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 best ever.
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
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 medal.
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.
X went on to become a Nobel prize winning
Identify X and Y.
Nicknamed, “the mad man” he , on occasion checks
pitch measurements by pacing them out before
deciding on a particular formation.
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. Who?
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 Golden Boot.
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
Soon after this X had to retire from being a
football referee as the age limit was lowered
However this allowed him to start his career
as a cricket umpire.
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, Solksjaer obliged.
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 we are talking of?
X was a French football administrator. X
was secretary-general 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.
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