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12 Footballers Who Switched National Teams

12 Footballers Who Switched National Teams

International football players who have switched national teams are as hard to find as 'rocking horse ****'. But that doesn't mean it has never happened.

FIFA eligibility rules

As described by Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

'As the governing body of association football, FIFA is responsible for maintaining and implementing the rules that determine whether an association football player is eligible to represent a particular country in officially recognised international competitions and friendly matches.

In the 20th century, FIFA allowed a player to represent any national team, as long as the player held citizenship of that country. In 2004, in reaction to the growing trend towards naturalisation of foreign players in some countries, FIFA implemented a significant new ruling that requires a player to demonstrate a 'clear connection' to any country they wish to represent. FIFA has used its authority to overturn results of competitive international matches that feature ineligible players.'

12 Footballers Who Switched National Teams



FIFA memorandum

On the 18th June 2008 Secretary General, Jerome Valcke wrote to all FIFA members about how international eligibility rules apply. The letter can be found here.

Personal opinion

For what it's worth, my personal opinion is that a player should only represent his country of birth. Not where his granny was born or from the country the stork flew in from. On the other hand, if a baby was born in an aircraft then I guess we could argue all day about that particular scenario.

What do you think?



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Cresswell
Date:Tuesday May 9 2017
Time: 8:07AM

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