Tuesday, April 27, 2010

MLS Player Nationalities - Completing the List

93 down, 115 to go. Here are the remaining nationalities, listed by March 2010 FIFA ranking:

Countries Left

11 Greece UEFA
14 Egypt CAF
24 Norway UEFA
27 Algeria CAF
29 Slovenia UEFA
35 Turkey UEFA
43 Gabon CAF
52 Burkina Faso CAF
56 Tunisia CAF
61 Benin CAF
62 Saudi Arabia AFC
65 Macedonia UEFA
67 Bahrain AFC
70 Cyprus UEFA
71 Zambia CAF
81 Iraq AFC
83 Albania UEFA
84 China AFC
85 Guinea CAF
87 Moldova UEFA
90 Iceland UEFA
94 Kuwait AFC
95 Uzbekistan AFC
96 Oman AFC
97 Syria AFC
97 Qatar AFC
99 Congo CAF
101 Libya CAF
102 Jordan AFC
102 United Arab Emirates AFC
104 Thailand AFC
105 North Korea AFC
107 Rwanda CAF
108 Yemen CAF
109 Tanzania CAF
112 Namibia CAF
114 Kenya CAF
118 Georgia UEFA
119 Vietnam AFC
120 Antigua & Barbuda CONCACAF
121 Sudan CAF
124 Luxembourg UEFA
125 Faroe Islands UEFA
127 Singapore AFC
129 Kazakhstan UEFA
130 Tajikistan AFC
131 Fiji OFC
132 Swaziland CAF
134 Turkmenistan AFC
137 Barbados CONCACAF
138 Indonesia AFC
139 Maldives AFC
140 Hong Kong AFC
141 Myanmar AFC
141 Suriname CONCACAF
143 Equatorial Guinea CAF
144 Chad CAF
146 New Caledonia OFC
147 Malaysia AFC
148 Lesotho CAF
149 Lebanon AFC
151 Liechtenstein UEFA
151 Kyrgyzstan AFC
153 Pakistan AFC
154 Madagascar CAF
155 Vanuatu OFC
157 Sri Lanka CAF
158 Malta UEFA
158 Bangladesh AFC
160 Nepal AFC
160 Nicaragua CONCACAF
162 Netherlands Antilles CONCACAF
163 Chinese Taipei AFC
163 Eritrea CAF
165 Niger CAF
167 Philippines AFC
168 Mauritania CAF
170 Solomon Islands OFC
171 Cambodia AFC
172 Mongolia AFC
174 Comoros CAF
175 Seychelles CAF
176 Mauritius CAF
177 Somalia CAF
177 Cayman Islands CONCACAF
177 Laos AFC
180 Samoa OFC
181 Macau AFC
182 Cook Islands OFC
182 Belize CONCACAF
182 Bahamas CONCACAF
185 Dominica CONCACAF
187 Tonga OFC
188 Dominican Republic CONCACAF
189 Brunei AFC
190 Djibouti CAF
191 Afghanistan CAF
192 St. Lucia CONCACAF
192 Guinea-Bissau CAF
192 Tahiti OFC
195 British Virgin Islands CONCACAF
196 Bhutan AFC
196 Guam AFC
198 Aruba CONCACAF
199 US Virgin Islands CONCACAF
200 Timor-Leste CAF
201 Andorra UEFA
202 San Marino UEFA
202 Anguilla CONCACAF
202 Montserrat CONCACAF
202 American Samoa OFC
202 Central African Republic CAF
202 Papua New Guinea OFC

Sao Tome & Principe CAF

I only count one nationality per player, the one that they play international soccer with. If the player is not an international, then I go by their first nationality: the country they were born in.

Countries Filled

First player listed below. This includes all competitions, not just the regular season.

This isn't necessarily permanent. If a country only has one player, and they decide to play for a different national team, then they could be taken off this list.

Angola 1999-08-11 Fernandes, Fernando
Argentina 1996-04-06 Gori, Mario
Armenia 1996-04-13 Karapetyan, Harut
Allsopp, Danny
Austria 2004-04-03 Herzog, Andreas
Belarus 2005-10-12 Gotsmanov, Sasha
Belgium 1999-04-25 Kalonji, Nansha
Bermuda 2005-05-07 Smith, Khano
Bolivia 1996-04-06 Etcheverry, Marco

Suarez, Juan Berthy
Bosnia 1996-04-06 Fazlagic, Said
Botswana 2002-09-22 Selolwane, Dipsy
Brazil 1996-04-13 Welton
Bulgaria 2000-03-18 Stoitchkov, Hristo
Burundi 2009-08-18 Habarugira, David
Cameroon 1996-04-13 Ekeme, Samuel
Canada 1996-04-13 Aunger, Geoff

Watson, Mark

Yallop, Frank
Cape Verde 1998-04-11 Jair
Chile 1996-04-06 Mella, Victor
Colombia 1996-04-13 Valderrama, Carlos
Costa Rica 1996-04-13 Hamlett, Denis
Cote d'Ivoire 2007-04-07 Oka, Arsene
Croatia 1996-05-08 Hunjak, Goran
Cuba 2004-06-12 Martinez, Rey Angel
Czech 1998-03-24 Kubik, Lubos
Denmark 2000-03-25 Molnar, Miklos
DR Congo 2007-07-11 Mupier, Mira
Ecuador 1996-04-13 Hurtado, Eduardo
El Salvador 1996-04-06 Diaz Arce, Raul
England 1996-04-13 Butterworth, Ian
Lindpere, Joel
Ethiopia 1998-05-22 Mohammed, Dahir
Finland 2004-04-03 Valakari, Simo
France 2005-04-16 Djorkaeff, Youri
Gambia 2007-09-04 Nyassi, Sainey
Germany 2000-03-26 Matthaus, Lothar
Ghana 1996-09-21 Ken-Kwofie, Louis
Grenada 2003-03-23 Joseph, Shalrie
Guatemala 1996-04-06 Rodas, Jorge
Guyana 2009-03-21 Richardson, Gregory
Haiti 1996-07-11 Tardieu, Patrick
Honduras 1997-04-19 Cruz, Arnold
Hungary 1997-04-12 Urbanyi, Istvan
Chhetri, Sunil
Iran 1996-04-13 Noamouz, Arash
Ireland 1996-04-20 Keegan, Paul
Israel 2005-04-02 Melamed, Guy
Italy 1996-04-13 Galderisi, Giuseppe
Jamaica 1996-04-14 Butler, Altimont
Japan 2007-07-10 Kimura, Kosuke
Hscanovics, Raivis
Liberia 1997-08-15 Shannon, Musa
Lithuania 2009-07-04 Jankauskas, Edgaras
Malawi 2003-10-01 Geddes, Jorge
Mali 2002-08-10 Kante, Daouda
Mexico 1996-04-13 Campos, Jorge
Boskovic, Branko
Morocco 2006-04-02 Ballouchy, Mehdi
Mozambique 1997-03-29 Conde, Chiquinho
Netherlands 1996-08-29 de Vries, Raimo
New Zealand 1999-05-23 Elliott, Simon
Nigeria 1996-04-06 Emenalo, Michael

Iroha, Ben
Northern Ireland 2002-03-23 Morrow, Steve
Palestine 2000-04-08 Asad, Shaker
Panama 1999-03-20 Dely Valdes, Jorge
Paraguay 2008-07-01 Marmol, Lider
Peru 1998-03-21 Tamashiro, Jerry
Poland 1996-06-19 Warzycha, Robert
Portugal 1998-04-04 Rocha, Carlos
Puerto Rico 1996-07-21 Villegas, Petter
Romania 2003-05-14 Zotinca, Alex
Russia 2002-06-01 Simutenkov, Igor
Scotland 1996-05-02 Johnston, Mo
Senegal 2000-04-01 Diallo, Mamadou
Serbia 1996-05-11 Vuckovic, Bojan
Sierra Leone 2000-03-25 Conteh, Abdul Thompson
Slovakia 1996-04-13 Weiszmann, Richard
South Africa 1996-04-13 Khumalo, Doctor

McKinley, Ivan
South Korea 2003-03-16 Myung-Bo, Hong
Spain 2000-07-15 Morales, Jose Luis
St. Kitts 2006-04-02 Harris, Atiba
St. Vincent 1997-04-26 Hendrickson, Ezra
Sweden 1998-03-21 Eriksson, Jan

Ravelli, Thomas
Switzerland 1997-05-04 Sutter, Alain
Togo 2005-04-16 Ibrahim, Abbe
Trinidad 1996-04-13 Wise, Evans
Turks & Caicos 2002-03-23 Glinton, Gavin
Uganda 2000-07-08 Byaruhanga, Peter
Ukraine 1999-04-03 Kovalenko, Dema
Uruguay 1996-04-13 Paz, Adrian
USA 1996-04-06 Agoos, Jeff

Baicher, Jeff

Bravo, Paul

Causey, Jeff

Dayak, Troy

Doyle, John

Harkes, John

Lee, Thor

Liner, Tom

Martin, Tim

Medved, Shawn

Williams, Richie

Wynalda, Eric
Venezuela 1996-04-13 Savarese, Giovanni
Wales 2004-04-17 Dorman, Andy
Zimbabwe 1996-04-13 Takawira, Vitalis



As usual, there's been a number of new players coming into the league this season from all over the world. It's pretty exciting to see these players come in when it gets a big reaction in their home country - just look at the media coverage for India's Sunil Chhetri, now with the Kansas City Wizards. Or, how about the reaction from the Estonian fans over NY's signing, Joel Lindpere?

But what's interesting, besides the reaction, is that those two are both the first MLS players in league history from India and Estonia. Two more big countries were knocked off the list recently as well: Australia (Danny Allsopp) and Latvia (Raivis Hscanovics). I think that's all the new nationalities for this season so far, right? I'm only counting those who have played an official game.

Those four now make the MLS all time total number of nationalities 93, out of 208 FIFA members.

Here is where I'll post which countries are taken off the list when it happens.

I expect the next one to get knocked off will be Moldova, thanks to the Wizards' Igor Kostrov. If the Red Bulls' academy signing Giorgi Chirgadze gets healthy, then Georgia could follow.


Montengro is off the list as DP Branko Boskovic gets into the DC-SEA match during the second half.

This is actually a tricky case depending on how you count Refik Sabanadzovic (the former KC Wizards player, 1998-99), who is apparently considered a Bosnian who born in Montenegro. However, it was Yugoslavia when he was born, and he played for the Yugoslavian national team. Serbia is considered to be the same national team as Yugoslavia by FIFA, so I count him as Serbian.

Also, a while ago KC waived Igor Kostrov which will deprive us the opportunity to see Moldova filled. Georgian Giorgi Chirgadze remains injured.


Yura Movsisyan, who always considered himself Armenian despite being born in neighboring Azerbaijan, has been capped by the Armenian national team. Harut Karapetyan was the first Armenia player in MLS, so he's not breaking any new ground there. However, Movsisyan was the only Azerbaijani player, which means that Azerbaijan is now back on the needed list of nationalities and we're back to only 93.

On another note, Greek player Nikos Kounenakis was signed by KC, which means that the highest ranked country missing could soon be filled.


Comments on "MLS Player Nationalities - Completing the List"


Anonymous MetroFanatic said ... (7:24 AM, April 27, 2010) : 

Shouldn't Refik Sabanadzovic count for Montenegro? He is ethnically Bosnian, but was born in Montenegro and, according to Wikipedia, never capped for Bosnia, only Yugoslavia.

(Mirsad Huseinovic is also Montenegrin, but was capped for USA).


Anonymous ivanov said ... (9:12 AM, April 27, 2010) : 

you've got a lot of CONCACAF nations listed under CONMEBOL


Blogger scaryice said ... (6:07 PM, April 27, 2010) : 

Fixed the confederations, thanks.

Refik is an interesting case, because he was born in Montenegro before it was a country. For some reason I have him listed as Bosnian, but I'm thinking Serbian might be better. That's because Serbia is considered to be the same national team as Yugoslavia by FIFA, and that's the team he played for.


Anonymous MetroFanatic said ... (8:25 AM, April 29, 2010) : 

Would be interesting to see the list of first player from each country to play in MLS...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:14 AM, April 29, 2010) : 

Another interesting list would be the US states where no MLS players have been born.


Blogger scaryice said ... (11:45 PM, April 29, 2010) : 

Yes, I definitely had thought of adding the first player from each country. Shouldn't be too hard to fifure out.


Blogger ERic said ... (3:10 PM, July 16, 2010) : 

Well, Thor Lee will always have one claim to fame.


Anonymous MetroFanatic said ... (3:12 PM, August 11, 2010) : 

Looks like Movsisyan played for Armenia -- which means you can no longer count him as Azerbaijan...


Blogger scaryice said ... (5:34 PM, August 11, 2010) : 

Yup, I'm on top of it. Thanks.


Anonymous pay per head service said ... (3:46 PM, January 26, 2013) : 

I have to admit that some confederations are quite good with so many high level team and other lack of those teams and they need to practice with great team to improve quality in that region.


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