Monday, January 16, 2017

Oriundis and Other Naturalized Internationals, Part Seven

1- José Santamaría -Uruguay and Spain 1950s and 1960s
Uruguayan Central defender José Santamaría was born in Montevideo and played for Uruguay in the 1950s.
He joined Real Madrid in 1957 and took up Spanish Citizenship and played for his new Nation into the next decade.
He even managed Spain during the 1982 World Cup on home soil.

Photo From: World Soccer, May 1999
(José Santamaría)

Photo From: El Gráfico, Issue 3271, June 15, 1982
(José Santamaría as the Manager of the Spanish National Team)

2- Omar Sivori-Argentina and Italy, 1950s and 1960s
Argentina striker Omar Sivori was born in San Nicolas and played for River Plate in the 1950s.
He played for Argentinean National Team in 1956 and 1957.
He joined Juventus in 1957 and eventually became an Italian citizen and played for Italy in 1961 and 1962.
His citizenship also made him eligible for the Ballon d’Or and he won it in 1961.

(Omar Sivori, second from right with Argentina teammates)

Photo From: Azzurri, Storia della Nazionale di calcio tre volte campioni del Mondo, 1910-1983
(Omar Enrique Sivori scoring one of his four goals vs. Israel, November 4, 1961, World Cup Qualifier, Italy 6-Israel 0)

3- Andrei Kanchelskis-USSR/Ukraine and Russia, 1989/1998
Former Manchester United winger Andrei Kanchelskis was born in Kirovohrad, Ukarine. He played for the Soviet Union in the late 80s and early 90s.
After its breakup he opted for the Russian National Team in 1992, to have more of a chance to play in a World Cup.

Photo From: Onze-Mondial, Issue 54, July 1993
(Andrei Kanchelskis with Russia)

4- Fernando Clavijo-Uruguay and USA, 1970s/1994
Fernando Clavijo was born in Maldonado, Uruguay.
In 1979 he moved to the United States.
In time he earned US Citizenship and was a veteran member of the 1994 World Cup squad on home soil.

Photo From: Soccer International, Volume 2, Issue 10, October 1991
(Fernando Clavijo at the Red Square while on tour with USA squad in USSR on August 1991)

5- Bernie Slaven-Scotland and Republic of Ireland, 1990
Bernie Slaven was born in Paisley, Scotland.
He played for teams such as Airdrie and Morton in the 1980s before joining Middlesbrough in 1985.
He was frustrated by not being called for Scotland. Jackie Charlton selected him for the Republic of Ireland, since he qualified through the Grandfather Rule (His Grandfather was Irish).
He scored on his debut (March 28, 1990, Republic of Ireland 1-Wales 0).

He also made the 1990 World Cup squad.

Photo From: Gifted in Green, Author: Adam Ward, 1999
(Bernie Slaven)

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