July 17th, 2011
Are you watching? The US plays Japan today in the finals of the Women’s World Cup in soccer. My other half is a big fan, and we’ll be glued to the set this afternoon along with our two young daughters.
Could there be a more apt moniker for a goalie than Hope Solo? Yes, my friends, this is actually our goalie’s name. Otherwise, the US and Canada largely failed to surprise me with their given names, but here are some more I found scintillating for our nerdy purposes.
A few quick observations: Brazil and Equatorial Guinea think highly enough of their players so they only go by one name. All the Japanese names end in a vowel. All the Korean players have double names. Colombia loves the letter Y.
Do you examine credits and jerseys like a hawk every chance you get? Anything that intrigues you here?
USA: Hope Solo
Australia: Collette, Servet, Teigen
Brazil: ALINE, FABIANA, FORMIGA, FRANCIELLE, GRAZIELLE, MARTA, MAURINE,
RENATA COSTA, THAIS, THAIS GUEDES
Canada: Carmelina, Marie-Eve
Colombia: Yineth, Yuli, Carmen, Yoreli, Yulieht, Lady, Ingrid, Orianica
England: Fara, Eniola, Dunia, Siobhan
Equatorial Guinea: MIRIAM, BRUNA, DULCIA, VANIA, DIALA, EMILIANA, DORINE, YAO, JUMARIA,
CHINASA, LUCRECIA, MARIA ROSA, FATOUMATA, LAETITIA
France: Celine, Laure, Ophelie, Sandrine, Corine, Sonia, Eugenie, Camille, Elodie, Berangere, Gaetane, Marie-Laure
Germany: Nadine, Bianca, Saskia, Babett, Annike, Simone, Inka, Birgit, Ursula,
Celia, Verena, Ariane, Fatmire, Lena, Almuth
Japan: Nozomi, Yukari, Azusa, Sakim, Kyoko, Mizuho, Kozue, Aya, Nahomi,
Homare, Shinobu, Miho, Rumi, Megumi (x2), Asuna, Yuki, Karina, Mana
Korea: Myong Hui, Hong Yon, Un Byol, Myong Gum, Jong Sun, Sol Hui, Hyon Hi, Su Gyong, Un Sim, Yun Mi, Ye Gyong, Myong Hwa, Un Ju, Chung Sim, Jong Hui, Pok Sim, Un Hyang, Jin Sim, Mi Gyong, Song Hwa, Chol Ok