Talk:List of sports terms named after people

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Things to consider:

  • "events & trophies": under a separate heading or under the heading of their respective sports?
  • perhaps also include a list of sporting venues named after people (but that could grow very large)


This seems to be the rhythmic gymnastics skill, because the originator was a rhythmic gymnast. I moved it into a separate section. If I was wrong, feel free to revert this. Cmapm 09:00, 17 April 2006 (UTC).

here's my research:

Pele runaround move Le grand pont

The Blomqvist shuffle

Bend it like Beckham crossing passing taking set pieces with a lot of spin

the denilson step over, pedalada

Pele and Clodoaldo


Moses - dribbling between two defenders

Zona Cesarini - Injury time (named after Renato Cesarini, who struck a very late winner for Italy against Hungary in 1931).

Ardiles flick he rainbow kick (also called the reverse flick-over, the rainbow flick [USA], the Lambretta [Italy], the Ardiles flick UK, arco iris Spain and roulette France

Une Papinade' volley after Jean-Pierre Papin sco

There is real debate, however, when it comes to the 360-degree turn, often referred to as the 'Garrincha turn'. As Paul Doyle noted in his Sprechen sie Fußball? article of 2006, "PlayStation games refer to it as the Marseille turn, also known in English as the double drag-back, Zidane turn, Maradona turn and, according to earlier computer games, the [David] Rocastle 360. Zidane himself calls it la roulette."

'Flopasning' - literally 'the Flo pass' Jostein Flo, formerly of Sheffield United.


Jack Robinson, Southampton's goalkeeper of 1899 vintage, 'a Robinsonade' in Austria and some parts of Central Europe

Antonin Panenk penalty stopkick

leading to goals as 'Grandelletje'." Franck Grandel.

Meanwhile in Denmark, a hospital pass is known as a 'rigtig Jesper Olsen' ('a real Jesper Olsen'). "It's named after Olsen's square ball across his own defence that set up Spain's equaliser in Denmark's 1986 World Cup match," explains Aidan Curran. "Having been 1-0 down, Spain went on to destroy the Danes 5-1. Sometimes Danish politicians use the term to mock an opponent's blunder or gaffe."

Blanco's bunny hop

incredible Pele chip Pele dummy from the centre circle against Czechoslovakia, followed

Webster ruling Andy Webster, a defender forme

Zona Cesarini - Injury time (named after Renato Cesarini, who struck a very late winner for Italy against Hungary in 1931).

The Flo Pass is a tactic used in association football, perfected by the Norwegian national team in the early/mid-1990s. In a 4-5-1 formation, the full back hits a very long cross-field pass to the winger on the opposite side, who would head the ball to either one of the central midfielders or to the striker. In the original move, employed by the Norwegian national team, the move would be started by Stig Inge Bjørnebye, and end with Jostein Flo. It is from Jostein Flo that the move derives its name.


Ronaldinho blind pass

Espaldinha in homage to Ronaldinho back flick

Marco van Basten's classical volley (impossible goal)

Cuauhtemoc Blanco's "bunny hop",

Bruce Grobbelaar's wobbly knees

Fernando Redondo's unique backheeled nutmeg

Luis Arconada an 'Arconada'. goalkeeping howler

kaka: a volley. Named after Kaka, the Brazil and AC Milan midfielder, famed for his superb volleying.

pelé: a bicycle-kick. The brilliant Brazilian star made the overhead kick his trademark.

roberto: a banana kick. Named after two Brazilian greats, both famed for their banana-kicks, seventies icon Roberto Rivelino and Real Madrid’s galactico Roberto Carlos.

baggio: a missed penalty. Named after Roberto Baggio of Italy, who missed a crucial spot-kick in the penalty shoot-out at the end of the 1994 World Cup Final.

caniggia: sending off. Named after Argentina’s Claudio Caniggia, who managed to get sent off against Sweden in the 2002 World Cup while still sitting on the bench.

maradona: a handballed goal. Named after Diego Maradona, who scored a goal with his hand for Argentina against England in the 1986 World Cup.

klinsmann: a dive. Named after Jurgen Klinsmann, now manager of Germany, who as a player in the 1990s had a reputation for diving.

alberto: a wonder goal. Named after Carlos Alberto, whose goal for Brazil against Italy in the final of the 1970 World Cup was recently voted the greatest World Cup goal ever.

muller: a goalscorer. Named after Gerd Muller, the great German striker known as ‘der bomber’, the top scorer in World Cup history with 14 goals including the winner in the 1974 Final.

chilavert: goal scored by a goalkeeper. Named after the Paraguay keeper Jose Luis Chilavert, who scored a total of 62 goals in his career, including eight in international matches. fontaine: n. a prolific goal-scorer. [Derivation: Juste Fontaine, the great French striker of the 1950s, who scored 13 goals in six matches in the 1958 World Cup – a record for a single World Cup that still stands.)

zoff: a goalkeeper. Named after Dino Zoff, the great Italian keeper who graced three World Cups and still holds the record of 1,142 minutes without conceding an international goal.

zubi: a World Cup veteran. Named after Zubi Zubizaretta, the Spanish goalkeeper of 1980-90s, who became one of the few players to play in four World Cups.

harrypotter: a midfield wizard

kaiser: a player who dominates a game. From “der Kaiser”, the nickname of Franz Beckenbauer, the legendary captain of West Germany in the 1970s.

porteur d'eau — a hardworking, normally defensive, midfielder. From the French word for “water-carrier”. French World Cup winner Didier Deschamps was known as le porteur d'eau.

Samuel marking Walter Samuel – quietly intense man-marking

Have you seen When Vinnie met Gazza?

alludes to romatic comedy ‘when Harry met Sally’ but is actually a threat.


The linking seems weird. Do we want the moves named after people linked to the person's page. That seems reasonable, but a lot of them are linked to non existent pages and disambiguation pages. Is the goal to link the moves to the moves page? I think if the move does not have a page it is appropriate to link the athletes page MATThematical (talk) 20:08, 14 February 2010 (UTC)

questionable entries[edit]

(association) football is the only sport listed here that I know enough to comment on, but as far as that's concerned I'd say half of the list is nonsense. I am, of course, not some be-all-and-end-all when it comes to something so subjective, so I'm not going to go ahead and remove without comment, but as a big fan there are enough terms here which mean nothing to me to set off alarm bells:

I have absolutely no idea what the "stanley matthews move" is. Same goes for the "jay jay okocha move", "juan riquelme move", and "ferenc puskas move". I've never heard anybody call an elastico a "ronaldinho move" or anything similar, and I've never heard of a "robinho pull back" or "rivelino step over and turn" - what separates those two from a "pull back" or "step over and turn"? (generic terms which don't tell a whole lot about what was done). I'm certainly aware of Kerlon's association with the seal dribble, but I'm not familiar with it being commonly *named after* him. No idea what an Aguanís is either - the description of "left foot dribble" explains nothing, and it doesn't even seem to be named after the guy anyway (not sure what the link is between Raul and 'Aguanis', I've certainly never heard him called that). the two italian ones are totally unknown to me, too.

The only entries that seem justified to me are those named for Panenka, Bosman, Cruijff, Makelele, Zidane, and Maradona. Even those last two I'd consider a bit of a stretch. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:35, 31 July 2012 (UTC)

Found this again, since here are no comments I assume nobody particularly objects to removing most of the entries from that section. I left the 5 which I'm familiar with as terms commonly-used within the sport (I'm still slightly unsure about the Zidane one but gave it the benefit of the doubt), but removed the others. For example, despite initially promising ~55,400 results, a google search for "Jay-Jay Okocha move" (in quotes) gets only 8 pages, with a total of 75 results, (at time of writing, from my location), even after including similar results. A genuinely used term like "Makelele role", on the other hand… well I got bored of checking how many pages that had before I even reached the "show similar results" option. (talk) 16:28, 21 January 2013 (UTC)


Copied from Talk:Mitsuo Tsukahara:
If, as the article says, a 'Tsukahara' is a "full-twisting double salto in the tuck position (with the full twist in the first salto)", and if "in many nations, it is customary to call a full-twisting double salto tumble or dismount a 'Tsukahara' on all apparatus, both for men and women", why is it not listed in the Artistic gymnastics section, as well as the Tsukahara (vault), which is a different thing AFAICS? -- (talk) 23:13, 2 August 2012 (UTC)

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