The World Cup’s Imported Talent

A few pictures of the squads without their immigrant players have been circulating the web since the World Cup 2014 started last Thursday. Some squads are loaded with imported talent, like Switzerland and France, while others have stayed true to their roots, like Brazil and Colombia.

But who are those immigrant players and where are they from? Have a look here:

 

Group A

 

Brazil

All natives

 

Croatia

5: Vedran Ćorluka – Bosnia

9: Nikica Jelavić – Herzegovina

11: Darijo Srna – Bosniak father

20: Mateo Kovačić – Bosnia

Mateo Kovacic

Mexico

10: Giovani dos Santos – Brazilian Father

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Cameroon

All natives

 

Group B

 

Spain

19: Diego Costa – Brazil

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21: David Silva – Canary Islands

 

Netherlands

4: Bruno Martins Indi – Guinea-Bissau

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6: Nigel de Jong – Suriname

8: Jonathan de Guzmán – Jamaica and Philippines

20: Georginio Wijnaldum – Afro-Surinamese decent

 

Chile

All natives

 

Australia

4: Tim Cahill – Ireland and Samoan Islands

14: James Troisi – Italy and Greek

19: Ryan McGowan – Scotland

23: Mark Bresciano – Italy and Croatia

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Group C

 

Colombia

All natives

 

Greece

All natives

 

Cote d’Ivoire

1: Boubacar Barry – Guinea

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Japan

All natives

 

Group D

 

Uruguay

1: Fernando Muslera – Argentina

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Costa Rica

All natives

 

England

11: Danny Welbeck – Ghana

19: Raheem Sterling – Jamaica

Raheem Sterling

Italy

5: Thiago Motta – Brazil

Mario Balotelli

9: Mario Balotelli – Ghana

 

Group E

 

Switzerland

8: Gökhan Inler – Turkey

9: Haris Seferović – Bosnia and Herzegovina

10: Granit Xhaka – Albania

11: Valon Behrami – Albania

13: Ricardo Rodríguez – Spain and Chile

Ricardo Rodriguez

18: Admir Mehmedi – Albania

19: Josip Drmić – Croatia

20: Johan Djourou – Cote d’Ivoire

23: Xherdan Shaqiri – Albania

 

Ecuador

All natives

 

France

3: Patrice Evra – France

4: Raphaël Varane – Martinique

5: Mamadou Sakho – Mamadou Sakho

8: Mathieu Valbuena – Spain

10: Karim Benzema – Algeria

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12: Rio Mavuba – Angola

14: Blaise Matuidi – Angola

18: Moussa Sissoko – Mali

19: Paul Pogba – Guinea and Congo

 

Honduras

All natives

 

Group F

 

Argentina

All natives

 

Bosnia and Herzegovina

All natives

 

Iran

All natives

 

Nigeria

All natives

 

Group G

 

Germany

6: Sami Khedira – Tunisia

8: Mesut Ozil – Turkey

Mesut+Ozil+Germany

10: Lukas Podolski – Poland

20: Jerome Boateng – Ghana

 

Portugal

2: Bruno Alves – Brazil

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3: Pepe – Brazil

17: Nani – Cape Verde

 

Ghana

All natives

 

USA

11: Alejandro Bedoya – Colombia

17: Jozy Altidore – Haiti

Jozy Altidore

Group H

 

Belgium

4: Vincent Kompany – Congol

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6: Axel Witsel – Martinique

9: Romelu Lukaku – Congo

9: Marouane Fellaini – Morocco

17: Divock Origi – Kenya

19: Dembélé – Mali

22: Nacer Chadli – Morocco

 

Algeria

23: Raïs M’Bolhi – Congo

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Russia

19: Aleksandr Samedov – Azerbaijan

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South Korea

All natives

 

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