe




Antigua and Barbuda


Carlos Tevez won the Premier League at Manchester United and Manchester City


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





Vincent Kompany captained Manchester City to win the Premier League title in 2012, earning him the accolade of Player of the Season




Bosnia and Herzegovina


Edu was a member of the Arsenal "Invincibles" team which won the Premier League in 2004




Cape Verde


China PR



Congo DR

Costa Rica




Czech Republic

Petr Čech has won three Premier League titles with Chelsea


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




Faroe Islands



With 175 goals, all for Arsenal, Thierry Henry is the highest-scoring foreign player in Premier League history
Nicolas Anelka has 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





Jens Lehmann, goalkeeper for Arsenal during their undefeated season in 2003–04













Ivory Coast

Didier Drogba has scored 102 Premier League goals for Chelsea, the most by any African player




Korea Republic











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

New Zealand



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







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 whilst playing in the Premier League.
Ricardo Carvalho won three Premier League titles with Chelsea



Saint Kitts and Nevis



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


Sierra Leone



South Africa


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




Trinidad and Tobago

Dwight Yorke scored 123 Premier League goals, a record for a player from the Americas




United States

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


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





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


  • 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.  
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