Brazilian Child Named After France 2006 World Cup Squad Doesn't Know Whole Name

Mark PattersonUK Staff WriterJuly 4, 2014

France's starting line up gather for a team photo before the final of the soccer World Cup between Italy and France in the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, Sunday, July 9, 2006.  Top row, from left, Zinedine Zidane, William Gallas, Patrick Vieira, Lilian Thuram, Thierry Henry and Eric Abidal. Bottom row, from left, Claude Makelele, Florent Malouda, Fabien Barthez, Willy Sagnol and Franck Ribery, (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)  ** MOBILE/PDA USAGE OUT **
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A Brazilian child was given a host of French footballers' names by his father after the 2006 World Cup, and he says that he hasn't learned his whole name yet as a result.

Zinedine Yazid Zidane Thierry Henry Barthez Eric Felipe Silva Santos can be excused for that.

Fan des Bleus, il appelle son fils Zinedine Yazid Zidane Thierry Hanry Barthez Eric Felipe >>

— Nouvel Observateur (@LeNouvelObs) July 4, 2014

According O Globo (Portuguese, also via Eurosport), his father was inspired by a trip to France, and his son was born soon after France beat Brazil in the 2006 tournament.

"I was won over by the friendliness of French people," he said.

Meanwhile, Zidane added that he didn't mind being named after a footballer, but he had a more contemporary figure in mind:

Not that the youngster sounds all that happy about it. Zidane told Brazilian newspaper O Globo that he memorised his first three names, but not the others.

“I don’t know [the rest of my names] yet. I never learned them,” he said.

And when asked whether he liked his name, he said: “No. I would have loved to be named Luiz Gustavo.”

While Luiz Gustavo is an altogether less wild name, does anyone really want to be named after a disciplined holding midfielder?

[H/T Eurosport]