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 2022–23 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, Monza, 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

Africa (CAF)[edit]

Algeria Algeria[edit]

Angola Angola[edit]

Burkina Faso Burkina Faso[edit]

Cameroon Cameroon[edit]

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

Cape Verde Cape Verde[edit]

Central African Republic Central African Republic[edit]

Congo Republic of the Congo[edit]

DR Congo Democratic Republic of the Congo[edit]

Egypt Egypt[edit]

Mohamed Salah playing for Fiorentina in 2015

Equatorial Guinea Equatorial Guinea[edit]

Eritrea Eritrea[edit]

Gabon Gabon[edit]

Gambia The Gambia[edit]

Ghana Ghana[edit]

Guinea Guinea[edit]

Guinea-Bissau Guinea-Bissau[edit]

Ivory Coast Ivory Coast[edit]

Gervinho with Roma in 2014

Kenya Kenya[edit]

Liberia 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.[1]

Libya Libya[edit]

Mali Mali[edit]

Mauritania Mauritania[edit]

Morocco Morocco[edit]

Mehdi Benatia training for Udinese

Nigeria Nigeria[edit]

Obafemi Martins

Réunion Réunion[edit]

Senegal Senegal[edit]

Alfred Gomis, the second African goalkeeper in Serie A after his brother Lys, and the first to be starter in the category.[2]

Sierra Leone Sierra Leone[edit]

Somalia Somalia[edit]

South Africa South Africa[edit]

Togo Togo[edit]

Tunisia Tunisia[edit]

Asia (AFC)[edit]

Australia Australia[edit]

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

Iran Iran[edit]

Iraq Iraq[edit]

  • Ali Adnan – Udinese, Atalanta – 2015–19

Japan Japan[edit]

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

North Korea North Korea[edit]

South Korea South Korea[edit]

Uzbekistan Uzbekistan[edit]

Europe (UEFA)[edit]

Albania Albania[edit]

Armenia Armenia[edit]

Austria Austria[edit]

Herbert Prohaska won a scudetto with Roma in 1983

Belarus Belarus[edit]

Belgium 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,[3] and also during the European competitions he was important for the Sardinian team.[4]

Bosnia-Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina[edit]

Edin Džeko was the 2016–17 top scorer (29 goals),[5] and Miralem Pjanić

Bulgaria Bulgaria[edit]

Valeri Bojinov, the youngest foreign player to make his debut in Serie A at the age of 15 and 11 months.[6]

Croatia Croatia[edit]

Mario Mandžukić, Croatian player appreciated with Juventus for his grit and determination.[7][8]

Cyprus Cyprus[edit]

  • Grigoris Kastanos – Pescara, Juventus, Salernitana – 2016–17, 2018–19, 2021–

Czech Republic 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 Denmark[edit]

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

England England[edit]

Estonia Estonia[edit]

Finland Finland[edit]

France France[edit]

Georgia Georgia (country)[edit]

Germany Germany[edit]

Oliver Bierhoff scored 112 goals in Serie A
Andreas Brehme, Jürgen Klinsmann, Lothar Matthäus have been extremely important for Inter

Greece Greece[edit]

Kostas Manolas playing for Roma

Hungary Hungary[edit]

Iceland Iceland[edit]

Israel Israel[edit]

Kazakhstan Kazakhstan[edit]

Kosovo Kosovo[edit]

Liechtenstein Liechtenstein[edit]

Lithuania Lithuania[edit]

Luxembourg Luxembourg[edit]

Moldova Moldova[edit]

Monaco Monaco[edit]

Montenegro Montenegro[edit]

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

Netherlands 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

North Macedonia North Macedonia[edit]

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

Norway Norway[edit]

Poland Poland[edit]

Portugal Portugal[edit]

Cristiano Ronaldo playing for Juventus in 2020

Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland[edit]

Romania Romania[edit]

Russia Russia[edit]

San Marino San Marino[edit]

Scotland Scotland[edit]

Serbia 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

Slovakia Slovakia[edit]

Slovenia Slovenia[edit]

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

Spain 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 Sweden[edit]

Switzerland Switzerland[edit]

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

Turkey Turkey[edit]

Ukraine Ukraine[edit]

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

Wales Wales[edit]

John Charles

North, central America and Caribbean (CONCACAF)[edit]

Costa Rica Costa Rica[edit]

Dominican Republic Dominican Republic[edit]

El Salvador El Salvador[edit]

Guadeloupe Guadeloupe[edit]

Honduras Honduras[edit]

Jamaica Jamaica[edit]

Martinique Martinique[edit]

Mexico Mexico[edit]

Panama Panama[edit]

Saint Martin Collectivity of Saint Martin[edit]

Suriname Suriname[edit]

United States United States[edit]

Oceania (OFC)[edit]

New Zealand New Zealand[edit]

South America (CONMEBOL)[edit]

Argentina Argentina[edit]

Bolivia Bolivia[edit]

Brazil Brazil[edit]

Chile Chile[edit]

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

Colombia Colombia[edit]

Ecuador Ecuador[edit]

Paraguay Paraguay[edit]

Peru Peru[edit]

Uruguay Uruguay[edit]

Venezuela Venezuela[edit]

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