25 June, 2010

Awesome Names of World Cup 2010: Part 3


Uruguay look strong, mainly in the first names with Maximilliano Pereira, Walter Gargano, Egidio Arevalo, Edinson Cavani among their top performers, but with Muslera and Scotti playing a part, they do alright in the surnames too.

Germany delivers another strong team of efficient memorably-named footballers, led by people's favourite, Hans-Jorg Butt and Leo's favourite Mertesacker. Holger Badstuber, Schweinsteiger, Mesut 'Admiral' Oezil and Cacau.

Ghana will also provide strong opposition. John Pantsil, Hans Sarpei, Isaac Vorsah, Kevin-Prince Boateng, Quincy Owusu-Abeyie, Asamoah Gyan and Prince Tagoe have plenty going forward and will keep it weird in defence.

Serbia traditionally dominate in Awesome Names games. Any of Zeljko Brkic, Neven Subotic, Gojko Kacar, Zoran Tosic, Nenad Milijas and especially Dragan Mrdja could be Bond villains. But their bus stops at the quarter-finals.

Nigeria fields an incredibly strong team. Bassey Akpan, Elderson Echiejile, Yobo, Shittu, Dickson Etuhu, Lukman Haruna, Mikel John Obi 'Wan Kenobi'. Disappointment for them, I fear.

Ivory Coast shows up with typical strength. Boubacar Barry, Slaka Tiene, Yaya Toure, Gilles Yapi Yapo provide the ammunition for Kanga Akale, Aruna Dindane and Drogba. Their extra strength - in the form of Sven Goran-Eriksson (or Svengo Raneriksson, for the duration of this competition) - will surely push them into the semis.