27 players, 22 nationalities – the most cosmopolitan game in Premier League history

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Blackburn and West Bromwich Albion set a new record in their Premier League game this week when fielding players from 22 different nations in the same Premier League game among the 27 players used on Sunday. (Full breakdown in the graphic below).

To add to the cosmopolitan nature of the occasion, Blackburn are now owned by an Indian family.

The multi-national Premier League has been created in spite of English football’s traditional attitude to foreigners, not because of it. Foreign professional players were banned between 1931 and 1978 by the English FA.

Relatively rare foreigners in that period played either as amateurs, students, prisoners of war, colonial Britons with familial ties or only after living in Britain for two years for non-footballing reasons.

The last time a Premier League team fielded an all-English starting XI was on 27 February 1999, when Aston Villa started with 11 Englishmen at home against Coventry.

It was not an auspicious night for the English XI, who also used three English subs. Coventry, with a smattering of foreign players, won 4-1, with John Aloisi (Australia) and George Boateng (Netherlands) scoring twice each for the winning team.

Later that same year, Chelsea became the first team in the history of English league football (any division) to begin a league match will an all-foreign line-up. Chelsea’s team against Southampton on Boxing Day 1999 was: De Goey; Ferrer, Thome, Leboeuf, Babayaro; Petrescu, Deschamps, Poyet, Di Matteo; Ambrosetti, Flo.

The first all-foreign match squad in English football, starters and subs, was Arsenal’s squad for the home game with Crystal Palace on 14 February 2005. Arsenal won that Valentine’s Day massacre 5-1 with all five Arsenal goals coming from foreign players: Bergkamp, Reyes, Henry (twice) and Vieira.

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Meant to have a rant about this meself! Personally i think its a **** joke....
Edited by: "parisp" 27th Jan 2011

parisp

Meant to have a rant about this meself! Personally i think its a **** … Meant to have a rant about this meself! Personally i think its a **** joke....



Here we go again! If English players were better then their foreign counterparts they would be in the team would they not? At the end of the day there are not that many good English players (and this can be backed up by the fact the England team are generally **** and have been for years)

I know, from first hand experience, that English coaches have a tendency to tell their young "flair" players to stop doing skills and just "get the ball up the field". Thus our most skilful players are probably Adam Johnson and Joe Cole, who would be laughed at, at a Brazilian academy

So let's not blame it on the foreigners now.

Yes but they are playing in an English league...wasn't there a big debate about this not so long ago saying there should be X amount of ENGLISH players starting a game? I dont know too much about it but jesus....its no wonder England can't get a decent team. Half the young players don't get a look in because of foreign footballers.

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They'll be letting women act as linesmen next; what's the world coming to

I'll leave this discussion to the boys!! But i do watch football so know a little bit! I support Man U and Stoke and Man City and want Blackpool to do well this season! I'm a girl i can get away with it apart from when Man U are playing Man City....the other half goes mad cos i want the blues win!
Edited by: "parisp" 27th Jan 2011

where are these two when you need them most?

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Very funny guys...shame on you !!!! (_;)

Spain and Holland invested many millions of Euro's into their youth football sport schemes 2000-2010

The result they were in the 2010 World Cup Final.

Given recent budget cuts, football clubs penchant for foreign players, general unemployment and lack of ambition in the youth of Britain 2011.

Can I see the UK mimicking that success in my lifetime?

Not bloody likely.

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parisp

Il i can get away with it apart from when Man U are playing Man … Il i can get away with it apart from when Man U are playing Man City....the other half goes mad cos i want the blues win!



Ooooh, my new favourite member

Nah - my point parisp is that football has changed so much since the PL started - and seriously there's no reason why a woman can't officiate.

I can - as a City fan - sit a bit smugly with a few recent England games having 6 City players on the pitch - albeit only 4 of them are regular first teamers at Eastlands.

And I have had many a chat with female City fans at Mary D's who know a damn sight more about football than some blokes. If yer a fan of the game then you are a fan - end of.

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andywedge

Ooooh, my new favourite member 8)Nah - my point parisp is that football … Ooooh, my new favourite member 8)Nah - my point parisp is that football has changed so much since the PL started - and seriously there's no reason why a woman can't officiate.I can - as a City fan - sit a bit smugly with a few recent England games having 6 City players on the pitch - albeit only 4 of them are regular first teamers at Eastlands.And I have had many a chat with female City fans at Mary D's who know a damn sight more about football than some blokes. If yer a fan of the game then you are a fan - end of.



unless your a bandwaggon jumping rag

andywedge

Ooooh, my new favourite member 8)Nah - my point parisp is that football … Ooooh, my new favourite member 8)Nah - my point parisp is that football has changed so much since the PL started - and seriously there's no reason why a woman can't officiate.I can - as a City fan - sit a bit smugly with a few recent England games having 6 City players on the pitch - albeit only 4 of them are regular first teamers at Eastlands.And I have had many a chat with female City fans at Mary D's who know a damn sight more about football than some blokes. If yer a fan of the game then you are a fan - end of.



Seeing as you're city fan, you have nothing to be smug about.
Edited by: "CFC_Mark" 27th Jan 2011

I'm surprised the Daily Mail hasn't ran a 6 page article about them bloody foreigners coming over here and stealing our jobs

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CFC_Mark

Seeing as you're city fan, you have nothing to be smug about.



Oooh, and Chelsea do? X) Both them and Man U are turning into Dad's army. Talk about Chelsea pensioners

JonnyIrish

I'm surprised the Daily Mail hasn't ran a 6 page article about them … I'm surprised the Daily Mail hasn't ran a 6 page article about them bloody foreigners coming over here and stealing our jobs



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Any half decent english player starts at around the 15-20 mill mark, kids that have played a dozen games, starting at 10 mill.

Compare that with a foreign player from the world cup finals for 1.5 mill. Its not rocket science really.

andywedge

Oooh, and Chelsea do? X) Both them and Man U are turning into Dad's army. … Oooh, and Chelsea do? X) Both them and Man U are turning into Dad's army. Talk about Chelsea pensioners



...pensioners than win the league

DragonChris



Dey tuk our jeeerbs
Edited by: "CFC_Mark" 27th Jan 2011

AW you at the match on Sunday to watch a massive upset? (or possibly the biggest FA cup score in history! )

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OP is a racist who lives in Australia.

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Concentrate on floods son.

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years ago i remember when clubs used to use scouts and would watch a player for months. Nowadays it's a few youtube clips or videos supplied via agents. They sign him for £millions to realise he is sh1te.....
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