Football’s funniest names as fans lose mind over Leeds United’s Robin Koch

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Come on, be honest… you laughed, didn't you?

When Robbie Savage said "Koch tried to pull out" during commentary of Leeds United vs Fulham on Saturday, Twitter was sent into hysterics.

He was, of course, referring to Leeds' new signing, Robin Koch, whose name is pronounced exactly how you think it is.

It got us thinking: what are the other funniest names in football?

We got someone to investigate…

Stefan Kuntz

German international Kuntz was brought to worldwide attention at UEFA EURO 1996 where Germany were crowned champions. His unfortunate surname has singled him out as a figure of ridicule among British football supporters.

Nowadays, Kuntz is Germany’s Under-21 boss, and won the UEFA Under-21 European Championships with his country in 2017.

David Goodwillie

Prolific for Dundee United in the 2010-11 season, Scottish striker David Goodwillie earned a move to Blackburn Rovers the following campaign.

He was unfortunately unable to replicate his form south of the border and only managed two Premier League goals in 20 appearances for Rovers. He has since returned to Scotland and remains a regular goal-getter in the lower divisions with Clyde.

Nortei Nortey

Former Chelsea youth product Nortei Nortey has played for a range of clubs in the English non-league pyramid. He currently features for Chorley FC but has also played for Dover Athletic, Maidenhead United, Wrexham, Welling and Solihull Moors.

Nortey by name, journeyman by nature.

Argel Fucks

Brazilian defender Argel Fucks was subject to a famous Eurosport headline in 2001 following his transfer to Portuguese side SL Benfica.

The centre-back spent three seasons at Benfica spent time in Spain, China and Japan throughout his career and has gone on to manage a whole host of Brazilian clubs.

Danny Shittu

Most famous for his time at Queens Park Rangers and Watford, Shittu was a reliable centre-back who went on to win 32 caps for Nigeria.

A 2013 article in the Daily Mirror revealed that Shittu sees himself as an entrepreneur outside of football.

“My interests are business, family. Business, business, ­business. I’ve always been a wheeler-dealer. I used to buy and sell everything.”

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Brian Pinas

Signed by Newcastle United as a young prodigy but failed to make a senior appearance, Pinas was ridiculed for his comically-sounding surname.

After leaving Tyneside, he returned to his native Netherlands, enjoying a reasonably successful career in the Dutch Eredivisie and Belgian top flight.

Paul Dickov

One of the most famous players in this list whose name resembles an appendage just like Robin Koch.

Dickov began his career at Arsenal before going on to play Premier League football for Leicester City, Blackburn Rovers and Manchester City.

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