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1. In the 1981 winter transfer window, Leicester City
were on the verge of signing him with then Foxes’ boss
Jock Wallace confident of landing his man. Arsenal, too,
were interested in him but they had reservations about
However, he ended up signing for a Spanish second
division outfit and had a brief spell at the club. Who?
3. His players had apparently labelled him Reagan
for his methods were deemed to a be a throwback
to the 1980s. However, when he was questioned
about the same, he replied: “Trust me on this, not
one of those players knows who Ronald Reagan is.”
4. This man had the strangest
of international careers.
He played only once for the
Brazil national team but that
was in the semi-final of the
1998 World Cup against the
Netherlands when he came in
for a suspended Cafu. Id.
“I know why Messi took the penalty like that and I'm not
saying anything else. Think what you want”. – Ronaldo
9. During his stint in Portugal he became the first player
from Vitoria Setubal to win the Bola de Prata – top league
goalscorer. But he is best remembered for this iconic
celebration after netting the opener in a 3-0 win over
Bulgaria at the ‘94 World Cup. Id. this Nigerian legend.
The midfield line supposedly lies exactly on
the Equator - zero latitude - causing each half to fall in
15. There are only two clubs
that have made it to the
Champions League group
stage after starting in the
first qualifying round of the
tournament. One is this
Slovakian club called as
Artmedia Bratislava at the
Which is the other club?
16. Matthew Booth’s teammates
called him “giraffe” for his 6ft
6in frame. However, in the lead
up to the 2010 World Cup the
media called the “white knight”
– just one of the several
nicknames they bestowed upon
Journalist Dimitar Berbatov interviews Dimitar
Berbatov – then at PAOK – after a game against AEK.
18. After a nine-year
playing career this man had
an unprecedented 44-year
managerial stint at
He led them from the third
division to four domestic
cups, a league title and an
Intertoto Cup. Who?
19. British rapper M.I.A. was embroiled in a
controversy with a club for wearing a slightly tweaked
version of their kit in her song “Borders” that deals
with refugee crisis.
In her defence she said: “[I] was thinking about the
bigger picture, which is that way more people are
going to die at sea if we don’t do something”.
Which club were not willing to see the bigger picture?
Juventus – Scudetto and Coppa Italia
Boca Juniors – Apertura and Copa Argentina
21. Nicknamed “Ivan the
Terrible”, he figures amongst
the greatest Soviet defenders
of all time and captained the
national team in a remarkable
62 of his 90 international
He was the skipper when the
Soviets lost their 1968 Euro
semi-final against Italy in a
very unusual fashion. How?
23. He is one of the most
goalscorers of all time, having
netted 49 goals from 43
games. A member of the
bronze winning Swedish at the
‘24 Olympics, it was his record
that Ibrahimovic overtook to
become the topscoring Swede.
Name the man whose daughter
was also an Olympian.
Following his 2010 World
Cup heroics Iniesta is
roundly applauded at
every venue he plays at in
Spain except for the San
Mames where the Bilbao
faithful hold a grudge
against him for the
sending off of Fernando