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Wolfgang Wolf

Mmmhhmmm, that is some serious gourmet….um, soccer playing.

Wolfgang is a good strong German name, considered about a 6.9 on the established Outerbridge Funnyness Scale by funnynameologists around the globe. Wikipedia, that oracle of our times, tells us that the name comes from Old High German words “wolf” –  which surprisingly means “wolf” –  and “gang“, meaning “path”. German linguist Jacob Grimm (one of the famed Grimm brothers) interpreted the name as meaning a hero in front of whom walks the “wolf of victory”. Which sounds pretty badass.

Even more badass is the full name of one Wolfgang Wolf. Mr. Wolf is a retired German soccer player who, when not busy hosing down John Travolta, has worked as a coach since 1994 when he took charge of the well named Stuttgart Kickers.

His finest hour in funny name related news came when he took the job as manager of Wolfsburg in Germany’s top league, making him Wolfgang Wolf of Wolfsburg. Sometimes you just can’t make this stuff up.

Wolf worked at Wolfsburg for about five years until he was finally relieved of his duties and a less nominally suitable manager was installed in his place.  After a brief stint in Greece, Wolfgang returned to Germany and is currently head coach of Hansa Rostock in the second tier of German soccer. In the future we are sure he will find more glamorous employment opportunities, perhaps at English club Wolves.

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