Footballers who Can't Buy Pizza

I posted this on the slack channel, but thought people might want to discuss this here. I was looking at testing name fields, and it got me thinking about real names that might cause problems. For example, unusual characters, or multiple spaces in names, or even mononyms. So, I have begun to create a list called “Footballers who can’t buy pizza”. So, could Wolves flop Silas order himself a Mighty Meaty from Domino’s, or would he have to drive down to the Tettenhall Road? Would Þórður Guðjónsson have to drive all the way to Allestree (incidentally, how do you pronounce Þórður)? As for Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink, what chance does he stand? The legend that is João Moutinho probably just gets free pizza anywhere in Wolverhampton.


Þ / þ is like the “th” in, well, “Thor”
Ð / ð is like the “th” in “those”

/resident Icelandiphile


Thank you. Đ also pops up in Serbia (Filip Đuričić). It does amuse me when commentators use ridiculous pronunciations to try and sound clever (the Portuguese and Spanish Jotas being pronounced the same being one prime example).

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Not thread related but no one should buy from Dominos as they are fighting against making their app and website accessible for people with limited or no sight.

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Besides, Domino’s is overrated!

Back on topic… would the list of naughty strings be helpful here? I use it in text fields:

Not the same as using real names because exposes similar issues.

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Sorry, don’t know why I hadn’t replied. Didn’t mean to be rude. I’ve used that list before for general text entry. I mainly did my list as a fun exercise.

Here’s the current list, which I am slowly going through and editing so that there are as few players as possible covering as many cases as possible (eg mononyms or characters likely to fail):

Adlène Guedioura, Moussa Saïb, Manucho, Sergio Agüero, Ricky Álvarez, Sebastián Blanco, Andrés D’Alessandro, Martín Demichelis, Ángel Di María, Jonás Gutiérrez, Emiliano Insúa, Juan Sebastián Verón, Aiden O’Neill, Ned Zelić, Toby Alderweireld, Émile Mpenza, Jelle Van Damme, Muhamed Bešić,
Edin Džeko, Caçapa, Gláuber, Mário, Jô, Benoît Assou-Ekotto, Gaëtan Bong, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, André-Frank Zambo Anguissa, Clarence Acuña, Li Tie, Juan Camilo Zúñiga, Ondřej Čelůstka, Thomas Gaardsøe, Bjarne Goldbæk, Jonas Lössl, Jussi Jääskeläinen, Pierre-Yves André, François Grenet, Stéphane Guivarc’h, N’Golo Kanté, Georges-Kévin Nkoudou, Florent Sinama Pongolle, Pascal Groß, Kostas Konstantinidis, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Þórður Guðjónsson, Þorvaldur Örlygsson, Bobby Decordova-Reid, Kaspars Gorkšs, Andrejs Štolcers, Giovanni van Bronckhorst, Robin van der Laan, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink, Artim Šakiri, Mats Møller Dæhli, Jan Åge Fjørtoft, Alf-Inge Håland, Øyvind Leonhardsen, Daniel Carriço, João Moutinho, Rúben Neves, Rui Patrício, Silas, Florin Gardoș, Alfred N’Diaye, Saša Ćurčić, Filip Đuričić, Nikola Žigić, Ľubomír Michalík, Yıldıray Baştürk, Çağlar Söyüncü, Hakan Şükür.