Discussion in 'The Beautiful Game' started by Dominique Rocheteau, Jun 29, 2005.
They are missing a few players. Tim Cahill of Australia is one of them. A few Africans who played for France youth team are now playing for their home countries.
I don't think they're counting players who played for youth teams only and then switched.
I believe they also missed DiStefano's appearance(s) for Colombia while he was playing for Millionarios. As far as I know he was the only player to turn out for three different national teams.
I was surprised to find out that Protasov played an international for Ukraine because I thought he would retired from international football a few years before that.
There are a plethora of Yugoslav internationals on that list and not just players from the early 90s during the break-up of the former Yugoslavia.
nicephoras, you didn't notice Andrey Piatnitski on that list:
C.I.S. (1992) 6 caps 2 goals
Uzbekistan (1992) 2 caps 0 goals
Russia (1993-1995) 10 caps 2 goals
I was referring to 3 distinct national teams - I'm not including those who switched teams in the breakups of Yugoslavia and USSR.
That's alright but you didn't specify that you were talking about three distict national teams. That's why I mentioned Piatnitski.
the one player they have playing for three distinct teams is Ladislao Kubala
Ladislav Kubala Czechoslovakia (1946-1947) Caps 6 Goals 4
Laszló Kubala Hungary (1948) Caps 3 Goals 0
Ladislao Kubala Spain (1953-1961) Caps 19 Goals 11
I know he went to Japan to play for a while, I think Ukraine called him up while he was with a Japanese club.
Probably. I'm pretty sure that around 1994, Protasov had a falling out with Olympiakos.
I can't believe that I had forgot about Kubala. Great player.
All it is a list of players who have played for countries that have unified or broken up after the war, mainly Russia, the Balkans and Germany, not that impressive really.
FIFA did not recognise the DiMayor League set up in Colombia in 1950 and suspended Colombia over this. Any games played in this period were not recognised by FIFA, hence DI Stefano's games not being recorded on RSSSF.
Luis Monti, I think, is the only player who played in a World Cup final for two different countries. Argentina in 1930, and Italy in 1934.
He is the only player.