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Baby names inspired by the World Cup

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As baby's kicks get stronger and stronger, the certainty sets in: You are gestating the next David Beckham. Check out the 2014 World Cup squads as you search for the perfect name for your future footballer — boy or girl.

Okay, we will admit: Names are (regrettably) not the primary focus of the World Cup. However, you probably have baby names on the brain 24/7 these days, and only once every four years does this opportunity present itself. Whether you want an all-American name to support our boys or prefer the appeal of a more worldly name, something here is bound to inspire you.

Baby boy names from the U.S. team



Coach and manager baby names


  • Alberto Zaccheroni (Japan)
  • Alejandro Sabella (Argentina)
  • Ange Postecoglou (Australia)
  • Carlos Queiroz (Iran)
  • Cesare Prandelli (Italy)
  • Didier Deschamps (France)
  • Fabio Capello (Russia)
  • Fernando Santos (Greece)
  • Hong Myung-Bo (South Korea)
  • James Kwesi Appiah (Ghana)
  • Joachim Löw (Germany)
  • Jorge Luis Pinto (Costa Rica)
  • Jorge Sampaoli (Chile)
  • Jose Pekerman (Colombia)
  • Louis van Gaal (Netherlands)
  • Luis Fernando Suarez (Honduras)
  • Luiz Felipe Scolari (Brazil)
  • Marc Wilmots (Belgium)
  • Miguel Herrera (Mexico)
  • Nico Kovac (Croatia)
  • Oscar Tabarez (Uruguay)
  • Ottmar Hitzfeld (Switzerland)
  • Paulo Bento (Portugal)
  • Reinaldo Rueda (Ecuador)
  • Roy Hodgson (England)
  • Sabri Lamouchi (Ivory Coast)
  • Safet Susic (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
  • Stephen Keshi (Nigeria)
  • Vahid Halilhodzic (Algeria)
  • Vicente del Bosque (Spain)
  • Volker Finke (Cameroon)

Baby names inspired by international players



But what about the girls?


The women's World Cup is an entire year off, but that doesn't mean you can't give your daughter a soccer-themed name right now. We found many unisex names among this year's players, perfect for your sporty baby girl.


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