Welcome to Bob Wilson’s Wikipedia
Wikipedia has changed the educational landscape as we know it. Gone are the days when knowledge was gained through dusty encyclopedias and local wisdom, hearsay and rumourmongering.
Nowadays, people simply need to access Wikipedia in order to pass off facts as their own, plagiarise beyond all means in academia, sully the reputation of Hollywood movie stars – all in the name of ‘free education for all’.
Wikipedia’s framework is built on the Wikimedia Commons project – a media file repository making available‘public domain and freely-licensed educational media content’ - that is, no ‘copyrighted’ content.
Which is why we see Bob Wilson, a Scottish international goalkeeper, a man with more than 230 Arsenal appearances under his belt, a respected television broadcaster, paying for petrol in Hatfield, Hertfordshire as his official Wikipedia photograph. He isn’t the only one however. There are many, many more…
Here are five of the best that were submitted this week, in no particular order:
Spotted by @MattTickner
Ali Amrakhovich Gadzhibekov (Russian: Али Амрахович Гаджибеков; born 6 August 1989 in Makhachkala) is a Russian professional footballer.
He made his professional debut in the Russian First Division in 2006 for FC Anzhi Makhachkala – you know, those guys, the rich playground of Samuel Eto’o et al, the team that fly 1,250 miles to Makhachkala to play a home game. A defensive midfielder, he has made over 60 appearances for the Dikaya Diviziya (Wild Division), his home town club, over the past four seasons.
He is the younger brother of FC Volga Tver defender Albert Gadzhibekov.
A young lad is Gadzhibekov, he knows no better than to wear the ridiculously isoteric number 63 on his shirt, so that is obviosuly the reason why the coach has pulled him aside to give him the sort of talking to only a deputy head could give.
Either that, or he is receiving some bad news, the coach’s comforting hand on Ali’s shoulder, while the intrusive voyeur looks on. Whoops.
Spotted by @rcammisola
Luis Ezequiel Ibáñez (born 15 July 1988), nicknamed Lucho, is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a left back or left winger for Dinamo Zagreb in the Prva HNL.
Ibáñez started his professional career at Boca Juniors in his native Argentina, debuting for the club in 2008. He made only two official appearances in Argentine Primera División, and in the summer transfer window of the 2008–09 season he joined Dinamo Zagreb for a fee of €650,000.
His first season at Dinamo Zagreb went well, as he was praised by the Croatian football critics for his performances and work rate on the pitch.
Lucho, just chilling in a farmland. Of course, if it’s hot take your top off. Classy tattoo too…
Spotted by @Jimmydan
Christopher Charles “Chris” Humphrey (born 19 September 1987) is a Jamaican professional footballer who plays for Motherwell as a winger. He is a Jamaican international, but he is also eligible for the English and Scottish national teams due to family connections.
Born in Jamaica before moving to Walsall at the age of 5, Humphrey was at Walsall’s Centre of Excellence until he joined West Bromwich Albion.
After signing for Shrewsbury from The Baggies’ Centre of Excellence, Humphrey went on to make 74 appearances for The Shrews with a period on loan at Stafford Rangers during that time.
On 15 July, Scottish Premier League club Motherwell announced Humphrey as new manager Jim Gannon’s second signing of the summer. He spent most of his first season with the club on the bench, due to the form of Jim O’Brien. After O’Brien moved to Barnsley in 2010, Humphrey began playing regularly for the first team. He has recently signed a one-year contract extension.
Obviously not a fan of The Royal Teens, Chris Humphrey here is wearing *the* biggest pair of shorts I have ever seen…
Spotted by @Jimmydan
Florin Gardoş (born 29 October 1988 in Satu Mare) is a Romanian footballer who plays for Steaua Bucureşti.
Gardos made his senior professional debut for Romanian Liga I club CS Concordia Chiajna, where he went on to represent the Ilfov club 51 times, scoring one goal.
On 17 June 2010, he was transferred to Steaua Bucureşti. On 16 August 2010 he made his team debut for Steaua in Liga I against Victoria Brăneşti.
The 22 year-old, who can play in the centre of defence or as a defensive midfielder, is rated in at €4 by Roș-Albaștrii which has led to him being monitored by a number of top European clubs including Bayern Munich and Inter Milan.
We’ve all had this terrifying experience on a football pitch. It can be cold and things can feel like they’re disappearing. There’s nothing you can do about it – it’s biology. Florin is being smart here by making sure that everything is in in-check before the kick-off. A wise move most we must agree.
However, it’s probably not so wise to perform the checks in front of the cameras, and probably not while you’re trying to warm up…
Spotted by @TheYoungMcMahon
Stefano Tacconi (born 13 May 1957 in Perugia) is an Italian association football player. He is the only goalkeeper to have won all international club competitions.
Tacconi got his first significant experience at Spoleto football club. Following this, having already attracted the interest of Inter Milan, he had his first brief stint as a professional with Pro Patria and Livorno before joining Sambenedettese. He then reached Serie A with Avellino in the 1980/1981 season; he remained there for three years before joining the Italian club Juventus FC in 1983.
At Juventus, Tacconi won 2 scudetti in 1984 and 1986, the European Champion Clubs’ Cup in 1985 and the Intercontinental Cup the same year against Argentinos Juniors on penalties. In 1990 Tacconi and Juventus went on to win a UEFA Cup and a Coppa Italia. He was Walter Zenga’s reserve at the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy.
After such an illustrious career, Tacconi is well within his right to enjoy a huge class of wine, a brandy chaser and a cheeky cigarette. Despite these vices, after turning out for FC Arquata in 2008 aged 51, it appears there’s life in the old dog yet.
We will publish five of the best each week. Find the whole collection of Bob Wilson’s Wikipedia here.
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