8 Footballers Whose Names Are Foods
Seeing as though it’s Tuesday, let’s do something a little different and remember five footballers whose names also happen to be foods.
Middlesbrough’s 2006 acquisition of the unpredictable Italian striker raised some eyebrows in England but he endeared himself to the club’s fans with his great attitude and work ethic. Maccarone memorably scored twice off the bench in the UEFA Cup semifinal of 2006, sending Boro to the final to face Sevilla.
One of South African’s most legendary footballers, Fish enjoyed a successful career in South Africa, Italy and England at club level and lifted the Africa Cup of Nations trophy with Bafana Bafana in 1996, a landmark achievement. Fish was a no-nonsense, tough-tackling defender who became a pillar in the backlines at clubs of the stature of Orlando Pirates, Lazio and Charlton Athletic in the Premier League. A year prior to his Cup of Nations success, Fish also won a CAF Champions League crown with Pirates.
The well-travelled centre back turned out for Cameroon in Egypt last year at the Africa Cup of Nations but the holders slipped up against Nigeria at the quarterfinal stage. Banana’s career has taken him from Tunisia to France to Switzerland to Greece, where he currently plies his trade at Panionios, on-loan from Olympiacos. The tall defender has 14 Cameroon caps and his parent club faces Arsenal next in the Europa League round of 32.
Pizza is an Italian footballer who plays for AC Fucecchio as a midfielder.
35-year-old Marcus Tristam Bean is a retired professional footballer who played as a midfielder in the English Football League, most notably for Brentford and Wycombe Wanderers. He represented Jamaica at full international level.
Speaking of Italian strikers, the deliciously-named Kevin Lasagna’s Udinese side is currently on a winless streak of four matches in Serie A. They’ll need their 27-year-old striker to start firing; his record of 26 goals & seven assists in 94 appearances for Le Zebrette is a respectable one.
A fan favourite in England who is being chased by a host of English elite clubs. Declan Rice is an English professional footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder or centre back for Premier League club West Ham United and the Three Lions of England.
Once a fan favourite at Arsenal, the dependable left-back is back in Spain as a regular of an exciting, much-improving Real Sociedad side. Nacho joined Arsenal in 2013 from Malaga, spending six-and-a-half years in North London, winning three FA Cups. Nacho’s most memorable goals included his goal at Old Trafford against Man United in the FA Cup quarterfinal and his equalizer against Man City in the 2017 semifinal of the same competition. The Gunners went on to win the famous trophy in both of those years.
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Speaking of food, there’s a feast of football coming up later in the week, continuing into the weekend and UEFA Champions League action next week.