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European Pioneers Ethnic minority players have been playing at the highest levels in Europe since the 18th century.

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Andrew Watson, Scotland The first black player to play football at international level

Abdelrahman Fawzi, Egypt The first Arab and African to score in a World Cup

Raymond Bardel, Switzerland The first black player to play for Switzerland

Laurie Cunningham, England The first black player to play for England at any level

Gheorghe Hagi, Romania One of the best attacking midfielders in Europe during the 1980s and 1990s and the most successful Roma in football ever

Dimitri M’Buyu, Belgium The first black player to play for Belgium

Ronaldo Luíz Nazário de Lima, Brazil Won the FIFA World Player of the Year three times, the Ballon d’Or twice as well as the UEFA Club Footballer of the Year. Had scored over 200 goals for club and country by age 23

Fabio Liverani, Italy The first black player to play for Italy

Samuel Eto’o, Cameroon Won the African Player of the Year award four times

Luis Robson, Brazil/Russia One of the first foreign black players in Russia

Arthur Wharton, England The world’s first black professional player

Frank Soo, England to play The only ethnic Chinese footballer for England

Eusébio da Silva Ferreira, Portugal All-time record goal scorer for club and country

Cyrille Regis, England Pioneer of British Football in the Caribbean

England Rab “Rabbi” Howell, to play for England yer pla ni ma Ro The first

Guilherme Espirito Santo, Portugal The first black player to play for Portugal

Humphrey Mijnals, Netherlands First black player to play for the Netherlands

Paulino Alcántara, Spain The first Asian player to play for a European club

Raoul Diagne, France France The first black player to play for

Alhaji Momodo Njie , Gam bia The first Gambian football er to play professionally abroad

Carsten Dethlefsen, Denmark The first black player to play for Denmark

Chris Hughton, Republic of Ireland The first black player to start for Ireland

Justin Fashanu, England footballer The first openly gay professional

Mehmet Scholl, Germany Player of Turkish background who played 36 matches for Germany

Anthony Baffoe, Ghana players One of the first high-profile black iga desl Bun in the

George Weah, Liberia First African player to win the FIFA World Player of the Year Award

Jean -Paul Vonderburg, Sweden The first black player to play for Sweden

Vicente Engonga, Spain The first Spanish-born blac k player in the Spanish national team

Bănel Nicoliță, Târgu Mures Leading Romanian player who is an ethnic Roma

na Gerald Asamoah, Germany/Gha The first African-born player to play for Germany

Thierry Henry, France All-time leading goalscorer for the French national team and Arsenal FC

André-Pierre Gignac, France ani French international player of Rom descent

Claudio Pizarro, Germany/Peru Top scoring foreign-born player in German Bundesliga history

Giovanni van Bronckhorst, Netherlands Most capped ethnic minority player in the Netherlands

Alessandro Santos, Japan Brazil-born, Japanese internatio nal

Eduardo da Silva, Croatia/Brazil Brazilian-born, the first black player to play for Croatia

Didier Drogba, Ivory Coast Has scored more goals for Chelsea than any other non-English player

John Carew, Norway Norway The first black player to play for

Daniel Bekono, Cameroon / Bulgaria First black player to captain a team in Bulgaria

Freddy Eastwood, England English Romani player

Mohammed Salim, India/Scotland sh club The first Indian to play for a Briti FC) tic (Cel

Coşkun Taş, Turkey One of the first footballers of Turkish origin in Germany

Galimzyan Khusainov, Russia Spartak Moscow star of Tatar origin

Donato Gama da Silva, Spain Brazilian born, he was the first black player for Spain

Daniel Batista Lima, Greece/Cape Verde The first black player to play for Greece

Zinedine Zidane, France FIFA Player of the Year three times, of Algerian descent

Emmanuel Olisadebe, Poland/Nigeria Legendary first black player to play for Poland

Mehmet Aurélio, Turkey/Brazil The first black player to play for Turkey

Lucio Vagner, Brazil / Bulgaria Born in Brazil, the first black player to play for Bulgaria

Peter Odemwingie, Nigeria/Russia The first black USSR-born player to play in Russia


Global Pioneers Women have a long history as players, now they are also making their mark as leaders, managers and referees.

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Emma Clarke, England Britain´s first black female footballer

Alice Milliat, France Created France’s first women’s football team, in 1920

Lily Parr, England English Football Hall The only woman in the of Fame

Hope Powell, England The first black manager of any English national team

Ángeles Parejo, Spain Played in the 1997 European Championships, scoring 3 goals to help Spain reach the semi-finals

Anita Pádár, Hungary record Holds the Hungarian national team s goal and caps t for mos

Hege Riise, Norway Won the Olympics, the World Cup and the European Championship

Karen Espelund, Norway A’s The first female member of UEF e mitte Executive Com

Patrizia Panico, Italy First female to manage a male national team in Italy

Sanna Valkonen, Finland Captain of the Finnish national team and played 120 games for her country

Sun Wen, China The only Chinese woman to play in four World Cups

Mia Hamm, United States One of the most prolific U.S . strikers of all time

Anne Mäkinen, Finland The first female Finnish player to play in the WUSA

Elena Fomina, Russia Scored the winning goal in a World Cup opening game

Laura Österberg Kalmari, Finland Finland’s most capped female player and all-time record goalscorer

Nadine Angerer, Germany First goalkeeper to win FIFA World Player of the Year

Elena Danilova, Russia Scored to earn Russia their first trophy post-USSR times

Marta, Brazil Won FIFA World Player of the Year five times consecutively

Khalida Popal, Afghanistan First captain of the Afghan women’s national football team

Bibiana Steinhaus, Germany The first female referee in German professional football

Emily Lima, Brazil Brazil’s The first female coach to manage women’s team

Lydia Nsekera, Burundi First woman appointed to the FIFA Executive Committee

Sandrine Soubeyrand, France France’s most capped football player in male or female competition

Hedvig Lindahl, Sweden named in Swedish goalkeeper of the year, XI ld Wor ro FIFP the

Nina Burger, Austria ÖFB-Frauenliga’s top scorer for six seasons in Austria

Corinne Diacre, France First female manager of a men’s football team in France

Birgit Prinz, Germany Second top all-time leading scorer at the FIFA Women’s World Cup

Helena Costa, Portugal Former scout and first Portuguese female coach of a professional male football club

Marinet te Pichon, France One of France’s most capped play ers of all time

Sisleide do Amor Lima, Brazil A FIFA ambassador for the Women’s World Cup

Hope Solo, United States Holds the U.S. record for most career clean sheets

Sandra Žigić, Croatia Most capped female player in Croa

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Jaiyah Saelua, America Samoa First transgender international footballer

Casey Stoney, England England international and LGBT role model

Homare Sawa, Japan ning Captain of Japan’s World Cup -win team

Mar tina Moser, Switzerland Holds the record of most cap s won for her country

Steffi Jones, Germany FIFA global ambassador, organised the 2011 Women’s World Cup

Kateryna Monzul, Ukraine h in The first woman to referee a matc ue leag ier Ukraine’s Prem

Vanessa Arauz, Ecuador Youngest coach ever in a FIFA

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Senegal Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura , le fema and pean Euro nonFIFA’s first Secretar y General

Pia Sundhage, Sweden hes One of the first female football coac worldwide

Monika Staab, Germany One of the game’s most successful female managers

Abby Wambach, United States Holds the U.S. record for most international goals scored

Chan Yuen Ting, Hong Kong First female coach in the Asian Champions League

Kelly Smith, England England’s first professional female player

Megan Rapinoe, United States World Cup and Olympic Champion and LGBTI activist

Vera Pauw, Netherlands First female Dutch player to play professionally in Italy

Lara Dickenmann, Switzerland Holds the record of most goals scored for Switzerland

Verónica Boquete, Spain Captained Spain at their first ever Women’s World Cup appearance in 2015

Marta Torrejón, Spain Spain’s most capped female player

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