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Mar 28 13 9:04 PM

I don't agree with those methods (personally think that national teams should be representative of its nation's identity (and to be fair it is in almost all cases), and that any 'naturalised' players should have spent at least some time there rather than being handed citizenship), but it is Equatorial Guinea's own rules and an official citizenship awarded, and as such they are technically allowed to play however disagreeable the approach was.

Plus I can't speak for a nation of fans, but I am guessing that any naturalised players in '11 and '12 would have been celebrated like the born-and-bred players by Equatorial Guinea fans. An extreme example, but if, say, Dominica offered me a citizenship without having any connection or living there, I accepted it, played for the national team, and got a winning goal against, say, Mexico, I'm 99% certain to become an 'instant national hero'. Success does crazy things...

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Mar 28 13 10:13 PM

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They are obviously genuine (otherwise of course they wouldn't be allowed to play smiley: wink), but some cases do make you question the methods a little. In Europe Poland appear to be one of the worst 'offenders', Nigerian-born Emmanuel Olisidebe played in the 2002 FIFA World Cup (international debut in 2000) after just 3 years in Poland, while in 2008 Roger Guerreiro (born in Brazil) played in the Euros after less than 2 years of residency (the Polish authorities admit to having 'fast-tracked' his application in time for the summer).

For the record, both players scored in their respective tournaments, so if the locals had any issues at the naturalised players they were probably quickly forgotten, just as the Equatorial Guinea squad was presumably warmly-recieved in 2011 (women's) and 2012 (men's) for their achievements.

It depends on the country, though, the Home Nations have their 'gentleman's agreement' that has stopped naturalised players from being called-up, even if players such as Manuel Almunia and Nacho Novo are eligible for England/Scotland respectively.

It's not really the same; Olisadebe played for Polonia at the time. Guerreiro played for Legia. In Europe the naturalised players are often immigrants or players who moved to a country to play in the domestic league.
In Equatorial Guinea there is only one single domestic player; Rolan de la Cruz (a Colombian) who only this year started to play in a Malabo club.

www.soccer-db.info - football internationals

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Mar 29 13 2:35 AM

mattsanger92 wrote
They are obviously genuine (otherwise of course they wouldn't be allowed to play smiley: wink)
   
Hmm, I can see why they fired you from border control ;-)

Unless there is a new set of global rules which are consistent for all countries, one has to respect the rules of each country. 

For friendlies, particularly if they want to use more than 6 subs and play against reserve teams, they can field who they want.  They could even use such games as trials for foreigners before deciding to give them citizenship before the competition games.

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Mar 30 13 2:10 AM

To go back to the questions about how fans treat the 'foreigners' - some supporters of Equatorial Guinea (Mr. Nzalang Mundial himself, in particular) have expressed reservations about the lack of native players in the team.  They may get behind players when they are winning, but when they lose, the foreigners will be the obvious scapegoats.

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Apr 10 13 4:34 PM

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/22092031

Equatorial Guinea face being stripped of a 4-3 win over Cape Verde in 2014 World Cup qualifying for fielding an ineligible player.

Interesting line from this article:

"While none of the Equatorial Guinea starting line-up was born there are regulations that allow players to represent a country."

Apparently, people in Equatorial Guinea are not born.

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Apr 10 13 10:38 PM

Perhaps it means they were all delivered by Caesarean section.

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Jan 20 14 9:14 AM

http://www.feguifut.org/index.php/Articulos/99-falsa-la-anulacion-del-partido-contra-espana.html

Equatorial Guinea questioning why Equatorial Guinea-Spain last year was removed from FIFA's site, as apparently, the FA had responded to FIFA's requests before the match took place and had notified both FIFA and CAF as required.

"Therefore, FEGUIFUT, in consultation with FIFA, categorically denies [CONFIRMS?] this information is totally false, inviting all media who have disseminated this information to correct it if they are professionals, and have our doors open for consultation with CAF and FIFA"

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Jan 20 14 2:04 PM

Good luck with that. CAF and FIFA are probably too busy right now with CHAN (which are now included as full internationals) to deal with this case of a genuine international match being annulled for no significant reason. Its amazing things are this incompetent. Think of the number of matches in FIFA's list of full internationals which did not conform to some element of protocol... in the days when they had to actually write letters to each other.

While it will be interesting to find out who is really to blame, depressingly, it doesn't really matter. The problems are endemic within the FAs, CAF, and FIFA. It could be any one of them.

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Oct 21 15 9:57 PM

http://www.timeslive.co.za/thetimes/2015/10/21/Olympics-bound-Banyana-Banyana-were-screwed-by-CAF-says-coach

"Equatorial Guinea is a cooked- up team made up of Brazilians, Nigerians and Cameroonians. But we were well looked after by the Fifa match delegate, who came to our hotel regularly to see if we were OK. Fifa want to stop Equatorial Guinea's practices and there has been a lot of evidence gathered."

Hmmm - about time!!!

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Oct 23 15 4:56 PM

TheRoonBa wrote:
"Equatorial Guinea is a cooked- up team
Must be the temperature.

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