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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Greek's Obsession with the letter 'S'



Greece is one of those teams you would never expect to win the World Cup. However, in football, as they say, no team is a weak team. Well back in the Euro Cup of 2004, they stunned everyone, in fact I was shocked, when they won the Cup defeating Portugal 1-0. But their charm hasn't worked as of yet in this World Cup. The first match of the Greek team against South Korea was held on 12 June in the Nelson Mandela Bay stadium, and they lost 0-2. As a result of this loss Greece now holds the record for the "Most matches played without scoring a goal" in the World Cup.

What caught my attention was not their soccer skills, but their unique names. Most of the players have names that end with the letter 'S', both their first names and last names. Of the 23 players in the national team, 20 players have the letter 'S' both in their first and last names, 2 have it only in their first name, and the remaining 1 has it in his last name only. Here is a list of the Greek players.

1.   Kostas Chalkias
2.   Alexandros Tzorvas
3.   Michalis Sifakis
4.   Giourkas Seitaridis
5.   Nikos Spiropoulos
6.   Vangelis Moras
7.   Vasilis Torosidis
8.   Sotirios Kyrgiakos
9.   Sokratis Papastathopoulos
10. Stelios Malezas
11. Alexandros Tziolis
12. Giorgos Karagounis [Captain]
13. Sotiris Ninis
14. Kostas Katsouranis
15. Sakis Prittas
16. Georgios Samaras
17. Angelos Charisteas
18. Dimitris Salpigidis
19. Theofanis Gekas
20. Pantelis Kapetanos
21. Avraam Papadopoulos
22. Loukas Vyntra
23. Christos Patsatzoglou


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3 comments:

bhardwajme on June 17, 2010 at 7:12 PM said...

Nice compilation.
Most Croatians names end with ic
Finlanders names ends with nen mostly.

Abid on June 18, 2010 at 2:15 AM said...

@bhardwajme

Thanks ...
Seems like even you have a knack of "looking" out of the box

pushpee on June 25, 2010 at 6:16 PM said...

Maybe we should alert our K series queen of this danger of letter S lurking around...what u say???

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