Meet Andre Vilas-Boas: Bebe's pal and not the Tottenham Hotspur manager

Manchester United's on loan attacker Bebe is playing alongside a midfielder who can easily be mistaken for the manager of Tottenham Hotspur.

Andre Villas-Boas is journeyman midfielder unlikely to hit superstardom during his career. 

No we have got that wrong, it's Andre Vilas-Boas - Note the one 'l' in the surname of the player who bears an almost identical moniker to the manager of Tottenham Hotspur.

While the AVB we know well, is fighting to help his Spurs side to achieve a top four finish at present, the 'other AVB' is trying to help his team net a spot in the Europa League.

Andre Vilas-Boas, is a 29-year-old defensive midfielder - only six years younger than the highly rated Tottenham manager, who plays for Rio Ave in Portugal's Primera Liga.

Rio Ave sit in eighth, two points off fifth and a Europa League spot, and were boosted in January by the loan arrival of Manchester United outcast Bebe, who displayed some impressive early form.

That has since trailed off, Bebe was substituted at half-time in their weekend win over Beira-Mar - with Vilas-Boas brought on for an injured teammate of his after 25 minutes.

Rio Ave's AVB is largely a bit-part player for the club, having made just seven appearances for the team this season, six as a substitute.

He was signed by the club in 2011 from Portimonense, on a free transfer, and despite several moves in his career, is yet to command a transfer fee.

Perhaps his most notable achievement was being a member of Portugal's under-20 squad a decade ago, playing four games for them, but has not represented his country at a higher level.

Unlikely to make waves through his playing career, it makes us wonder whether Vilas-Boas would consider joining his near-namesake in management. 

Before then of course, if Spurs do miss out on Champions League football and make it into the Europa League, the possibility of Tottenham drawing Rio Ave may just bring about a little confusion.

The incentive to ensure Andre Villas-Boas is spelt correctly with two l's, is one to keep on top of.

Which other sporting stars can you think of which have names which can easily be confused?

image: © Andrea Sartorati

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