Friday, September 4, 2009

Longest Names in the Premier League

I was reading Unprofessional Foul yesterday and Norfolk Ned wrote a post about Jan Venegoor of Hesselink. In it, he wrote, "it’s the man with the longest name in football? (find me a longer one). Well, all of football was too wide of a search base for me, so I narrowed it down and asked the question, who has the longest name in the English Premier League? I know, pretty random and not exactly the most useful information but at least you didn't waste 45 minutes of your life counting letters in soccer player's names like I did....

I decided to make the list using the widely used name of the players. In other words, for a player like Arsenal's Eduardo, who's full name is Eduardo Diver Alves da Silva (close enough), only Eduardo could be used. The players had to have at least 16 letters in their name to make the list (spaces and dashes were not counted).

Top 7 Longest Names
(23) Jan Venegoor of Hesselink -- (Hull City)
(20) Diniyar Bilyaletdinov -- (Everton)
(20) Nathaniel Mendez-Laing -- (Wolverhampton)
(19) Morten Gamst-Pedersen -- (Blackburn)
(19) Shaun Wright-Phillips -- (Man City)
(19) Matthew Etherington -- (Stoke City)
(19) Nathaniel Wedderburn -- (Stoke City)

(16) Philippe Senderos

Aston Villa
(16) Gabriel Agbonlahor
(16) Nathan Delfouneso
(16) Moustapha Salifou
(16) Stephen O'Halloran

Birmingham City
(16) Giovanny Espinoza
(16) Sebastian Larsson
(16) Christian Benitez

Blackburn Rovers
(19) Morten Gamst Pedersen
(18) Zurab Khizanishvili

Bolton Wanderers
(18) Jussi Jaaskelainen

(17) Remco van der Schaaf
(16) Fernando Guerrero
(16) Christian Kalvenes
(16) Richard Eckersley

(17) Branislav Ivanovic

(20) Diniyar Bilyaletdinov
(16) Marouane Fellaini

(18) Brede Hangeland
(17) Pascal Zuberbuhler
(16) Jonathan Greening

Hull City
(23) Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink
(17) Nicky Featherstone

(18) Daniel Sanchez Ayala
(17) Sotirios Krygiakos
(17) Javier Mascherano

Manchester City
(19) Shaun Wright-Phillips
(17) Emmanuel Adebayor

Manchester United

(18) Hermann Hreidarsson
(18) Anthony Vanden Borre
(18) Kevin-Prince Boateng
(17) Frederic Piquionne

Stoke City
(19) Matthew Etherington
(19) Nathaniel Wedderburn
(17) Danny Higginbotham
(16) Richard Cresswell

(16) Kieran Richardson

(17) Roman Pavlyuchenko
(17) Benoit Assou-Ekotto
(16) Jonathan Woodgate
(16) Sebastien Bassong

West Ham
(18) Alessandro Diamanti

(17) Jonathan Routledge

(20) Nathaniel Mendez-Laing
(17) Sylvan Ebanks-Blake
(16) Stefan Maierhofer
(16) Michael Mancienne

This is what the list would look like using "full" names of the players in the Premier League. (minimum 25 letters). West Ham's Manuel da Costa leads the way with an incredible 36 letter 'full' name.

(36) Manuel Marouan da Costa Trindade Senoussi -- (Manuel da Costa, West Ham)
(35) Henrique Hilário Meireles Alves Sampaio -- (Hilario, Chelsea)
(31) Fredrik Olof Esaias Stoor Siekkinen -- (Frederik Stoor, Fulham)
(30) Geovanni Deiberson Maurício Gómez -- (Geovanni, Hull City)
(30) Diniyar Rinatovich Bilyaletdinov -- (Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, Everton)
(29) Ricardo Alberto Silveira Carvalho -- (Ricardo Carvalho, Everton)
(28) Diomansy Mehdi Moustapha Kamara -- (Diomansy Kamara, Fulham)
(28) Roman Anatolevich Pavlyuchenko -- (Roman Pavlyuchenko, Tottenham)
(28) Benoît Pierre David Assou-Ekotto -- (Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Tottenham)
(27) Luis Antonio Valencia Mosquera -- (Antonio Valencia, Manchester United)
(27) Anderson Luís de Abreu Oliveira -- (Anderson, Manchester United)
(27) Alexandre Dimitri Song Billong -- (Alexandre Song, Arsenal)
(26) Paulo Renato Rebocho Ferreira -- (Paulo Ferreira, Chelsea)
(25) Oluwaseyi George Olofinjana -- (Seyi Olofinjana, Hull City)
(25) Nwankwo Christian Nwosu Kanu -- (Kanu, Portsmouth)
(25) Bjørn Helge Semundseth Riise -- (Bjorn Helge Risse, Fulham)
(25) Andriy Viktorovych Voronin -- (Andriy Voronin, Liverpool)
(25) Wilson Roberto Palacios Suazo -- (Wilson Palacios, Tottenham)
(25) Javier Alejandro Mascherano -- (Javier Mascherano, Liverpool)
(25) Christopher Robert Iwelumo -- (Chris Iwelumo, Wolverhampton)
(25) Emiliano Adrian Insúa Zapata -- (Emiliano Insua, Liverpool)


  1. Damn...I would only be second on both of those lists...hyphenated last names.

  2. Why everyone is talking about the mascherano´s case?

  3. He is called Vennegoor of Hesselink, double n, so you can add another letter ;)

  4. nani's full name is Luís Carlos Almeida da Cunha
    and that sir has 24 letters

  5. I know this is an old thread, but Agbonlahor has 17 letters, not 16.......