We have covered footballers with the same names who have played for the same team before but the history of professional footballers who share the same name has yet to be challenged with the history of our professional footballers. One of the Jamies above is retired, so we assume that the question refers to professionals with the same name throughout the history of football. Considering how far the sport is going, we can beat more than four with ease and, in fact, the first example to surpass the above was taken from the English football era when the players all active.
“During the early to mid-1990s five players by the name of Paul Williams were active in the Football League,” writes Ed Rostron. “Three of them even had shifts at Coventry, but (unfortunately) not at the same time. Paul Williams (born 1965), a starter known for spells with Charlton, Sheffield Wednesday and Crystal Palace; PW was born in 1969, a defender who spent a long time at Stockport and Plymouth, with a short stop at Coventry; PW was born in 1970, a goalkeeper who made a handful of appearances for Sunderland, Swansea and Doncaster; PW was born in 1971, a midfielder who had long spells at Derby and Coventry; and 1963 – born PW, an Irish starter from Northern Ireland who played for Stockport, WBA, Rochdale and again, briefly, Coventry. The sixth-person Paul Williams, a 1962-born defender, was a contemporary of the others but made Chelsea look solo in the 1980s. ”
Back to the historical total of identically named professionals, Andy Brook tweets: “Paul Robinson is a name that shares: goalkeeper for Leeds, Tottenham etc; left-back for Birmingham and West Brom; defender for Millwall and Wimbledon; a striker for Newcastle; midfielder for Grimsby and York; a striker for Scarborough; left left for Millwall. That’s six of them. “Chris Matterface can go two better with a name synonymous with fancy men’s shirts. Eight Paul Smiths have played all over England and Scotland.
Congratulations to Ben Janeson for going global bring us 13 Luis Hernándezs but Mike Price is stuck with the most common surname in the UK to get 15 Robert / Bobby Smiths.
Can you go higher than 15? if so, email us or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU.
Well-known enemies at the World Cup
“Denmark will play France in the groups for the fourth time in seven previous World Cups in 1998, 2002 and 2018, ” writes Glenn McConnell. “Has anyone else faced the same team at such a high percentage of the World Cup they played, and what was the most final played in the tournament?”
Liam Togher is all over this one (as some of you were). “Nigeria qualified for six World Cups and played Argentina on the group stage at five of them, with 1998. It was a sad fact that they lost their loved ones in South America with the odd goal on all of them. of the five times (1-2 in 1994, 0-1 in 2002 and 2010, 2-3 in 2014 and 1-2 again in 2018). More significantly, the late winner Marcos Rojo in the teams final group match four years ago brought Argentina through at the expense of Nigeria, and the Super Eagles only needed a lottery to advance.
“In response to Glenn’s second question, three links can claim to be the most played at the World Cup, with seven installments of Brazil v Sweden (1938, 1950, 1958, 1978, 1990, two once in 1994); Germany v Yugoslavia / Serbia (1954, 1958, 1962, 1974, 1990, 1998, 2010) and Argentina v Germany (1958, 1966, 1986, 1990, 2006, 2010, 2014). More pedantic, Brazil-Sweden gets the nod because all seven links were in that particular shape. The first four collisions between Argentina and Germany coincided with the second as West Germany, as did the first five meetings between Germany and Yugoslavia. In addition, in 2010, Germany played a team from Serbia with less geographical choice than any composition of Yugoslavia, given that a number of new republics have emerged since the early 1990s. “
More internationals who broke their ducks late
After last week’s headline question, Dennis Kirkegaard has another notable example…
“Peter Schmeichel scored his first and only goal for Denmark back in June 2000 against Belgium,” he writes. “It was a penalty kick and at the time it was 36 and a half.” Good luck finding a scoring keeper, Dennis.
“The Africa Cup of Nations Algeria semi-final match with Egypt is the fourth match between these teams in just over seven months,” written by Ruairí Corr in 2010. “Is that, or not, what is the highest number of matches between two international teams in a year or less?”
The old rivals from South America can trump up efforts from far north Africa. “Argentina and Uruguay played each other 11 times in 1913 from April to October and again in December 1912, making it 12 times a year,” said Daniel Tunnard.
The United States and Honduras could match the proportions of Algeria and Egypt in a much shorter time. “Last year, they played each other four times in four months and four days,” wrote Tim Dockery, “twice in the World Cup (June 6 and October 10) and twice in the Concacaf Gold Cup (July 8 and 23 July). They also played a friendly match on January 23, 2010, leaving five games in seven and a half months. ”
Can you help?
“Brentford has just appointed former England and Fiji Rugby 7s coach Ben Ryan as director of outstanding performance,” says James Doherty. “He performed on a 50 cent commemorative basis to commemorate Fiji ‘s first ever Olympic medal, gold in the 7s at Rio 2016. Have footballers, coaches or any other seniors ever come to the currency to celebrate their achievements? ”
“England Women of the Netherlands played last Friday with the England team led by Dutch manager Sarina Wiegman and the Dutch team led by England manager Mark Parson,” says Will Unwin. “Are there any other examples of international matches where both managers have the nationality of a competing team?”
“I recently came across a video of Lev Yashin ‘s extremely wrong style against a regretful England,” writes Rory Beresford. “On further research, I was surprised to read that he barely saved 151 penalties in 406 senior games. Are there solid statistics to support this? If so, are there any keepers that come close to matching these numbers? ”
“Fernando Clavijo’s brilliant (and even better) USMNT was arguably one of the strangest careers in football,” begins Craig Schroeder. “He earned 62 caps, all after the age of 34, and started three games at the 1994 World Cup at 38. But the wildest thing is that his last competitive game in the club seems to have been out in 1984: six years before his first cap (he played professionally playing indoors and appearing with the US futsal team from 1984-92). Surely no other players can match this length of time between club appearances and the first international cap? ”