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WHEN YOUR Dad names you after Brazilian legend Zico and home is called The San Siro Stadium it's no wonder you end up being football daft.

But 18-year-old Ryan-Zico Black will have the last laugh on the mickey-takers who like to give him stick about his bizarre monika when he lines up against Ipswich - realising his boyhood dream of playing against Premiership opposition in the FA Cup.

"My dad's a football nut and so am I really, that's why I love my name,'' says Guernsey-born Ryan. "Yeah, I get some stick about being called Zico but mostly it's all in good fun and anyway I'm doing what I've always wanted to do."

Black's never dreamed of being anything but a footballer - even when Bournemouth kicked him out as a schoolboy.

"It took me 18 months to get over it,'' he said. "Thankfully Jim Harvey gave me another chance, and this time I hope nothing will stop me becoming a professional.

"Playing Ipswich will be a fantastic experience, but we're not just making up the numbers - his players think we have a chance of winning."


SPOT THE DIFFERENCE ... Morecambe's Zico gets in the Cup spirit like his namesake from Brazil (below)
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Dec 31, 2000
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