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Sunday, August 27, 2006

A Touch Too Much Dutch

Dutch footballer Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink isn't really of Hesselink. "Of" in Dutch means "or" in English, making his name more of a multiple-choice question than a geography quiz. And Jan isn't about to shorten it to suit television commentators.

"Other people don't shorten their names so why should I? I'm proud of the name. Shaun Wright-Phillips writes his whole name. He doesn't just put Wright, does he?"

Autograph hunters can pose a problem, however. "Sometimes if there are one or two standing alone, I'll give them my whole name but otherwise I just sign my initials. It only takes ten minutes or so to sign autographs but for the fans, they treasure them for years." [Link]

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