Footballers Named after Food

This post may be a bit off our normal topic, but interesting nonetheless. Here’s 10 footballers named after various kinds of food:

  1. Kevin Lasagna – Currently plays for Carpi in the Italian Serie A.
  2. Samuele Pizza – Plays for Avellino in the Italian Serie B.
  3. Salvatore Margarita – I’m starting to notice a pattern here. Also
    plays in Italy for Monticello.
  4. Diego Polenta – Plays for Uruguay’s Club Nacional.
  5. Massimo Maccarone – Back to Italy with the first Serie B player to play for the Italian national side. And his nickname is “Big Mac”-another food! Currently with Empoli.
  6. Scott Garlick – The spelling may be a bit off, but this journeyman MLS goalkeeper belongs on the list. He’s now retired, but he played with many an MLS club.
  7. Mark Fish – The South African defender who made his way through Lazio,
    Bolton, and Charlton.
  8. Barry Rice – Played for DC United for one season.
  9. Kraig Chiles – Played for Chivas USA for a short while.
  10. Francesco Finocchio – Back to Italy for this one-time Parma player who is
    currently with Pordenone. Finoccio means “fennel” in Italian.

General Caballero Sport Club

Country: Paraguay                          City: Asuncion

Founded: September 6, 1918       Colors: Red and white

Stadium: Estadio Hugo Bogodano Vaceque  Web: General Caballero FB

This club, who’s full name is General Caballero Sports Club de Zeballos Cue, seems to have spent most of their time in Paraguay’s 2nd division. As a matter of fact, they have 6 2nd Division titles. They were promoted in 2015 to the 1st division, so we’ll keep an eye on them to see how things go. Salvador Cabananas may or may not have briefly played for them in 2013.

We assume that they were named after Bernardino Caballero de Anasco y Melgarejo, who was the president of Paraguay from 1881-1886. Caballero fought in the War of the Triple Alliance and is considered a war hero in Paraguay. He was captured by the Brazilian forces during the war. During his capture, he became quite friendly with the enemy and he was able to use these ties later in his political career. He became president in 1880 after a military coup.

He is considered a national hero in Paraguay. He fathered around 90 children and you can still find many of his descendants in Paraguay today.

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