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Bolton Wanderers Foreign Legion

By Mark Heys
September 8 2007

The introduction of the highly contraversial Bosman ruling in 1995 allowed many players from overseas to ply their trade in the English leagues and Bolton Wanderers took full advatage of this by recruiting players from all over the globe including places as far and wide as Japan and the USA.

Of course pre-1995 the club had been served by a number of foreign players with the first being goalkeeper Wilfred Waller in 1900 after Bolton spotted the South African on tour with a club from his home country.

In the late 1970's recruitment of players from Eastern Europe proved popular and Wanderers added to their ranks by bringing in the likes of Poland winger Tadeusz Nowak and Yugoslav Dusan Nikolic.

Neither move was a success and it wasnt until 1994 that another player from abroad served the club. Bolton manager Bruce Rioch brought in Finnish striker Mixu Paatelainen, Dutch duo Richard Sneekes and Fabian De Freitas and Icelander Gudni Bergsson.

Bergsson proved to be one of the best Bolton defenders of all time making well over 300 appearances for the club over a seven year spell which ended in 2003. Many could argue the native of Reykjavik is the Trotters best ever foreign player.

Danish midfield ace Per Frandsen, Finnish goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen and Jamaican wing back Ricardo Gardner are just three more to follow on from Bergsson who have served the club with distinction.

Fredi Bobic, a Slovenian-born German international kept Bolton in the Premiership in 2002 when his hat trick against relegation rivals Ipswich Town all but assured survival.

The signings of French World Cup winner Youri Djorkaeff and Nigerian playmaker Jay-Jay Okocha put Bolton on the global map and these signings have since been followed up by the recruitment of Spanish champions league winners Ivan Campo and Fernando Hierro, Japanese export Hidetoshi Nakata and Brazilian Mario Jardel, a former Golden Boot winner.

Frenchman Nicolas Anelka is currently Bolton's record signing and sale at £8 million and £15 million respectively, and the 2007 squad contains no fewer than nineteen different nationalities with the latest additions being a Swede and a Norwegian.

THE FULL LIST OF FOREIGN PLAYERS TO REPRESENT BOLTON WANDERERS IS AS FOLLOWS (appearances are league only)

AUSTRALIA

1951-1957 Ken Grieves 49 appearances, 0 goals 

2000 Con Boutsianis (Reserve Team)

2005-present Scott Jamieson (Reserve Team)

BRAZIL

2003-2004 Mario Jardel 7 appearances, 0 goals

2003-2004 Emerson Thome  26 appearances, 0 goals

2004-2005 Julio Cesar  5 appearances, 0 goals

DENMARK

1996-1999 & 2000-2004 Per Frandsen  265 appearances, 30 goals

1996-2000 Michael Johansen  137 appearances, 16 goals

1998-2000 Claus Jensen  86 appearances, 8 goals

1999-2002 Bo Hansen  96 appearances, 15 goals

2000-2001 Carsten Fredgaard  5 appearances, 0 goals

2001-2007 Henrik Pedersen  143 appearances, 22 goals

2002-2003 Stig Tofting  14 appearances, 0 goals

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO

2003-2004 Ndiwa Lord-Kangana (Reserve Team)

FINLAND

1994-1997 Mixu Paatelainen  69 appearances, 15 goals

1997-present Jussi Jaaskelainen  317 appearances, 0 goals

2001-2002 Jani Viander (Cup Games Only)

FRANCE

1999-2001 Franck Passi  38 appearances, 0 goals

2000-2001 Mikael Kaprielian  1 appearance, 0 goals

2000-2001 John Gope-Fenepej  2 appearances, 0 goals

2001-2002 Djibril Diawara  9 appearances, 0 goals

2001-2006 Bruno N’Gotty  148 appearances, 4 goals

2002-2004 Youri Djorkaeff  75 appearances, 19 goals

2002 Mario Espartero  3 appearances, 0 goals

2002-2003 Bernard Mendy  21 appearances, 0 goals

2003 Pierre-Yves Andre  9 appearances, 0 goals

2003-2005 Florent Laville  15 appearances, 0 goals

2003-2004 Ibrahim Ba  9 appearances, 0 goals

2005 Vincent Candela  10 appearances, 0 goals

2005-2006 Fabrice Fernandes  1 appearance, 0 goals

2005-2006 Martin Djetou  3 appearances, 0 goals

2006-2008 Nicolas Anelka  53 appearances, 21 goals

2007-2008 Gerald Cid 7 appearances, 0 goals

GERMANY

2002 Fredi Bobic  16 appearances, 4 goals

GREECE

2002 Kostas Konstantinidis  3 appearances, 0 goals

2003-present Stelios Giannakopoulos  122 appearances, 18 goals

GUATEMALA

2004 Dwight Pezzarossi (Unused Substitute)

HOLLAND

1994-1996 Richard Sneekes  55 appearances, 7 goals

1994-1996 Fabian De Freitas  40 appearances, 7 goals

HUNGARY

2007-present Adam Bogdan (Unused Substitute)

ICELAND

1995-2003 Gudni Bergsson  270 appearances, 23 goals

1997-1999 Arnar Gunnlaugsson  42 appearances, 13 goals

1998-2000 Eidur Gudjohnsen  55 appearances, 18 goals

1998-2000 Olafur Pall Snorrasson (Reserve Team)

1999 Birkir Kristinsson  (Unused Substitute)

2007-present Heidar Helguson

2008-present Gretar Steinsson

IRAN

2006-present Andranik Teimourian  17 appearances, 2 goals

ISRAEL

2004-2007 Tal Ben-Haim  88 appearances, 1 goal

2008-present Tamir Cohen

2006-2007 Idan Tal  16 appearances, 0 goals

ITALY

2000-2002 Emmanuel Morini  2 appearances, 0 goals

IVORY COAST

2006-present Abdoulaye Meite  34 appearances, 0 goals

JAMAICA

1998-present Ricardo Gardner  257 appearances, 15 goals

2001-2003 Jermaine Johnson  12 appearances, 0 goals

2004 Donovan Ricketts  (Unused Substitute)

JAPAN

2001-2002 Akinori Nishizawa  (Cup Games Only)

2005-2006 Hidetoshi Nakata  21 appearances, 1 goal

MEXICO

2005-2006 Jared Borgetti  19 appearances, 2 goals

NIGERIA

2002-2006 Jay-Jay Okocha  124 appearances, 14 goals

2004-2005 Blessing Kaku  1 appearance, 0 goals

NORWAY

2007-present Daniel Braaten

OMAN

2006-present Ali Al-Habsi  (Cup Games Only)

POLAND

1979-1980 Tadeusz Nowak  24 appearances, 1 goal

2005-present Jaroslaw Fojut  1 appearance, 0 goals

2006-2007 Blazej Augustyn  (Cup Games Only)

2006-2008 Przemyslaw Kazimierczak  (Reserve Team)

2008-present Grzegorz Rasiak

PORTUGAL

2003-present Ricardo Vaz-Te  55 appearances, 3 goals

SENEGAL

2004-present El-Hadji Diouf  79 appearances, 17 goals

2004-2006 Khalilou Fadiga  13 appearances, 1 goal

2005-2007 Abdoulaye Faye  60 appearances, 3 goals

SEYCHELLES

1998-2000 Chris Dawson (Reserve Team Only)

SLOVAKIA

2007-present Zoltan Harsanyi  (Reserve Team)

2007-present Lubomir Michalik  4 appearances, 1 goal

SOUTH AFRICA

1900 Wilfred Waller 6 appearances, 0 goals 

1997-2000 Mark Fish  103 appearances, 3 goals

2006-2007 Quinton Fortune  6 appearances, 0 goals

SPAIN

2002-present Ivan Campo  145 appearances, 12 goals

2003 Salva Ballesta  6 appearances, 0 goals

2004 Javi Moreno  8 appearances, 0 goals

2004-2005 Fernando Hierro  29 appearances, 1 goal

2005 Oscar Perez  (Unused Substitute)

2007 Cesar Martin  1 appearance, 0 goals

2007-present Mikel Alonso

SWEDEN

2007-present Christian Wilhelmsson

SWITZERLAND

1998 Gaetano Giallanza  3 appearances, 0 goals

2007-present Blerim Dzemaili

TUNISIA

2004-2006 Radhi Jaidi  43 appearances, 8 goals

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

2001 Juergen Sommer  (Cup Games Only)

2002 Jeff Cassar  (Unused Substitute)

2006-present Johann Smith  1 appearance, 0 goals

 

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