Despite being a minnow in world football, South-East Asia has a vibrant diaspora of footballers playing across Europe who were once eligible to represent their native countries.
Some have already starred for the European national teams and established themselves as star players both at club and international levels, while the others still could switch their allegiances.
Football Tribe Asia puts together a list of top players of South-East Asian descent who have made their names in Europe.
1. Radja Nainggolan
His first name means ‘King’ in Bahasa Indonesia. The 28-year-old was born in Antwerp to a Belgian mother and an Indonesian father.
At the age of 17, he moved to Italy and started his career with Piacenza before joining Serie A’s Cagliari in 2010. Radja, who currently plays for AS Roma, initially was on Indonesia national team radar during his young age before deciding to represent Belgium senior team at international level in 2009.