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4:34 AM - Jun 13, 2015 #101

Isn't there an impressive resemblance between the Eddie Murphy pictured above and the Bolivian president Evo Morales...?
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7:29 AM - Jun 13, 2015 #102

Sshh Luca, you'll blow his cover as a South American spy! Should have chosen a better pseudonym though, even the initials are the same.
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5:05 PM - Jun 20, 2015 #103

One of the top St Lucian goal-scorers in the late 1970s was named Ethelbert "Ace High" Willie.
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3:03 PM - Jun 25, 2015 #104

Not a player but a referee: Mr. Frankenstein.
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5:38 PM - Jun 25, 2015 #105

A player for St Kitts in the 1960s was C.Bass. I think he was a good poacher...
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4:35 AM - Jun 29, 2015 #106

nfm24 wrote:
A player for St Kitts in the 1960s was C.Bass. I think he was a good poacher...
I think it was his brother Rod who got him hooked on the game. Perhaps he was also good at angling the ball and he liked to wade into tackles. His Poisson distribution was second to none, but he is always remembered for the notorious "hand of cod". However, this is halibut much to take in at once, and besides, it all sounds fishy on a grand scale.  
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7:51 PM - Sep 15, 2015 #107

A goalkeeper who played for South Korea in 1989 was named Yoo Dae-Soon, which sounds rather forboding.
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5:47 AM - Sep 16, 2015 #108

"You Die Soon"? He'd form a good pair with Luís Boa Morte of Portugal, as "Boa Morte" means "Good Death"...
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9:49 AM - Sep 16, 2015 #109

They could be the deadly forwards in an x-x-2 system.
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10:47 AM - Sep 16, 2015 #110

They would be especially effective in sudden death extra time or in a shootout situation.
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1:56 PM - Sep 16, 2015 #111

Does anyone know a player named Grim Reaper?
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10:25 AM - Sep 17, 2015 #112

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Does anyone know a player named Grim Reaper?
As most (all?) people who 'know' the Grim Reaper are dead, I very much doubt you will get a "yes" answer to this question.
If ghosts visit this forum, I will hold you responsible. 
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10:27 AM - Sep 17, 2015 #113

There was also an English goalkeeper who played for Reading known as Steve Death (I think it was pronounced "Dee-ATH" rather than "Deth"?).
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1:35 PM - Sep 17, 2015 #114

TheRoonBa wrote:
There was also an English goalkeeper who played for Reading known as Steve Death (I think it was pronounced "Dee-ATH" rather than "Deth"?).
Dee-Ath could be a Korean player.
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5:50 PM - Sep 17, 2015 #115

I had a lecturer called Peter D'Eath. He was rubbish, and a couple of years later he set an exam for which all his "model answers" were wrong.
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8:03 AM - Sep 18, 2015 #116

Possibly the spelling of D'Eath (‘DEATH’ with interruption) is already a
first indication for 'deceleration' in general … or he just acted like an
incarnated black hole .... 
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5:55 PM - Sep 19, 2015 #117

He was definitely some kind of hole.
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5:45 AM - Sep 23, 2015 #118

Talking about "macabre" surnames, I remember a famous NBA star called Alonzo Mourning.In Italy we have a famous Olympic champion called Alberto Tomba (tomba means tomb...).
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12:24 PM - Sep 23, 2015 #119

Taking a brief detour away from sport into my extended personal life, my girlfriend knows of a few people in India with the surname "Sodabottleopenerwala". It literally means "Soda Bottle Opener Man" - one of those "profession-based" names that hasn't quite caught on in the UK (Butcher and Baker did, Candlestick-Maker was softened to Chandler).
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3:05 PM - Sep 23, 2015 #120

It is extreme decadence to have a servant just for that! I thought it was the most fun part. The satisfying "Pssht" as the gas escapes.
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5:11 AM - Oct 01, 2015 #121

And what about those players whose first name is identical to the family name?André André, 1 appearance for Portugal.I presume there is someone else, maybe in Africa or in the Arabic countries.
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5:22 PM - Oct 01, 2015 #122

There is the classic Neville Neville, father of Gary and Phil (and women's netball coach Tracy).

On amusing names, there was a Solomon Islands player in the 1970s called Happy Christmas.
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5:25 PM - Oct 01, 2015 #123

It would have been great if his wife had been named Mary.
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5:55 PM - Oct 02, 2015 #124

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It would have been great if his wife had been named Mary.
Only for Americans.
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5:06 AM - Oct 06, 2015 #125

And of course her maiden name was White...
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3:55 PM - Oct 21, 2015 #126

It has just reached my attention that the Dynamo Berlin manager was named Jürgen Bogs.
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11:48 AM - Nov 26, 2015 #127

There was a Sierra Leone cricketer in the late 1960s named Adolf Stalin Fraser. I'm sure I saw the same name mentioned in a Barbados newspaper, so it's possible he made a transatlantic crossing at some point.
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3:48 PM - Nov 26, 2015 #128

To follow that, in 1972 the Liberian FA had two officials with interesting names:
Secretary : Willis D. Knuckles
Vice-President : Mr S. Hitler Barrolle (also worked as assistant commissioner for legal affairs at the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization)
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7:33 PM - Nov 26, 2015 #129

In Willis D. Knuckles (Junior)'s obituary in 2014.
http://www.liberianlistener.com/2014/08 ... s-is-dead/

"He was forced to resign from his ministerial post in 2007 amidst allegations of a leaked sex tape."

A newspaper article at the time of the sex scandal was headlined "Knuckles rapped"...
http://www.tradewindsnews.com/andalso/5 ... les-rapped
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3:41 AM - Nov 27, 2015 #130

When Juventus won the 1966/67 championship, they fielded two defenders called Benito and Adolfo...
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1:34 PM - Nov 27, 2015 #131

I just find it interesting that Mr S. Hitler Barrolle chose to go by his middle name instead of his first - I wonder what the "S" stood for?
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1:55 PM - Nov 27, 2015 #132

nfm24 wrote:
There was a Sierra Leone cricketer in the late 1960s named Adolf Stalin Fraser. I'm sure I saw the same name mentioned in a Barbados newspaper, so it's possible he made a transatlantic crossing at some point.
I would not be surprised his brother is named Josef Hitler Fraser.
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12:16 PM - Dec 09, 2015 #133

On team names, there was a Jamaican club called Dynamic Cockburn which sounds like something which modern overpaid professional footballers might suffer from.
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12:32 PM - Dec 09, 2015 #134

nfm24 wrote:
On amusing names, there was a Solomon Islands player in the 1970s called Happy Christmas.
Since we are approaching that time of year again, here is the Roon Ba Happy Christmas card to you all.
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1:06 PM - Dec 09, 2015 #135

I miss the Christmas tree.
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4:45 AM - Dec 10, 2015 #136

What a bizarre coincidence!!Take a look at the name of the guy beside him: Noel Wagapu. "Noël" in French means "Christmas". Perhaps "Wagapu" does mean "merry" or "tree"... who knows
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5:27 PM - Dec 10, 2015 #137

Another coincidence : standing next to the only white guy is another player named Brownless Zaku.
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5:37 PM - Dec 10, 2015 #138

Ridiculous that they couldn't give the name of the plane's hostess. Makes the whole article worthless.

I wonder if they played against a Bougainville "national team" while on Bougainville.
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7:23 PM - Dec 10, 2015 #139

My info is that they played in Lae, but not in Bougainville - at least, any such games were not mentioned later.
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2:27 PM - Dec 11, 2015 #140

Fast Midfielder wrote:
I miss the Christmas tree.
Not exactly a tree, but one of the guys' name is Walter Ramo. "Ramo" in Italian means "branch"
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6:16 PM - Jan 17, 2016 #141

Back to amusing team names:  apparently there was rough play in the match between Octopus and Sharks.
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5:12 AM - Jan 18, 2016 #142

In Port Harcourt there's also a club named "Dolphins!!
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6:39 AM - Jan 18, 2016 #143

nfm24 wrote:
Back to amusing team names:  apparently there was rough play in the match between Octopus and Sharks.
I'm a sucker for that kind of story.  Always makes my jaws drop.  Oh wait, this is not the purpose of this thread...
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7:46 AM - Feb 14, 2016 #144

nfm24 wrote:
There was a Sierra Leone cricketer in the late 1960s named Adolf Stalin Fraser. I'm sure I saw the same name mentioned in a Barbados newspaper, so it's possible he made a transatlantic crossing at some point.
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7:48 AM - Feb 14, 2016 #145

nfm24 wrote:
To follow that, in 1972 the Liberian FA had two officials with interesting names:
Secretary : Willis D. Knuckles
Vice-President : Mr S. Hitler Barrolle (also worked as assistant commissioner for legal affairs at the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization)
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8:04 AM - Feb 14, 2016 #146

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8:17 AM - Feb 14, 2016 #147

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8:22 AM - Feb 14, 2016 #148

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5:46 PM - Feb 16, 2016 #149

A Seychelles player in the early 1970s was named Godfrey Moustache.
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2:04 PM - Feb 17, 2016 #150

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