Premier League Now Boasts Goal Scorers From 88 Different Nations

Copyright (c) 2013 by Robert Cox

Norwich striker Kei Kamara, who’s over on loan from Kansas City in America, became an instant hero with Canaries supporters on Saturday. The 28-year-old scored to level the game against Everton before Grant Holt added a last-minute injury-time winner in a 2-1 win. As well as helping Norwich earn all three points, Kamara also put his name in the record books by becoming the first player from the African nation of Sierra Leone national to score a goal on the English Premier League.

 

 

 

Kei Kamara

There have now been goals scorers from 88 different nations in the Premier League. Kamara follows closely on the heels of Newcastle United’s Gael Bigirimana who became the first player from the nation of Burundi to score when he buried one against Wigan back in December.

There are 209 football associations across the world associated with FIFA, so there’s still a long way to go before the Premier League can boast a goal scorer from each of them. But 88 definitely proves that the English game may really just be English in name only these days.

If you’re interested, here’s a list of the 88 nations that have had a goal scorer in the Premier League and a player or two from each country.

Obviously for say Ireland or France there are going to be far too many scorers to mention so I will put in one at random. Hope the list interests you!! Starting with the strangest…

Burundi: Gaël Bigirimana (Newcastle United 2012- present)

Sierra Leone: Kei Kamara (Norwich City 2013 on loan)

Benin: Stéphane Sessegnon (Sunderland 2010 – present)

Bermuda: Shaun Goater (Manchester City 2000-01 + 2002-03)

Gabon: Daniel Cousin (Hull City 2008-10)

Montserrat: Ruel Fox (Norwich City, Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur 1992-00)

Zimbabwe: Peter Ndlovu (Coventry City 1992-97)  Benjani Mwaruwari (Porstmouth, Man City, Sunderland, Blackburn Rovers 2005-11)

Liberia: George Weah (Chelsea, Man City 1999-01)  Christopher Wreh (Arsenal 1997-99)

Latvia: Marian Pahars (Southampton 1998-04)

Guyana: Carl Cort (Wimbledon, Newcastle United, Wolves 1997-04)

Grenada: Jason Roberts (West Brom, Portsmouth, Wigan Athletic, Blackburn Rovers, Reading 2002- present)

Guinea: Titi Camara (Liverpool, West Ham United 1999-03)

Algeria: Hameur Bouazza (Watford)
Angola: Manucho (Hull City on loan from Man United 2009)
Antigua and Barbuda: Mikele Leigertwood (Reading 2011- present)
Argentina: Hernan Crespo (Chelsea)
Australia: Mark Viduka (Leeds, Middelsbrough, Newcastle 2000-09)
Austria: Andreas Weimann (Aston Villa)
Barbados: Emmerson Boyce (Wigan Athletic)
Belarus: Alexander Hleb (Arsenal)
Belgium: Philippe Albert (Newcastle United 1994-99)
Bosnia: Edin Dzeko (Man City)
Brazil: Elano (Man City 2007-09)
Bulgaria: Dimitar Berbatov (Spurs, Man United + Fulham)
Cameroon: Geremi (Newcastle United)
Canada: Tomasz Radzinski (Everton + Fulham)
Chile: Javier Margas (West Ham United 1998-01)
China: Sun Jihai (Man City 2002-08)
Colombia: Faustino Aspirlla (Newcastle United 1995-98)
Congo: Christopher Samba (Blackburn Rovers 2007-12)
Congo DR: Lomana LuaLua (Newcastle United + Portsmouth)
Costa Rica: Paolo Wanchope (Derby County, West Ham United + Man City)
Croatia: Davor Suker (Arsenal + West Ham United)
Czech Republic: Vladimír Smicer (Liverpool 1999-05)
Denmark: Peter Schmeichel (Aston Villa as a Goalkeeper 2001-02)
Ecuador: Antonio Valencia (Wigan Athletic + Man United)
Egypt: Mido (Tottenham Hotspur, Wigan Athletic + Middelsbrough)
England: Alan Shearer (Blackburn Rovers + Newcastle United)
Finland: Mikael Forssell (Chelsea + Birmingham City)
France: Eric Cantona (Man United) + Thierry Henry (Arsenal)
Georgia: Georgi Kinkladze (Man City + Derby County)
Germany: Jurgen Klinsmann (Tottenham Hotspur)
Ghana: Tony Yeboah (Leeds United)
Greece: Georgios Samaras (Man City)
Honduras: Maynor Figueroa (Wigan Athletic)
Hungary: Zoltan Gera (West Brom + Fulham)
Iceland: Eidur Gudjohnsen (Chelsea + Tottenham Hotspur)
Iran: Andranik Teymourian (Bolton Wanderers)
Israel: Yossi Benayoun (West Ham United, Liverpool, Chelsea + Arsenal)
Italy: Gianfranco Zola (Chelsea 1996-03)
Ivory Coast: Didier Drogba (Chelsea 2004-12
Jamaica: Ricardo Gardner (Bolton Wanderers 1998-12)
Japan: Hidetoshi Nakata (Bolton Wanderers 2005-06)
Korea Republic: Park Ji-Sung (Man United 2005-12)
Macedonia: Georgi Hristov (Barnsley 1997-98)
Mali: Frédéric Kanouté (West Ham United +Tottenham Hotspur)
Mexico: Javier Hernández (Man United 2010 – present)
Montenegro: Simon Vukcevic (Blackburn Rovers 2011-13)
Morocco: Mustapha Hadji (Coventry City + Aston Villa)
Netherlands: Dennis Bergkamp (Arsenal 1995-06)
New Zealand: Ryan Nelsen (Blackburn Rovers + QPR)
Nigeria: Jay-Jay Okocha (Bolton Wanderers 2002-06)
Northern Ireland: Steve Davis (Southampton + Aston Villa
Norway: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Man United 1996-07)
Paraguay: Roque Santa Cruz (Blackburn Rovers + Man City)
Peru: Nolberto Solano (Newcastle United, Aston Villa + West Ham United)
Poland: Robert Warzycha (Everton 1991-94)
Portugal: Cristiano Ronaldo (Man United 2003-09)
Republic of Ireland: Robbie Keane (Coventry, Leeds, Spurs, Liverpool, West Ham + Aston Villa)
Romania: Adrian Mutu (Chelsea 2003-05)
Russia: Andrei Arshavin (Arsenal)
Scotland: Duncan Ferguson (Everton + Newcastle United 1994-06)
Senegal: Demba Ba (West Ham United, Newcastle United + Chelsea)
Serbia: Nemanja Vidic (Man United 2005 – present)
Slovakia: Martin Skrtel (Liverpool 2008 – present)
Slovenia: Robert Koren (West Brom 2007-10)
South Africa: Shaun Bartlett (Charlton Athletic 2000-06)
Spain: Michu (Swansea 2012 – present)
Sweden: Henrik Larsson (Man United 2006-07)
Switzerland: Gelson Fernandes (Man City 2007-09)
Togo: Emmanuel Adebayor (Arsenal, Man City + Spurs)
Trinidad and Tobago: Dwight Yorke (A.Villa, Man United, Blackburn, Birmingham + Sunderland)
Tunisia: Raidhi Jaidi (Bolton Wanderers)
Turkey: Tugay (Blackburn Rovers 2001-09)
Ukraine: Sergei Rebrov (Tottenham Hotspur 2000-04, West Ham United 2004-05)
USA: Joe-Max Moore (Everton 1999-02)
Uruguay: Luis Suarez (Liverpool)
Wales: Ryan Giggs (Manchester United 1990 – present)

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