Foreign Palmeiras players defending their countries

The always excellent Instituto Palestrino de Estatística has given us a run-down of the foreigners that have been invited to serve in their national teams while playing for Palmeiras. Barcos is joining an exclusive group now composed 13 names, displayed below in reversed chronological order.

Note that there are many Palmeiras players that have called up either before or after having played for Palmeiras, but not during their contract with the Verdão (as for example the Paraguayan keeper Benítez and the Argentines Echevarrieta and Luiz Villa. It’s worth remembering that way back, it was not common to invite to the national squad players that weren’t playing in the national league.

The 14, from the most recent to the oldest:

1) Hernán Barcos – Argentina, World Cup qualifiers 2012

 

2) Adalberto Román – Paraguay, World Cup qualifiers 2012

 

3) Armero – Colombia, World Cup qualifiers 2009

 

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4) Jorge Valdivia – Chile, America Cup 2007 & 2011

 

5) Carlos Gamarra – Paraguay, World Cup 2006

 

6) León Darío Muñoz – Colombia, friendlies 2004

 

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7) Francisco Arce – Paraguay, America Cup 1999 and World Cups 1998 & 2002

 

8) Faustino Asprilla – Colombia, World Cup qualifiers 2000

 

9) John Lozano – Colombia, America Cup 1995

 

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10) Freddy Rincón – Colombia, World Cup 1994

 

11) Victor Diogo – Uruguay, World Cup 1986

 

12) Carlos Aragonés – Bolivia, World Cup qualifiers 1981

 

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13) Luís Maidana – Uruguay, friendlies 1967

 

14) Alberto Gallardo – Peru, friendlies 1966

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6 Comments

    1. Luis, it should be accurate: the guys at IPE are pretty serious and do thorough research. As I explained in the text, “in the old days” it was very rare for someone playing abroad to be called up to defend his national team.

      Is there any specific player you’re missing our curious about?

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting! Cheers,
      Kristian

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