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Hey! Who loves lists?

Though American football may have some excellent names to offer, world football can offer countless other gems for your pronouncing pleasure.

I’ll start with the most natural starting point possible, Africa, our
great continent-mother which has blessed us with these most wonderful

Mamadou Doumbia
Papa Bouba Diop
Papa Waigo N’Diayè
Manuel ‘Junior’ Agogo
Constant Djapka
Gilles Yapi Yapo
Bonaventure Kalou
Yaya Toure
Excellent Walaza


Ryan France
Stephen Ireland
Florin Lovin
Glyndwr Hughes
Jaap Stamm
Milos Mrvaljevic
Kim Källström
Kyriakos Papadopoulos
Samuele Pizza
Tom Huddlestone
Magnús Þór Magnusson
Hrafnkell Helgi Helgason
Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink
Luis Boa Morte (Luis Good Death)
Rod Fanni
Nicky Butt

The Americas: (With the penchant for nicknames that Brazillians have,
the list is endless. These are just a few good ones)

Oguchi Onyewu
Jeroñimo Wendes
Vagner Love
Wellington Gum
João Victor Albuquerque Bruno

…and billions of others. As you can see, I didn’t even touch on Asia
or Oceana. Feel free to add to the list!


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  1. Great list of names. However, you left off one from Europe.

    A one Zinedine Zidane.

    Why you could even just put his nickname. Zizou!