Amusing names

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October 18th, 2016, 6:04 pm #201

From South Africa 1992
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October 20th, 2016, 5:20 pm #202


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October 21st, 2016, 3:20 pm #203

Is there any chance that these reports are just made up?
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October 21st, 2016, 7:52 pm #204

It's more believable than Trump running for president.

I have seen a couple of spoofs, or "short story" features that were hard to distinguish from actual reports.
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November 4th, 2016, 5:46 pm #205

In 1965 a director of the Real Republikans club (Ghana) was called Isaac Newton.

[sits back and waits to admire Mark's pun frenzy]
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November 15th, 2016, 11:12 am #206

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November 17th, 2016, 8:50 am #207

nfm24 wrote:
In 1965 a director of the Real Republikans club (Ghana) was called Isaac Newton.

[sits back and waits to admire Mark's pun frenzy]
Is there a word for a "delayed frenzy"?

Just a theory, but there must have been a motion to elect him, which would have required some inertia, and steadily built up momentum as time went by.

However, it seems, on reflection, that it was a mistake to appoint this cunning man.  The gravity of the situation became clear when one of the board of directors was heard to utter forcefully to another, opposite him, "Can Isaac him?", to which there was an equally forceful reaction to the affirmative, to a round of apple-ause from the rest of the board.

Eventually, they had "got freed" of this calculating man, and put a more rational man called Will at the helm, whose first decree was that Choco Leibniz biscuits would be the biscuits of choice at future board meetings.
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November 17th, 2016, 9:33 am #208

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November 24th, 2016, 5:53 pm #209

Silvio Berlusconi must have been involved somewhere in this ladies "Bunga-Bunga" match...
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November 24th, 2016, 6:00 pm #210

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November 25th, 2016, 2:08 pm #211

nfm24 wrote:
Silvio Berlusconi must have been involved somewhere in this ladies "Bunga-Bunga" match...
Haha... Where did it occur? Malaysia?
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November 27th, 2016, 6:47 pm #212

Yes, "Bunga" means "flower" in Malay - both those teams were named after prominent regional species of flower.
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January 4th, 2017, 1:59 pm #213

So if there wasn't enough reason to want Guinea-Bissau to do well at the Africa Cup of Nations this month... they have a player in their squad called Zé Turbo.
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January 4th, 2017, 2:03 pm #214

One of his most famous opponents would be Brazilian Paulinho McLaren...
Last edited by Luca on January 4th, 2017, 2:06 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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January 4th, 2017, 4:19 pm #215

They could play for Verdy Kawasaki.

There was a Rhodesian rugby player in the 1950s named John Kitcat. He could form a duo with Roelf-Jan Tiktak mentioned earlier.
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January 5th, 2017, 1:34 pm #216

mattsanger92 wrote:
So if there wasn't enough reason to want Guinea-Bissau to do well at the Africa Cup of Nations this month... they have a player in their squad called Zé Turbo.
He's now sadly been cut from the squad after an injury. Let's hope for a speedy recovery. (I'm sorry, I'll go sit in the corner now...)
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January 16th, 2017, 7:34 pm #217

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January 26th, 2017, 6:22 pm #218

Maharashtra had a player in the 1990s named Willy Joy.
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February 7th, 2017, 10:33 am #219

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February 15th, 2017, 7:38 pm #220

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February 16th, 2017, 1:57 am #221

Hmm - A Food Complex having 'seasoned' players. Fireworks at an Electricity match. This writer was surely having fun compiling this preview!
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February 16th, 2017, 6:36 pm #222


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April 14th, 2017, 9:56 pm #223

Kaizeler wrote:
and the best name for a referee is probably that of Scotsman Charlie Faultless.
There was another Scottish referee, this one in Ashanti circa 1950, named Jock B. Fair.
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May 16th, 2017, 4:19 am #224

Not properly an amusing name, but an amusing coincidence: when Slovenia faced Iceland on 07/02/1996, one of the Slovenian players was Gajser...
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May 20th, 2017, 7:48 am #225

I wonder if FC Santa Claus ever got invited to this cup:
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May 24th, 2017, 4:44 am #226

There's a bizarre coincidence in the Asian Champions League this season. In the round of 16, Al-Ahli play against Al-Ahli...
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May 24th, 2017, 5:00 am #227

not so bizarre as every Arab country has some clubs named Al Ahly.....they should mention the city like in Europe.... (nobody will remark Sporting playing Sporting when Anderlechts meets Sporting Lisboa)
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May 24th, 2017, 5:38 am #228

True. There are also a lot of clubs named "Al-Nasr" and "Al-Ittihad". Also in South America there are so many famous clubs named "Nacional" (Montevideo, Medellín, Asunción).
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May 24th, 2017, 10:49 am #229

pieter wrote:
not so bizarre as every Arab country has some clubs named Al Ahly.....they should mention the city like in Europe.... (nobody will remark Sporting playing Sporting when Anderlechts meets Sporting Lisboa)
They have distinguishable names - Al-Ahli Saudi vs Shabab Al-Ahli Dubai.
For many teams in Europe, the city name is not part of the club name (i.e. there is no Sporting Lisbon, or Glasgow Celtic).  And for many others, part of the club name is rarely used (Sporting Anderlecht, for example, Girondins de Bordeaux, Società Sportiva Napoli).

In the UK (and I'm sure in other European coutries), usually part of the name is dropped if there is a more famous team, and other teams from this city are in a much lower league.

For example, Bournemouth is used for AFC Bournemouth, even though there is already a team called Bournemouth (playing many divisions below).  Ipswich is used for Ipswich Town (though there is also Ipswich Wanderers), Brechin is used for Brechin City, despite the presence many division below of Brechin Victoria.

I think club names should really be streamlined.  Club name and optionally, city name, are all that are really needed, so 2-3 words should be the maximum necessary.  "FC" and "AFC" and "SS" and "US" should not really be part of the common names of clubs.

There are also some "honorifics" that have been added (Royal Antwerp, Real Madrid) that are not "really" part of the club name.  Some clubs (Deportiva de la Coruña, Celta de Vigo, for example) don't use them, even though they have been bestowed upon them, but others (Real Madrid most noticeably) are known simply as "Real".
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May 24th, 2017, 12:46 pm #230

TheRoonBa wrote:
I think club names should really be streamlined.
Yes and let's apply this to countries also.  No country should be permitted to have a name longer than 19 characters unless there is a convenient and unique abbreviation or acronym.
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May 25th, 2017, 7:10 am #231

"SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES"
Besides, doesn't everyone already have their FIFA-issued 3-letter code (including the bizarre use of "KVX" for Kosovo when "KOS" has always been available)?
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May 25th, 2017, 4:50 pm #232

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines should be renamed to Savigren.

Democratic Republic of Congo should be renamed to Big Congo.

All use of the word "Republic" and all other political status labels such as "Kingdom", "State/s" should be banned in short-form country names.
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May 26th, 2017, 2:30 am #233

a problem for the Korea's.....if they cannot call them Republic or PR....
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May 28th, 2017, 11:43 am #234

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May 28th, 2017, 11:49 am #235

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July 6th, 2017, 2:58 pm #236

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July 13th, 2017, 3:46 pm #237

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July 13th, 2017, 4:54 pm #238

what year and country is this cola from?
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July 14th, 2017, 5:01 am #239

It's from Ghana and it still exists:

This billboard of theirs is also worth a mention:
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July 14th, 2017, 5:07 am #240

Also if we're playing this game now, I've eaten one of these before (quite nice actually):
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July 14th, 2017, 7:08 am #241

I remember sampling Kickapoo Joy Juice in Malaysia.

We also had yam and sweetcorn ice cream.
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July 14th, 2017, 6:10 pm #242

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August 20th, 2017, 2:41 pm #243

So just noticed something in the teamsheets for this match... check out #16 of France, and writers of English-language spy parodies looking for villain names take notes.
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August 30th, 2017, 5:21 am #244

mattsanger92 wrote: So just noticed something in the teamsheets for this match... check out #16 of France, and writers of English-language spy parodies looking for villain names take notes.
Also a famous English referee had a similar family name. If some fan shouted: “B.....d!”, he could always say they were acclaiming him and not insulting him...!
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November 12th, 2017, 4:56 am #245

Yesterday Banana scored for Cameroon 
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November 12th, 2017, 11:40 am #246

Luca wrote: Yesterday Banana scored for Cameroon 
with a banana kick?
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November 12th, 2017, 5:31 pm #247

Natal had a player in the 1950s named Harley Davidson.
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December 2nd, 2017, 10:17 am #248

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December 11th, 2017, 7:18 am #249

South African player Cheese Manna.  He had a brother called Apple Manna.   (picture from 1978)

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December 11th, 2017, 7:34 am #250

Sounds like their parents just pointed to whatever was nearest them when they were thinking of a name.
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