• X, nicknamed Golden left foot, is a Brazilian footballer
who won the 1970 FIFA World Cup in Mexico with
Brazil. X is considered one of the best passers in World
Cup history. Although he didn't play well in 1966, he
was the mastermind behind the whole Brazilian
national team in the 1970 tournament. He is regarded
as the best passer and midfielder in that Cup and the
best player in the final match against Italy.
X had his name unfortunately associated with the
infamous X’s law. He starred in a cigarette advertising
campaign in the '70s which had a tagline: “I like to take
advantage of everything.” and became a codeword for
the traditional Brazilian disregard for Laws & Rules.
• ___________, is a 1981 film about Allied prisoners of war who are
interned in a German prison camp during World War II. Association
football plays an integral part of the film. The Allied prisoners of war
coached and represented by Englishman John Colby, who was a
professional footballer for West Ham United before the war, agree to play
an exhibition match against a German team, only to find themselves
involved in a German propaganda stunt. In the end, the POWs can leave
the German camp only to play the match; they are to be imprisoned again
following the match. Despite the match officials being heavily biased
towards the Germans, and the German team causing several deliberate
injuries to the Allied players, a draw is achieved after great performances
from Luis Fernandez (portrayed by Pele), Carlos Rey (portrayed by Osvaldo
Ardiles) and Arthur Hayes (portrayed by John Wark). American POW
Robert Hatch plays goalkeeper, and makes excellent saves including one
last save from a penalty kick as time expires to deny the Germans the win,
drawing the game 4–4.
• X is a style of play in association football, characterised by short
passing and movement, working the ball through various channels,
and maintaining possession. The style is primarily associated with
La Liga club FC Barcelona and the Spanish national team under
managers Luis Aragones and Vicente del Bosque.
Spanish broadcaster Andres Montes is generally credited with
coining and popularizing the phrase X during his television
commentary for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, although the term was
already in colloquial use in Spanish football and may originate with
Javier Clemente. The phrase's origin may be derived from a juggling
toy named X in Spanish (clackers in English). Some describe X as "a
significant upgrade" of Total Football because it relies on ball
movement rather than players switching position.
• X is regarded as one of the most successful managers ever, winning
both league and domestic cup titles in the Netherlands, Belgium,
Germany and Austria as well as winning the European Cup twice,
the first in 1970 and the second in 1983, and a runners-up medal at
the 1978 FIFA World Cup. He is the first of three managers to have
won the European Cup with 2 different clubs.
He made his debut for Austria in September 1947 against Hungary
and was a participant at the 1954 World Cup in Switzerland, where
he helped them reach 3rd place, and also at the 1958 World Cup.
At the 1978 FIFA World Cup in Argentina, X was coach of the Dutch
national team and reached the final against the Argentine national
team. Always a man of few words, X's pre-match pep talk is said to
have consisted of just one sentence: "Gentlemen, two points.“
After his death in 1992, the Praterstadion in Vienna, was renamed X
• Ernst Happel(finals of Euro 2008 was held at
the Ernst Happel Stadium)
• ___________ is a name attributed by British journalists to
the second metatarsal.
X, while playing against Deportivo La Coruna in a UEFA
Champions League quarter-final game in 2002, was subject
to a tackle from Argentina's Aldo Duscher. This tackle broke
the second metatarsal in his left foot and seriously
threatened his national team's chances in the 2002 World
Cup. X was the media darling at the time, and the bone
(and the tackle) received a wave of publicity. Subsequently,
the name “___________" was born.
Since then, other notable football players including, Daniel
Agger, Gary Neville, Danny Murphy, Michael Owen, Gael
Clichy, Ashley Cole, Ledley King and Lionel Messi have
suffered fractures to the same bone.
• _____________ was founded on October 30, 1998 in the city of Rosario
but it wasn't until 2001 that they had their first gathering. They now
reportedly count over 100,000 members from more than 60 countries
around the world.
It could be seen as a type of syncretism. It's clear that the passion
between the different members is what glues them together. As Alejandro
Verón, one of the founders tells us "I have a rational religion and that’s the
Roman Catholic church, and I have a religion passed on my heart, passion,
and that’s X."
Supporters of the X Church, supposedly from all parts of the world, count
the years since X's birth in 1960. It is popular among the followers of this
religion, and also among other football fans, to use the neo-
Tetragrammaton "D10S" as one of the names of X. D10S is a portmanteau
word which fuses X's shirt number and Dios, the Spanish word for God.
According to the church of X, it is the year 49 AB.
• Iglesia Maradoniana, an official religion in
Argentina formed around Diego Maradona.
• The Superga air disaster took place on Wednesday, 4 May 1949,
when a plane carrying almost the entire X football squad, crashed
into the hill of Superga near Turin killing all 31 aboard including 18
players, club officials, journalists accompanying the team, and the
plane's crew. The team was returning from a farewell match for Xico
Ferreira against Benfica in Lisbon.
At the time of the crash, X was leading Serie A with four games left
to play in the season. The club carried on by fielding its youth team
(Primavera) and in a sign of respect their opponents in each of
these matches also fielded their youth sides. Primavera won each of
the matches and the scudetto. The disaster seriously weakened the
country's national side which had included up to 10 players from X.
• A common riddle asked in the UK is : “What is
always taken to the FA Cup Final, but never
a) What is the answer to this riddle?
b) Why is it wrong?
• a) The “losers’ ribbon”, because the winners’
ribbon is tied around the Cup.
b)Its wrong, because, during the match both
the ribbons are tied around the cup and after
the match is over the losers’ ribbon is
• X was famous for his large moustache, thunderous long-range free
kicks, excellent long passes, quick thinking and distinct way of
controlling the ball. He also invented a football move called the
________, famously copied by Maradona, Ronaldinho, Zlatan
Ibrahimovic and Cristiano Ronaldo in recent years.
X started as a futsal player at Clube Atletico Barcelona. After that,
he tried his luck with Barcelona's biggest rival in futsal, Corinthians,
where he moved on to professional football and quickly became a
favourite of the fans -- and was therefore nicknamed King of the
X is sometimes credited with scoring the fastest goal in football
history when he supposedly scored a goal direct from the kick-off
after noticing the opposition goalkeeper on his knees finishing off
• 1. ‘A’ began his football career in the youth academy of
Barcelona, the La Masia. From 1997 he played for the
Barcelona reserve side, which then competed in the third
tier in the Spanish football pyramid. In 2000, aged 18 he
was called up for the Barcelona first-team. ‘A’ made his La
Liga debut in the 2000-01 season. He signed for Villarreal in
2004. ‘A’ is known for his exuberant, jester-like character off
the pitch, often entertaining his teammates with jokes and
songs, and famously acting as a crowd-pleasing master of
ceremonies at his national team’s official victory
celebrations following their triumphs.
• 2. B began his management career with a spell as player-assistant
manager of North American Soccer League side Seattle Sounders
from 1976 to 1979. X then had a spell assisting his former West
Ham team-mate Bobby Moore at Oxford City. In June 1990, whilst
watching the World Cup in Italy, B was involved in a car crash with
Bournemouth's managing director Brian Tiler, who died along with
four other people. Though B made a full recovery (apart from being
permanently without a sense of smell), he eventually quit
Bournemouth. B has gone on to manage West Ham United,
Portsmouth and SunderIand among other English clubs.In
September 2006, B was shown on camera by BBC Panorama taking
part in what appeared to be an interest in approaching a player
• 3. In 1996, C signed with Italian giants Internazionale .C turned
many heads when signing with English club Bolton Wanderers in
2002, but added a lot of class to the team during his two seasons
there, resulting in the creation of an international "dream-team"
alongside the tricky Nigerian Jay-Jay Okocha and former Real
Madrid midfielder Iván Campo. He then transferred to Blackburn
Rovers for the 2004-05 season, but left the club after playing in only
three games. C then signed with the MetroStars of Major League
Soccer in February 2005 for $180,000 plus incentives, turning down
higher paid offers from other countries. He became the first French
player to play in MLS and ended the season as the team's MVP with
ten goals and seven assists in league play.
On 1 July 2006, he was spotted in the crowd with French fans at the
FIFA World Cup quarter-final match between France and Brazil after
telling New York Red Bulls officials he left the club to attend to "an
unexpected, serious family matter in France.“ C? +10/-5
• 4. In 2005–06, he joined local Barcelona's youth
ranks, scoring seven goals in 26 matches for the
Juvenil A team in the following season. Two years
later, he was promoted to the B team under
Josep Guardiola, and helped it achieve promotion
to the third level, with one goal in his 32
appearances. In that same season, D would make
his first team debut, in a Catalonia Cup match,
coming on as a substitute. His most recent claim
to fame includes winking at the camera after
being “almost killed” by a Thiago Motta
challenge. D? +10/-5
• 5. E played as a centre back and spent the majority of
his career with AC Milan. E also represented Italy at
international level in the 1962 and 1966 World Cups. E
coached the Italian Under-21 side for ten years,
winning the European Under-21 Football
Championship on the tournament record of three
occasions. Former proteges Fabio Cannavaro, Gianluigi
Buffon and Francesco Totti from the 1996-winning
squad went on to win the 2006 FIFA World Cup. He was
then called up to lead the senior national team, and
helped the team qualify for the 1998 FIFA World Cup. E
became coach of Paraguay's national team in January
2002. E? +5/0
• 6. F is a two-time winner of both the Pichichi
Trophy and the European Golden Shoe, and
also received the Golden Ball as the best
player at the 2010 FIFA World Cup. F? +5/0
• A:Pepe Reina(Miguel Reina)
• B:Harry Redknapp(Jamie Redknapp)
• C:Youri Djorkaeff(Jean Djorkaeff)
• D:Sergio Busquets(Carles Busquets)
• E:Cesare Maldini(Paolo Maldini)
• F:Diego Forlan(Pablo Forlan)
• Connect: Father-Son duo to have played
• X is a former Argentine football forward, who played 50 times for
the Argentine national team. He was a member of both rival clubs
River Plate and Boca Juniors.X has become a club legend and cult-
hero at many of the clubs he has played at. He got a 13-month ban
for taking cocaine in 1993 and has a history of enjoying the high life.
was globally recognized as one of the fastest footballers in the
world, thus, he was given the nickname "the son of wind“.
X is great friends with Argentine legend Diego Maradona, the duo
once celebrated a goal with a kiss on the lips. X's wife at that time
said: "At times I believe Diego is in love with my husband. It must
be the long hair and big muscles.“ After refusing to cut his long hair
despite the rules of national coach Daniel Passarella, he was frozen
out of the national team for a number of years.
• X was one of the first football managers in the modern sense of the
word, taking full charge of the team, rather than letting board
members pick the side. As well as his tactical innovations, he was
also a strong believer in physical fitness in football – he instituted a
strict training regime and the use of physiotherapists and masseurs.
After attending a night-time match in Belgium in 1930, X became
an early advocate of floodlights. He had lights installed in
Highbury's new West Stand when it was constructed in 1932.
However they were only used for training and Arsenal would have
to wait until the 1950s for their officially-sanctioned use in matches.
In tribute to his achievements at Arsenal, a bronze bust of
Chapman, resided inside the marble halls of the East Stand of
Arsenal Stadium, Highbury until its closure in 2006 . He is one of
only two Arsenal managers to be honoured this way, the other
being current manager Arsène Wenger.
• Sam Weller Widdowson was an English
sportsman of the Victorian era. He played cricket
for Nottinghamshire and association football for
Nottingham Forest and also played once for the
England national football team, against Scotland
in 1880. Widdowson is also credited with
inventing football __________ in 1874. Initially
the concept was ridiculed but it soon caught on
with other players, and ___________ are now
required by the Laws of the Game.
One of the most comical chants in English
______ ______, they're in defence
______ ______, their future's immense
______ ______, they ain't half bad
______ ______, the name of their dad.
• Neville Neville, after the then Manchester
United defenders and brothers Gary and Phil
Neville and their dad Neville Neville!
• The Front for the Liberation of the Enclave of Cabinda
is a guerrilla and political movement fighting for the
independence of the Angolan province of Cabinda.
Formerly under Portuguese administration, with the
independence of Angola from Portugal in 1975, the
territory became an exclave province of the newly-
independent Angola. The FLEC acts in the region
occupied by the former kingdoms of Kakongo, Loango
Why was this organisation very much in the news
earlier this year?
• They carried out a terrorist attack on the
team bus of the Togo national football team
just before the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations.
• Lutz Pfannenstiel is a German football goalkeeper. He
currently plays for Ramblers F.C. besides working as a
technical director and head coach for the club. Pfannenstiel is
a former member of the Germany U-17 national football
team. He wrote his biography Unhaltbar — Meine Abenteuer
als Welttorhüter, the book was released on 1 October 2009.
What is his claim to fame/how is he better known?
• Pfannenstiel is the first, and currently only
football player to have played professionally
on all six inhabited continents of the world.
• Football's Next Star was a television programme
broadcast on Sky1 in the United Kingdom, which was
won by Ben Greenhalgh. The show aims to find a
young football player who could be the "next big
The series of seven shows is presented by Jamie
Redknapp, the ex-England player. The competition is
judged by Internazionale youth coaches Marco Monti
and Paolo Migliavacca, who make the ultimate decision
on who wins. The first series finished on 14 February
What did the winner of the show receive?
• A one year professional contract with Inter
• By what generic phrase were these guys
• The Spice Boys were a group of Liverpool F.C.
footballers from the mid-late 1990s. The
"Spice Boys" emerged as a term coined to
characterise the antics and lifestyles off the
pitch of the Liverpool 1990s players as
underachieving playboys in the game.
• Visual Connect.
• 10 slides.
• Points displayed on the slides.
• Not exhaustive.