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World Cup 2014 Expats

Not all World Cup players are playing for the country they were born in. This is especially true for Algeria, who recently beat South Korea with an impressive 4-2, where 16 of squad were born in France.

There are 88 expat players in total who are playing for another country, including several born in non-qualifying nations such as Sweden, Norway, Kosovo and Albania. 26 of those expats originally come from France.

England has one player born abroad, Raheem Shaquille Sterling who was originally born in Jamaica. Maybe if England had more French expats they would have gotten past the group stages...too soon?

This map shows the ins-and-outs of each country across the world, there's a table underneath with players names, birth countries and current teams too.

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World Cup 2014 Expats
First Name Last Name Born in Plays for
Abdelmoumene Djabou Algeria Algeria
Madjid Bougherra France Algeria
Raïs M'Bolhi Ouhab France Algeria
Liassine Cadamuro Bentaïba France Algeria
Aïssa Mandi France Algeria
Carl Medjani France Algeria
Sofiane Feghouli France Algeria
Saphir Sliti Taïder France Algeria
Nabil Bentaleb France Algeria
Hassan Yebda France Algeria
Yacine Brahimi France Algeria
Mehdi Lacen France Algeria
Nabil Ghilas France Algeria
Faouzi Ghoulam France Algeria
Mehdi Mostefa Sbaa France Algeria
Cédric Si Mohamed France Algeria
Riyad Mahrez France Algeria
Gonzalo Gerardo Higuaín France Argentina
Anthony Vanden Borre Congo DR Belgium
Tino Sušić Belgium Bosnia-Herzegovina
Emir Spahić Croatia Bosnia-Herzegovina
Mensur Mujdža Croatia Bosnia-Herzegovina
Muhamed Bešić Germany Bosnia-Herzegovina
Sead Kolašinac Germany Bosnia-Herzegovina
Zvjezdan Misimović Germany Bosnia-Herzegovina
Izet Hajrović Switzerland Bosnia-Herzegovina
Charles-Hubert Itandje France Cameroon
Sammy Ndjock France Cameroon
Benoît Assou-Ekotto France Cameroon
Benoît Assou-Ekotto France Cameroon
Allan Romeo Nyom France Cameroon
Joël Job Matip Germany Cameroon
Jean-Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting Germany Cameroon
Miiko Martín Albornoz Inola Sweden Chile
Jorge Luís Valdivia Toro Venezuela Chile
Óscar Esau Duarte Gaitán Nicaragua Costa Rica
Jean-Daniel Akpa Akpro France Côte d'Ivoire
Giovanni-Guy Yann Sio France Côte d'Ivoire
Souleymane Bamba France Côte d'Ivoire
Mathis Gazoa Kippersund Bolly Norway Côte d'Ivoire
Mateo Kovačić Austria Croatia
Vedran Ćorluka Bosnia-Herzegovina Croatia
Nikica Jelavić Bosnia-Herzegovina Croatia
Dejan Lovren Bosnia-Herzegovina Croatia
Jorge Sammir Cruz Campos Brazil Croatia
Eduardo Alves da Silva Brazil Croatia
Ivan Rakitić Switzerland Croatia
Raheem Shaquille Sterling Jamaica England
Rio Antonio Zoba Mavuba Angola France
Moussa Sissoko Mali France
Patrice Evra Senegal France
Miroslav Klose Poland Germany
Lukas Podolski Poland Germany
Albert Danquah Adomah England Ghana
André Ayew Pelé France Ghana
Kevin-Prince Boateng Germany Ghana
Adam Larsen Kwarasey Norway Ghana
Panagiotis Giorgios Kone Albania Greece
Panagiotis Giorgios Kone Albania Greece
Loukas Vyntra Czech Republic Greece
José Holebas Germany Greece
Daniel Davari Germany Iran
Steven Mehrdad Beitashour United States Iran
Gabriel Alejandro Paletta Argentina Italy
Thiago Motta Brazil Italy
Gotoku Sakai United States Japan
Miguel Ángel Ponce Briseño United States Mexico
Jonathan de Guzmán Canada Netherlands
Bruno Martins Indi Portugal Netherlands
Terence Kongolo Switzerland Netherlands
Osazemwinde Peter Odemwingie Uzbekistan Nigeria
William Silva Carvalho Angola Portugal
Kléper Laveran Lima Ferreira Brazil Portugal
Luís Carlos Almeida da Cunha Cape Verde Islands Portugal
Éderzito António Macedo Lopes Guinea-Bissau Portugal
Diego Da Silva Costa Brazil Spain
Gelson Fernandes Cape Verde Islands Switzerland
Johan Danon Djourou-Gbadjere Côte d'Ivoire Switzerland
Blerim Džemaili FYR Macedonia Switzerland
Admir Mehmedi FYR Macedonia Switzerland
Xherdan Shaqiri Kosovo Switzerland
Valon Behrami Kosovo Switzerland
John Anthony Brooks Germany United States
Jermaine Jones Germany United States
Fabian Johnson Germany United States
Timothy Chandler Germany United States
Mikkel Morgenstar Pålssønn Diskerud Norway United States
Néstor Fernando Muslera Micol Argentina Uruguay

The data for the map and table comes via kimono's World Cup API.