Other then the 21,000th goal what was the big milestone at Newcastle United this week?

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After Gael Bigirimana scored the third goal against Wigan Athletic on Monday he became the first ever player from Burundi to score a Premier League goal. That takes the number of nationalities to have bagged Premier League goals to 87. So where and who are they?

As Newcastle United defeated 10-man Wigan Athletic 3-0 last night in the Premier League a major milestone was achieved. Demba Ba’s second goal in the fixture was the 21,000th goal in the Premier League. That means a remarkable 1,000 goals have been scored in less than a year; since Marc Albrighton bagged a goal against Arsenal on the 23rd December 2011 to help the Premier League goal-o-meter tick over to the 20,000 mark.

In that fixture Yossi Benayoun wasted no time in waiting to get the clock rolling to number 21,000 as he grabbed the winner for Arsenal in the fixture with a late header.

Since Brian Deane scored the first goal in Premier League history against Manchester United for Sheffield United in 1992 the net has rippled 21,001 times and with Les Ferdinand grabbing the 10,000th in 2001 and Chris Sutton scoring number 5,000 the major landmarks are proudly owned by Englishmen.

That point is made all the more poignant when you consider that Gael Bigirimana, the man who grabbed a sensational third for Newcastle and helped us on our way to 22,000 at St James Park last night was the first player from Burundi to score a Premier League goal. He made the small central African country the 87th country to have a Premier League goalscorer. 87 countries altogether make up the list of nations which have seen a player from their country score in the Premier League and when you consider there are 209 national associations affiliated with FIFA that is an astonishing amount. No other league in world football comes close to the English total which truly reflects the multi-national game that the English Premier League has become.

Here is the entire list in full. Impress your friends… can you name players to match the countries?

1. Algeria

2. Angola

3. Antigua and Barbuda

4. Argentina

5. Australia

6. Austria

7. Barbados

8. Belarus

9. Belgium

10. Benin

11. Bermuda

12. Bosnia-Herzegovina

13. Brazil

14. Bulgaria

15. Burundi

16. Cameroon

17. Canada

18. Chile

19. China

20. Colombia

21. Congo

22. Congo DR

23. Costa Rica

24. Croatia

25. Czech Republic

26. Denmark

27. Ecuador

28. Egypt

29. England

30. Finland

31. France

32. Gabon

33. Georgia

34. Germany

35. Ghana

36. Greece

37. Grenada

38. Guinea

39. Guyana

40. Honduras

41. Hungary

42. Iceland

43. Iran

44. Israel

45. Italy

46. Ivory Coast

47. Jamaica

48. Japan

49. Korea Republic

50. Latvia

51. Liberia

52. Macedonia

53. Mali

54. Mexico

55. Montenegro

56. Montserrat

57. Morocco

58. Netherlands

59. New Zealand

60. Nigeria

61. Northern Ireland

62. Norway

63. Paraguay

64. Peru

65. Poland

66. Portugal

67. Republic of Ireland

68. Romania

69. Russia

70. Scotland

71. Senegal

72. Serbia

73. Slovakia

74. Slovenia

75. South Africa

76. Spain

77. Sweden

78. Switzerland

79. Togo

80. Trinidad and Tobago

81. Tunisia

82. Turkey

83. Ukraine

84. USA

85. Uruguay

86. Wales

87. Zimbabwe

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