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.
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
BRAZIL: Vieira, Thome
CANADA: De Vos
CHILE: Beausejour, Henríquez
DENMARK: Bidstrup, Frandsen, Kvist
EGYPT: Zaki, Mido
FRANCE: N’Zogbia, Chimbonda, Sibierski, Péron, Delort
FRENCH GUIANA: Fortuné
HONDURAS: Palacios, Figueroa, Thomas, García, Espinoza
IVORY COAST: Gohouri, Koné
JAMAICA: Lawrence, Francis
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
POLAND: Adamszuck, Cywka, Kupisz
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
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