ASRV’s Fiendishly Difficult Halloween Spooky Soccer Nicknames Quiz – The Answers!

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As you can see in the photograph above, Liverpool’s Dejan Lovren is happy to have just this minute finished the ASRV Halloween Quiz. He thinks he’s done pretty well. Unfortunately for him, Jurgen Klopp is also smiling – because he got a higher score…. BOOM!

Undoubtedly you all did brilliantly on the quiz too? Lots of people were telling us how tough it was, so maybe we’ll make the Christmas quiz a bit easier. Or maybe not. We like to make you think…

The highest score we have heard of so far is 16 out of 30 – did you beat that? Let us know! Also get in touch if you spot any errors or omissions. We try to be as accurate as possible, but it’s been all Lemsips and Strepsils at ASRV this week as the Editor has had a rotten cold. Not conducive to focusing on the task at hand!

And after all that, here’s the answers…

  1. The Red DevilsManchester United OR the Belgian national team (and numerous others if you want to be really geeky…)
  2. The Owls – Sheffield Wednesday FC (that, and the Wednesday, are explained here)
  3. The Black Spider – Lev Yashin (legendary Soviet goalie and the only keeper ever to win the Ballon D’Or)
  4. Harry Potter – Ricardo Quaresma (Portugal/Beşiktaş J.K)
  5. Das Phantom – Roy Makaay (Netherlands/Deportivo de la Coruña)
  6. The Blue Vampires – ACF Gloria Bistrita (Romanian club – now defunct?)
  7. The Red Imps – Lincoln City FC (League Two – not to be confused with the Gibraltarian club Lincoln Red Imps FC – or the other way round!)
  8. The Flying Dutchman – Robin van Persie (Netherlands/Feyenoord – reference to a famous nautical ghost story)
  9. The (Non) Flying Dutchman – Dennis Bergkamp (Netherlands/Arsenal – due to his fear of flying)
  10. The Black Cats – Sunderland AFC (the story of the original Black Cat is here)
  11. Fox Mulder – Dan Petrescu (Romania/Chelsea – his resemblance to the X-Files character was quite uncanny in his younger days!)
  12. La Brujita (The Little Witch) – Juan Sebastián Verón (Argentina/Manchester United – his father, Juan Ramón, was known as La Bruja or ‘The Witch’ in his playing days)
  13. Merlin – David Silva (Spain/Manchester City)
  14. The Ghost of White Hart Lane – John White (Scotland/Tottenham Hotspur – a member of the legendary Spurs Double winning side of 1960-61)
  15. Shrek – Wayne Rooney (England/DC United)
  16. Bites Yer Legs – Norman Hunter (England/Leeds United)
  17. The Wizard of Dribble – Sir Stanley Matthews (England/Stoke City)
  18. The Daggers – Dagenham & Redbridge FC  (National League)
  19. Killer – Derek Hales (Charlton Athletic) OR Katlego Mphela (South Africa/Mamelodi Sundowns)
  20. The Spiders – Queen’s Park (Scottish League Two side who play in a black and white kit said to look like a spider web)
  21. The Terrors – Dundee United (Scottish Championship) OR Tooting & Mitcham United (Isthmian League South Central Division)
  22. The Holy Goalie – Artur Boruc (Poland/AFC Bournemouth – due to his habit of crossing himself before games)
  23. Blue Imps – Brantham Athletic (Eastern Counties League Premier Division)
  24. The Ghosts – Fakenham Town (Eastern Counties League Division One North)
  25. The Wizard of Oz – Harry Kewell (Australia/Leeds United)
  26. The Baby-Faced Assassin – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Norway/Manchester United)
  27. Psycho – Stuart Pearce (England/Nottingham Forest)
  28. The Butcher of Bilbao – Andoni Goikoetxea (Spain/Athletic Bilbao)
  29. The Beast – Adebayo Akinfenwa (Wycombe Wanderers) OR Mamadou Sakho (France/Crystal Palace) OR Zach Thornton (USA/Chicago Fire)
  30. El Diablo (The Devil) – Marco Etcheverry (Bolivia/DC United)

Players are listed by their current club (if still playing) or their best-known (if otherwise).