GIVEN A BAD NAME

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Osama Vin­laden and Sadam Hus­sein are brothers. Nope, this isn’t a joke. And not only that, but Osama Vin­laden Jimenez is a de­cent foot­baller, hav­ing al­ready rep­re­sented Peru’s Un­der-15s in his short ca­reer. The names were given to Osama by his fa­ther, an avid fan of pol­i­tics who’s yet to go into any great de­tail on why he gave Sadam and his brother their names specif­i­cally – or why he didn’t spell ei­ther cor­rectly. “My mother will call me Osama and some­times Vin­laden, my fa­ther too – it’ll just de­pend on the par­tic­u­lar mo­ment,” the younger sib­ling tells FFT. “Be­fore, I’d wanted to change my name as soon as I’d turned 18. I thought: ‘If I want to go and play in MLS or Europe some day, then I will need a sim­ple name. It will open doors to dif­fer­ent mar­kets for me’. But I know now that won’t re­ally be nec­es­sary.” Osama’s name will cer­tainly stand out. No news yet on if the fam­ily has more kids on the way but, given their pen­chant for po­lit­i­cal vil­lains, we look for­ward to the birth of Ron­ald Trump Jimenez.

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