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FOOTBALL: NEW NAME IN CITY SQUAD; Familiar face makes unusual switch.


GORDON STRACHAN has got a new name in his Coventry City squad.

But supporters could be forgiven for thinking they had seen Swedish international full-back Tomas Antonelius before.

The player is in fact Tomas Gustafsson who has changed his name and will now wear the new surname on the back of his Sky Blues shirt.

"I think people will still recognise me," said the defender who has now fully recovered from a cruciate knee ligament injury and working hard to win a place in the City's starting line-up for the new season.

"The name Gustafsson is the Swedish equivalent to Smith over here and many people have the name.

"During the summer my sister and her husband decided to change their name and asked me if I wanted to take the same surname.

"I was getting married and it seemed a good time to do it, so I went ahead and changed to Antonelius.

"The name was made up by my sister and brother-in-law who were looking for something beautiful. It has a Greek origin and I thought it would be a fun thing to do.

"I spoke to my parents about it and they were fine about it. They know how I feel about them and they didn't see it as a problem and now I have a name which no-one else has in Sweden."

And he revealed there is a little mischief behind the decision, saying: "It might annoy a few people but that's okay, I don't mind doing that. I like doing things a little bit differently."


NAME GAME: Tomas Antonelius
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jul 24, 2001
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