Players who played against the country they are named after

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February 11th, 2017, 7:18 am #1

Hugh Wales played on 26-10-1932 for Scotland against Wales.
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February 11th, 2017, 2:14 pm #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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February 11th, 2017, 2:23 pm #3

Rinus Israël played also against Israel in 1970.
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February 13th, 2017, 5:04 am #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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February 13th, 2017, 2:58 pm #5

Matt Holland played against Holland (twice).
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February 13th, 2017, 5:11 pm #6

John Holland even captained Malta in 1982 and 1983 against Holland.
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February 14th, 2017, 5:25 pm #7

Probably some guy/girl named Maurice played against Mauritius.
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February 14th, 2017, 6:30 pm #8

nfm24 wrote:
Probably some guy/girl named Maurice played against Mauritius.
Cue Ahmed Maurice of Seychelles
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February 15th, 2017, 5:50 pm #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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February 24th, 2017, 2:21 pm #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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February 24th, 2017, 3:07 pm #11

Probably several Vincents played against St Vincent, or Dominics against Dominica etc.
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March 19th, 2017, 5:54 am #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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March 19th, 2017, 1:16 pm #13

Maybe if somebody has the relevant edition of "France Football", they can post the details here.
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March 20th, 2017, 5:52 am #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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May 12th, 2017, 3:52 am #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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May 17th, 2017, 6:58 am #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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May 23rd, 2017, 4:55 am #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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May 26th, 2017, 4:15 am #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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July 16th, 2017, 5:09 am #19

In 2016 Kabaso Chongo of Zambia played against Chongo... sorry... against Congo...
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August 30th, 2017, 4:56 am #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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September 4th, 2017, 5:14 am #21

Another one: in 1998 Viorel Moldovan of Romania played against the Moldovan national team.
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September 7th, 2017, 2:49 pm #22

It would have been funny if Jari Europaeus of Finland had played versus a European XI...
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October 10th, 2017, 8:12 am #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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December 1st, 2017, 5:32 am #24

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January 9th, 2018, 5:29 am #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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January 9th, 2018, 2:11 pm #26

Yes, he was the captain in fact.
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January 16th, 2018, 6:30 pm #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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January 18th, 2018, 2:31 pm #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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February 12th, 2018, 7:24 am #29

Emmanuel Libano Noruega was a very promising entry because Líbano means Lebanon and Noruega means Norway in Portuguese. But sadly he never played against either one.
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June 5th, 2018, 4:06 am #30

Régio Francisco Congo Zalata of Angola played against Congo and against DR Congo.
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