International journeyman footballer

German goalkeeper Lutz Pfannenstiel is the
master international journeyman footballer.
International journeymen footballers are players that spend a nomadic career playing for whatever team will have them anywhere in the world. The two main source nations for international journeyman footballers are Argentina and Brazil who export far more professional footballers than any other country. There are obviously journeyman footballers from other regions, German goalkeeper Lutz Pfannenstiel has played on all 6 continents, but the list is dominated by South American players.

Most international journeyman footballers rarely spend more than one season at any team, often this is because they are not good enough to be considered worth keeping once their contract expires, but in some cases such as Uruguayan striker Sebastián Abreu, they have plenty of talent but just don't stick around at any club for very long.

The international journeyman footballer is distinct from everyday journeyman footballers like former English striker Steve Claridge who played for 21 different teams in England. The international journeyman will play for a large number of clubs in many different countries.

Inclusion criteria for this list 
  • Played for at least 10 different clubs 
  • Played in at least 6 different countries.


SurnameForenameNationalityClubsDifferent
countries
AbreuSebastiánUruguay188
AdippeCarimChile2210
Ailton
Brazil189
AlmandozHéctorArgentina168
AlnoudjiNicolasCameroon138
ÁlvarezLucianoArgentina108
AnđelkovićMiodragSerbia2115
AriasFedericoArgentina127
BahokenGustaveCameroon107
BiaggioClaudioArgentina146
BiscayzacúGustavoUruguay126
BortolozzoDiegoBrazil107
BrancoSergeCameroon116
Bustos MontoyaEduardoArgentina126
BurkeMarkEngland106
Cacá
Brazil158
CazarineBrunoBrazil128
CeccoRúbenArgentina148
CobelliSebastiánArgentina138
CondeBallamodouGuinea116
CuevasNelsonParaguay107
DanilevičiusTomasLithuania107
Del RioWalterArgentina116
Denilson
Brazil117
De OrnelasFernandoVenezuela1811
DiawaraKabaFrance176
ElíasClaudioUruguay116
Elpído Silva
Brazil116
Emerson
Brazil147
EmilioLucianoBrazil126
Everson
Brazil147
FlorentínDerlisParaguay117
FuentesGustavoArgentina178
GavilánDiegoParaguay116
GerbaAliCanada117
HerreraJosé OscarUruguay106
HurtadoEduardoEcuador218
IpouaSamuelCameroon138
JankauskasEdgarasLithuania1510
José Júnior
Brazil157
JardelMarioBrazil1710
Julio Cesár
Brazil139
KallonMohamedSierra Leone1710
KaviedesIvánEcuador148
LampteyNiiGhana1312
LimaFranciscoBrazil137
LipatinMarceloUruguay128
LitmanenJariFinland116
LópezHernán RodrigoUruguay127
LunariRicardoArgentina119
MarinelliCarlosArgentina118
MaradonaHugoArgentina108
MasudiAlainDR Congo136
MatosasGustavoUruguay126
Mea VitaliMiguelVenezuela106
MimboeTobieCameroon106
MolinaMauricioColombia107
Navarro MontoyaCarlosColombia176
N'JockJérémieCameroon127
N'KongAlainCameroon117
OttaWalterArgentina1512
Nwosu KanuHenryNigeria159
PaezRicardo DavidVenezuela1811
PanguinettiEmersonArgentina168
ParodiJuan MartínUruguay127
Pérez ArrietaIbónSpain146
PfannenstielLutzGermany2415
PinillaMauricioChile117
ProsinečkiRobertGermany/Croatia126
ReinosoGerardoArgentina146
ReyJosé ManuelVenezuela107
RicardHamiltonColombia1110
Rivaldo Costa
Brazil138
RosentalSebastiánChile117
SarllesMauricioBrazil106
SaraJuanArgentina1412
ScrepisFernandoArgentina119
SuffoPatrickCameroon149
TchameAlphonseCameroon1110
TraversoGerardoUruguay126
TsveibaAkhrikUSSR/Georgia126
VataRudiAlbania137
Vítor Hugo
Brazil156
VillanuevaJosé LuisChile117
WanchopePauloCosta Rica108
WeahGeorgeLiberia118
Wesay ToeArcadia MartinLiberia1412
WestTariboNigeria108
WrehCristopherLiberia138
XavierAbelPortugal117
ZárateRolandoArgentina126

Note: This is not a definitive list, if you know of a footballer that meets the criteria as an international journeyman please leave a comment below and I will add him to the list.

11 comments:

  1. Excellent suggestion - added to the list.

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  2. 5 more players added.

    thanks to Alex_K at Bigsoccer & Jorge Porbillas at WSC.

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  3. More African players added. Thanks to Antepli Ejderha & Toto Gramsciddu at WSC

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  4. 2 more players added.

    Credit to ursus arctos & blameless @WSC

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  5. An absolute genius list, even if I miss Christian Vieri on it. He has received at least 17 clubs since 1989 together. If only in 4 countries

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  6. Cheers Roman but I had to draw the inclusion criteria somewhere so Vieri and many other impressive journeymen will have to miss out. As it is this list is nowhere near comprehensive, I reckon there's at least a thousand that have played in at least 6 countries.

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  7. Credit to Toto Gramsciddu for George Weah and to the guys that have already had a shout and keep coming up with the goods.

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  8. 8 more players added - thanks to Martin, Sammy Maudlin & Merengue at Soccer Fútbol Forum.

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  9. Ricardo David Páez! http://lacaimana.blogspot.com/2009/09/el-trotamundos-malo.html

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  10. Cheers condor, I've added him to the list.

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