Home > Top 20 Funny Fantasy Football & 5 a side Team Names of 2020 UPDATED
Quite possibly… Cast your minds back to this time last year, choosing your fantasy team – Could you have imagined that the 1st match you watch this season might have the crowd as a mass of Zoom videos and the crowd noises being generated by EA Sports? (“Its in the game“- Incredibly this year, it really is!)
Despite a few questionable games being played at the start (eg. Liverpool Vs At. Madrid), football has on the whole had a relatively positive impact on people’s lives during the Covid-19 pandemic, adapting to changes quicker than most sports. Despite the lack of crowd, the restart of football was a significant (and very welcome) step for many in the return to normality and routine.
This may well be the best, most comprehensive and original list of funny football team names ever created… However, after days of little else but name punning in our respective WFH offices, we have lost all perspective, so we would say that! (seriously, we have been struggling to have a normal conversation with people without rhyming their words back at them!)
Our annual last minute scramble to release the list means that you will be getting the most up to date (late summer transfers can open whole new naming avenues!) and relevant list of names. We make your 1st fantasy football managerial decision of the season that little bit easier. So you know at least you might get a name that no one else has. You might even get a few laughs from it (whether you claim credit for the name is up to you)
We got pretty nerdy this year, working to create names using perfect rhymes, (extremely!) imperfect rhymes, compounds and wordplay to give you the most comprehensively researched list to choose from. So if you are looking for something a little more interesting (and current) than a list of regurgitated dross from ‘The Sun’ you have come to the right place!
Certain players are an absolute gift for funny name creation – with Timo Werner joining Mané, Salah, Juan Mata, Giroud and Cesc Fabregas as the go-to multi-use, well-known players (Cesc is particularly helpful, providing rhyming puns on his 1st and 2nd name). As you can see our top 20 also has relevant images with some (not so fancy) photoshopping for your viewing pleasure.
As with everything else, Covid has had a huge impact on our list, with 3 of the top 20 funniest football names of 2020 being Coronavirus related. It’s been a tough time for many, but laughter and laughing at seemingly uncontrollable situations has been the go-to catharsis for generations. (see No. 2 ‘It’s all Zoom and Gloom’ | No.14: ‘ACF Quarantina’ | No.20: ‘Andrea Furlough’)
1. Names that are fresh – using players or subjects that are topical or well known
2. Pun-heavy preferred, especially names that incorporate more than one player/pun
3. We are happy to have less than perfect rhyming words if it allows for a funnier name
4. Obvious is great but we have a penchant for the abstract
5. We don’t rate anything that we consider racist or homophobic (the Daily Express or Mail will no doubt have a list for this if required!)
Fantasy football is now as much part of the average Premier League fan’s consumption of the sport as TV coverage. The last seasons have seen fantasy football being regularly referenced in commentary and punditry across all media. Indeed it has become such a known cultural reference, that it even makes its way into ads for mobile phones. Although as you can tell by the young actress’s delivery of the line “cheers Dad, I’ve switched up my captain” its not a cultural bandwagon that can always be seamlessly jumped on (see below)
Anyone who has tried explaining fantasy football to someone who doesn’t play will know the vacant look of questioning bemusement: Why on earth would anyone care enough to commit to a whole season of what most people would consider at best revision without reward or at worse unpaid labour! Little do they know that the last minute Saturday lunchtime changes will make the weekends fixtures that little more engaging. Fantasy football can add excitement to games that are seemingly unwatchable, with 0-0 draws becoming a “good day at the office” for your defence.
This can lead to added confusion watching matches, often ending in a convoluted ethical dilemma – Do I want my team to win or my captain to score?
“I think my fantasy football management needs managing”Tweet
You arrive late to the party, picking your team in week 2 and not looking again until your mate tells you that you still have Rooney (circa 2017/18) in your team and he hasn’t started a game for 3 months?
Are you the kind of manager that uses their wild card in week 3 once the starting line-ups have been established and then claim to have “heard a lot of good things about Mo Salah when he was at Roma” circa 2017/18?
Are you a veteran of fantasy football management – Beginning your career in the 90s with “Dream Team” and researching your players on “Championship Manager” (the precursor to “Football Manager“) moving onto Premier league then to Draft fantasy football? Maybe you have been in the same league with the same friends for many years – often resulting in the same winners and losers?
Do you treat your fantasy football team management as a 2nd job, with hours spent each week researching, planning and executing your game week professionally?
Do you see yourself as a managerial maverick – Preferring to take a punt on a player that no-one has considered for a chance of glory when that player becomes the unexpected points machine of the season?
We are no fortune tellers (if we were we wouldn’t need great team names to deflect our poor fantasy football team’s position!), but we can certainly glean some direction on where things are heading by focusing on one trend we have noticed. The last few seasons have seen “Draft Fantasy Football” establish themselves as a genuine competitor to the official Premier league fantasy football with many moving to the draft format. Lots of managers now prefer the structure of draft and compared with from the classic format whereby halfway through the season most teams have the same players. Draft Fantasy Football have sometimes struggled to cope with the influx and have looked to new ways of monetising their site to afford more tech to satisfy demand.
In 2018 Draft Fantasy Football were awarded a licence to host gambling on the platform and launched fantasy football gambling with their “Lightning Drafts” system. Here you compete against other players with your chosen team against theirs and the winner(s) take all.
In 2020 Ladbrokes released this 5 a side and fantasy football gambling mash up and proclaimed: “Pick your formation. Select your players. Choose your stats. Build your team. Place your bet. Be the boss” – It’s a relatively innovative concept and they have spent heavy on marketing. Which suggests they see it as a nice earner and if they are earning the punter is paying, so we suggest it’s best to keep that in mind!
People have different and justly held views on gambling. We, for instance, find the ad breaks on football programs unhealthily saturated by gambling ads – Also, the problem is “Ray” that not all “Bet365” punters do gamble responsibly and it is made increasingly difficult for them when they are enjoying watching football only to be bombarded by “hard-sell” and sometimes “soft-sell” (wanna be like all these cool guys betting?) at half-time! If you feel as strongly (as we clearly do!) about this there’s a good article here. However, most people can have a flutter on football without it ruining their lives (and often their families) and just like fantasy football it adds an additional element of interest to their football consumption and we see this trend towards fantasy football gambling increasing as the hugely profitable betting companies realise its potential – Mo’ money… mo betting ads! (or as Biggie Smalls like to say “Mo’ money… mo’ problems” – or as we like to say “Mo Mané… Mo Salah problems” [No.13])
If you are worried about your gambling or feel that your gambling is out of control you can find support at https://www.begambleaware.org/
2019 UPDATE: The big betting companies have agreed a voluntary ban on “whistle to whistle” ads (good news everyone!)
With the 2019-20 season finishing more than 2 months late, the start of the 2020-21 season was pushed back and the Premier League announced it will start on the weekend of 12-13 September. The Fulham Vs Arsenal opening game is the deadline to choose your fantasy football team (and name!) If entering the classic Premier Fantasy league format generally gameweek deadlines are 2 hours before the 1st game of the weekend/gameweek, so be sure to submit your team in time for the FPL. Of course if you are entering a draft format you will have already endured the drama of the draft in the days or weeks before Gameweek 1.
This year we have had Covid related gags, player puns, manager match-ups and music mash-ups, so making the decision has been even harder than usual. But here we are…
Disagree with our No. 1? Find the whole list offensive? Find the list not offensive enough?! We can only apologise for our very specific sense of funny. We humbly thank you for joining us on this (hopefully) comedic journey and wish you the best luck in your 2020/21 fantasy football managerial campaign.
Ps – if you have a decent name, add it to the comments (on our Instagram here) and it might find its way into our list next year (we will credit you too for some 2021 #HumbleBrag)
The 5aside.com team – September 2020
Anthony Martial Law
Baines meanz Gabriel Heinze
Baines on toast
Bite-em & Shove-em Albion
Cesc on legs
Cesc on the beach
Charlie Austin Powers
Charlie Austin-tatious chip
Couldnt score in a Boufal
Dark Juan Mata
David Silva lining
Dawn of the Fred
Delph and Safety
Egg Fried Reus
Father and Son Heung-Min
Footballs coming Martin Keown
For Fuchs Ake
Friend or Jermaine Defoe
Fun Lovren criminals
Game of Stones
Game of Throw-ins
Grey Juan Mata
Hazard warning Ian Wright
Iheanacho Monreal men
In-Sane in the Mem-Baines
Its raining Mané
Juan Mata of facts
Juan Mata-rial girls
Karius on camping
Kingdom of Jordan Pickford
Kissed by Danny Rose on a hill
Lallana’s in pyjamas
Lifes an Ibrahimovic
Love Mee Ronaldo
Man walks into a Pogba
Mané Sane Mané
Mané walks into a Pogba
Moves Like Agger
Murder on Zidane’s floor
Nacho Monreal Madrid
Nerds of Bremen
No Kane, No gain
No laughing Juan Mata
On the Fred Son Heung-Min
One Flew Over Lukaku’s Nest
Pain in the Fàbregas
Pain in the Niasse
Panjic at the disco
Pedro-ing me Pedro-ing you, Zaha
Petr Cech Yourself
Phil Neville wears Prada
Red Card-iff City
Show me the Mané
Tea and Busquets
The Cesc factor
The Otamendi Empire
The Tortoise and De Gea
Two’s Kompany, Three’s Giroud
We set a high Pogba
When Harry Met Alli
Who Giroud think you are?
Willian dollar baby
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