Eric Djemba-Djemba

Eric Djemba-Djemba has the sort of rhythmically hypnotic name that casts all that come across it under its spell and requires them to record a few salsa dance tracks in its honor. I can back this up with a reference to this fine musical group that seems to have been named after today’s hero.

The great Eric Djemba-Djemba is a famed athlete in the great sport of football, as it is known in England, or fußball as it is known in Germany, or soccer as it is known in some other places. Mr Djemba-Djemba became a bit of a legendary figure in the sport when purchased as a young man by the master manager Sir Alex Ferguson in 2003. Ferguson figured he would eventually be the successor to the team’s feisty leader Roy Keane. Instead, Sir Alex ended up even more red-faced than usual as the newcomer turned out to be a bit of a dud. Djemba-Djemba is better remembered for his great name, his playboyesque lifestyle, and one pretty decent goal against Leeds.

Sir Alex, presumably telling someone to go over there instead of that place they were mistakenly standing.

Sir Alex, presumably telling someone to go over there instead of that place they were mistakenly standing.

He was soon sold to the very regal sounding team of  Aston Villa, where he played only once before moving on yet again. Since then he’s bounced around in various leagues from Denmark to Qatar to Israel to Serbia, eventually landing in Scotland where he currently wears number 99 for St. Mirren F.C.

I now unofficially dedicate today as Eric Djemba-Djemba Day here at the Blog of Funny Names, and suggest you all do a light jig in his hono(u)r.

Fancy digs.

Fancy digs.




About Arto

Co-founder of the Funny Names Blog, Hawaiian shirt enthusiast, and holder of a funny name himself with too many vowels for any sensible person. Currently residing in San Diego, California, scouring through obscure documents on a hunt for more funny names.
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7 Responses to Eric Djemba-Djemba

  1. Dave says:

    That is one of those names you simply can’t ignore! We hereby declare Loretta Lynn’s birthday Eric Djemba-Djemba day on the BoFN!

  2. Marti says:

    Jig, jiggers, jig

  3. Marti says:

    Hee, silly auto spell correct didn’t like my initial comment of jig, jiggety, jig – too quick to hit send 🙂

  4. kerbey says:

    I assume both Ds are silent in Djemba-Djemba, as in Django Unchained?

    I’m pretty sure Lionel Richie sang about Eric in “All Night Long” when the singers chant:

    “Tam bo li de say de moi ya, hey, Djemba-Djemba.” Oops, that was “Jambo Jumbo.” Sorry, my bad.

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