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Elbouzedi Adds To Growing List Of Irish Players Playing Their Trade In Europe

Elbouzedi Adds To Growing List Of Irish Players Playing Their Trade In Europe
By Gary Connaughton Updated
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Irish players in Europe are becoming ever more common.

There is a well travelled path when it comes to making it as a professional in this country. We send our best young players across the Irish Sea in their teens, where it is then left to the English academy system to nurture the talents that will eventually populate our senior international team.

That is slowly changing.

Not only are we putting together an academy system that will grant players the opportunity to stay in Ireland for their footballing education, but many are also choosing to move a bit further afield in order to further their career.

With the nature of international football in 2021, we also have a number of young prospects that were born and play their club football on the continent and represent Ireland.

Zack Elbouzedi was the latest player to add to this growing contingent, with the Dubliner's move to Swedish side AIK confirmed this afternoon.

It prompted us to ask the question, just how many Irish players are plying their trade on the continent at the moment?

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The answer is: quite a few.

A number of the names on this list will be very recognisable, including many who are currently part of Ireland underage squads.

We have broken it down by country below.

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Irish Players In Europe

Spain

Ryan Nolan - Getafe

John Joe Patrick Finn - Getafe

Ryan Johansson - Sevilla

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Caden McLoughlin - Villarreal

Kevin Toner - La Nucía

 

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Germany

Anselmo Garcia McNulty - Wolfsburg

Conor Noss - Borussia Monchengladbach

Noe Baba - Fortuna Koln

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Daniel Rose - Schalke

 

France

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Deji Sotona - Nice

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Glory Nzingo - Stade de Reims

 

Belgium

Josh Cullen - Anderlecht

 

Cyprus

Jack Byrne - APOEL Nicosia

Jack Hallahan - PAEEK

 

Sweden

Zack Elbouzedi - AIK

 

Switzerland

Connor Ronan - Grasshopper Club Zürich

 

The Netherlands

Liam Kelly - Feyenoord

Liam Bossin - FC Dordrecht

 

Bulgaria

Graham Carey - CSKA Sofia

Conor Henderson - Pirin Blagoevgrad

 

Norway

Sean McDermott - Kristiansund

We will no doubt see a number of new names added to that list in the near future.

Kevin Zefi's is likely to be the next one, with the Shamrock Rovers youngster finally set to complete his long anticipated move to Inter Milan in the coming weeks.

SEE ALSO: Here Are All Of The Irish Transfers That Have Been Completed This Summer

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