|Diego Maradona made the name very popular|
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Italian Players with "I"
When I looked at several lists of famous people named "Diego". They are mainly footballers. Diego Velazquez, Diego Rivera, Diego de Almagro, etc are some of the famous "Diego's". I actually never heard most of the non-footballing "Diego's". In the modern football world, the name was made famous by Diego Maradona. Perhaps, many footballers were named after him. According to data from Facebook, only 1 to 1.5% of Argentine babies were named "Diego" born before the 1986 World Cup Finals. The names jumped to 5% during the Finals. Roughly one in 25 baby boys were named after him at that period.
|Diego Godin and Diego Lugano|
GK: Diego Alves (Brazil)
At the time of writing, Diego Alves earned 10 caps for Brazil. He was a backup keeper at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. He started his career with Clube Atlético Mineiro. He moved to UD Almería in Spain on 24 July 2007, as the Andalusians had just achieved a first ever promotion to La Liga. From 2011 to 2017, he played for Valencia.
GK: Diego Lopez (Spain)
Lopez started from Real Madrid, but made his name first with Villareal and Sevilla. In January, 2013, he rejoined Real Madrid after Iker Casillas suffered a serious injury. He quickly established as the starter. He maintained his starting status the following year, despite the return of Casillas. He won Copa Del Rey that season as the starter while backing up Casillas in the Champions' League as Real Madrid won it. Capped once in 2009.
GK: Diego Cavalieri (Brazil)
Cavalieri started his career at Palmeiras. He later became a backup with Liverpool and then, Cesena. From 2010 to 2017, he played for Fluminense. He also played for Crystal Palace and Botafogo. He has earned 3 caps for Brazil between 2012 and 2013 and was part of the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup winning team.
RB: Diego Martinez (Mexico)
Martínez made his debut in the Invierno 2001 season with Necaxa. He signed with Chivas in 2006, where he immediately became an important part of the team, but later was sent out on loan with various teams such as Morelia, Tigres, C.F. Monterrey, etc. Between 2003 and 2009, he was capped 12 times.
RB: Diego Johannesson (Iceland)
Johannesson is the son of an Icelandic father and a Spanish mother. Since 2014, he has played for Real Oviedo in Spain. In 2016, he committed internationally to Iceland. He made his international debut in 2016 against the United States.
CB: Diego Godin
With Uruguay, he reached the World Cup semifinal in 2010 and won a Copa America in 2011. Godín started his professional career with C.A. Cerro at the age of 17. After his good performances, he was transferred to top division powerhouse Club Nacional de Football. In 2007, Godín signed a five-year deal with La Liga side Villarreal CF. He joined Atletico Madrid in 2010. He was a key player for Atletico Madrid when they upset Real Madrid and Barcelona for the La Liga title in 2013-2014.
Diego Lugano started with Libertad, Club Nacional de Football and Plaza Colonia at home before making a name with Sao Paulo in Brazil, where he won Copa Libertadores and Intercontinental Cup in 2005. He later played for Fenerbahçe, PSG, Malaga, West Bromwich Albion and BK Häcken. For Uruguay, he earned nearly a 100 caps. He captained the team for eight years, beginning in May 2006. He captained Uruguay to Copa America's victory in 2011 and went to two World Cup Finals: 2010 and 2014.
CB: Diego Llorente (Spain)
Llorente joined Real Madrid's youth system in July 2002. In 2012, he made his senior debut with the team, but later sent to g Rayo Vallecano for the 2015-2016 season and then, Malaga for the 2017-2018 season. In 2017, he was sold to Real Sociedad. In 2016, he received his first international callup by manager Vicente del Bosque. He made his debut against Switzerland. At the time of writing, he has 4 caps for Spain..
Osorio began his professional career in Independiente Medellín, before moving to Atlético Nacional where he would spend most of his playing career. Osorio made 17 appearances for the senior Colombia national football team from 1991 to 1995. He also played at the 1992 Summer Olympics. He also had some cocaine possession and trafficking criminal record.
LB: Diego Placente (Argentina)
Placente started playing professionally in 1996 with Argentinos Juniors, before moving to River Plate in 1997. He transferred to Bayer 04 Leverkusen in 2001, where he played until 2005. While at Leverkusen he played in the 2002 UEFA Champions League Final. He also played for Celta Rigo, San Lorenzo de Almagro and Bordeaux. He was capped 22 times. He was a member of the 2002 World Cup team.
From 2005 to 2012, Diego Calderon played L.D.U. Quito. In 2008, he was a member of the team that won the Copa Libertadores. The following year, his team won Copa Sudamericana. He also won Recopa Sudamericana in 2009 and 2010. From 2011 to 2012, he was capped 5 times for Ecuador.
DM: Diego Perez (Uruguay)
From 1999 to 2003, Diego Perez played for Defensor Sporting. he played a season with Penarol before moving to play for AS Monaco in France, where he played from 2004 to 2010. From 2010 to 2015, he played for Bologna. He was capped 89 times. He went to the 2010 World Cup Finals in South Africa. He played in 4 Copa Americas, winning the 2011 edition.
DM: Diego Simeone (Argentina)
Simeone started his career with Velez Sarsfield before moving to Europe. He first joined Pisa and Sevilla before going to Atletico Madrid. He won the Double with them in 1995-1996. He then moved to Inter Milan, where he won the UEFA Cup in 1998. In 1999, he moved to Lazio. Again, he won the Double. For Argentina, he was capped 106 times. He won Copa America in 1991 and 1993. He went to play in three WC Finals; 1994, 1998 and 2002.
CM: Diego de Souza (Uruguay)
De Souza is considered to be one of the greatest players in the history of Defensor Sporting. In 2009, he was chosen as the best player of the Uruguayan Primera División. He later played for Banfield for four years. He also played for Montevideo Wanderers FC, Cerro Largo FC, etc. He was capped 3 times for Uruguay.
LW: Diego Perotti (Argentina)
Perotti joined Spain's Sevilla FC in the summer of 2007, from Club Deportivo Morón. He was a part of the team that won the Europa League in 2014. Then, he played for Genoa between 2014 and 2016. Since 2016, he plays with AS Roma. For Argentina, he earned 5 times in 2009. He was named in a preliminary 35-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, but he did not make the final cut.
LW: Diego Capel (Spain)
From 2004 to 2011, Capel played for Sevilla. He was a part of their back-to-back UEFA Cup winning team. He later played for Sporting CP, Genoa, Anderlecht and Extremadura. For Spain, he earned 2 caps in 2008. He made his debut in 2008 against Denmark.
AM: Diego Latorre (Argentina)
Latorre was the first Argentine player to be labelled as the "New Maradona". He made his professional debut for Boca Juniors in 1987. In 1992, he joined Fiorentina with Gabriel Batistuta after the pair helped Argentina to win the Copa America in 1991. He left for CD Tenerife in La Liga soon after. He also played for UD Salamanca, Racing Club de Avellaneda, Rosario Central, and clubs in Mexico and Guatemala before retiring in 2005. He had 6 caps.
AM: Diego (Brazil)
Diego started his career with Santos and moved to Porto in 2004. In 2006, he moved to Werder Bremen where he was one of the best players in the Bundesliga. In 2009, he moved to Juventus, but could not find his form. He went on to play for various clubs. In 2012, he was a part of Atletico Madrid that won the 2012 Europa League. At the international level, he earned 33 caps between 2004 and 2011.
Diego Maradona was considered the second best player in history after Pele. He won the World Cup in 1986, scoring the best goal in the history of the World Cup when he scored against England. He also played in the WC Finals in 1982, 1990 and 1994. For club football, he was best remembered for leading Napoli to break the dominance of the Northern Italian clubs in the Serie A. Napoli won two league titles and a UEFA Cup. He was also considered to be Boca Juniors' greatest player.
ST: Diego Tardelli (Brazil)
Diego Tardelli played for Sao Paulo from 2004 to 2007. He then played for Flamengo. From 2009 to 2011, he played with Atlético Mineiro where he made his name. He was the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A top goalscorer in 2009 as well as winning the Arthur Friedenreich Award. He later played overseas to play for Anzhi Makhachkala, Al-Gharafa, Shandong Luneng, etc. From 2009 and 2017, Diego Tardelli earned 14 caps for Brazil.
ST: Diego Tristan (Spain)
Diego Tristan made his name with Mallorca. He would have joined Real Madrid in 2000, but his deal fell. He is best known for his Deportivo de La Coruña spell, where he spent six years, but an injury in 2002 gradually affected his career. He played for many clubs at the end of his career. He was capped 15 times. He was a member of the 2002 World Cup team.
Diego Milito began his club career with Racing Club in 1999. He starred at both Genoa and Real Zaragoza. He is best remembered for playing with Inter Milan. He scored 32 goals in all competitions including two goals in the 2010 Champions League Final against Bayern Munich. It was the club's 2009–10 treble-winning season. Milito earned 25 caps for Argentina. He represented his country in two Copa América, and at the 2010 World Cup Finals.
ST: Diego Costa (Spain)
Until the age of 16, he was not playing for club football. He joined Atletico Madrid in 2006, but did not become a star until the 2013-2014 season. In March, 2013, he made his national debut for Brazil. However, by summer of 2013, he decided to switch his commitment to Spain after becoming Spanish citizens, which caused a controversy in Brazil. He is believed to be the first Brazilian to turn his back against his country and play for a different national team. In February, 2014, he made his Spanish debut and went to Brazil 2014 for Spain.Diego Forlan's career in Europe started slowly, but his career finally took off after heading to Spain in 2004. He was two-time European Golden Shoe winner in 2004-2005 and then, 2008-2009. His best years were with Villarreal and Atletico Madrid, winning the UEFA Europa League with the latter. At the international level, he had 112 caps, leading Uruguay to the 2011 Copa America title as well the semi-final of the 2010 World Cup Finals. He won the Golden Ball at South Africa 2010.
ST: Diego Forlan
|Diego Costa and Diego Simeone|
Diego Herrera, Diego Laxalt (Uruguay)/
-- This blog is harder than I anticipated. Originally, I thought it is easier with so many "Diego" footballers. I easily came up with Diego Forlan, Diego Godin, Diego (Brazil), Diego Simeone, Diego Costa, etc. Then, I went blank. In have to draft in younger players such as Diego Llorente.
-- This team is one of my fun ones. I am not serious at all.
-- Diego Laxalt is too young to be considered.
-- I found many Brazilian footballers named Diego Souza. This Diego Souza made the team while I also have Diego de Souza of Uruguay.
-- The title "New Maradona" has been given players with promise by the press and the public in Argentina. Lionel Messi, Ariel Ortega, Carlos Tevez, Pablo Aimar, Juan Roman Riquelme, etc all were called the "New Maradona" at one point in their career. Diego Latorre was supposed to be the first player given that title. He was also the only one with the same first name. He was not named after Maradona as he was born in 1969. He made his professional debut in 1987.
-- I did not check if any of the players were named after Maradona. However, all of the Argentine selected were born before Maradona played in a WC Finals.
-- Diego Tardelli was named after Marco Tardelli of Italy.
-- Diego Costa was named after Maradona. He had a brother named Jair who was named after Jairzinho of the 1970 World Cup Finals.
-- Diego Calderon (Ecuador) was born in 1986 after the World Cup Finals.
-- Diego Forlan's father is a friend of Maradona. Maradona helped him to rise funds to pay for Pablo's daughter medical bills. Diego Forlan decided to focus on football after Maradona's help. He was born in 1979 so he was probably named after Diego Maradona.
-- Diego Johannesson has a Spanish mother. His first name came from her, but I do not know of any connection to Maradona.
This is not a good line-up. I dropped Diego deeper than he usually played.