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Friday, March 31, 2006

"I dont know how to pronounce his name. I've tried, but I can't."

It's Friday, and TDH was thinking about about using this space to worry about Scott Parker's suspected glandular fever or to update you, loyal readers, on the latest match in the Ecuadorian league. But instead, because TDH's purpose is to entertain, here's a little rundown on some of the nicknames from yesterday's Seleccion:

Julio Cruz - "The Gardener"
Hernan Crespo - "Little Valdano"
Lionel Messi - "The Bionic Flea"
Sergio Aguero - "Kun"
Carlos Tevez - "Apache"
Pablo Aimar - "The Clown"
Juan Roman Riquelme - "Romy" "JR" "Topo Gigio"
Maximiliano Rodriguez - "The Wild Animal"
Luis Gonzalez - "Lucho"
Juan Sebastian Veron - "The Little Witch"
Esteban Cambiasso - "Cuchu"
Javier Zanetti - "Pupi"
Martin Demichelis - "Micho" "Mariscal"
Juan Pablo Sorin - "Juampi"
Daniel Diaz - "Cata"
Gabriel Heinze - (apparently none)
Walter Samuel - "The Wall"
Lionel Scaloni - "Lio"
Roberto Ayala - "The Mouse"
Nicolas Burdisso - "Nico"
German Lux - "The Bean"
Roberto Abbondanzieri - "The Duck"
Leo Franco - (apparently none)

To sum up, Argentina could end up with a mouse and a wall defending a duck while a gardener and a bionic flea chase the ball around up front. Not bad, eh?

As TDH thinks more about La Seleccion, the likelihood that Pekerman will diverge only increases. He coached Coloccini, Ponzio, Placente and Saviola in the youth side. It wouldn't be a surprise to see one or more of them, alas, in the squad.

But back to the entertaining stuff - anyone care to recommend similarly graphic nicknames for the England team?


Blogger toto said...

Heinze is The Gringo

Pekerman is The Taxi Driver

Saviola is The Bunny

Placente is The Grandfather

Coloccini is Colocha

7:45 AM  
Blogger The American Geordie said...

Te agredezco, toto, por los apodos. I've had a lot of taxi drivers in Buenos Aires who despise Pekerman. Just today a guy was telling me how unlucky Bielsa was. I guess they'd all like to have the job, too - and that might not be so far-fetched. Apparently Ricardo Lavolpe, Mexico's Argentine-born coach, owns a taxi service in Buenos Aires....

4:35 PM  
Blogger the Maradona of Malawi said...

why the gringo? any ideas?

7:35 PM  
Blogger The American Geordie said...

Yeah, it makes sense. In Argentina (unlike in Mexico, for example) the word "gringo" signifies a blond guy, which sometimes carries connotations of being a foreigner. Heinze has some blond hair and is half-German, so it's close enough.

9:36 PM  

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