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10 Best-Named Players At The World Cup

Monday 9th June 2014

The influx of foreign players to the Premier League have made us far more familiar with the unusual-sounding names of footballers.

Boubacar Barry

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But there are still some wonderfully exotic names appearing at the World Cup. We've picked out our favourite named players appearing in Brazil.

1) Boubacar Barry, Ivory Coast
The Elephants' goalkeeper has a name that is very pleasing to say, with excellent alliteration. An excellent christian name with a very ordinary surname.

2) Carlo Costly, Honduras
A footballer who sounds like a name made up by a 1980s pundit, being critical of foreign players: "Why would you buy Carlo Costly, rather than an English player?" 

3) Lee Bum-young, South Korea
No sniggering at the back please.

4) Ashkan Dejagah, Iran
The Fulham winger's name is enhanced by the excellent terrace chant: "He's got the moves Dejagah"

5) Reza Ghoochannejhad, Iran
Nicknamed Gucci, the Charlton striker has one of the longest surnames at the World Cup.

6) Fred, Brazil
While some Brazilians are called Fernandinho or Paulinho, one striker is simply known as Fred. They also have Jo and Bernard in the squad.

7) John Boye, Ghana
The Black Stars' player sounds like he's right out of The Waltons. 

8) Godfrey Oboabona, Nigeria
The Nigerian's name is very satisfying to say - O-Boa-Bone-Ah.

9) Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Greece
The defender's name is a real mouthful, with nine-syllables.

10) Hulk, Brazil
You won't like this striker when he's angry.