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
Avraham “Avram” Grant (born on 6 February 1955) is an Israeli association football manager. Grant has spent the majority of his career coaching and managing in Israel, winning a number of national league and cup victories with different teams, while also managing the Israeli national team.
Grant moved to England in 2006 to become Technical Director of Portsmouth before being appointed Director of football at Chelsea in July 2007. Two months later, in September 2007, following the departure of José Mourinho, Grant was appointed manager of Chelsea. Despite steering the team into the Champions League final, the League Cup final and contesting the Premier League title to the last day, his contract was terminated at the end of the season.
Grant returned to management with Portsmouth and West Ham United, a role he held up until 15 May 2011, when he was sacked after the club were also relegated to the Football League Championship.
Avram Grant is one that inspires hope in us all (if you’re not a Portsmouth or West Ham fan).Despite looking like Baron Greenback, he has still managed to find a less-than-secret admirer. Who on earth is Peter from Felixstowe?
Spotted by @theyoungmcmahon
Thomas Ravelli (born 13 August 1959 in Vimmerby) is a retired Swedish footballer who played as a goalkeeper.
At the club level, Ravelli played for Östers IF and IFK Göteborg, winning three national championships in ten seasons with the former, before signing for the latter in 1989 at the age of 29.
With Göteborg, he won a further six leagues and his only Swedish Cup. In 1998, already 39, Ravelli left for the Tampa Bay Mutiny of the Major League Soccer, closing out his career the following year with his first club; in total, he appeared in nearly 600 official matches as a professional. Ravelli also ranked as the Swedish national team’s all-time leader in caps, at 143 (also one of best in the world), representing the nation at two World Cups and one European Championship.
Thomas Ravelli looks drunk. Punch drunk. He also, given the posters with his name adorned in blood red, looks as if he is appearing in his own horror movie. Much like Grant, we’ve seen this face before right?
Spotted by @RyanKeaney
Patrick Owomoyela (born 5 November 1979) is a German footballer who plays for Fußball-Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund, having previously played for Lüneburger SK, VfL Osnabrück, SC Paderborn 07, Arminia Bielefeld and Werder Bremen. He has been capped by Germany at international level and was a member of the squad at the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup.
Owomoyela, a right-sided defender/midfielder, began his career in lower league German football. In 2003, he made the step up to Arminia Bielefeld, then in the second division.
Great performances for Bielefeld in the 2004–05 season earned Owomoyela interest from German top clubs, and in 2005, he joined giants SV Werder Bremen. In his first season Owomoyela was the undisputed starter at right back and helped Bremen reach second in the league. Owomoyela was transferred to Borussia Dortmund at the beginning of the 2008-09 season, where he looks to reestablish himself in German top-flight football.
I’m no expert on German football, but which one is he? The beaming maniac in the front, or the dapper sociopath behind?
Spotted by @theftblproject
Marcel Schmelzer (born 22 January 1988) is a German footballer who plays for German Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund as a left back. He has been capped by Germany at international level.
Schmelzer started his professional career with Borussia Dortmund, making his first appearance on 9 August 2008, in the German Cup first-round match against Rot-Weiss Essen. His first league appearance came in the following week, as he played the final twenty minutes of a 3–2 win at Bayer Leverkusen. Schmelzer had his best season for Borussia Dortmund in the 2010–11 season, where he managed to play every minute of the season for the team who went on to win the Bundesliga that year.
Schmelzer made his international debut in November 2010, in a 0-0 draw away to Sweden. He has since won 5 caps.
This photograph is a sign of the times. When we’ve seen a professional footballer in sunglasses before, they were considered cool. Now they are nothing more than ironic. Or in this instance, crap.
Spotted by @LoftForWords
Jay Bothroyd (born 5 May 1982) is an English footballer who plays for Queens Park Rangers as a striker. He has also played for the England national team.
He was a product of the Arsenal Academy and came to prominence during the 1999–2000 FA Youth Cup Final win against Coventry City. He left Arsenal to join Coventry City, later playing for Perugia, Blackburn Rovers, Charlton Athletic, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Stoke City and Cardiff City before joining his current club.
A recent England international footballer, either hanging outside some public conveniences or looking to exploit the open window of a family home.
We will publish five of the best each week. Find the whole collection of Bob Wilson’s Wikipedia here.
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