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the plan always was to name him Iker Junior

February 16, 2011

Interesting fact of the day: according to La Información, the number of children named “Iker” in Spain has grown fourfold in the last decade, probably due to the popularity of a certain goalkeeper.

In Madrid, the number of Ikers running around grew from 117 in the ’90s to 1,768 in this past decade, or 15 times as much.  Curiously enough, Barcelona registered an even stronger growth in the popularity of the name, as the number of Ikers grew from 122 to 2,904 in the same period, or 23.8 times as much.

And as you can see, since “Iker” is a Basque name, its popularity has not changed as dramatically in the three provinces comprising (my next home) País Vasco.

In other Iker news, Competition has decided to sanction Iker with a one-game suspension for receiving a red card in the game against Espanyol, although Madrid had provided video evidence to show that it wasn’t deserved.  Iker was also fined €600 and the club €90.

Madrid has the option of lodging an appeal today to get the sanction overturned.  If they decide not to appeal or are not successful, Iker will miss this weekend’s game against Levante.

Madrid has had eight players sent off this season, including Iker against Espanyol.  The other cases were Ricardo Carvalho against Sevilla, Pepe against Espanyol (primera vuelta), Sergio Ramos against Barcelona and Arbeloa against Getafe in the Liga, and of course the infamous red cards of Xabi and Sergio in the Champions League game against Ajax.  Álvaro Arbeloa was also sent off in the Copa against Murcia.

21 Comments leave one →
  1. faith permalink
    February 16, 2011 10:20

    “the plan always was to name him Iker Junior”
    But please make sure his Papa or Godfather Sergio never dress him. Tio Xabi/Tia Nagore/ and Tio Raul/Tia Mamen can of course.

    • Ang permalink
      February 18, 2011 00:04

      hahahaha *lmao* … but that is true…

  2. February 16, 2011 11:43

    Enjoyable statistics;-)

    I bet soemoen will also make one showing how many kids were born about 9 months after the July 11th and how many of them would have names of certain members of Spanish NT;-)))

    BTW Iker is a really nice name, I really really like it;-)

  3. Pammie permalink
    February 16, 2011 12:31

    😀 the title! I see what you did there UM! 😉

    Do they have statistics on other footballer first names as well?

  4. Mani Thangadurai permalink
    February 16, 2011 13:14

    It’s at times like this that I am reminded of the famous Shakespearean proverb:

    “What is [Iker]? It is not a hand, nor arm, nor foot, nor face, nor any other part belonging to a man. What’s in a name, that which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet!” 🙂

    As for the suspension, I would say that Iker was lucky to get away with a one-match ban and fine when two games would perhaps have been appropriate. Because while he might not have touched the player, it was certainly irresponsible of him to rush out of his area especially given how dangerous it is for a goalkeeper. There was every chance that Callejon would have rounded him before scoring, so the referee must have comsidered Casillas’s action to be a blatant obstruction to a goal-scoring opportunity. After over 500 games for Real Mardid and 100 matches for Spain, one would think he’d have known better!

    • February 16, 2011 17:10

      You know, I give Iker the benefit of the doubt, here. 500 games have given him Maybe
      enough experience to make the decision that it was time to come out, off his line, to cut down the angle on the impending open shot and maybe play the ball out at the same time. He certainly had to resort to a little trickery when the split second play ended up breaking down on him. But, we all know that he isn’t a dirty player and certainly the Competition should have looked at is as such, but I guess not!!! If he’s out for Levante, so be it. It ain’t like they are facing Barca without him. He couldn’t have picked a better game to get banned from. And with Pepe back and Alvaro helping him hold down the fort, things will be just fine in front of Adan. Or Jerzy possibly?

      • IsaBella permalink
        February 16, 2011 23:29

        Jurek please 🙂 I will be more than happy to see him play again.

      • Mani Thangadurai permalink
        February 17, 2011 06:52

        Fair enough, but there were some defenders on Callejon’s tail…so he should have had the belief that his defence would help him out rather than take a rash decision.

        Dudek won’t play. If he was fit enough to be picked for the squad but not fit enough to play that means that Mourinho doesn’t have any confidence in him. Adan did well against Espanyol, especially with a top-class save in the 86th minute, and deserves to play against Levante. I think it’s fair to say that the club have found a good replacement for Casillas, the club must now treat him well and not let him go the way of other canteranos before him!

        As for Dudek, this is yet again perfect proof of how irresponsible he was to have joined Real Madrid. 11 games in 4 seasons is simply a poor total and nothing at all to be proud of!!

        • February 17, 2011 16:20

          concur! As for Dude, he has the talent to be a starter in most leagues, you wonder why he has stayed so long. You gotta admit, there are few clubs that are more rewarding to benchwarm for. If you are going to sit your whole career, you might as well sit with the best!
          Having fantastic players on your practice squad does make your A team better. So, that is one way he helps. 🙂 And Iker leans on him for scouting and encouragement.

  5. HermosaChica permalink
    February 16, 2011 14:05

    Hahaha, I loved the title of this post. But the real question is: do you feel the strong urge to name him after his goalkeeping Father, or will you just have to settle for a lil’ Iker Martínez? 😉

    Slightly off topic yet still Iker related: today as I was merrily walking amidst a giant cluster of pedestrians. I happened to look down at the ground when suddenly I spotted the feet of the guy in front of me. To my astonishment, he was wearing Iker’s zig-zag shoes!!! 😮 Ohhh the horror.. I was totally caught off guard! The kid had pretty small feet, but that screaming shade of yellow made his feet look twice the size!
    I’m quite surprised that life went on after I experienced this incident.. 😕

    • February 16, 2011 14:33

      If I get the opportunity to produce a little Iker Martínez, I wouldn’t call that settling…

      • IsaBella permalink
        February 16, 2011 16:36

        jaja I love it 😉

      • February 16, 2011 17:10

        So true!

      • Jennifer permalink
        February 17, 2011 22:31

        The name “Iker Martínez” brings up a very strange mental image of a child who looks like a cross between Iker Muniain and Javi Martínez.

        But hey, if that’s the name Javi wants to give to our future child, I’m sure I can accept it.

  6. Rush permalink
    February 16, 2011 15:50


    Here’s more ammunition for convincing Iker to give up his man bag:

  7. Deisi permalink
    February 16, 2011 19:37

    Interesting stats. I’ve thought if I have kids I would name them Iker or Raul. lol.

  8. Cammy permalink
    February 17, 2011 06:19

    How about Iker Alonso, lol!

  9. February 17, 2011 18:02

    I wonder if either of my sons would want to change his name to Iker?
    You know what I can’t stand? It’s when the Anglos say I-ker (aye-cur). And then they say his last name correctly in the same breath. Drives me nuts…
    It actually makes me a bit perturbed whenever I hear a city or place name spoken with the Anglo name. LIke Florence, Italy. The people of that town call it Firenze and Italia is what they call the country. And Venice is Venezia… and every other city name that they have decided to change, without asking.

  10. Ang permalink
    February 18, 2011 00:11

    love this post Una!!! thanx i had a great laugh…. and I actually like the name me it’s different from other names I have heard… and Its not popular here in the USA… sooo I might name my kid after him… but it will depend on my future husbands last name…

    *lmao* Iker Martinez …. love it…. but would Javi… want to name his kid Iker???


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