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#8 Cacau (Brazil to Germany)

Previous Slide 8 / 10 Next Claudemir Jeronimo Barreto or commonly known as Cacau, was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Although he spent his younger days in Brazil, he was never called up to Brazil’s youth squads. Later he signed for fifth division German side Turkgucu Munchen, before working his way up the ladder into the Bundesliga with Nurnberg. Cacau’s performance for Nurnburg ...

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#7 Kevin-Prince Boateng (Germany to Ghana)

Previous Slide 7 / 10 Next Kevin-Prince Boateng is the half-brother of German international Jerome Boateng. He was born and brought up in Germany and started his professional career with German club Hertha BSC. Prince-Boateng played for Germany’s youth football teams at the U-19 and U-21 levels, but he was indefinitely dropped from the U-21 squad in 2007 for breaking the ...

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#6 Jonathan de Guzman (Canada to Netherlands)

Previous Slide 6 / 10 Next De Guzman was born in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada and is of Jamaican and Filipino descent. So there was no way De Guzman could represent Netherlands without getting a Dutch passport. The former Swansea man was raised in Canada and in 1999, he moved to Netherlands to play for the youth team of Feyenoord. There was ...

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#5 Thiago Motta (Brazil to Italy)

Previous Slide 5 / 10 Next Thiago Motta is yet another Brazilian who changed nationality to play international football, after having played for Brazil in the 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Although he played for the U-23 side, it was a full international competition and hence the international cap gained was recognized by FIFA. But, he was never actually called up to ...

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#4 Pepe (Brazil to Portugal)

Previous Slide 4 / 10 Next Pepe became a naturalized Portuguese citizen like Deco after being born a Brazilian. At the age of 18, Pepe moved to Portugal to sign with C.S Maritimo. Even before Pepe opted to play for Portugal, he was never called up to represent Brazil in any youth category. However according to his father, Pepe was contacted ...

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#3 Neven Subotic (USA to Serbia)

Previous Slide 3 / 10 Next Neven Subotic’s case is different from the other names on the list for several reasons, but his name has to be on the list because of how things panned out. Subotic was born when Yugoslavia was still in existence and based on ancestry, he was eligible to represent both Serbia and Bosnia & Herzegovina. Due to ...

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#2 Lukas Podolski (Poland to Germany)

Previous Slide 2 / 10 Next Lukas Podolski was born to Waldemar Podolski and Krystyna Podolski in the industrial town of Gliwice, Poland. In 1987, when Podolski was 2 years old, his parents emigrated from Poland to West Germany and were given the right of return status because his paternal grandparents held German citizenship prior to World War II. In 2003 ...

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