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Bend it like Beckham, having a Walters and doing a Klinsmann: Sportsmail"s football name game

The name game: Having a Walters, doing a Klinsmann, bending it like Beckham and a bit of Fergie time – the language of football

shootout against England) but players can look a bit foolish when it doesn't (we're referring to you here, Mr Lineker).

VIDEO: The Panenka penalty

The Klinsmann

Jurgen Klinsmann was known as someone who liked to take a tumble whenever possible, whether there was contact or not.

So, when he came to Tottenham in 1994, English crowds expected to see him dive – but not in the way he did. After scoring on his debut against Sheffield Wednesday, the striker sent up his reputation by diving across the turf in celebration.

And a craze was born.

Flying start: Klinsmann celebrates his goal on debut for Tottenham

Flying start: Klinsmann celebrates his goal on debut for Tottenham

Bend it like Beckham

OK, this came from a film title. You've got us. But the movie would not have got its name had it not been for Beckham's ability to hit stunning free-kicks and the term has entered the language of football.

The way the former England captain takes set-pieces is unique, running up to the ball at a 90-degree angle and hitting the ball with pace and swerve, often into the top corner of the goal or on to the head of a team-mate.

There is nobody else who can quite bend it like Beckham.

VIDEO: THAT free-kick against Greece

Grobbelaar legs

A goalkeeper known for his eccentricites – even among a section of football commonly referred to as mad – Bruce Grobbelaar's finest hour came in the 1984 European Cup final.

The game had gone to a penalty shootout and the Liverpool keeper decided to psyche out the Roma kick takers by 'wobbling' his legs on the line.

It worked and Liverpool won the European Cup. Twenty one years later Jerzy Dudek tried it and Liverpool won again. Maybe you have to play for Liverpool for it to work…

VIDEO: See Roma wobble as Grobbelaar does his 'spaghetti legs'

The Higuita

From one eccentric goalkeeper to another. This is also known as the Scorpion kick and Colombia's Rene Higuita lit up Wembley when he pulled it off in 1995.

A cross by Jamie Redknapp (now better known to you all as a Sportsmail columnist) was looping harmlessly towards the goal and Higuita thought 'It's a friendly, let's liven it up a bit', jumped, arced his feet behind his back and backheeled the ball while in mid air.

It was an astonishing piece of skill and led to a number of people needing hospital treatment after injuring themselves trying to replicate it.

VIDEO: Higuita's amazing Scorpion kick

The Zidane turn

Also known as the Marseille turn, the great Frenchman was a regular exponent of the move and left many a defender bamboozled as he glided past them.

It is more of a pirouette, in truth, and Zidane would drag the ball from the sole of one boot to the other in order to beat the defender.

That was the beautiful side of his game, the other side we witnessed at the 2006 World Cup final…

Turn for the better: Zidane pirouettes past Francesco Totti at Euro 2000

Turn for the better: Zidane pirouettes past Italy's Francesco Totti at Euro 2000

Yeboah volley

This one came on the back of a stupendous goal by Tony Yeboah for Leeds against Liverpool and the Sky commentator's cry of 'Yeboaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah' as the striker's volley crashed in off the bar and into the net.

For weeks after, if anybody in the playground or in an amateur game scored any type of volley, someone would inevitably echo the commentary and the Ghanaian's name entered the football dictionary.

VIDEO: Yeboah's screamer

We were going to stop there but the board has been raised and we're into…

Fergie time

The Manchester United manager's famous look at his watch is an integral part of football. It helps, of course, that his side score so regularly once the clock has ticked past 90 minutes.

This has led to the perception that, should United be losing as the game enters its final exchanges, Ferguson looking at his wrist will lead to more added time being played and a goal being scored.

This may or may not be true but the Old Trafford faithful gleefully sing about 'Fergie time' to rile opposition fans who complain about the referee 'playing until United score'.

Watch and learn: Ferguson points to his wrist in a game against Blackburn in 2004

Watch and learn: Ferguson points to his wrist in a game against Blackburn in 2004

Now give us your thoughts on who else should be in football's name game

Marouane Fellaini and brother with matching hairstyles

You've copied my hairstyle! Fellaini brothers watch Everton with matching afros

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08:20 GMT, 30 August 2012

Looking like the before pictures in a hair straightener advert, the Fellaini brothers made a hair raising sight in the stands at Goodison Park on Wednesday night.

The Belgium international has become famous for his curly locks since moving to Merseyside and little did we know his brother is a perfect double.

The pair looked like a 1970s disco
tribute act as they perched in their seats in the stands during the Capital One Cup
clash with Leyton Orient.

Oh, brother! Fellaini with his sibling during the clash at Goodison Park

Oh, brother! Fellaini with his sibling during the clash at Goodison Park

And while the street vendors around the ground do a roaring trade in copycat wigs, there's no mistaking that these siblings are a cut above.

Although that could be David Luiz sitting next to the Everton midfielder. Or Rene Higuita. Or Kevin Keegan. Or Sideshow Bob from the Simpsons.

Maybe they could sign for Barnet one day

Who's who There's very little difference between the brothers

Who's who There's very little difference between the brothers