“Wondowlowski” scores hat trick… here’s some other misspelled jersey treats

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Don’t worry Chris Wondolowski. You’re not the only player to get your name spelled wrong on the back of your jersey.

Heck, it even happened to David Beckham back in the day.

ICYMI, last night the US national team routed Belize 6-1 and Wondolowski scored a first half hat trick to give the USA a 3-1 half time lead.

Except it wasn’t Wondo. Well, if you believed the name on the back of his shirt anyway. The US equipment guy is now getting his wrists slapped after printing the name “Wondowloski” on the back of the San Jose Earthquakes strikers shirt.

I sort of understand it. It’s a hard name to spell. It wasn’t like he misspelled Smith, Jones or Brown.

But the equipment guy redeemed himself, and printed Wondolowski’s name correctly on the back of his shirt. The ‘Quakes forward switched shirts at half time and all was well. Except he didn’t score in the second half, prompting Wondo to joke afterwards that maybe he should wear “Wondowloski” on his shirt all the time.

Don’t joke. Do it.

Anyway, all this rekindled some fond memories about jersey typo’s in the past. And with a little help from you, the wonderful soccer fans/members of the Twitterati, and Steve Davis, we have found a few of those soccer typo’s. Let’s see the top four, Wondo aside.

David Beckam

source:  This would never happen today, but back when he was a relative unknown, David “Beckam” lined up for Manchester United in the 1997 Charity Shield final at Wembley.

 

 

 

 

 

Roque Satna Cruz

source:  How somebody can spell Santa’s name wrong… that is beyond me. Anyway, the ex-Blackburn and Manchester City striker wasn’t handing out any gifts to the kit man after this one.

 

 

 

 

 

Andesron

source:  I am not sure if kit man at Manchester United has changed over the years, but someone may want to send a dictionary to Old Trafford to help the poor guy out. Brazilian midfielder Anderson was his next target in a game against Everton.

 

 

 

 

Thomas Zuszczak

source:  And United’s famous misspelling king strikes again, this time Polish goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak’s name was made a mess off. Where did that extra Z come from? And does the United kit man have a sly drop of Scotch when he is printing the jersey names the night before games?

 

 

 

 

Any others? Let us know

Again, thank you all for the help, those were just the top five. But if you can remember any other jersey misspelling mishaps, from soccer or any other sport. Feel free to share them with us… we love this wacky stuff!

Report: Newcastle activates $12m release clause of ex-Arsenal youth

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Reports out of Turkey say Newcastle United have finally struck the transfer market for a new No. 10.

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Aksam reports that Rafa Benitez got the Magpies hierarchy to activate a near $12 million release clause for Besiktas midfielder Oguzhan Ozyakup.

The 25-year-old was part of Arsenal’s youth set-up until 2012, making two League Cup appearances in 2011-12 before moving to Besiktas.

Dutch-born Ozyakup is 35-times capped with a goal for Turkey, twice captaining the Crescent-Stars.

Ozyakup lost playing time to Talisca this season, and registered just four assists in 24 appearances. In 219 appearances for Besiktas, he’s posted 27 goals with 50 assists.

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Lukaku pens inspiring post on hard-scrabble upbringing

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Manchester United and Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku has an inspiring and emotional post in The Players’ Tribune which tugs at the heart strings and explains his competitive fire.

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Lukaku talks about how his family’s poverty caused him to become a fierce competitor in the hopes of meeting his dreams head-on and providing for his family.

The Belgian, 25, scored twice in his side’s 3-0 World Cup-opening win over Panama earlier this week, and is now far removed from his youth, but he tells his story as if it lives fresh in his mind.

From The Players’ Tribune:

There were even times when my mum had to “borrow” bread from the bakery down the street. The bakers knew me and my little brother, so they’d let her take a loaf of bread on Monday and pay them back on Friday.

Lukaku also talks about racism in football, his debut for Anderlecht, and that aforementioned competitive drive. It’s 100 percent worth the read.

West Ham signs club record center back from Toulouse

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West Ham has reportedly set a club record with its latest signing under new manager Manuel Pellegrini.

Issa Diop is the player, the 21-year-old Toulouse captain and center back costing the Irons around $29 million.

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Diop scored three goals with an assist and eight yellow cards in 31 Ligue 1 matches this season, giving the young defender 95 apps, six goals, three assists, and 23 yellows since debuting with the senior team at 18.

Capped by France at every level below the senior team, Diop’s 2.2 interceptions per game ranked sixth in Ligue 1.

Toulose finished 18th in Ligue 1, but won its promotion/relegation playoff to stay in the French top flight.

From WHUFC.com:

“I am very happy to sign for such a historic, English club, and I hope to show my best here. I am a very ambitious player and West Ham is a very ambitious club, as we’ve seen with the appointment of the new coach. I hope to help the team win lots of games and make the fans happy.”

Layla’s Occasionally Unbiased Football Show: Episode 3

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In the third episode of Layla’s Occasionally Unbiased Football Show, England pulls out a massive win while VAR finds its way into the World Cup spotlight.

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There will be plenty more to come over the next few weeks, with the show coming via the Men In Blazers.

Click play on the video above to watch the first episode in full.