The Merseyside Derby takes place this weekend, and in honour of our Scouse brethren OxStu Sport is counting down five of our favourite unintelligible figures from the beautiful game. From deepest Africa to exotic Maidstone, this list shows that football is truly a global game, even if sometimes that makes it a bit more difficult to understand…
The former Liverpool defended has achieved the seemingly unachievable in his role as a pundit on Sky: making Gary Neville’s voice sound bearable.
Facebook group: “Subtitles for Sky Sports ‘cos you can’t understand Jamie Carragher”.
Inexplicably appointed as a pundit by the BBC for the 2010 World Cup, Adebayor’s recruitment was described as “a surprise.”
Facebook group: The awkward moment when Adebayor speaks and the pundits don’t understand
Perhaps trying to rid himself of the Scouse accent, Barton amused millions worldwide when he adopted an ‘Allo ‘Allo accent for a press conference when playing for Marseille.
Facebook group: Putting on a French accent thinking that you’re Joey Barton
Having infamously taken three yellow cards to send off Croatian Simunic, Poll claimed in his autobiography that the centre-back’s Australian accent (he was born in Australia) led him to mark down the first yellow card as going to the Australian number three.
Facebook group: N/A. Sort it out, Facebook
The much-maligned accompaniment to Clyve Tyldesley on ITV serenades a nation every England match with his dulcet cockney tones. Imagine the surprise, therefore, when it turns out that the former Middlesbrough player actually captained the Republic of Ireland. Townsend, born in Maidstone, qualified through his grandmother.
Facebook group: What the fuck does Andy Townsend know about football?
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