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List of foreign Bundesliga players

This is a list of foreign players in the Bundesliga, which commenced play in 1963. The following players must meet both of the following two criteria:

  1. Have played at least one Bundesliga game. Players who were signed by Bundesliga 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. Players of 2. Bundesliga clubs are also not included.
  2. Are considered foreign, i.e., outside Germany determined by the following:
A player is considered foreign if he is not eligible to play for the national team of Germany.

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 German 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 German parents or moved to Germany 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 Bundesliga game—and seasons are those in which the player has played at least one Bundesliga 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 2014, during the 2013–14 season, will have '2013–14' after his name. This follows general practice in expressing sporting seasons.

Also please consider, that season specifications shall only be divided into more than one element, if a player has at least one season played no game in the Bundesliga. For example, a player plays in 2012–13 at club "A" and in 2013–14 at club "B", the correct season specification is "2012–14". This approach is used to keep the list more clear and readable.

In bold: players who have played at least one Bundesliga game in the current season (2019–20), and are still at the clubs for which they have played. This does not include current players of a Bundesliga club who have not played a Bundesliga game in the current season.

As of 16 August 2019

Contents

Naturalized players [a]Edit

UEFAEdit

AlbaniaEdit

ArmeniaEdit

AustriaEdit

BelarusEdit

 
Kevin De Bruyne was awarded German Footballer of the Year in 2015

Belgium [d]Edit

 
Sergej Barbarez, top goalscorer in 00–01

Bosnia and HerzegovinaEdit

 
Edin Džeko, top goalscorer in 09–10
 
Krasimir Balakov was part of the "magic triangle" at VfB Stuttgart from 1995 to 1997 (together with Giovane Élber and Fredi Bobic)

BulgariaEdit

CroatiaEdit

 
Striker Ivan Klasnić played a key role in Werder Bremen's 2000s success, culminating in winning the double of German championship and DFB-Pokal in 2003–04

CyprusEdit

 
Central midfielder David Jarolím, 2008–2010 Hamburger SV captain, earned 318 caps in the Bundesliga
 
in January 2001, playmaker Tomáš Rosický joined Borussia Dortmund for a then Bundesliga record transfer fee of DM 25 million (€12.5 million)

Czech RepublicEdit

 
Ebbe Sand, top goalscorer in 00–01
 
Allan Simonsen was awarded European Footballer of the Year in 1977

DenmarkEdit

 
Kevin Keegan was awarded European Footballer of the Year in 1978 and 1979

EnglandEdit

EstoniaEdit

FinlandEdit

FranceEdit

 
Levan Kobiashvili is the second most capped foreign player in Bundesliga history (351 games)
 
Theofanis Gekas, top goalscorer in 06–07

GeorgiaEdit

GreeceEdit

HungaryEdit

IcelandEdit

IrelandEdit

IsraelEdit

ItalyEdit

 
Luca Toni, top goalscorer in 07–08

KazakhstanEdit

KosovoEdit

LatviaEdit

LiechtensteinEdit

LithuaniaEdit

LuxembourgEdit

MaltaEdit

MoldovaEdit

MontenegroEdit

 
From 2008 to 2011, Mark van Bommel was the first and thus far only foreign captain of Bayern Munich
 
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, top goalscorer in 11–12
 
From 2003 to 2007, Roy Makaay was the leading goalscorer of Bayern Munich
 
Arjen Robben was awarded German Footballer of the Year in 2010

Netherlands [f]Edit

 
Jørn Andersen was the first ever foreign Bundesliga top goalscorer (18 goals in 89–90)

North MacedoniaEdit

NorwayEdit

PolandEdit

 
Robert Lewandowski, top goalscorer in 13–14 and 15–16
 
Artur Wichniarek is the Bundesliga all-time top goalscorer of Arminia Bielefeld (45 goals)

PortugalEdit

RomaniaEdit

 
Roman Neustädter, born in Ukraine (then part of the Soviet Union), International for Germany and Russia

RussiaEdit

ScotlandEdit

SerbiaEdit

 
Neven Subotić formed with Mats Hummels the centre-back pairing of Borussia Dortmund during the Jürgen Klopp era (2008–2015)
 
Marek Mintál, top goalscorer in 04–05

SlovakiaEdit

SloveniaEdit

 
Javi Martínez's move to Bayern Munich previously held the record for the most expensive incoming transfer in Bundesliga history

SpainEdit

 
Ronnie Hellström is the most capped foreign goalkeeper in Bundesliga history (266 matches)

SwedenEdit

 
Stéphane Chapuisat is the 5th best foreign goalscorer in Bundesliga history (106 goals)

SwitzerlandEdit

 
Central midfielder Ciriaco Sforza signed for Kaiserslautern thrice and Bayern München twice (265 Bundesliga matches)

TurkeyEdit

 
Gelsenkirchen native Halil Altıntop is the third most capped foreign player in Bundesliga history
 
Yunus Mallı is (alike Mohamed Zidan) the Bundesliga all-time top goalscorer of Mainz 05 (27 goals)
 
Nuri Şahin is the youngest player capped in Bundesliga history (16 years, eleven months and one day)

UkraineEdit

WalesEdit

CONMEBOLEdit

ArgentinaEdit

BoliviaEdit

BrazilEdit

 
In 2004, Aílton was the first ever foreign player to be awarded Footballer of the Year in Germany
 
Giovane Élber, top goalscorer in 02–03
 
Grafite, top goalscorer in 08–09 and German Footballer of the Year in 2009
 
Zé Roberto is the fourth most capped foreign player in Bundesliga history

ChileEdit

ColombiaEdit

EcuadorEdit

ParaguayEdit

PeruEdit

 
Claudio Pizarro scored 190 Bundesliga goals, a record for a foreign player

UruguayEdit

VenezuelaEdit

CAFEdit

AlgeriaEdit

AngolaEdit

BeninEdit

Burkina FasoEdit

CameroonEdit

CongoEdit

Democratic Republic of CongoEdit

 
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was awarded African Footballer of the Year in 2015

EgyptEdit

Equatorial GuineaEdit

GabonEdit

GambiaEdit

GhanaEdit

GuineaEdit

Guinea-BissauEdit

Ivory CoastEdit

MaliEdit

MoroccoEdit

MozambiqueEdit

NamibiaEdit

NigeriaEdit

 
Papiss Cissé is the Bundesliga all-time top goalscorer of SC Freiburg (37 goals)

SenegalEdit

Sierra LeoneEdit

South AfricaEdit

TogoEdit

TunisiaEdit

UgandaEdit

ZambiaEdit

ZimbabweEdit

AFCEdit

AustraliaEdit

CambodiaEdit

ChinaEdit

IranEdit

 
Attacking midfielder Shinji Kagawa played a key role in Borussia Dortmund's championships 10–11 and 11–12

JapanEdit

Korea DPREdit

Korea RepublicEdit

LebanonEdit

PhilippinesEdit

TajikistanEdit

ThailandEdit

CONCACAFEdit

CanadaEdit

Costa RicaEdit

JamaicaEdit

MexicoEdit

Trinidad and TobagoEdit

 
Jermaine Jones, International for Germany and the United States

United StatesEdit

OFCEdit

New ZealandEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

Notes:

  1. ^ Players that have been born abroad, moved to Germany later than the age of twelve, acquired German citizenship and waived the opportunity to play for the national teams of their native countries in order to be eligible to play for Germany
  2. ^ Held Austrian citizenship only between 1981 and 1984, so he was a foreign Bundesliga player only in the season 1983-84.
  3. ^ Held Austrian citizenship only from 1996 onwards, so he was a foreign Bundesliga player for Croatia in 1993-94.
  4. ^ Alphabetical ordering follows Belgian customs
  5. ^ Held Cypriot citizenship only from 2002 onwards, so he was not a foreign Bundesliga player in 1995-97
  6. ^ Alphabetical ordering follows Dutch customs
  1. ^ Born in Argentina
  2. ^ Born in Australia
  3. ^ Born in Austria
  4. ^ Born in Azerbaijan (then part of the Soviet Union)
  5. ^ Born in Belarus (then part of the Soviet Union)
  6. ^ Born in Belgium
  7. ^ Born in Bosnia and Herzegovina
  8. ^ Born in Bosnia and Herzegovina (then part of SFR Yugoslavia)
  9. ^ Born in Bosnia and Herzegovina (then part of Kingdom of Yugoslavia)
  10. ^ Born in Brazil
  11. ^ Born in Cameroon
  12. ^ Born in Canada
  13. ^ Born in Croatia (then part of SFR Yugoslavia)
  14. ^ Born in Cape Verde
  15. ^ Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo
  16. ^ Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo (then Zaïre)
  17. ^ Born in Denmark
  18. ^ Born in England
  19. ^ Born in France
  20. ^ Born in Germany
  21. ^ Born in Germany (then part of Allied-occupied Germany)
  22. ^ Born in Germany (then part of the German Empire)
  23. ^ Born in Germany (then part of West Germany)
  24. ^ Born in Ghana
  25. ^ Born in Greenland (autonomous country within the Kingdom of Denmark)
  26. ^ Born in Guinea-Bissau
  27. ^ Born in Hungary
  28. ^ Born in Indonesia
  29. ^ Born in Italy
  30. ^ Born in Ivory Coast
  31. ^ Born in Jamaica
  32. ^ Born in Japan
  33. ^ Born in Kosovo (then part of SFR Yugoslavia)
  34. ^ Born in Kyrgyzstan (then part of the Soviet Union)
  35. ^ Born in Latvia (then part of the Soviet Union)
  36. ^ Born in Lebanon
  37. ^ Born in Liberia
  38. ^ Born in Macedonia (then part of SFR Yugoslavia)
  39. ^ Born in Mali
  40. ^ Born in Martinique (Overseas department of the French Republic)
  41. ^ Born in Morocco
  42. ^ Born in Mozambique (then part of Portuguese Mozambique)
  43. ^ Born in Nazi Germany
  44. ^ Born in the Netherlands
  45. ^ Born in Nigeria
  46. ^ Born in Norway
  47. ^ Born in Pakistan
  48. ^ Born in Portugal
  49. ^ Born in Romania
  50. ^ Born in Russia (then part of the Soviet Union)
  51. ^ Born in Scotland
  52. ^ Born in Serbia (then part of SFR Yugoslavia)
  53. ^ Born in Serbia (then part of Yugoslavia)
  54. ^ Born in Sierra Leone
  55. ^ Born in Slovakia (then part of Czechoslovakia)
  56. ^ Born in Slovenia (then part of SFR Yugoslavia)
  57. ^ Born in South Africa
  58. ^ Born in Spain
  59. ^ Born in Suriname
  60. ^ Born in Sweden
  61. ^ Born in Switzerland
  62. ^ Born in Tajikistan (then part of the Soviet Union)
  63. ^ Transylvanian Saxon. Born in Romania (then part of Hungary)
  64. ^ Born in the United States
  65. ^ Born in Ukraine (then part of the Soviet Union)
  66. ^ Born in Venezuela
  67. ^ Capped for the Albania national football team
  68. ^ Capped for the Albania national under-21 football team
  69. ^ Capped for the Albania national under-19 football team
  70. ^ Capped for the Albania national under-17 football team
  71. ^ Capped for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national under-17 football team
  72. ^ Capped for the Brazil national under-20 football team
  73. ^ Capped for the Brazil national under-18 football team
  74. ^ Capped for the Canada men's national under-20 soccer team
  75. ^ Capped for the Catalonia national football team
  76. ^ Capped for the Croatia national football team
  77. ^ Capped for the Croatia national under-21 football team
  78. ^ Capped for the Croatia national under-20 football team
  79. ^ Capped for the Denmark national under-21 football team
  80. ^ Capped for the Denmark national under-20 football team
  81. ^ Capped for the Denmark national under-19 football team
  82. ^ Capped for the Denmark national under-18 football team
  83. ^ Capped for the Denmark national under-17 football team
  84. ^ Capped for the Denmark national under-16 football team
  85. ^ Capped for the DR Congo national football team
  86. ^ Capped for the France national football team
  87. ^ Capped for the France national under-21 football team
  88. ^ Capped for the France national under-20 football team
  89. ^ Capped for the France national under-19 football team
  90. ^ Capped for the France national under-18 football team
  91. ^ Capped for the France national under-17 football team
  92. ^ Capped for the France national under-16 football team
  93. ^ Capped for the Galicia national football team
  94. ^ Capped for the Germany national football team
  95. ^ Capped for the Germany national football B team
  96. ^ Capped for the Germany national under-21 football team
  97. ^ Capped for the Germany national under-20 football team
  98. ^ Capped for the Germany national under-19 football team
  99. ^ Capped for the Germany national under-18 football team
  100. ^ Capped for the Germany national under-17 football team
  101. ^ Capped for the Germany national under-16 football team
  102. ^ Capped for the Germany national under-15 football team
  103. ^ Capped for the Iceland national under-21 football team
  104. ^ Capped for the Kosovo national football team
  105. ^ Capped for the Netherlands national under-19 football team
  106. ^ Capped for the Netherlands national under-17 football team
  107. ^ Capped for the Netherlands national under-15 football team
  108. ^ Capped for the Norway national under-19 football team
  109. ^ Capped for the Padania national football team
  110. ^ Capped for the Portugal national football B team
  111. ^ Capped for the Portugal national under-21 football team
  112. ^ Capped for the Serbia and Montenegro national under-21 football team
  113. ^ Capped for the Serbia and Montenegro national under-18 football team
  114. ^ Capped for the Serbia national under-17 football team
  115. ^ Capped for the Sweden national under-21 football team
  116. ^ Capped for the Sweden national under-19 football team
  117. ^ Capped for the Sweden national under-17 football team
  118. ^ Capped for the Switzerland national football team
  119. ^ Capped for the Switzerland national under-23 football team
  120. ^ Capped for the Switzerland national under-21 football team
  121. ^ Capped for the Switzerland national under-20 football team
  122. ^ Capped for the Switzerland national under-19 football team
  123. ^ Capped for the Switzerland national under-17 football team
  124. ^ Capped for the Switzerland national under-16 football team
  125. ^ Capped for the Tajikistan national football team
  126. ^ Capped for the United States national under-20 football team
  127. ^ Capped for the United States national under-17 football team
  128. ^ Capped for the Wales national under-21 football team

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