Aris Thessaloniki Use ‘Where’s Wally?’ Man City Squad Photo In Match Programme

Chris Wright

18th, February 2011


By Chris Wright

“Top row, from left to right: Pirlo, Forlan, Robben…”

When the vast Man City bandwagon rolled into town on Tuesday evening, Greek side Aris Thessaloniki pulled out all the stops to impress their uber-wealthy guests by providing City executives with an advanced copy of their matchday programme – which included the picture above under the proviso that it was the Premier League side’s official squad photo.

Can you spot their little mistake? And no, it’s not Shaun Wright-Phillips.

If not, I’ll let the Guardian’s Daniel Taylor explain:

“Aris have since explained that the editorial team, searching the internet for a photograph of the City squad, had instead located a ‘Where’s Wally?’ spoof picture which first appeared as a Gallery (a thread for humorously doctored photos) entry on the Guardian’s website and did not realise the difference.

“Wally can be found between Joe Hart and James Milner – just in front of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Wayne Rooney and Diego Forlan.

“The programme in question is now on the way to becoming a collector’s item, with a handful getting into circulation before the message got out. One has already been made available on eBay – for £35.”

Talk about making a complete Aris of yourselves. That said, at their current rate of expansion it probably won’t be too long before City have actually assembled a similar 80-strong heaving man-heap of a squad.