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?
3. Antigua and Barbuda
22. Congo DR
23. Costa Rica
25. Czech Republic
46. Ivory Coast
49. Korea Republic
59. New Zealand
61. Northern Ireland
67. Republic of Ireland
75. South Africa
80. Trinidad and Tobago
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