We have previously covered players with the same name who played for the same team, but we have not yet studied the history of professional players who share the same name. One of the James above is a retiree, so we assume the question concerns professionals who have shared the same name throughout football history. Considering how long the sport has been going on, we can beat more than a quarter with a minimum of effort, and in fact, the first example that goes beyond the above is taken from the era of English football, when all the players were active.
“From the early 1990s to the mid-1990s, five players named Paul Williams were active in the Football League,” writes Ed Rostron. “Three of them even had magic in Coventry, but (unfortunately) not at the same time. Paul Williams (born 1965), a striker known for his magic with Charlton, Sheffield Wednesday and Crystal Palace; PW Born in 1969, a long-time defender in Stockport and Plymouth, a short stop in Coventry; PW, born in 1970, a defender who has made several appearances for Sunderland, Swansea and Doncaster; PW, born 1971, midfielder who played for Derby and Coventry for a long time; and a Northern Irish striker, born in 1963, who played for PW, Stockport, WBA, Rochdale and again Coventry for short. Sixth-grader Paul Williams, born in 1962, was a contemporary of the others, but appeared alone for Chelsea in the 1980s.
Let’s go back to the historical sum of professionals of the same name, Andy Brook tweets: “Paul Robinson is a shared name: Leeds, Tottenham and so on. goalkeeper for; Left-back for Birmingham and West Brom; Defender for Millwall and Wimbledon; Striker for Newcastle; Midfielder for Grimsby and York; Striker for Scarborough; Left-back for Millwall. So that’s six. “Chris Matterface could go two better with a name that is synonymous with embellished men’s shirts. Eight Paul Smith played in England and Scotland.
Thanks to Ben Janeson for globalizing Bring us 13 Luis Hernandez but Mike Price stuck to the 15 most common surnames in the UK to find Robert / Bobby Smiths.
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Familiar enemies at World Cups
“Denmark will face France in groups for the fourth time Seven World Cups after meeting them in 1998, 2002 and 2018. Glenn McConnell writes. “Is there anyone else facing the same team at such a high rate of World Cups and what is the most played match in the competition?”
Liam Togher is above everything (like many of you). “Nigeria has qualified for six World Cups and has played Argentina in five group stages, with the exception of 1998. What is disappointing for them is that they lost to their familiar South American rivals by one goal in all five cases (1-2 in 1994, 0-1 in 2002 and 2010, 2-3 in 2014 and again in 2018. 1-2). In the group stage final four years ago, Marcos Rojo’s late winner beat Argentina by Nigeria, while the Super Eagles needed only a draw to advance.
“In response to Glenn’s second question, Brazil and Sweden (twice in 1938, 1950, 1958, 1978, 1990, 1994); Germany – Yugoslavia / Serbia (1954, 1958, 1962, 1974, 1990, 1998, 2010) and Argentina – Germany (1958, 1966, 1986, 1990, 2006, 2010, 2014). The more pedantic Brazilian-Swedish shakes its head, as all seven gardens have been in this special form. The first four Argentine-German clashes came with West Germany in the second, as did the first five German-Yugoslav meetings. Also in 2010, Germany played Serbia, which has a smaller geographical selection than any other part of Yugoslavia, given the emergence of several new republics since the early 1990s.
More international, breaking ducks late
After last week’s leading question, Dennis Kirkegaard has another example …
“Peter Schmeichel scored his first and only goal for Denmark in a friendly against Belgium in June 2000,” he wrote. “It was a penalty and he was 36 and a half years old at the time.” Thanks for finding goalkeeper Dennis who scored.
“Algeria’s semi-final match between Egypt and the African Cup of Nations will be the fourth match between these teams in a little over seven months” Ruairi Corr wrote in 2010. “Is this, or what is the maximum number of games between two international parties in a year or less?”
Old rivals from South America may lag behind North Africa’s efforts. “Argentina and Uruguay played each other 11 times in April-October 1913 and again in December 1912, and that was 12 times in a year,” said Daniel Tunnard.
The United States and Honduras could catch up with Algeria and Egypt in the short term. “Last year, they played each other four times in four months and four days,” Tim Docker wrote, “twice in the World Cup qualifiers (June 6 and October 10) and twice in the Concacaf Gold Cup (July 8 and July 23). They also played a friendly on January 23, 2010 and played five games in seven and a half months.
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“Brentford has just appointed former England and Fiji rugby 7s coach Ben Ryan as elite performance director,” James Doherty wrote. “He appeared on a 50-cent commemorative coin to celebrate Fiji’s first Olympic medal in Rio 2016 and a gold medal in the 7th. Have other players, coaches or high-ranking officials ever appeared on the currency to celebrate their achievements?”
“The British women played the Netherlands last Friday against the English team led by Dutch manager Sarina Wiegman and the Dutch team led by English manager Mark Parson,” said Will Unwin. “Are there other examples of international matches with both managers who carry the nationality of the opposing team?”
Rory Beresford writes: “I recently came across a video of Lev Yashi’s unusual style against a confused England.” “During a detailed investigation, I was surprised to read that he won 151 unbelievable penalties in 406 senior games. Are there any serious statistics that confirm this? If so, is there any guard who matches these figures? ”
“USMNT’s big (and much-missed better man) Fernando Clavijo certainly had one of the strangest careers in football,” Craig Schroeder begins. “He won 62 games after the age of 34 and played three games at the 1994 World Cup at the age of 38. But the most horrible fact is that his last competitive club game was in 1984: six years before the first game (he played professionally indoors in 1984-92 and played for the US futsal team). Surely there are no other players who can adapt to this period between the performances at the club and the first international matches? “