28 June 2006

WC: Top Player Names

One of the great joys of soccer, and the World Cup especially, is that it provides a glimpse into other cultures. One of the simplest and most entertaining ways it does so is through the names of the players themselves. In addition to twisting the tongues of ESPN/ABC commentators, they're just darn fun to pronounce. So what are the most interesting and intriguing names at Germany 06? Here's my list:

Côte d'IvoireYapi Yapo
 Boubacar Barry
CroatiaDado Pršo
Czech RepublicTomáš Ujfaluši
FranceZinedine Zidane
GhanaOtto Addo
 Razak Pimpong
HollandJan Vennegoor of Hesselink
ParaguayAldo Bobadilla
SwitzerlandHakan Yakin
 Pascal Zuberbühler
TogoLudovic Assemoassa
UkraineRuslan Rotan
USAOguchi Onyewu

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