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LATICS REACH HALF CENTURY OF NATIONALITIES

3 September 2015

Haris Vuckic’s Slovenia becomes the 50th different football federation to be represented at Latics.

  • Slovenia’s Haris Vuckic is the 50th different nationality for Latics.
  • Club’s international roll-call reaches the half-century mark.
  • 50 Not Out on Latics’ list of nationalities.
Slovenian international Haris Vuckic helped to realise a club landmark when he signed on loan from Newcastle United on deadline day, representing the 50th different football federation to be part of a Latics playing squad – a sign of the international nature of the club’s recent history.

Not including England, there are now 49 other federations to have worn the club’s colours, the majority of them within the past decade; from major footballing nations through some of the club’s most famous names right down to slightly less well-known nationalities such as Gibraltar’s Graham Houston or the now defunct Netherland Antilles legend Ferdino Hernandez.

There was a controversial late move to include India-born Scot Colin Methven and Robin Taylor, born in West Germany, but the rapidly-convened Wigan Athletic Nationality Advisory Panel turned down those two applications.

Another attempt to include Germany through Uwe Rösler was also turned down as he was never registered as a player.  The Chinese ancestry of Northern Premier League stalwart Lee Koo was also rejected on the grounds that the midfielder was Liverpool born and bred, while Tim Chow has Taiwanese roots but is to all intents and purposes a Wigan-born St Helenser.

Some familiar and not so familiar names included in the list below then…

THE LATICS NATIONALITIES (by federation represented)

In the home nations, plus Spain, not every player is included, prioritised in terms of appearances. And England not included in the list.

ARGENTINA: Padula, Boselli, Di Santo
AUSTRALIA: Filan, Skoko
AUSTRIA: Scharner
BARBADOS: Boyce
BOLIVIA: Moreno
BRAZIL: Vieira, Thome
BULGARIA: Todorov
CAMEROON: Olembé
CANADA: De Vos
CHILE: Beausejour, Henríquez
COLOMBIA: Rodallega
DENMARK: Bidstrup, Frandsen, Kvist
ECUADOR: Valencia
EGYPT: Zaki, Mido
FINLAND: Jääskeläinen
FRANCE: N’Zogbia, Chimbonda, Sibierski, Péron, Delort
FRENCH GUIANA: Fortuné
GHANA: Kingson
GIBRALTAR: Houston
GRENADA: Roberts
HONDURAS: Palacios, Figueroa, Thomas, García, Espinoza
HUNGARY: Bukran
ITALY: Bruno
IVORY COAST: Gohouri, Koné
JAMAICA: Lawrence, Francis
JAPAN: Miyaichi
MALI: Dicko
MOROCCO: Bouaouzan
NETHERLANDS ANTILLES: Hernandez
NETHERLANDS: Smeets, De Zeeuw, Landzaat, De Ridder, Melchiot, Stam
NIGERIA: Aghahowa, Moses
NORTHERN IRELAND: Ward, Hughes, Campbell, Patterson, O’Neill, Carroll, Gillespie, McGibbon, Kennedy, Grigg, Mckay
NORWAY: Hæstad, Rogne, Hagen
OMAN: Al Habsi
PARAGUAY: Alcaraz
POLAND: Adamszuck, Cywka, Kupisz
PORTUGAL: Júnior
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: Mahon, Kavanagh, Connolly, Kilbane , McCarthy, Sammon, McCann, McClean
SCOTLAND: Methven, Balmer, McCulloch, Teale, G.Caldwell, S.Caldwell, McArthur, Maloney, Cowie
SENEGAL: Camara, Diamé
SERBIA: Stojkovic
SLOVAKIA: Orsula
SLOVENIA: Vuckic
SOUTH KOREA: Cho, Kim
SPAIN: Seba, Díaz, Martínez, Gómez,  Ramis, Riera, Robles, Lopez, Golobart
SWEDEN: Johansson, Granqvist, Edman, Holgersson
SWITZERLAND: Henchoz, Ziegler
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO: Scotland
WALES: Holden, Haworth, Roberts, Flynn, Koumas, Cotterill, Huws, Morgan, Davies

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