`Mighty Mouse´ and `Mad Dog´
Andreas Neuendorf (2nd r.) was an exceptional case. After being hospitalised due to a tick bite he whas given the nickname ‘Tick’
FC Schalke 04’s Marc Wilmots (r.) probably wouldn’t have wanted to do the same with his nickname.
A player in a similar mould to Wilmots, but way before his time, was Germany legend Berti Vogts (r.).
Speaking of a man’s best friend, ‘Mad Dog’ Emanuel Pogatetz (r., against Artur Sobiech) was given
Just as likely to snap at your heels was Sean Dundee. Based on the Crocodile Dundee film, the striker was known in Bundesliga circles as the ‘Goal Crocodile’.
Silent, but deadly. Lucas Barrios came to the Bundesliga as a ‘Panther’ and wasted little time during his stint with Borussia Dortmund
Stefan ‘Tiger’ Effenberg wanted to leave a lasting impression on his opponents in more
Hannover 96 could create their own zoo based on some of their nicknames! Despite his fleet-footed nature, Szabolcs Huszti is sometimes better known as ‘Bear’.
Artur Sobiech has also demonstrated on multiple occasions that his nickname of ‘Snail’ doesn’t necessarily describe the majority of his performances.
In the case of Jan Schlaudraff though, his well-documented ability to weave himself in and out of his opponents
It could have been that the nickname ‘Snake’ was already occupied when Schlaudraff began his career,
However, that wouldn’t have happened to legendary English forward Kevin Keegan, who instead of just being
VfL Bochum’s kit during the 1997/98 campaign was nothing close to being ‘mouse grey’, but based on
If you thought it couldn’t go smaller than that you’d be wrong because 1860 Munich’s Erik Myland was known as ‘Mosquito’…
…while the Lions also boasted a ‘Spider’ within their ranks courtesy of Mandfred Bender’s skinny legs.
In terms of poisonous animals though, few could outdo Jürgen Wegmann (l.), who was
At the other end of the pitch it was more about flexibility than toxicity, which is why it’s understandable
Willi Lippens’ movement, however, didn’t earn him quite as flattering a nickname, as his waddling style of running saw him receive the nickname ‘Duck’
Rune Bratseth's (m.) nickname was a little more straight forward. He wasn’t known as ‘Elk’ because of
Former Schalke head coach Huub Stevens often had a hungry look in his eye when dealing with