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A short 15 question football quiz conducted on the 26th of January. This quiz was a part of the Quiz Fest with No Name conducted during 26th and 27th January in Guwahati.

A short 15 question football quiz conducted on the 26th of January. This quiz was a part of the Quiz Fest with No Name conducted during 26th and 27th January in Guwahati.

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  • 1. The not-so-tough Football quiz
  • 2.  1 point per correct answer. Half points are my prerogative. No negatives. Feel free to guess; most of the questions are eminently guessable. Send the answers to my facebook inbox Answers will be sent to you once you send me your attempts.
  • 3.  The city of X and the Balearic Islands were conquered by King James I of Aragon during the first half of the 13th century. After the conquest the king gave them the status of independent kingdoms of whom he was also the king. The arms of X show those of James I. There are several possible explanations for the bat in the coat of arms of this city X as well as the logo of the football club based in it; one is that bats are simply quite common in the area. The second theory is that on October 9, 1238, when James I was about to enter the city, re-conquering it from the Moors, one bat landed on the top of his flag, and he interpreted it as a good sign. As he conquered the city, the bat was added to the arms.
  • 4.  In football the sweeper is a versatile type of centre-back who "sweeps up" the ball if an opponent manages to breach the defensive line. His position is rather more fluid than other defenders who man-mark their designated opponents. The role, popularised by Franz Beckenbauer, was originated when this ball-playing defender used his game-reading skills to sit behind either one or two stoppers (usually man- marking) to form the last line of defence. From this position he would use his ball playing skills, and the advantage of not being marked by the opposition, to take the ball forward and to create an extra man in midfield. Because of this, the position is sometimes referred to as ”X” from the Italian word meaning "free“. The heyday of the sweeper was the 1970s to 1990s . Just give me the specific word “X” which you can also connect in some way to Yamaha.
  • 5.  X was born to Jorge Horácio, a factory steel worker, and Celia María Cuccittini, a part-time cleaner. At the age of five, he started playing football for Grandoli, a local club coached by his father Jorge. At the age of 11, he was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency. A local club showed interest in his progress, but did not have enough money to pay for treatment for his condition, which cost $900 a month. But then, Carles Rexach the sporting director of a particular ‘Spanish’ club showed interest in him and agreed to meet his medical bills. With no other paper at hand, Rexach offered X a contract written on a paper napkin. X accepted and the rest is history. Sitter. X?
  • 6.  In 1995, during the Libyan General Election, Ellen Johnson won the vote to be elected the president of Liberia. Who was her opponent?
  • 7.  Who?
  • 8.  What privilege, stopped after 2009, was accorded to the teams which won the UEFA Champions League 3 times in a row or alternately, 5 times overall. This honour has been given to only 5 clubs till date- Real Madrid, Ajax Amsterdam, Bayern Munchen, AC Milan and Liverpool.
  • 9.  What was the nickname given to the group of Liverpool footballers from the mid to late 1990s which was somewhat evocative of their celebrity lifestyle and also was an indirect reference to a famous all girls band? The term was coined to characterize the antics and lifestyles off the pitch of the Liverpool 1990s players as high earning playboys who despite playing flashy football were underachieving in the game. The players called by this two word term were seen typically as being composed ofJamie Redknapp, David James, Steve McManaman, Robbie Fowler and James McAteer.
  • 10.  Identify the singer
  • 11.  Identify this ‘footballer’ playing for Arsenal FC.
  • 12.  These are utensils made from the bottle gourd. What are they called?
  • 13.  In 1997, a spate of defensive errors in the run in for the 1996-97 FA Premier League title race, saw Liverpool fall away badly having led the league for much of the campaign. One of the perceived reasons for this was the disastrous form of goalkeeper David James who was labeled ‘Calamity James’ for a series of howlers. James responded by putting down his spate of errors to a particular habit of his which most of us (including me) suffer from. What exactly?
  • 14.  The phrase ’X Y’ broadly refers to a North American middle- class suburban woman who spends a significant amount of her time transporting her school-age children to their youth sporting events or other activities. She is sometimes portrayed in the media as busy or overburdened and driving a minivan or SUV. The phrase derives from the literal, specific description of a mother who transports and watches her children play X. Indices of American magazines and newspapers show relatively little usage of the term until a 1995 Denver city council election. It came into widespread use during the 1996 United States presidential election.
  • 15.  The world cup winning team of 1966, England were coached by Alf Ramsey. Ramsey introduced some rather strange tactics by not selecting players for a particular position which turned out to be hugely successful. As Bobby Charlton remarked, "The Spanish fullbacks were just looking at each other while we were going in droves through the middle". So this team came to be known by a particular nickname which indicated their lack of players in that particular position. The nickname?
  • 16.  The well known football pundit Alan Hansen was commenting on a match between Argentina and Romania in the 1994 Football World Cup on July 3rd. During the course of the match, an Argentinian defender made a bad mistake while defending. Hansen said--"This Argentinian defender warrants being shot for making a mistake like that". Now this particular statement generated controversy and wide criticism. The broadcaster BBC even went to the extent of issuing a public apology for Hansens choice of words. Commentators lambasting players at the drop of a hat is quite common. But why did BBC issue a public apology for this statement?
  • 17. Finis