For those of us who don’t understand why 22 millionaires chasing after a football is so entertaining, we were glad to see the back of the 2014 World Cup and to return happily to living in our Eurovision bubbles. However, just as the Eurovision world crept its way into this year’s football tournament, it seems that some sportsmen have, by way of genetics and styling, inadvertantly mirrored some of our favourite Eurovision stars. Let’s take a look at five Eurovision-football doppelgangers.
Emmanuel Rivière and Andras Kallay Saunders (Hungary 2014)
Apparently one of these is a Hungarian-American pop singer and the other is a French-born Newcastle United striker…but we’re pretty convinced they’re the same person. Someone needs to arrange a meet-up for these two stars in order to check they are indeed two different people. Maybe “Running” had a secret double meaning and is actually about running to tackle the ball from the opposing team during an important football match? Maybe Andras dominates Riviere’s pre-match motivation playlist? Pass the DNA kit…
Georgios Samaras and Conchita Wurst (Austria 2014)
This Greek “winger” (apparently that’s an actual football term) recently transferred from Celtic to West Bromwich Albion, which is conveniently a few hundred miles closer to Austria. Coincidence? We think not. Conchita’s always told us that she’s 100% Austrian, however evidence suggests this is all a cover up and the current Eurovision champion should have been representing Greece on stage this year. We’d always assumed Conchita’s hair was a wig and that she used make-up to enhance her beard. For all we know, the beard could be all real and her long, black hair is purely extensions!
David Luiz and Daniel Diges (Spain 2010)
It’s very rare to come across two white guys with very impressive curly hair like this, so maybe someone should have spotted this lookalike sooner? We need to take a closer look at David when he’s belting out his country’s National anthem on the football field. Maybe we’ll hear something that sounds oddly similar to the voice that represented Spain at Eurovision in 2010. Considering the fact the Brazilian defender has recently transferred to Paris Saint-Germain, he may be a little too busy for regular trips to Spain. Don’t be surprised if Daniel Diges suddenly slips even further under the Eurovision radar folks!
Pavel Pogrebnyak and Danny Saucedo (Melodifestivalen 2011 and 2012)
When Danny Saucedo suddenly bulked up, we all assumed it was to look a bit nicer and sell a few more records. Who would have guessed it was due to his training in preparation to represent Russia playing football? Danny didn’t appear at Melodifestivalen this year, the first time in three years. Considering the fact this was the World Cup year, that makes sense. Russian footballers may not initially strike you as the type to compete in Melodifestivalen, nevertheless after comparing these two twins, maybe it wouldn’t be too weird after all. Or perhaps, it’s already happened. Twice.
Dante and El Nino Mandinga (Romania 2012)
Before we continue with any more of our conspiracy theories, let’s study the facts here. These two are both South American. They both work in Europe. They both have giant smiles and crazy curly hair. Do we need to say more? These two could easily be brothers. It could quite possibly be in their shared genes the ability to pull-off diamond earrings, giant sunglasses and beaded necklaces too. Next time we hear rapping in a Mandinga track, someone needs to check the rapping is in Spanish rather than Portuguese and the lyrics could not possibly be interpreted to be about football.