Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Oriundis and Other Naturalized Internationals, Part Two

1- Mirko Votava-Czechoslovakia and West Germany 1970s and 80s
Miroslav ‘Mirko’ Votava was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia. His parents defected to the West following the 1968 Prague Spring, when he was 12, and settled in West Germany. He actually became a professional at Borussia Dortmund. He earned five caps for West Germany (1979/81).
He also had spells at Atletico Madrid and over a decade at Werder Bremen past the age of 40.

Photo From: Fussball Magazin, Issue 11, November 1989
(Mirko Votava with Werder Bremen, 1989/90)

2- Branko Strupar-Croatia and Belgium, 1990s-2000s
Croatian-born striker Branko Strupar gained prominence at Belgian club RC Genk in the 1990s. He gained Belgian citizenship and became an international in 1999 and remained in the set up until 2002.

Photo From: World Soccer, July 1999
(Branko Strupar)

3- Ruy Ramos-Brazil and Japan-1980s-90s
Brazilian midfielder Ruy Ramos was one of the first foreign players to play in Japan when he joined Yomiuri in 1977. He obtained Japanese Citizenship and in the 1990s played for the national team, winning the Asian Nations Cup in 1992.

Photo From: World Soccer, March 1995
(Ruy Ramos)

4- Thomas Dooley –USA and Germany, 1990s
Thomas Dooley was a defender born in West Germany to a German mother and an American, who was on Army duty in West Germany.
He was raised in West Germany and had a long spell at Kaiserslautern in the late 1980s and early 90s.
With the 1994 World Cup on the horizon, he was approached by the US Federation and obtained citizenship in 1992 and became a mainstay of the squad for the rest of the decade.

Photo From: Onze-Mondial, Hors Serie 16, 1994
(Thomas Dooley with USA National team)

 5- Ramon Quiroga-Argentina and Peru, 1970s and 80s

Ramon Quiroga, Peru’s goalkeeper during the 1978 and 1982 World Cups , was actually born in Argentina. He joined the Peruvian League in his 20s and obtained Citizenship. 

Photo From: Onze, Hors Serie 12, 1982
(Ramon Quiroga)


  1. Brazilian born Donato Gama (who had a long spell at Atlético Madrid and Deportivo La Coruña) and Argentinian born Juan Antonio Pizzi (who played for Tenerife, Valencia CF and FC Barcelona) played for several years in the middle 90's for Spain. Both took part at Euro 96 and Pizzi at World Cup 98 as well, but none of them played a prominent role.

    1. Yes I se to remember donato played into his 40s

  2. Already in the 21st century two more Brazilian born players played for Spain with unequal luck: Catanha (who played in Primera for Málaga and RC Celta) failed to settle at the national team, whilst Marcos Senna played 2006 world cup and even got crown champion in Vienna on 2008.

  3. In Spain there was a lot of controversy in the 1970s about the so called double nationalities -Ruben cano played for many years for Spain , while Roberto Martinez 's eligibility was constantly questioned

  4. About the 70's Spanish "oriundi fever" which filled Spanish teams with South American players with supposed Spanish origins, there is a funny story about a player (Adorno, I think it was his name) who said after his arrival in Spain that his grandfather had born in Celta.

    1. Previously on my blog I had mentioned the case of valencia's felman who had not disclosed that he had earned caps for Argentina was therefore ineligible for citizenship

  5. so great
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