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A LARGE LIST OF FOREIGNERS

04 Mar 2008
The debut of Christian Wilhelmsson with the <i>Blanquiazul</i> shirt means the appearance of the 74th foreigner that performs for Deportivo in its centenary history. The Swedish international is also the first Scandinavian that plays for the Galician squad. So far the Argentineans are leading this department with fourteen players at Depor's first squad.

Christian Wilhelmsson scored his first goal with Depor during the past weekend, it was trough a penalty during the 2-1 victory over Sevilla FC, 'Chippen' is the first Swedish that scores a goal for Deportivo. In fact, he's the first Scandinavian that plays for the Galician squad. He's just one of the several curious cases at the club. And its that Deportivo has enjoyed of a large list of international players, so far 74 men from around the globe have wore Depor's shirt during its centenary history (in Primera Divisi�n). The first one was the Argentinean Francisco Reboredo Mosquera who played in Deportivo's Primera debut on September 28th 1941

The appearance of an Argentinean as the first foreigner at Depor isn't a coincidence, because the South American country is the one that has contributed with the larger number of foreigners to Deportivo's squads, fourteen in total throughout the last 67 years, right now the only one at Lotina's squad is Fabricio Coloccini. Brazil is the second on this list with twelve players.

Like the case of Wilhelmsson, there are other countries that can be understand as 'exotic' sources of players, that are cases of Angola's defender Helder who lived the liga championship conquered on the season 1999/2000, the same Canadian De Guzm�n who's currently playing in the team, Prague-born keeper Peter Kouba who played an European final with Czech Republic during the UEFA Euro 1996, Nigerian Peter Rufai who was the first keeper from his country who performed in Europe and Peruvian left-winger Oscar Montalvo who played with Depor on the 60's.

And there are four particular cases in the list. Deus (Switzerland), Carlos Garc�a Becerra (Venezuela) and Maikel (Germany) were worn outside of Spain, but they have a Galician origin and in fact, the three of them started their career at Fabril and later were promoted to Depor's first squad. The other curious case is Rodolfo Bodipo, he was born in Seville, but he plays for Equatorial Guinea due to his ancestors.

Of the list of 74 foreigners, 41 are from North and South America, 7 are from African, while the other 26 are from other countries in Europe. No Asian nor Oceanian players have wore Depor's shirt until the present season. The following is a recap of this 74 foreigners:

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