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Funny Footballing Nicknames
Abepaih (Arsenal) 7 years ago
10) Arjen Robben – The Man Of Glass

Widely regarded as one of the world's most talented and skilful players, Robben’s feats for Holland, PSV, Chelsea and Real Madrid have sometimes been overshadowed by his regular spells on the sidelines. The winger’s injury proneness has seen his earn the nickname ‘The Man of Glass’ due to his ability to break rather easily.

9) Nicolas Anelka – The Incredible Sulk

Anelka has been around for so long, it is almost impossible to think that he is still only 30. During his 12 or so years starring for various European teams such as Arsenal, Real Madrid and Chelsea, you can probably count on one hand the number of times the Frenchman has smiled. His uneasy relationships with coaches and team-mates has seen him tagged ‘Le Incredible Sulk’.

Anelka - the boy who ruined every school photo

8) Davie Dodds – The Elephant Man

Dodds was a star striker for the Dundee United team who won the Scottish League in 1983, and a year later were desperately close to making the European Cup Final as they lost 3-2 on aggregate in the semi-final to Roma. Despite these heroics, Dodds is best remembered for his uncanny resemblance to ‘The Elephant Man’

7) Peter Beardsley – Quasimodo

Another forward whose looks did not match up to his impressive football skills. Beardsley had a fine career for Newcastle, Liverpool, Everton, and of course England, who he won 59 caps for. The Geordie was often teased in the press about his appearance, and his generally hunchbacked exterior earned him the nickname ‘Quasimodo’ after the fictional character in the novel and film Notre Dame de Paris.

Beardsley was snubbed by Esmeralda

6) Pele – The Jinx

Also known as ‘The King’, in recent years Pele has become as famous for his legendary playing career as for his truly disastrous football predictions. For a few examples, read our Top 10 Wrong Pele Predictions from last week. All these incorrect forecasts have led to Pele light-heartedly being portrayed as a curse – 'The Jinx'.

Pele predicted a worldwide economic boom in 2009

5) Naohiro Takahara – The Sushi Bomber

Arguably the funniest nickname on the Asian continent, Takahara has been one of Japan’s best players this decade, scoring 23 goals in 57 games for his country, and also playing for German sides Hamburg and Eintracht Frankfurt. While in Germany, the forward was dubbed ‘The Sushi Bomber’.

4) Antonio Cassano – Peter Pan

Arguably the most gifted player of his generation in Italy, the 27-year-old has won just 15 caps for his country and seems destined for an unfulfilled career. Cassano’s wild, and sometimes insane, personality is often explained as the reason why the fantasista has never really had the chance on the biggest stage. His childish character means he really is the real-life Peter Pan - the boy who never grew up.

Cassano's toughest opponent was Captain Hook

3) Yaşar Duran – The Bucket

Turkey may have made the semi-finals of both World Cup 2002 and Euro 2008, but 25 years ago they were considered as one of the whipping boys of Europe. Often on the receiving end of heavy scorelines, national goalkeeper Yasar Duran was labelled ‘The Bucket’ following Turkey’s biggest ever defeat in November 1984 – an 8-0 thrashing at the hands of England in Istanbul.

2) Tony Adams – The Donkey

Adams is undoubtedly one of Arsenal’s greatest ever defenders after winning trophies galore with the Gunners during a one-club 19-year career. The centre back did have his critics, though, and after scoring an own goal against Manchester United before being torn apart by Holland’s Marco Van Basten at Euro 88, Adams was nicknamed by sections of the British press as ‘The Donkey’ due to his sometimes inelegant style.

Adams finished last in the 1998 Grand National

1) Adriano Galliani – Uncle Fester

It could only be the Milan transfer guru at No.1. Galliani is undoubtedly one of the most colourful characters in world football, and certainly the one who talks the most. In Italy he is known as ‘Zio Fester’ (Uncle Fester) due to his hilarious resemblance to the member of the Addams Family. Fester had a peculiar ability to conduct electricity, and based on the picture below it seems Galliani can also.

Galliani even talks during his sleep

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Pocketg99 (Arsenal) 7 years ago
I already made this thread. It was on the front page like a week ago
Abepaih (Arsenal) 7 years ago
OMG. I didn't know that. Admin please remove this thread if you please.  Just feel like sharing what I just read.
Gavrazor (Manchester City) 7 years ago
You made him mad now!
Pragathish (AC Milan) 7 years ago
Ha ha I agrre with pele 100%
Ssaandy (Liverpool) 7 years ago
Lol  Tony adams become the Donkey, ouch
Theturkishkop (Galatasaray SK) 7 years ago
Yes that s good point for Yasar Duran. He is very hilarious man, really. After Basiktas' 0-8 defeat against Liverpool in Anfield, he has told :
- I am not alone since right now. I am so happy to share this destiny with Hakan (besiktas' goalkeeper)
Ant (Liverpool) 7 years ago
No worries, its a fun topic. I came here to post Peter Beardsley – Quasimodo, but its already there.

Hey Pocket, can you post a link to the original and we can lock this one?
Yamsy (Liverpool) 7 years ago
I think we already had 5 of these "name threads", 1 from Alexi (I think), 1 from me, 1 from Pocket, 1 from (I forgot) and now this one.... Wow, we sure do like names...
Cristiano9rocks (Real Madrid) 7 years ago
Wow, those are wierd nicknames! Ha I wouldent want do have (the donkey) haha
Eric (Manchester United) 7 years ago
I love the Jinx for Pele. The article attached to that is hilarious: all of Pele's top ten worst picks. Very funny/sad
Santillanavila (Tottenham Hotspur) 7 years ago
What about KAKA this isn't his real name and kaka means crap in spanish
Yogan (Chelsea) 7 years ago
Very true, i've defientely heard that before
SHUNGEN (Nagoya Grampus) 7 years ago
I believe it was actually French, not Spanish. It's spelt Caca in french...
Jamesearlgreen (Liverpool) 7 years ago
Kaka means crap in arabic too...
Mohsink (AC Milan) 7 years ago
Kaka also means baby in some asian languages
Ben (Arsenal) 7 years ago
Erm, it literally means "crap" aka "sh**" in french/spanish and he is nothing but...
TheRonaldo7 (Real Madrid) 7 years ago
Lool I don't think so Ben!    Kaka means the phenomenal one in portugese!
Pragathish (AC Milan) 7 years ago
Kaka means 'crow' in tamil LMAO
Nitro (Barcelona) 7 years ago
Kaka means uncle in my language
Big9al (Newcastle United) 7 years ago
Kaka means big brother in my language ^^
Jeineke (Standard de Liège) 7 years ago
In flanders, where I live, KAKA means crap. Which can be funny during live football shows,

Kaka is through the hole, kaka on the bal, kaka is going deep, and you could going like this
Me6666 (Manchester United) 7 years ago
Omar (Arsenal) 7 years ago
Dario "El Pollo" Botinelli.

His nose explains the nickname.....
Salt (Aston Villa) 7 years ago
Surely the greatest nickname in the history of football goes to Fitz Hall. Whilst at Oldham(I believe?) he acquired the simply brilliant "One Size"!

Rockerr (Liverpool) 7 years ago
You know KAKA means crow(bird)!In my language. Funny ain't it?

Some nicknames of famous fottballers
Torres-El Niño ("The Kid")
David villa-El Guaje

Givanildo Vieira de Souza -THe Hulk(this guy really looks like hulk!)
Juno (AC Milan) 7 years ago
I like the current nick name for Bayern's twin terror. Robbery
Salt (Aston Villa) 7 years ago
That one's awesome!
Dhanasil (Manchester United) 7 years ago
Antonio Cassano- Gioiello di Bari Vecchia
Juno (AC Milan) 7 years ago
What's the meaning?
Sergio 7 years ago
El Nino sounds cool. Lol Number 8 (Torres)
SexyAmyMUFC (Manchester United) 7 years ago
Fitz Hall.    Who's nickname is.... "One size"....

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