Football players with the same name as a composer
Who has never heard a sports commentator describe a player as "the Mozart of football"? Or liken a player to an "orchestra conductor"? Read on for the dream team of unlikely homonyms!
After a lengthy search around the globe and sometimes even back in time, we have tracked down the real midfield Ravel and the Chopin who stopped penalty kicks, to form a team made up of composers. All of these players actually exist: we have simply taken the liberty of inventing a life for them where music and football can have fun together.
Position: Retired defender
Club: Defensor Sporting Club (Uruguay) from 1975 to 1980
Height and weight: Not available
Further information: Heroic but never pathetic, even in defeat. He always dreamed of wearing jersey number 9.
Current club: Carpi FC 1909 (Italy)
Height and weight: 1.71m, 61kg
Further information: His playing is fickle, like a feather in the wind. You'd be silly to trust it, even for a minute.
Junior Santos Batista Mozart
Current club: AS Livourne Calcio (Italy)
Nationality: Brazilian, Polish
Height and weight: 1.74m, 72kg
Further information: After being spotted by the Juventus de Turin at the age of 2, he scored his first goal at 4. His dribbling is perfect.
Current club: Frosinone Calcio (Italy)
Height and weight: 1.77m, 70kg
Further information: His highly flexible technique is quite simply irreproachable. He is beyond a doubt the future father of modern football.
Current club: FC Progrès Niederkorn (Luxembourg)
Nationality: Italian, Belgian
Height and weight: 1.93m, 80kg
Further information: Since letting his beard grow, he's been spotted by the Seville FC. Transfer planned for next season.
Current club: Lazio Rome (Italy)
Height and weight: 1.75m, 71kg
Further information: Famed for his nutmeg and spin moves, his technique merits a concerto for the left foot.
Current club: SV Darmstad 98 (Germany)
Height and weight: 1.94m, 90kg
Further information: He's got it all. In Germany, they call him the master footballer of Nuremberg.
Current club: Royal Antwerp Football Club (Belgium)
Height and weight: 1.87m, 83kg
Further information: His favourite players are Pelé and Mélis. Football is his religion; the stadium his church.
Current club: Toulouse FC
Height and weight: 1.87m, 72kg
Further information: We really hope he will do more than four seasons in his professional career.
Current club: KV Ostende (Belgium)
Height and weight: 1.95m, 90kg
Further information: His playing sometimes lacks polish, but is full of fantasy and variations.
Bonus - Mathieu Debuchy
Current club: Arsenal FC
Height and weight: 1.77m, 77kg
Further information: He wasn't chelected to play for Franche in the Euro: he’sh just not defenshive enough.