Players who played against the country they are named after

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Players who played against the country they are named after

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11 Feb 2017, 12:18 #1

Hugh Wales played on 26-10-1932 for Scotland against Wales.
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11 Feb 2017, 19:14 #2

I think there are many cases:
Rinus ISRAËL (Netherlands) played against Israel in 1965;Mike ENGLAND (Wales) played against England in 1967;Luis MiguEL SALVADOR (Mexico) played against El Salvador in 1993...
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11 Feb 2017, 19:23 #3

Rinus Israël played also against Israel in 1970.
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13 Feb 2017, 10:04 #4

1960 Olympic Games qualifiers: Frits van IERLAND (Netherlands) played against Ireland. Ierland, in Dutch, means Ireland. The amusing coincidence was that he scored an own-goal...
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13 Feb 2017, 19:58 #5

Matt Holland played against Holland (twice).
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13 Feb 2017, 22:11 #6

John Holland even captained Malta in 1982 and 1983 against Holland.
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14 Feb 2017, 22:25 #7

Probably some guy/girl named Maurice played against Mauritius.
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14 Feb 2017, 23:30 #8

nfm24 wrote:
Probably some guy/girl named Maurice played against Mauritius.
Cue Ahmed Maurice of Seychelles
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15 Feb 2017, 22:50 #9

Thanks for applying the bullet header to my speculative cross.

Similarly, as América is a fairly popular Latin American female name, I expect that one so-named may have featured against Trumpistan.
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24 Feb 2017, 19:21 #10

27/01/1993 Spain 1-1 Mexico: Miguel España of Mexico played against Spain, as "España" means "Spain".
But luckily there was a guy who played for the "exact" country... 11/07/1992 Solomon Islands 1-1 Tahiti: Solomon Vevoa appeared for the Solomon Islands.
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24 Feb 2017, 20:07 #11

Probably several Vincents played against St Vincent, or Dominics against Dominica etc.
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19 Mar 2017, 09:54 #12

On 08/05/1991, Martinique faced Zaire for a friendly in Paris.It would have been great if Dominique Zaïre of Martinique had played against Zaire , but unfortunately data are missing...
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19 Mar 2017, 17:16 #13

Maybe if somebody has the relevant edition of "France Football", they can post the details here.
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20 Mar 2017, 09:52 #14

And what about this one: Nicolas Zaïre, another player of the Martinique national team. As Zaire has changed its name, it would be amusing if he played against the Democratic Republic of the Congo...
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12 May 2017, 07:52 #15

Not a player, but a coach. When Mexico faced Portugal during the 1991 World Youth Championship, Mexico's coach was Alfonso PORTUGAL...
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17 May 2017, 10:58 #16

Africa Cup of Nations; 08/03/1986; Algeria 0-0 Morocco. One of the Algerian players was Karim Maroc. "Maroc", in French, means "Morocco".
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23 May 2017, 08:55 #17

When Thailand faced Japan on 15/03/1997, the name of the Thai goalkeeper was Nipon Malanont. In Japanese Nippon means Japan...
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26 May 2017, 08:15 #18

The funniest coincidence would have been if Demetrio Angola of Bolivia had played against Angola, but unfortunately he never did...
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16 Jul 2017, 09:09 #19

In 2016 Kabaso Chongo of Zambia played against Chongo... sorry... against Congo...
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30 Aug 2017, 08:56 #20

Nooooo, this could have been the best of all! In 1958 Singapore fielded a player named Yong Kong against Hong Kong. If just that Y had been an H...
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04 Sep 2017, 09:14 #21

Another one: in 1998 Viorel Moldovan of Romania played against the Moldovan national team.
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07 Sep 2017, 18:49 #22

It would have been funny if Jari Europaeus of Finland had played versus a European XI...
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10 Oct 2017, 12:12 #23

The funniest coincidences would have been if Mexico Vailea of Tonga had played against Mexico, or if Gaël Germany of Martinique had played against Germany, or if Alan Brazil of Scotland had played against Brazil, or if Daniel Montenegro of Argentina had played against Montenegro😁.  But, sadly, they never did 😰 👎
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01 Dec 2017, 10:32 #24

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09 Jan 2018, 10:29 #25

This one is legendary

At the 1978 Asian Games, Malaysia played against China and one of their footballers was Soh Chin Aun.
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09 Jan 2018, 19:11 #26

Yes, he was the captain in fact.
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16 Jan 2018, 23:30 #27

Ian Mariano made his Guam debut against the North Marianas in 2007, Mariana being the female derivative of Mariano. By coincidence, two of his three international goals have been against them as well.
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18 Jan 2018, 19:31 #28

In club football there was a nice coincidence in 1998, when Mickaël Marsiglia of Cannes scored a goal against Olympique de Marseille. "Marsiglia" in Italian means "Marseille"...
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