Copa America 2016

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Rosters are out and the following Copa America 2016 players play on teams named after dates or people:

Bolivia:
Edward Zenteno – Wiltsermann
Cristhian Machado – Wiltermann
Fernando Salcedo – Wilstermann

Chile:
Paulo Garces – Colo-colo
Jean Beausejour – Colo-colo
Esteban Pavez – Colo-colo

Ecuador:
Jaime Ayovi – Godoy Cruz

Haiti:
Ricardo Ade – Dom Bosco
Junior Delva – Dom Bosco
Kervans Belfort – 1461 Trabzon

Panama:
Eric Davis – DAC 1904
Ricardo Butrago – Juan Aurich
Alfredo Stephens – DAC 1904
Luis Tejada – Juan Aurich

Paraguay:
Justo Villar – Colo-Colo

Peru:
Pedro Gallese – Juan Aurich
Paolo de la Haza – Juan Aurich
Christian Ramos – Juan Aurich
Christofer Gonzalez – Colo-Colo
Alejandro Hohberg – Universitario Cesar Vallejo
Ivan Bulos – O’Higgins

Uruguay:
Martin Silva – Vasco da Gama

 

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Footballers Named After Food: Brazil Edition

Continuing with footballers named after food, we go to Brazil with our top 5 Brazilian footballers named after food:

  1. Caju – Caju, or “Cashew” in English, had a long career playing for many Brazilian teams in the 70’s and 80’s. He also had a spell with Olympique de Marseille. He had many caps for the Brazilian national team and played in the 70 and 74 World Cups along with Pele and Rivelino. He got his nickname when he returned to Brazil from the United States with died red hair.

 

2.  Cacau – You might know Cacau, or “Cocoa” in English, from the German National team, especially the 2010 World Cup. Born in Brazil, he went to Germany at a young age and has played for such clubs as VfB Stuttgart  – which is actually named after a date, 1893, but more on them later.

 

3.  Jefferson Feijao – Feijao means “beans” in English, and Jefferson Beans had a long career playing for a number of clubs in Brazil like International, Goias, and Botafogo. He also played in South Korea for Daegu FC and in China for Liaoning.

 

4. Junior Pipoca – Junior “Popcorn” has played for over 20 different clubs! He’s had stays at Union Espanola in Chile, Cordoba in Spain, Ajaccio in France, Derby and Watford in England, Malmo in Sweden, Copenhagen in Denmark, and a bunch of Brazilian teams. He’s currently with Jauzeirense.

 

5. Rodrigo Arroz – Rodrigo “Rice” has been with a number of lower-division Brazilian clubs and had a short spell in India with the Kerala Blasters. He could possibly be related to Barry Rice, but that’s not confirmed.