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This trophy is the first in football World Cup history

Football history: Question 1
What was the name of the first World Cup trophy?

a. Jules Rimet trophy
b. Rodolphe Seeldrayers trophy
c. Daniel Burley Woolfall trophy
d. Arthur Drewry trophy

Football history: Question 2
When was the world’s first official football body, the Football Association (FA), established?

a. 1853
b. 1863
c. 1873
d. 1883

Football history: Question 3
Against what country England played history’s first international football fixture?

a. Scotland
b. France
c. Belgium
d. Italy

Football history: Question 4
What is the oldest football club in history according to FIFA?

a. The Football Club of Edinburgh (Scotland)
b. TSV 1860 München (Germany)
c. Sheffield F.C. (England)
d. Melbourne Football Club (Australia)

Football history: Question 5
Against which team Uruguay won the first World Cup final in 1930?

a. USA
b. Yugoslavia
c. Brazil
d. Argentina

Football history: Question 6
What was history’s first official World Cup soccer ball called?

a. Tango
b. Azteca
c. Telstar
d. Jabulani

Football history: Question 7
How many goals the French Just Fontaine scored during the 1958 World Cup?

a. 9 goals
b. 11 goals
c. 13 goals
d. 15 goals

Football history: Question 8
What country made history in 1960 by winning the first European football championship?

a. Soviet Union
b. Yugoslavia
c. West Germany
d. Spain

Football history: Question 9
For which historic Spanish club the Hungarian striker Ferenc Puskas played?

a. FC Barcelona
b. Atletico Madrid
c. Real Madrid
d. Espanol Barcelona

Football history: Question 10
Which football player of the 1960s was dubbed as “The Fifth Beatle”?

a. George Best
b. Bobby Moore
c. Bobby Charlton
d. Duncan Edwards

Answers to the Soccer origin & history quiz:
Soccer history: Answer 1
Jules Rimet trophy

First called the “World Cup” or “Victory”, the trophy was renamed in 1946 in honor of Jules Rimet who can be considered as the creator of the Football World Cup. The trophy bears Nike, the Greek goddess of Victory, holding an octagonal chalice on her head. It was created by French sculptor Abel Lafleur and measures 32 inches high, weighs 3.8 kilograms, and was plated with sterling silver.

Soccer history: Answer 2

On October 26, 1863, 12 English clubs and school representatives gathered to form the Football Association (FA). The purpose of the organization was to formulate official football rules, as different teams of that time played with their own set of rules. It was also in this year that the official name of the game, association football, was established to distinguish it from rugby football.

Soccer history: Answer 3

History’s first international football fixture was played between Scotland and England on November 30, 1872 in Glasgow, Scotland. It was, however, not the first meeting between the two teams as they have faced each other in a number of unofficial matches organized by the Football Association of England.

Soccer history: Answer 4
Sheffield F.C. (England)

Football began to be played informally by a club in Sheffield in 1855. On October 24, 1857, the Sheffield Football Club was established and has become the oldest documented club in football.

The first matches were between club members, married men against bachelors. The club also formulated its own set of football rules, known as the Sheffield Rules.

Soccer history: Answer 5

The first World Cup final was played on July 30, 1930 at Centenario Stadium in Uruguay. The Uruguayans opened the scoring but Argentina turned the game around with a 1-2 score at halftime. Uruguay once again took the game and, driven by supporters, registered three goals in the second half to finish the match 4-2.

Soccer history: Answer 6

In 1970, Telstar became the first official soccer ball of a World Cup. It has 32 black-and-white panels and has since become an icon of the game. It was manufactured by giant football brand Adidas and got its name from a communication satellite which has a similar geometry to it.

Soccer history: Answer 7
13 goals

Just Fontaine emerged as top-scorer during the 1958 World Cup with 13 goals in six games, a record for most goals in a single World Cup. His best game of the tournament was against Germany in which he scored four goals in a 6-3 victory. Fontaine was not assured of a place in the French football squad and was only taken in when club team-mate Rene Bliard suffered an ankle injury.

Soccer history: Answer 8
Soviet Union

The Euro 1960 is the first European Nations Football Championship in history and, has since, been held every four years by UEFA. The final tournament of 1960 was played in France and won after extra time by USSR over Yugoslavia in a 2-1 score.

Soccer history: Answer 9
Real Madrid

Legendary footballer, Puskas was greeted with much skepticism when he went to Spain for Real Madrid. But he quickly found a place alongside greats like Di Stefano, Kopa, and Gento. He became a darling of the public who nicknamed him “Sancho” (the Hispanic form of Ferenc) and “Canoncito Poum” (Little Cannon).

Soccer history: Answer 10
George Best

With a mop top haircut and a rock star lifestyle, George Best earned the nickname “The Fifth Beatle” in the mid-1960s. The tag was popularized by British press who saw him both as a sporting and style icon.


Play this fun trivia game on soccer rules & regulations


Receiving a red card in the football World Cup will cause a player to miss games in the tournament

Football rules: Question 1

What is the penalty for a direct red card in the World Cup?


  1. One game suspension that can be extended by the FIFA’s disciplinary committee
  2. FIFA’s disciplinary committee check the videos of the player’s foul and decides the longer of the suspension
  3. The player will be automatically banned for two games


Football rules: Question 2

What is the minimum number of players per team that FIFA allows during a football game?


  1. There is no minimum number of players required by the official football rules
  2. 6 players
  3. 7 players
  4. 8 players


Football rules: Question 3

What is the distance between the penalty mark and the goal?


  1. 9 yards (8.23 meters)
  2. 10 yards (9.14 meters)
  3. 11 yards (10.06 meters)
  4. 12 yards (10.97 meters)


Football rules: Question 4

What happens if the goalkeeper handles the ball directly after the throw-in of a teammate?


  1. The goalkeeper receives a yellow card and the throw-in is given to the opposite team
  2. The game continues, there is no violation
  3. An indirect free-kick is given to the opponents from the point where he handles the ball


Football rules: Question 5

Can a goal be scored directly from a corner kick?


  1. Yes, but only if the ball hits the ground before it goes inside the goal
  2. No, Law 17 specifies that an outfield player has to touch the ball first for the goal to be valid
  3. Yes, a corner kick has the same rule for a direct free-kick


Football rules: Question 6

What are the dimensions of a soccer goal?


  1. 8 yards (7.32 meters) wide and 8 feet tall (2.44 meter)
  2. 8 yards wide and 8 feet tall but the FIFA rules allow a 1% margin of error


Football rules: Question 7

Which law is not one of the 17 individual FIFA laws of the game?


  1. The Goal Kick
  2. Yellow and red card
  3. The Start and Restart of Play
  4. The Method of Scoring


Football rules: Question 8

A defending player kicks the soccer ball, it hits the referee and goes inside the goal. What is the appropriate restart?


  1. Drop ball where the ball hit the referee
  2. Goal kick
  3. Kick-off
  4. Indirect Free kick for the attacking team where the referee was


Football rules: Question 9

According to the FIFA rules, what are the maximum dimensions of a football field for a World Cup match?


  1. 110 yards (101 meters) in length and 80 yards (73 meters) in width
  2. 130 yards in length and 90 yards (82 meters) in width
  3. 130 yards (119 meters) in length and 100 yards (91 meters) in width
  4. 120 yards (110 meters) in length and 80 yards (73 meters) in width


Football rules: Question 10

What is the penalty for a player who spit on an opponent?


  1. Red card if the spit hits the player, yellow card if not
  2. An automatic red card
  3. The referee has the discretion of the sanction
  4. Yellow card because it’s not a serious foul play and he didn’t deny an obvious goal scoring opportunity




Answers to the soccer laws quiz:



Soccer laws: Answer 1

One game suspension that can be extended by the FIFA’s disciplinary committee


Players sent off during a World Cup match through a direct red card are automatically suspended for their team’s next game. FIFA’s disciplinary committee has the power to extend the suspension according to their discretion.


Soccer laws: Answer 2

7 players


According to Law 3 of FIFA’s Laws of the Game, the minimum number of players in a football match is seven, but it allows the football federation of each country to set its own minimum number of players.


Soccer laws: Answer 3

12 yards  (10.97 meters)


Law 1 of FIFA football rules, “Field of Play”, states that the distance between the goal line and the penalty spot has to be 12 yards, or about 11 meters.


Soccer laws: Answer 4

An indirect free-kick is given to the opponents from the point where he handles the ball


An indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing team if a goalkeeper, inside his own penalty area, handles the ball directly after a throw-in by a teammate. However, the goalkeeper may play the ball using other parts of his body without being penalized. Law 15 governs the throw-in rules in football.


Soccer laws: Answer 5

Yes, a corner kick has the same rule for a direct free-kick


Law 17 allows a player to score a goal from a corner kick, even if the ball is not touched by any other player. This method of scoring in football is known in Latin America as “Olympic goal”.


Soccer laws: Answer 6

8 yards (7.32 meters) wide and 8 feet tall (2.44 meter)


The football goal dimensions are defined by Law 1, which states that the distance between the posts is 8 yards while the lower edge of the crossbar should be 8 feet above the ground. The posts and the crossbar should have the same width and thickness. The law does not state anything about a margin of error in goal measurement.


Soccer laws: Answer 7

Yellow and red card


The “Yellow and red cards” are not one of the 17 laws of the game. They fall under the category of “Fouls and misconduct”, which is Law number 12.


Soccer laws: Answer 8



Like the players, the goalposts, and the corner flag, the referee is a part of the game. If the ball hits the referee and crosses the goal line, it is counted as a goal and therefore, the game should be restarted with a kick off.


Soccer laws: Answer 9

120 yards (110 meters) length and 80 yards (73 meters) width


Law 1, “Field of Play”, states that the soccer field dimension for international matches has to be from 110 to 120 yards long and from 70 to 80 yards wide.


Soccer laws: Answer 10

An automatic red card


A player is automatically sent off by a red card if he spits at an opponent or any other person. Law 12 governs the rules and punishments for misconducts in football.



Football Tactics Quiz

Published on Jun 20, 2014

Play this quiz game and see how much you know about soccer strategies


Football tactics: Question 1

What is the name of the formation devised by Vittorio Pozzo, coach of the Italian national team in the 1930s and winner of two World Cups (1934, 1938)?


  1. La Piramide (The Pyramid)
  2. Il Metodo  (The Method)
  3. La Diagonale (The Diagonal)
  4. Il Diamante (The Diamond)


Football tactics: Question 2

Which coach has created the classic formation WM (3-2-2-3) in response a change in the offside rule in 1925?


  1. The Brazilian Flavio Costa
  2. The English Herbert Chapman
  3. The Hungarian Márton Bukovi
  4. The Hungarian Béla Guttman


Football tactics: Question 3

Which Dutch team is the pioneer of Total Football?


  1. Ajax Amsterdam
  2. Feyenoord Rotterdam
  3. PSV Eindhoven
  4. FC Utrecht


Football tactics: Question 4

Which of the following is a hyper-defensive football strategy?


  1. Calcio
  2. Catenaccio
  3. Scudetto
  4. Squadra


Football tactics: Question 5

Which formation is commonly described as the “Christmas Tree”?


  1. 4-3-3
  2. 4-4-2
  3. 5-4-1
  4. 4-3-2-1


Football tactics: Question 6

Which great football tactician has never played professionally?


  1. Arrigo Sacchi
  2. José Mourinho
  3. Arsène Wenger
  4. Fabio Capello


Football tactics: Question 7

Which manager declared the 4-6-0 as the formation of the future?


  1. Raymond Domenech
  2. Carlos Alberto Parreira
  3. Giovanni Trapattoni
  4. Sven-Goran Eriksson


Football tactics: Question 8

What is the percentage of goals that resulted from three consecutive passes or less?


  1. 20%
  2. 40%
  3. 60%
  4. 80%


Football tactics: Question 9

Aside from man-to-man, what is the other method of defending in soccer?


  1. Zone Lapping
  2. Zonal Marking
  3. Zonal fielding
  4. Zone guarding


Football tactics: Question 10

What is the nationality of the famous Arsenal tactician Arsene Wenger?

  1. German
  2. French
  3. Austrian
  4. Dutch




Answers to the soccer strategies quiz:



Soccer tactics: Answer 1

Il Metodo (The Method)


Vittorio Pozzo devised the 2-3-2-3, an old soccer formation more popularly known in Italian as Il Metodo. It was derived from the 2-3-5 formation and was used by Italy to win back-to-back titles, the 1934 and 1938 FIFA World Cup.


Soccer tactics: Answer 2

The English Herbert Chapman


After winning two English championships with Huddersfield Town FC, Chapman joined Arsenal and modernized the game by introducing a new tactical scheme: the WM Formation.


Formed as 3-2-2-3, the WM reflects the changes in football’s offside law in 1925. The new rule allowed forward passes as long as there were two defenders between the attacker and the goal line (before the change it was three). Chapman countered his new offensive threat by fortifying his defense, putting three defenders at the back.


Soccer tactics: Answer 3

Ajax Amsterdam


Total football is a football strategy introduced by the Dutch coach Rinus Michels, who led Ajax Amsterdam and the Dutch national football team during the 1970s. This philosophy proposed an offensive football system based on movement and position switches.


Soccer tactics: Answer 4



The Catenaccio is a defensive football system which focuses on holding the opposing team scoreless. The term “catenaccio” is an Italian word which means “door lock.” The two most prominent characteristics of Italian catenaccio are man-to-man defense and the utilization of the sweeper.


Soccer tactics: Answer 5



The 4-3-2-1 is also called the “Christmas tree” because on the blackboard, this soccer formationlooks like a Christmas tree, the goalkeeper as the trunk and the players forming a triangle on top of him.


Soccer tactics: Answer 6

Arrigo Sacchi


Sacchi never did become a professional soccer player, which led many people to doubt his competence as a coach. He is famously quoted with the line: “I never realised that in order to become a jockey you have to have been a horse first”. This was a rebuke to his critics, which he proved wrong by perfecting the 4-4-2 formation and leading a successful AC Milan in the 1990s.


Soccer tactics: Answer 7

Carlos Alberto Parreira


In 2003, Brazilian manager Parreira declared that 4-6-0 will be the formation of the future. Five years later, his prediction came true when Manchester United became a Champions League winner without fielding a dedicated striker.


Soccer tactics: Answer 8



Charles Reep, who studied 578 games between 1953 and 1967, found out that 80% of goals resulted from three passes or less. Reep is considered the creator of the long ball game, a football strategy that relies on long passes and quick switch from defense to offense.


Soccer tactics: Answer 9

Zonal Marking


Zonal marking is a defensive method where each player is assigned a specific part of the soccer field to guard. Conversely, in man-to-man marking, every defender is assigned to guard a specific player and has to stick to him no matter where he goes.


Soccer tactics: Answer 10



Arsene Wenger was born in Alsace, a French region just near the German border, which explains his German family name. He started coaching Arsenal in 1996 and since then, has been considered one of the greatest soccer managers of his time. He is noted for fielding young players and for his attack-oriented style.

Football Goalkeeper Quiz

Published on Jun 20, 2014

Find out how much you can score on this soccer goalie trivia game


Football goalkeeper: Question 1

For which Portuguese club the Danish goalie Peter Schmeichel played?


  1. F.C. Porto
  2. S.L. Benfica
  3. Sporting Clube de Braga
  4. Sporting Clube de Portugal


Football goalkeeper: Question 2

Which goalkeeper has scored the most goals in his career?


  1. The Paraguayan José Luis Chilavert
  2. The Bulgarian Dimitar Ivankov
  3. The Brazilian Rogério Ceni
  4. The Colombian René Higuita


Football goalkeeper: Question 3

Who is the most expensive goalkeeper transfer in the history of football?


  1. Angelo Peruzzi from Internazionale Milano to S.S. Lazio
  2. Gianluigi Buffon from Parma F.C. to Juventus
  3. Fabien Barthez from AS Monaco to Manchester United
  4. Petr Cech from Stade Rennais to Chelsea


Football goalkeeper: Question 4

Who is the only goalkeeper who has received the European Footballer of the Year award (Ballon d’Or)?


  1. The Russian-Soviet Lev Yashin
  2. The Italian Dino Zoff
  3. The German Oliver Kahn
  4. The Italian Gianluigi Buffon


Football goalkeeper: Question 5

Who is the most capped football goalkeeper of all time?


  1. The Swedish Thomas Ravelli
  2. The Dutch Edwin van der Sar
  3. The Saudi Arabian Mohamed Al-Deayea
  4. The Turkish Rü?tü Reçber


Football goalkeeper: Question 6

What was the nickname of the goalie Ricardo Zamora who played 16 years (1920-1936) for the Spanish football team?


  1. El Divino (The Divine)
  2. El Celestiales (The heavenly)
  3. El Espléndido ( The splendid)
  4. El Prodigioso (The prodigious)


Football goalkeeper: Question 7

“El Loco” (The Fool) René Higuita is famous for his Scorpion kick save. Against which team did the Colombian goalie perform this wonderful football moment?


  1. England national team during a friendly game
  2. Argentina national team during a Copa América match
  3. Vélez Sársfield during a Copa Libertadores game
  4. Deportivo Cali during a football league game of Colombia


Football goalkeeper: Question 8

The Mexican goalkeeper Jorge Campos was famous for his shortness (5 ft 6 in, 1.68m), his risky plays and his ability to play as a striker (35 goals in career). What other characteristic made “El Brody” stand out?


  1. His colorful keeper equipment
  2. His very long hair
  3. He was playing with the number 11, an inappropriate number for a goalie
  4. He removed his denture before each game


Football goalkeeper: Question 9

Which soccer goalkeeper is known to have made the “Save of the century”?


  1. The Italian Walter Zenga against a penalty kick by Diego Maradona during the semi-final of the 1990 World Cup
  2. The German Harald Schumacher against a left kick by Michel Platini during the semi-final of the 1982 World Cup
  3. The English Gordon Banks against a header by Pelé during a group match of the 1970 World Cup
  4. The Russian-Soviet Lev Yashin against a right kick by Franz Beckenbauer during the semi-final of the 1966 World Cup


Football goalkeeper: Question 10

Which player used to kiss the shaved head of French keeper Fabien Barthez during the 1998 Football World Cup?


  1. The attacking midfielder Zinedine Zidane
  2. The sweeper Laurent Blanc
  3. The captain Didier Deschamps
  4. The left back Bixente Lizarazu




Answers to the football keeper quiz:



Soccer goalie: Answer 1

Sporting Clube de Portugal


Schmeichel spent the best part of his career wearing the Manchester United jersey in which he became a five-time Premier League champion, three-time FA Cup holder, and a Champions League winner.


At the end of the 1999 season, the Danish keeper decided to leave English football as his age no longer permitted him to keep up his high standards of play. He joined Sporting CP and won the 2000 Liga, the highest title in Portuguese football.


Soccer goalie: Answer 2

The Brazilian Rogério Ceni


Rogerio Ceni is a Brazilian goalkeeper who plays for São Paulo and, formerly, for the Brazilian national football squad.


On August 20, 2006, he scored his 63rd and 64th goal against Cruzeiro, beating the 62-goal record of Jose Luis Chilavert for most goals scored by a keeper. Today, Ceni has scored a total of 96 goals, an absolute record for a goalkeeper. He all scored his goals from penalty and free kicks (43 penalties, 53 free kicks).


Soccer goalie: Answer 3

Gianluigi Buffon from Parma F.C. to Juventus


Gianluigi Buffon racked the most expensive football transfer for a goalkeeper when Italian football giant Juventus bought him in the summer of 2001 for 53 million Euros (around $70 million).


Soccer goalie: Answer 4

The Russian-Soviet Lev Yashin


Lev Ivanovich Yashin (1929-1990) was a Soviet player who is considered the best football goalkeeper ever. He was given the Ballon d’Or in 1963 and is still the only keeper to have won the award.


The Black Spider, as Yashin became known because of his all-black outfit, spent his entire club career with Dynamo Moscow. With the USSR, he won gold medal in the 1956 Olympics and the 1960 European Football Championship.


Soccer goalie: Answer 5

The Saudi Arabian Mohamed Al-Deayea


Mohammad Al-Deayea holds the record for most international caps with 181. He played as goalie for the Saudi Arabian football squad for 17 years (1989-2006). He retired from football in June 2010.


Soccer goalie: Answer 6

El Divino (The Divine)


Ricardo Zamora is one of the most remarkable goalkeepers in the history of Spanish football. He was nicknamed “The Divine” for his amazing feats on the field. Spain’s annual award for the goalkeeper who has the lowest goals-to-games ratio, the Ricardo Zamora Trophy, was established in his honor.


Soccer goalie: Answer 7

England national team during a friendly game


Rene Higuita rose to greater fame during a friendly match between England and Colombia at Wembley in September 1995. Famous English soccer player Jamie Redknapp launched a lob towards the goal but Higuita, instead of simply catching it, let the ball go over his head before clearing it with his back heels. Higuita himself dubbed it the “Scorpion Kick.”


Higuita was scolded by his coach after his recklessness but it did not affect the 0-0 outcome. England coach Terry Venables remarked, “It’s probably the reason why his last three managers have had heart attacks.”


Soccer goalie: Answer 8

His colorful keeper equipment


Jorge Campos is one of the most popular Mexican players of the 1990s. This keeper was known for eccentric behavior and risky plays. His outfit during the 1994 World Cup also makes him an unforgettable image: a jersey-shorts combination of pink, green, yellow and red, all in very flashy neon.


Soccer goalie: Answer 9

The English Gordon Banks against a header by Pelé during a group match of the 1970 World Cup


Gordon Banks highlighted the 1970 World Cup with a spectacular save against Brazil, which became known as the “Save of the Century”.


During the match, Pele executed a header close the right post, he was so certain that it would go in that he shouted “Golo!” (goal!). However, Banks got a hand on the ball and tipped it over the crossbar. Unfortunately, the English keeper’s heroic play was not enough to prevent a 0-1 defeat to the Seleção.


Soccer goalie: Answer 10

The sweeper Laurent Blanc


One of the most enduring images of the 1998 World Cup is of sweeper Laurent Blanc kissing the shaved head of goalkeeper Fabien Barthez before the start of every match. It started as an unusual gesture but as France progressed in the competition, it became a ritual anticipated by fans.




Football Players Quiz

Published on Jun 20, 2014

Ten questions & answers on the greatest soccer players ever


Football players: Question 1

Which footballer holds two doctorates, one in medicine and in philosophy?


  1. The Brazilian Socrates
  2. The French Franck Ribery
  3. The Italian Dino Zoff
  4. The Dutch Marco Van Basten


Football players: Question 2

Which soccer player was voted “Greatest Manchester United Player of the 20th Century” in 2001?


  1. Ryan Giggs
  2. David Beckham
  3. Eric Cantona
  4. George Best


Football players: Question 3

Which of the following football legends has a phobia of flying?


  1. The Italian Alessandro Del Piero
  2. The Dutch Dennis Bergkamp
  3. The Swedish Zlatan Ibrahimovic
  4. The Danish Michael Laudrup


Football players: Question 4

For which Italian club the German Lothar Matthaus has played for 4 years?


  1. Internazionale
  2. Juventus
  3. A.C. Milan
  4. A.S. Roma


Football players: Question 5

Who is dubbed as the “Maradona of the Carpathians”?


  1. The Bulgarian Hristo Stoichkov
  2. The Romanian Gheorghe Hagi
  3. The Turkish Hakan Sukur
  4. The Czech Pavel Nedved


Football players: Question 6

Which football legend is born with several physical defects?


  1. The Nigerian Jay-Jay Okocha
  2. The Mexican Jorge Campos
  3. The Colombian Carlos Valderrama
  4. The Brazilian Garrincha


Football players: Question 7

For which Portuguese club the legendary center-forward Eusebio played?


  1. FC Porto
  2. Sporting Clube de Portugal
  3. Benfica
  4. Belenenses


Football players: Question 8

Which of these football superstars has never played a World Cup match?


  1. Lev Yashin
  2. Alfredo Di Stefano
  3. Raul
  4. Luis Figo


Football players: Question 9

Who is renowned as the greatest Polish player ever?

  1. Jerzy Dudek
  2. Grzegorz Lato
  3. Zbigniew Boniek
  4. Roman Kosecki


Football players: Question 10

Which of these following football legends has never won the “Ballon d’Or” (European Footballer of the Year)?


  1. Bobby Charlton
  2. Franz Beckenbauer
  3. Ferenc Puskás
  4. Ruud Gullit




Answers to the legendary footballers quiz:



Soccer legends: Answer 1

The Brazilian Socrates


Socrates is one of the greatest Brazilian footballers and what makes him even more distinguished are the doctorate degrees he holds in philosophy and medicine, a rarity in the football world. The former Brazilian midfielder stood out on the ground because of his beard and his elegant gait, made emphatic by his 6’4” frame.


Soccer legends: Answer 2

Eric Cantona


Eric Cantona is one of the best forwards of his era and this distinction was affirmed by fans when he was voted as the best Manchester United player of the century in 2001. He was also elected best player in the history of the Premier League by a poll conducted by Barclays. King Eric is well-loved by fans and until today fans would sing the Marseillaise (the French anthem) whenever he goes to a game at Old Trafford.


Soccer legends: Answer 3

The Dutch Dennis Bergkamp


Dennis Bergkamp has a great fear of flying, which earned him the nickname “The non-flying Dutchman” (a pun on the Flying Dutchman, a ghost ship in the folklore of Netherlands). Because of his flight phobia, he rarely played in matches where his team would be required to fly. Nevertheless, he was able to play in some Champions League games in Italy or Spain by traveling on land, usually by train, days ahead of his teammates.


Soccer legends: Answer 4



Lothar Matthaus is a famous German footballer turned coach. He started his career as a midfielder and later on became a sweeper. He spent some of his best years in Inter Milano, where he played from 1988 to 1992, and won one Serie A championship and one UEFA Cup.


Along with Mexican goalkeeper Antonio Carbajal, he holds the record for most number of appearances in the final stages of the World Cup with five.


Soccer legends: Answer 5

The Romanian Gheorghe Hagi


Gheorghe Hagi is a former Romanian football star who was nicknamed “Maradona of the Carpathians” because of his excellent skills and a temper comparable to that of Argentine football legend Diego Maradona (Carpathian is a mountain range in Romania).


Hagi played in the 1990, 1994, and 1998 World Cup and is considered one of the greatest players of the 1990s.


Soccer legends: Answer 6

The Brazilian Garrincha


Garrincha is one of the most stylish Brazilian footballers of all time. As a right winger, he won the 1958 & 1962 World Cup with Pele.


Garrincha’s father was an alcoholic, which caused him to suffer from congenital defects when he was born: his spine was deformed and his legs were bent and not of the same length. (His left leg is shorter by two inches than the left.) His condition earned him the nickname O Anjo de Pernas Tordas, “the Angel with Bent Legs,” derived from the title of a poem by Vinicius de Moraes.


Soccer legends: Answer 7



Nicknamed the Black Pearl and the Black Panther, Eusebio played most of his career in Benfica, with which he won the European Champions Cup in 1961 and 1962. In 1965, he won the Ballon d’Or, the most prestigious individual award in Europe.


In the 1966 World Cup, the Portuguese national football team finished third with Eusebio at the forward position. He ended the tournament as top scorer with nine goals.


Soccer legends: Answer 8

Alfredo Di Stefano


Di Stefano is one of the greatest footballers of all time but a bizarre series of circumstances prevented him from ever playing in a World Cup. He was originally a member of the Argentine National Team but failed to play in the 1950 & 1954 World Cup because of Argentina’s boycott. When he became a naturalized Spanish in 1958, he failed to help in Spain’s World Cup campaign as La Roja did not make it beyond the qualifying matches. Spain managed to qualify in the 1962 World Cup but a muscular injury prevented him from playing a single game in the tournament.


Soccer legends: Answer 9

Zbigniew Boniek


Zbigniew Boniek was a winger of unnatural pace who led the Polish national team to the quarter-finals of the 1978 World Cup and the semifinals of the 1982 World Cup.


After witnessing his outstanding brilliance in 1982, Juventus recruited Boniek together with Michel Platini. Great partners on and off the field, Platini and Boniek made up a formidable attacking duo for the Bianconeri for three seasons.


Soccer legends: Answer 10

Ferenc Puskás


Puskas is a Hungarian football legend who scored 84 goals in 85 appearances for his national team. His successful club career includes a long stay with Real Madrid, with which he won 5 Liga, 3 European Cups, and 1 Intercontinental Cup.


He never won the Ballon d’Or, having finished only second in 1960 behind the Spanish Luis Suarez.


As homage to his brilliance as a striker, FIFA created the Puskas Award in 2009. It is given to the best goal of the year from a selection of ten goals. The winner is decided by vote from the fans.







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1              What type of cat was the official mascot for the 2010 FIFA World Cup?   Leopard

2              Which team did Tottenham Hotspur beat to win the 1973 League Cup?  Norwich City

3              Which country won the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations?        Egypt

4              Zakumi was the name of the official mascot for which sporting competition?       2010 FIFA World Cup

5              Which player scored for both sides during the 1987 F.A. Cup Final?           Gary Mabbutt

6              What was the name of the dog that found the stolen World Cup (Jules Rimet Trophy) in 1966?   Pickles

7              German footballer, Oliver Khan, played in which position?           Goalkeeper

8              Which country’s national football team was knocked out of the 1998 FIFA World Cup despite scoring six goals in their last match?          Spain

9              Which English football team won the 2011 FA Cup?          Manchester City

10           Which national team beat Hungary 4-2 to win the 1938 FIFA World Cup?                Italy

11           Which country defeated England 1-0 on 29th June in the 1950 FIFA World Cup ? USA

12           How many players are in a Gaelic football team?               15

13           Which nation’s football team won the FIFA World Cup in 2006?  Italy

14           In 1985, who became the first football player to be sent off during an FA Cup final?          Kevin Moran

15           Which two countries jointly hosted the 2002 FIFA World Cup?    South Korea and Japan

16           Which was the first country to stage football’s European Championship final twice?         Italy

17           Which country will host the 2014 FIFA World Cup?            Brazil

18           Who captained the England football team at the 1958 World Cup Finals?                Billy Wright

19           In which country was the 1990 FIFA World Cup held?      Italy

20           Which country won the 1978 FIFA World Cup?    Argentina

21           In 1958, who became the youngest footballer, at age 17, to play in a World Cup?               Pele

22           In the UK, what was the first Welsh football team to play in the Premier League?              Swansea City

23           Which nation won the 2002 FIFA World Cup?      Brazil

24           How many goals did footballer Gary Lineker score for England?  48

25           Which BBC sports commentator famously said ‘For those of you watching in black and white, Spurs are in the all-yellow strip’?               John Motson

26           Which English football club became temporary ground-sharing tenants with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park in 1991?    Wimbledon FC

27           Barney the Owl is a mascot of which English football club?            Sheffield Wednesday FC

28           Who won the Yashin Award for Best Goalkeeper in the 2006 FIFA World Cup?    Gianluigi Buffon – Italy

29           Which English Premier League football club has the motto ‘Audere est Facere’ (To Dare is to Do)?                Tottenham Hotspur

30           ‘Gooners’ are supporters of which London football club?              Arsenal

31           Which was the first British football club to win the European Cup?            Celtic FC

32           Which football club did Jimmy Greaves play for between 1977 and 1979?              Barnet FC

33           Which English Premier League football club has the motto ‘Nil Satis Nisi Optimum’ (Nothing but the best is good enough)? Everton F.C.

34           Which English football team knocked both Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC out of the 2007/2008 FA Cup?                Barnsley FC

35           Who won the Golden Shoe (Boot) Award for most goals scored in the 1966 FIFA World Cup?       Eusebio

36           Who won the Yashin Award for the Best Goalkeeper in the 1998 World Cup?      Fabien Barthez

37           Which country hosted the 1962 FIFA World Cup?              Chile

38           Which country won the FIFA Award for Most Entertaining Team at the 2006 World Cup?                Portugal

39           How many players are on the field at one time in an American Football team?    Eleven

40           In which year year did English footballer Stanley Matthews play his final international game?      1957 – against Scotland

41           Who succeeded Alf Ramsey as England (caretaker) football manager in 1974?     Joe Mercer

42           Who was the first British footballer to play 100 Champions League matches?       David Beckham

43           In English football, from which team did Aston Villa buy footballer Dion Dublin in 1998?  Coventry City

44           In sport, what does UEFA stand for?       Union of European Football Associations

45           Captain Blade is the mascot of which English football club?           Sheffield United FC

46           Who was the captain of Brazil’s national football team when they won the 1970 FIFA World Cup?                Carlos Alberto

47           What is the nickname of English football club Sheffield Wednesday?       The Owls

48           A ‘Slotback’ is a position in which sport?                Gridiron (American) football

49           In April 2011 Louis van Gaal was sacked as coach of which European football club?            Bayern Munich

50           Which nation’s football team prevented England from competing in the 1974 FIFA World Cup finals?                Poland

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