Stoke City's Bojan Set To Switch National Team Allegiance
Stoke City forward Bojan Krkić is set to change his national team allegiance, as he is in talks about playing for the Serbia national team.
The 26-year old played for Spain at youth level and made an appearance for the La Roja first team in 2008 in a World Cup qualifier against Armenia, while he was also played for the Catalonia national team.
The former Barcelona man has ties to Serbia though, as his father Bojan Krkić senior is from there. He was reportedly approached to play for Serbia in 2008 but opted to play for his home country of Spain.
However, it appears now he has had a change of heart. There are a host of players ahead of him in the pecking order in Spain (seriously there are about 40 players infront of him) and so switching to Serbia may be the best option if he wants to play international football.
It's a tad complicated though. The Serbian football federation would need to make sure he is indeed eligble to play for Serbia (he has Serbian descent after all but has already played a competitve game for another country).
Chelsea striker Diego Costa famously switched his allegiance from Brazil to Spain in 2013, having only played in two friendlies for his country of birth.
According to FIFA rules, specifically Article 18, Bojan would not be able to play for Serbia in the World Cup as he has already representing another nation in that competition, however it would be a different story in the European Championships.
(h/t Sport Witness)