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Top Five: Funny football names - featuring former Newcastle man, Liverpool target

Football is full of a wealth of players with unfortunate names, with Newcastle, QPR and Liverpool all featuring.

Yesterday, Leicester City went out and signed free transfer Christian Fuchs from Schalke.

A talented defender, and captain of the Austrian international team, his reputation in England is based more upon his name than any specific viewing of his talents.

Whilst Fuchs will now enter the Premier League as arguably the best named player in the division, he is not the first, nor will he be the last, with an unfortunate name.

Whilst likely a common surname in his homeland, Fuchs does not transpose well to the English language, and he is sure to be the target of a host of jokes next season.

Still, he can take some joy in the knowledge that his name is not as bad as a selection of the following players.

Brian Pinas - Once of Newcastle United, he never made a first-team appearance for the club, but was always in the papers due to his unfortunate name.

Danny Shittu - Played in the Premier League with Watford and Bolton, and currently turning out with Millwall. His name is not an accurate representation of his talents.

Rod Fanni - The Marseille defender has long been linked with the Premier League, but a move has still not come. Everyone hopes to see Liverpool take up their interest this summer, just so he comes to England.

Ralf Minge - The former East German international and current coach has a truly unfortunate name, but thankfully he has never had to move to England to deal with the jokes.

Stefan Kuntz - The most unfortunate name of them all, Kuntz is central to the video of Baddiel and Skinner’s Three Lions ’98, and was a German international striker. A truly great player, he will live long in both fame and infamy for his talents and name.

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