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1. The story goes that when Craig
Moore and Tony Vidmar returned to
Rangers following international duty,
club manager Dick Advocaat
dropped the duo for
The events from that international
break inspired the name of this
book by James Montague.
What’s the story?
2. Brazilians have done all sorts of things to overcome the 1950 WC
trauma. In one such attempt, Joao Luiz, a journalist, made an alternate
narrative of the WC. He used footage from the events of the WC and, with
some editing, showed Brazil as the world champions.
So Alicides Ghiggia’s shot is shown to bounce off the post, next shot is
Bigode clearing the ball – taken from another match. Zizinho’s goal from
the Yugoslavia game – with no Yugoslav player in frame – was shown to be
the winning goal. The ‘O Mundo’ front page, declaring Brazil as champions
also came in handy in the narrative.
However, what footage was used to show a despondent Uruguay team?
The same footage of the crying Uruguay players after the final was
shown as tears of a tragic loss instead of the historic win.
3. This club are named after a national
hero (pic). This season, they became the
first club from their country to reach the
play-off round of the Champions League.
They lost the play-off to Dinamo Zagreb
and dropped into the Europa League, and
in turn became the first side from their
country to progress through to the group
stage of a European competition.
Which club, or the national hero?
Albanian club KF Skenderbeu Korce,
named after Skanderbeg.
4. It happened just before the 2002 UEFA Cup final between
Feyenoord and Borussia Dortmund. Before the match, there was a
minute’s silence for controversial Dutch Politician Pim Fortuyn.
Fortuyn, an outspoken critic of Islam, had been assassinated two
days prior. German fans objected to the tribute.
And it riled the Dutch supporters, including someone named
Mikey Wilson. Who the hell is Mikey Wilson?
5. Simen Agdestein played close to a 100
games for his hometown club Lyn. He also
went on to represent the Norwegian
national team eight times and scored once.
Although he retired fairly early due to a
knee injury, he has another significant claim
to fame other than his brief football career.
First Norwegian grandmaster and the first coach of Magnus Carlsen.
6. This pre-eminent author, who
wrote ‘Football in Sun and
Shadow’, died last year.
He was widely considered "global
football's pre-eminent man of
letters" and "a literary giant of the
Latin American left".
7. This one-club man had a two-
decade long career at Independiente
and won five Copa Libertadores with
them. Maradona idolised him as a kid.
“I was in love with ______ and his
style seduced me”, he says.
However, despite his long career, he
played only five minutes of World Cup
football, and that too due to the
insistence of Maradona. Who?
8. Johnny Warren played over 40
internationals for Australia, and was known
as Captain Socceroo for his passionate work
to promote the game in his country.
Football was considered foreign in Australia
and therefore it was referred to as the game
of _____ _____ and ________. The first is
an Australian slang for women, second for
migrants and third for homosexuals, and is
the title of a seminal book by him. FITB.
9. Velibor Vasovic was one of the
greatest defenders of his generation.
He scored the only FK Partizan goal in
the 1966 European Cup final in a 2-1
defeat to Real Madrid. Three years later,
he did the same for Ajax against AC
Milan in a 4-1 defeat. He finally won the
coveted prize in 1971.
What distinction does he hold in the
history of Ajax?
11. This family has a proud history with Benfica, for whom several family
member played. The man on the left finished twice as the European Cup
top scorer, while his son did the same in the 1987/88 edition. They are
the only father-son duo to have achieved the feat. Name them.
12. This Frenchman led Zambia to
Africa Cup of Nations triumph in 2012
and three years later he was at the
helm of Ivory Coast when they became
African Champions, thereby he became
the first manager to win the Africa Cup
of Nations with two different nations.
14. He led Bayern Munich to two
European Cup triumphs in the 1970s.
However, he is widely regarded to be
the father of modern football in Japan
for his work there in the 60s.
Name this German who died last year.
15. Id. this man, who is considered
amongst the greatest of coaches, a
pioneering tactician and supreme man-
manager who created Il Grande Torino.
He and his family survived the
Holocaust as a matter of astonishing
good fortune, but just four years after
the end of the war, he was killed with
his team in the Superga air crash.
18. Cuco Martina scored one of
the goals of the season in a 4-0
mauling of Arsenal on Boxing
Day. He plays his international
football for a constituent
country of the Kingdom of the
Netherlands, who are managed
by a former Dutch international
who took up the job because of
Country and the coach?
1954 West Germany
Sir Alf Ramsey
Cesar Luis Menotti
Vicente del Bosque
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1. The story goes that this particular move was first used by this
Brazilian of Japanese ancestry named Sergio Echigo while he was
playing for Corinthians. He later taught his club team-mate, who
popularised it at the ‘70 WC. Which move, who is the other Brazilian?
2. Disenchanted by the state of
modern football and the distance
placed between fans and the club, a
bunch of Fiorentina supporters
started this club.
For a €20 season ticket one has a
say in the running of the club, and
the decision-making process is
democratic. Which club?
3. He led Estudiantes to three successive
Copa Libertadores triumphs. However, his
teams were notorious for stretching the
boundaries of fair play to a breaking
point. The term “anti-football” was coined
during his time as manager.
Juan Ramon Veron, one of his players,
admitted, “we tried to find out everything
possible about our rivals… so we could
goad them on the field”. Who?
4. This story often gets told the other way round, but the truth is
the club were in existence long before the national federation
came into being and the national team didn’t wear “it” almost a
decade after their national federation’s founding.
Another team in Europe wears “it” as a dedication to the team
that were the first to do it.
What’s the story?
River Plate, Peru national team, Rayo Vallecano
5. Due to the Spanish revolution of the mid 1930s, regular football
was disrupted in Spain. As a consequence, many of Barcelona
players moved to Mexico. Among them was Josep Iborra. In Mexico,
he befriended a fellow Catalan exile Ramon Mercader.
Sid Lowe writes in Fear and Loathing in La Liga: “One day during
lunch together, Mercader announced that he had to dash off to do
What did he do?
6. Charles Reep was heavily influenced by Herbert Chapman's style
of functional wingers and rapidly moving the ball forwards. He was
amongst the very first people to apply an analytics-based approach
in football. Among other things, his ideas have heavily shaped
What is he considered a pioneer of?
Long ball football/kick and rush
He concluded that most goals
were scored from fewer than
three passes: therefore he
proposed it was important to get
the ball forward as soon as
7. Through the 1990/91 season, Marseille
went through three managers. Gerard
Gili left the club as he felt the technical
director was too intrusive, handing the
first team duties to him. Some bad
results meant that technical director
again went upstairs in December. The
third guy (pic) held on to the post longer
and became the first man to win the
European Cup with a French club.
The second and third guys?
8. Manuel Preciado was a respected
figure in Spanish football.
However, he had a tragic personal life as
he lost his wife to cancer in 2002 and his
15-year-old son perished in a car crash
two years later. His father died after
being run over in 2011. A year later,
while being at the helm of Villarreal,
Preciado died following a heart attack.
He was the first manager to do what?
10. He was the first-choice centre-
forward for the Indian national
team during the 1948 and 1952
Olympics. He also finished the
top-scorer at the 1951 Asian
Games, scoring the only goal in
the final against Iran to win India
the gold medal.
11. Ronaldo’s first wife, Milene
Domingues, was a Brazil
international, who went on to play
for Corinthians and Rayo Vallecano
among other teams.
However, what brought her to
limelight at first was a certain
world record. What record?
Camera focuses only on the protagonist for an entire match.
(Football As Never Before and Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait)
The first tracks the George Best’s every move during a Saturday
league game against Coventry C, while the second focuses on
Zidane during a league game against Villarreal game in 2005.
14. In 1997, he was voted by the
Juventus faithful as the greatest
foreigner to have ever played for
Name this Welshman who was
integral to Wales’ qualification to the
1958 World Cup finals.
15. Danny “Tanveer” Batth, the captain
of the team, is the official ambassador of
this fan group which is one of the
country’s largest ethnic supporters’
It was started the year this club won
their first league title in 1954.
What is the supporters’ group known as?
Punjabi Wolves, started by Laskar Singh and Lachhman Singh in ’54
16. He was a prolific striker in his prime and
won the gold at the 1956 Summer
Olympics. He is considered as the greatest
outfield player Russia has ever produced.
However, he was convicted for the rape of
the 16-year-old daughter of the first female
Politburo member Ekaterina Furtseva, one
of Nikita Khrushchev’s favourites. He
returned from prison and had another five-
year spell at Torpedo. Who?
19. Due to events that unfolded in
early December, Merida AD of the
Spanish third division put out this
image on their Twitter account
before they faced their next league
What’s the context?
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1. Id. this who man played over two
decades for 1. FC Nurnberg and was
the scorer of the first West Germany
goal in the 1954 WC final Hungary
when the Germans were 2-0 down
to inspire a 3-2 win.
4. This one-club man is the first
footballer in the world to earn 100
He made a total of 105 appearances
for England, captaining them a record
90 times, including during their
campaigns at the 1950, 1954 and
1958 World Cup finals. Name?
7. He is Preston North End
legend, having played his entire
career at the club. Bill Shankly,
a former team-mate, described
him as the greatest player he
had ever seen.
Id. this knighted footballer, who
earned 76 caps for England.