Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Cool player names to watch out for at World Cup 2010

The preliminary squads for the World Cup came out this week, and looking over the list of players for each team, I couldn’t help but smile at some of the names on offer.

There are some vaguely naughty ones for those of us who have the minds of 13-year-olds...

Waldo Ponce (Chile)
Rod Fanni (France)
Gaetan Bong (Cameroon)
Eric Choupo-Mating (Cameroon)
Hans-Jorg Butt (Germany)

And as always there are those African players whose parents named them after various adjectives they found appealing…

Brown Ideye (Nigeria)
Innocent Mdledle (South Africa)
Surprise Moriri (South Africa)

As always, there are those names that just seem really cool to try rolling off your tongue…

Faouzi Chaouchi (Algeria)
Lounes Gaouaoui (Algeria)
Ayodele Adeleye (Nigeria)
Ikechukwu Uche (Nigeria)
Siphiwe Tshabalala (South Africa)

But my favourite, for reasons I can't quite explain, is...

Georgie Welcome (Honduras)

Looking forward to it!


  1. I love all those names! I think Innocent and Surprise are my favorites.

  2. ^ I know, so many possibilities... imagine seeing Surprise Moriri in a crowded street and yelling out "Surprise! Surprise!"

    Or Brown Ideye introducing himself with "Hello, I am Brown."

    Innocent is apparently not that uncommon a name, I've met a Zimbabwean kid with that name before.

    Btw I love that both Rod Fanni's names are kinda sexual.

  3. Innocent would be a cool name to have if you're going to court..."I'm Innocent!!!"

  4. Choupo-Mating wins. Definitely my favourite. Oh, the mental image!

    PS-Is it true the first match is Serbia vs Australia? I know nothing about this world cup thing...

  5. Obviously, I have a mind of a 13 year old...

    But I still think Choupo-Mating is a cute last name.