Fame is a fickle food, the poet Emily Dickinson once wrote, but that has not stopped its voracious consumption by people throughout the ages. In a quirky look at celebrity, FIFA.com brings you some of the famous footballing faces who are not only well-known for their achievements in the game, but through a remarkable likeness to a star from the world of sport or show business.
Our first candidate is Brazilian Luiz Felipe Scolari, who masterminded the Seleção's triumph at the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan™. Given the Chelsea supremo's striking similarity to Hollywood actor Gene Hackman, could Felipão feasibly pursue a career on the silver screen as well as in the dugout?
In his previous post as Portugal national team coach, Scolari's team were drawn in the same group as UEFA EURO 2008 co-hosts Switzerland. In charge of the Swiss was Kobi Kuhn, another man oft-compared with a star of stage and screen - in this case Jack Lemmon. Intriguingly, while Lemmon and Hackman are currently tied on two Oscar wins apiece, it was Kuhn who gained the upper hand at last summer's continental showpiece after his side's 2-0 win.
Trap at the double
The Italian coach and former player Giovanni Trapattoni has left an indelible mark on the world and European football scene in recent decades. Nor is Trap averse to a touch of the dramatic, as those who witnessed his infamous press-conference rant while coach of Bayern Munich will attest. As a result, it should come as no surprise that he too has a spitting image in the film industry, none other than the late American actor Lloyd Bridges - star of over 150 productions including comic turns in spoofs such as Hot Shots or Airplane!.
Staying on the theme of comedy acting, there is no doubt that France coach Raymond Domenech is fond of a quip or two. Yet a quick look at a photo of Domenech during his playing days, complete with big hair and bushy moustache, and Sacha Baron Cohen's creation Borat immediately springs to mind. In a spooky coincidence, Cohen's portrayal of the blundering Kazakh reporter enjoyed worldwide success in 2006 - the same year Domenech rode a wave of criticism before guiding France to the Final of the FIFA World Cup in Germany.
Matt Ballack or Michael Damon?
Germany captain Michael Ballack is another who fails to escape the focus of lookalike hunters, with many a reference made to his likeness to American actor Matt Damon. Less complimentary, perhaps, are those who have compared Hellboy actor Ron Perlman to Sylvain Armand. Deportivo La Coruna forward Mista, meanwhile, a Liga and UEFA winner during his time at Valencia, must wonder what to make of those who liken him to Hollywood A-lister Sean Penn.
Continuing the cinematic theme, but from the other side of the camera, Monaco coach Ricardo Gomes and former Brazil international Leonardo are surely tired of hearing just how much they resemble film directors Oliver Stone and Roman Polanski respectively. Turning to the world of music next and you have the unlikely duo of Texas rocker Meat Loaf and Blackburn Rovers manager Sam Allardyce. Would Big Sam 'do anything' to keep Rovers in the Premiership one might ask?
Other famous footballing faces have found their mirror images in fellow members of the sporting elite, such as Côte d'Ivoire striker Amara Diane and legendary US sprinter Michael Johnson, Swedish front-runner Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Aussie swimmer Ian Thorpe, or nomadic French-born coach Philippe Troussier and tennis icon Jimmy Connors.
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