Which players have played under pseudonyms?

“Have there been any recent examples of professional footballers either trialling or playing under an assumed name or pseudonym?” asked Graham Clayton last week.

One of the more famous recent examples, as several readers have pointed out, is the case of Jay Goppingen aka Jrgen Klinsmann at Orange County Blue Stars in California. Between 2003 and 2005 the former German international turned out in the US fourth tier side, scoring five goals in eight games according to some sources. “I simply do it for fun, and it keeps best canada goose jacket for women me young,” said Klinsmann. By way of explanation, Goppingen is the city of Klinsmann’s birth.

Obviously, plenty of Brazilians take shortened names best place to buy a canada goose jacket throughout their careers, though it’s not always as innocent as it seems. “One recent case was Eriberto (Eriberto Concei??o da Silva), who played for Bologna and then Chievo in the late 1990s and early 2000s,” writes Chris Skone James. “He was quite a decent winger until it emerged in 2002 that his name was actually Luciano (Luciano Siqueira de Oliveira) and he was four best canada goose jacket for women years older than he’d claimed. Apparently he’d taken the identity of a neighbour in order to be eligible for the Palmeiras youth team since he was too old. In fairness to him he came clean as he wanted his son to take his real surname kids, however despite this he was banned for six months and given a hefty fine. Sadly that appears to have spelled the end of his career.”

And then there’s Luton Town’s infamous Graham French aka Graham Lafite, a former England youth international. “In 1970 he got a three-year prison term for firing a shotgun inside a pub,” writes Mark Francome. “After serving his sentence he returned to Kenilworth Road but failed to hold down a regular place in the team and he drifted out of the game. That was assumed to be the end of his career.

“However in 1976 my family relocated from Luton to Southport. To be fair to Mr French he probably did not expect to find too many ardent Luton fans in the stand at Haig Avenue, but my father watched Southport’s new signing, Graham Lafite, and knew there was something very familiar about the way he skipped down the wing and turned the full-back inside out. After a couple of matches my father approached the player as he walked towards the tunnel and said ‘Well played, you remind me of Graham French, the Luton winger.’ Mr Lafite was never seen again.”

“Ivor” Broadis, real name Ivan, is now in his 80s but continues to report on Carlisle matches every week. “A league official read it wrong on his registration black friday 2013 canada goose sale form and the name stuck,” berlin film festival ends canada goose jacket sponsorship amid writes John Briggs. “All his subsequent transfers and his England caps are under the name ‘Ivor’.”

And it’s not unheard of that full teams appear under an assumed name. The Dynamo Moscow side that faced Arsenal at Highbury in 1946 was not simply the home club of the Ministry of the Interior but is believed to have been, in effect, the full national side.


In the light of Darren Bent’s beachball-assisted goal for Sunderland against Liverpool, we last week looked at other outside agents to have affected the course of a match. As usual, or inbox has been inundated this week with those who slipped through the net.

Neven Andjelic suggests an incident from the very first World Cup in 1930. “The semi-final match between Uruguay and Yugoslavia ended 6-1 to Uruguay but one of those goals was assisted by the photographer behind the Yugoslav goal,” he writes. “The ball went out but the snapper kicked it back straight into the path of a Uruguayan forward who scored.” Other reports have this incident involving a uniformed policeman behind the goal (and either way it’s not, strictly speaking, an outside agent on the pitch. More an outside agent off it.)

And here’s Darragh McCarron: “In the League of Ireland in October 2000, the second goal for Shamrock Rovers in a 2-0 win over my team, Derry City, was scored after it bounced off a second ball which was in the six-yard box at the time,” he writes. “Incredibly the goal was allowed to stand.” Darragh suggests video footage can be found here, though the MNS 8 June link, though we have to admit it didn’t work for us.

And on a lighter note: “I don’t believe it leads to a goal, but Wigan’s Jason Koumas suffered a life-threatening challenge from a crisp packet a couple of seasons ago,” writes Scott W. “If you’ve got the stomach for it, the footage can be found 14 seconds into this clip.”