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.


PFC Botev Plovdiv

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Country: Bulgaria                            City: Plovdiv

Founded: December 12, 1912       Colors: Yellow and Black

Stadium: Stadion Komatevo        Web: Botev Plovdiv

PFC Botev Plovdiv play in the Bulgarian A Football Group, the country’s top flight. For being Bulgaria’s longest uninterrupted football team, they don’t have much to show for it. Botev Plovdiv has two A Group titles, one in 1929 and the second in the 1966-67 season. They won the Bulgarian Cup in 1962 and 1981. In Europe, Botev Plovdiv did manage to make it to the quarterfinal of the 1962-63 Cup Winners’ Cup, but they lost 5-1 on aggregate to Atletico Madrid. The fans of the team are called Bultras.

The team is named after Bulgarian poet, journalist, revolutionary, and all-around good guy, Hristo Botev. Botev, born in 1848, was the son of Botyo Petkov. Boyto was influential in the movement against the Ottoman occupation of Bulgaria and was also a major influence on young Hristo.

After being educated in Odessa, Botev returned to Bulgaria in 1867 to follow in his father’s footsteps and became a teacher. Later that year he was exiled to Romania after speaking out against the Ottoman authorities. During his exile, Botev worked as a school teacher, published his poems in various newspapers, became and editor, and was involved in the Bulgarian revolutionary movement. After the death in 1873 of Vasil Levski, leader of the Bulgarian Revolutionary Central Committee (BRCC), Botev called for an uprising. 1875 saw him elected president of the BRCC. In 1876 he was shot in the chest and killed by an Ottoman sharpshooter. Two years later, the Russo-Turkish War came to an end and the Treaty of San Stefano gave birth to The Principality of Bulgaria. Full independence came in 1908.



Prince Louis F.C.

Country: Burundi                         City: Bujumbura

Founded:  1961?                            Colors: Red and White

Stadium: Prince Louis Rwagaswore Stadium              Web: Facebook????

Prince Louise F.C. has won the Burundi Premier League twice (1976 and 2001). They also have a couple of appearances in CAF competitions. Their most famous player is probably Mohamed Tchite, who’s played for various Belgian clubs.

The team is named after Crown Prince Louise Rwagaswore, Burundian nationalist and former Prime Minister. He was assassinated in 1961 shortly after taking office. He’s a national hero in Burundi.

The 54th Anniversary of his assassination:

Here’s a nice video of the team in action:

The line-up

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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.

The Anthem:


Deportivo Walter Ferretti

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Country: Nicaragua   City: Managua

Founded: 1987       Colors: Red, Black

Stadium: Estadio Olimpico del IND Managua  Web: ???


Deportivo Walter Ferretti is a fairly new team. The club was founded in 1987 as part of the Nicaraguan Army. It was named for Sandinista, Walter Ferretti after his death in an automobile accident in 1988. They play in the Primera División de Nicaragua. In their short existence they have won five league titles and have been runners-up six times. The club doesn’t have a big web presence, but they seem to be very active on TwitterFacebook and YouTube.

Walter Ferretti was a member of the Sandinista National Liberation Front (Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional or FSLN). He was an important part of the Nicaraguan government after guerrillas had taken over the country in 1979. In his time with the Sandinistas, Ferretti was a member of the FSLN Assembly, he commanded a battalion of elite Tropas Pablo Ubeda (the Ministry of Interior’s Special Forces Troops), and was Chief of the Sandinista Police. He spent part of his life in San Francisco.




Hermann Aichinger

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Country: Brazil   City: Ibirama

Founded: September 20, 1951       Colors: Maroon and white

Stadium:  Estadio de Baixada, Ibirama       Web:

This club, also called Atletico Ibirama, seems to only play in the Santa Catarina State League in Brazil. They have two second division Catarina State Titles. They are named after Mr. Hermann Aichinger, who donated the plot of land where they made their first field.

Hermann Aichinger was born in Germany in 1886. At some point, he immigrated to Brazil and opened a very successful factory that made cigar boxes. He possibly fought for Germany in World War Two. Not much else is known.

As usual, here’s the hymn:


The Fans: