When Roman Abramovich bought Chelsea in 2003,
arguably their best ever player, X, had returned to Italy to
play for Cagliari .He left Chelsea partially because they
tried to reduce his salary (before the takeover) something Roman saw as no obstacle. So, he tried to lure
him back to the club. But he had already committed to
Cagliari and could/would not break his word, and the
president of Cagliari would not sell him either. With his
wish not being fulfilled Roman tried to buy Cagliari, the
entire team, itself! He was later dissuaded after X’s
interference. Identify X, whom Chelsea fans voted their
All these football teams lost many of their
members in three different air disasters.
Torino FC- The Superga air disaster 1949
Manchester United-Munich air disaster 1958
Zambia National Football Team-1993.
Born in 1936, he had to experience the horrors of
communal violence and leave Lylapur(modern day
Faisalabad) because of this. On his way to Phagwara in
India, he had to board a train stacked with dead bodies.
When he was playing for the Khalsa Sporting Club, he
caught the attention of bigger clubs in Kolkata. He later
transferred to Mohun Bagan where he was the first Sikh
player to lead the club. He is best known for his heroics in
the India run to the Gold Medal in 1962 Asian Games.
Although gravely injured in the quarter finals, he took the
field in the semi final with 6 stitches in head and
amazingly headed in the winning goal. In 1966, he was
selected as the captain of the Asian All-star football team,
the only Indian to hold this distinction till date. Identify
this Indian football legend.
X and Y were brothers. Both played football for the
Akademisk Boldklub (X was a goalkeeper, Y a half-back),
and Y was also played for their country’s national team.
He played in the 1908 summer Olympics, bagging a silver
Their father was a famous physician (and even has a
biological ‘effect’ named after him.)
Y went on to become a world renowned mathematician,
founding the field of almost periodic functions, and even
worked with G. H. Hardy.
X went on to become a Nobel prize winning physicist.
Identify X and Y.
Nicknamed, “the mad man” he , on occasion checks pitch
measurements by pacing them out before deciding on a
He refuses to grant exclusive interviews, the press
conference has become his preferred method of
communication, and has been known to field every last
question from the assembled media during these
If the talk turns to the intricacies of the game, a three- or
even four-hour press conference is possible. According to
him: Every section of the media should get the same
attention from me, from the capitals most prominent TV
channel to the smallest newspaper in the provinces.
This striker started professional football at Dundee Utd
and played 2 full seasons there. In 1975 he moved to
Aston Villa & scored 25 goals in the league to win the
The next year he won both the PFA Young Player of the
Year and the PFA Player’s Player of the Year(which was
next repeated by Cristiano Ronaldo in 06-07). Then he
played for Wolves, Everton, WBA and retiring.
He later moved into commentary work with famous
statements like “Take a bow son, take a bow” and “You
better open the top drawer, and pop it in”. Who?
X was a FIFA referee between the match between El
Salvador and Netherlands Antilles in 1998.
Soon after this X had to retire from being a football
referee as the age limit was lowered to 45.
However this allowed him to start his career as a cricket
Some of X’s most famous comments were made during
the 1999 UCL final. Just before the first goal, he said “Can
Man Utd score?? They always score.”. And again, just
before the winner was scored, he said “As things stand,
we’re going into extra time with the golden goal hanging
like a massive shadow over this final, unless Ole Gunnar
Solksjaer can conjure up another”. And of course,
He is regarded as history's greatest free kick specialists.
He is often referred as "White Pele".
In 2004 ,he was named one of the 125 greatest living
footballers at a FIFA Award ceremony.
Which player are we talking of?
X was a French football administrator. X was secretarygeneral of the Comité français interfédéral (CFI), the
ancestor of the French Football Federation. When the CFI
became the French Football Federation in 1919, he
remained as secretary-general. X was an early architect of
the FIFA World Cup, along with Jules Rimet. X is believed
to be have conceived the idea of the European Football
Championship, the trophy of which is named after him,
having first proposed it in 1927.