List of foreign Serie A players

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This is a list of foreign players (i.e. non-Italian players) in Serie A. The following players:

  1. Have played at least one Serie A game for the respective club (seasons in which and teams that a player did not collect any caps in Serie A for have NOT been listed).
  2. Have not been capped for the Italian national team on any level, independently from the birthplace, except for players born in San Marino and active in the Italian national team before the first official match of the Sammarinese national team played on 14 November 1990 and players of Italian formation born abroad from Italian parents (so called 'Oriundi').
  3. Have been born in Italy and were capped by a foreign national team. This includes players who have dual citizenship with Italy.

Players are sorted by the State, according the FIFA eligibility rules:

  1. They played for in a national team on any level. For footballers that played for two or more national teams it prevails:
    1. The one he played for on A level.
    2. The national team of birth.
  2. If they never played for any national team on any level, it prevails the state of birth. For footballers born in dissolved states prevails the actual state of birth (e.g.: Yugoslavia -> Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia, etc.).

These are all the teams that have had at least one foreign player while playing in a Serie A season. Teams in bold are the ones currently playing in the 2021–22 Serie A season:

Alessandria, Ancona, Ascoli, Atalanta, Avellino, Bari, Benevento, Bologna, Brescia, Cagliari, Carpi, Catania, Catanzaro, Cesena, Chievo, Como, Cremonese, Crotone, Empoli, Fiorentina, Foggia, Frosinone, Genoa, Hellas Verona, Internazionale, Juventus, Lazio, Lecce, Lecco, Legnano, Livorno, Lucchese, Mantova, Messina, Milan, Modena, Napoli, Novara, Padova, Palermo, Parma, Perugia, Pescara, Piacenza, Pisa, Pistoiese, Pro Patria, Reggiana, Reggina, Roma, Salernitana, Sampdoria, Sassuolo, Siena, SPAL, Spezia, Torino, Treviso, Triestina, Udinese, Varese, Venezia, Vicenza.

These are the only teams that have participated in Serie A but have not had at least one foreign player:

Casale, Pro Vercelli, Ternana.

In bold: Players still active in Serie A and their respective teams in the current season.

Oriundi and Naturalised players[edit]

José Altafini playing for Milan

Albania[edit]

Algeria[edit]

Angola[edit]

Argentina[edit]

Armenia[edit]

Australia[edit]

Mark Bresciano, Australian player of Italian descent who played in European competitions with Parma and Palermo

Austria[edit]

Herbert Prohaska won a scudetto with Roma in 1983

Belarus[edit]

Belgium[edit]

Dries Mertens is Napoli's all-time top goalscorer.
Luís Oliveira was a very important player for Cagliari in Serie A where he scored 41 goals between 1992 and 1996,[1] and also during the European competitions he was important for the Sardinian team.[2]

Bolivia[edit]

Bosnia-Herzegovina[edit]

Edin Džeko was the 2016–17 top scorer (29 goals),[3] and Miralem Pjanić

Brazil[edit]

Bulgaria[edit]

Valeri Bojinov, the youngest foreign player to make his debut in Serie A at the age of 15 and 11 months.[4]

Burkina Faso[edit]

Cameroon[edit]

Samuel Eto'o, a protagonist of the 2010 treble by Inter, training. He also played 6 months for Sampdoria.

Cape Verde[edit]

Central African Republic[edit]

Chile[edit]

Arturo Vidal, an important player for Juventus between 2011 and 2015 for the rise of the club

Colombia[edit]

Congo[edit]

Costa Rica[edit]

Croatia[edit]

Mario Mandžukić, Croatian player appreciated with Juventus for his grit and determination.[5][6]

Cyprus[edit]

Czech Republic[edit]

Pavel Nedvěd playing for Juventus in 2007, he is one of the best players in the history of the Turin team. He won the 2003 Ballon d'Or and he has been an important player also for the Sergio Cragnotti's Lazio

Denmark[edit]

Preben Elkjær in 2011; he played a vital role in Verona's scudetto win in 1985

Dominican Republic[edit]

DR Congo[edit]

Ecuador[edit]

Egypt[edit]

Mohamed Salah playing for Fiorentina in 2015

El Salvador[edit]

England[edit]

Equatorial Guinea[edit]

Eritrea[edit]

Estonia[edit]

Finland[edit]

France[edit]

Michel Platini playing for Juventus
David Trezeguet playing for Juventus. He has been the top scorer in 2002 and he won the league twice
Patrick Vieira, he won with both Juventus and Inter; before he briefly played for Milan
Zinedine Zidane, he won the 1998 Ballon d'Or while he was playing with Juventus

Gabon[edit]

Gambia[edit]

Georgia[edit]

Germany[edit]

Oliver Bierhoff scored 112 goals in Serie A

Ghana[edit]

Greece[edit]

Kostas Manolas playing for Roma

Guadeloupe[edit]

Guinea[edit]

Guinea-Bissau[edit]

Honduras[edit]

Hungary[edit]

Iceland[edit]

Iran[edit]

Iraq[edit]

  • Ali Adnan – Udinese, Atalanta – 2015–19

Ireland[edit]

Israel[edit]

Ivory Coast[edit]

Gervinho with Roma in 2014

Jamaica[edit]

Japan[edit]

Hidetoshi Nakata has been an important player for Roma's Scudetto in 2001

Kazakhstan[edit]

Kenya[edit]

Kosovo[edit]

Liberia[edit]

George Weah with A.C. Milan, he won the Ballon d'Or in 1995. He is the only African player to win the award.[7]

Libya[edit]

Liechtenstein[edit]

Lithuania[edit]

Mali[edit]

Martinique[edit]

Mexico[edit]

Moldova[edit]

Monaco[edit]

Montenegro[edit]

Dejan Savićević, one of the stars of the '90 A.C. Milan

Morocco[edit]

Mehdi Benatia training for Udinese

Netherlands[edit]

Ruud Gullit, Frank Rijkaard and Marco Van Basten have been extremely important for Milan
Clarence Seedorf playing for Milan
Wesley Sneijder, a protagonist of the 2010 treble by Inter

Nigeria[edit]

Obafemi Martins

North Korea[edit]

North Macedonia[edit]

Goran Pandev was part of Inter's treble success in 2010.

Norway[edit]

Panama[edit]

Paraguay[edit]

Peru[edit]

Poland[edit]

Portugal[edit]

Cristiano Ronaldo playing for Juventus in 2020

Réunion[edit]

Romania[edit]

Russia[edit]

Saint Martin[edit]

San Marino[edit]

Scotland[edit]

Senegal[edit]

Alfred Gomis, the second African goalkeeper in Serie A after his brother Lys, and the first to be starter in the category.[8]

Serbia[edit]

Aleksandar Kolarov, he played for both the Capital teams
Siniša Mihajlović as Fiorentina head coach in 2010. As player he was a free kick specialist.[9][10] He is the first (alongside Andrea Pirlo) free-kick scorer in the history of the Serie A with 28 goals.[11]
Dejan Stanković with Inter. He won 5 championships with Inter and one with Lazio, and also the treble with Inter in 2010

Sierra Leone[edit]

Slovakia[edit]

Slovenia[edit]

Samir Handanović training with Inter
Srečko Katanec in 2015, he had an important role in the Sampdoria who won the 1990–91 Scudetto.

Somalia[edit]

South Africa[edit]

South Korea[edit]

Spain[edit]

José Callejón playing for Napoli in 2014
Luis Alberto playing for Lazio in 2018
Luis Suárez, a legend of Inter, club where he played and that he trained

Sweden[edit]

Zlatan Ibrahimović playing for Milan. He was the Serie A top scorer twice, once for Inter (2008–09) and the other for Milan (2011–12), and he also played for Juventus. He won the Serie A 6 times (4 officially), and scored 134 goals in the league.
Nils Liedholm in 1959. He played and coached Milan
Gunnar Nordahl with Milan. He is the foreign player who scored more goals in Serie A (225) and the 3rd best scorer in the history of the league.[12][13]

Switzerland[edit]

Valon Behrami playing for Napoli
Stephan Lichtsteiner won 7 consecutives leagues with Juventus between 2011 and 2018

Togo[edit]

Tunisia[edit]

Turkey[edit]

Ukraine[edit]

Andriy Shevchenko won the Ballon d'Or while at Milan in 2004

United States[edit]

Uruguay[edit]

Uzbekistan[edit]

Venezuela[edit]

Wales[edit]

John Charles

See also[edit]

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    Born in Suriname (then part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands)
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    Born in Ukraine (then part of the Kingdom of Romania)
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    Born in Ukraine (then part of the Soviet Union)
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    Born in the United States
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