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Just thinking about where the best 'non Brit / Ireland' prem players have come from and it seems that, apart from Zola and de Canio very few of our top players have come from Italy or Spain for that matter. Only one or 2 top Germans (Klinsmann)very few South Americans (Ardilles / Villa)
Most others that have come from these Countries seem to have been a bit of a joke...
It seems that the best Prem foreigners have been Dutch, French and Scandinavian. Am I being a bit unkind here?
i think langauge also plays a part here too.
The Argentinians speak Spanish (so Italian is also fairly easy to learn and understand) and the Brazilians speak Portuguese so again Spanish is probably fairly easy to master hence they tend to migrate towards those Countries. Many of the African players probably speak reasonable English so this makes their transition to this country much easier. The Scandinavians, French and Dutch all speak better English than most Scousers so I suppose the UK is a reasonably good place for them to settle down in.
I think it's climate related, which baffles me why Germans don't do well. Have you noticed though that nearly all top German players play in the Bundesliga? Maybe it's a masterplan of World (Football) Domination???
Nope!! The French has been doing well since Cantona arrived,(in my memory) the Dutch always did brilliantly up here and maybe because of the money is the reason why Scandinavians have done well, to be given a chance to play.
Its all down to the climate and way of life. Almost none of the top Italians, Spaniards or S Americans want to live in England. Unfortunately for us, some can be tempted to London but no further. The EPL can attract top northern europeans ( other than those bought by Italian/Spanish clubs) as its just as cold and wet in their countries.
So , in general,we get second-rate 'warm climate' players and top-rate 'cold climate' players. There are exceptions like Zola when a player has a reason to quit his country for a time;trick is to find these.