Yes, Pep. It’s Christmas. Well done. You’ve almost reached the end of 2018 without imploding, unlike your rival on the red side of Manchester…
We, on the other hand, have spent far too much time in 2018 being inordinately fascinated by the aforementioned Pep Guardiola’s myriad selection of amusing facial expressions (and Dimitar Berbatov’s eyebrows, but that’s another story) – however, we’ve managed to pay just enough attention generally to compile another ASRV quiz for the festive season!
Like our infamous Halloween quiz, there are thirty football-related questions here. This time, however, we have split them into three themed groups – Christmas, 2018, and miscellaneous/random. Again, some of these questions are pretty easy, some not so easy, and some are downright evil!
Leave a comment or tweet us with your answers. Results will be posted after Christmas once our hangovers have cleared and we’ve eaten all our selection boxes. No prizes, but some serious internet bragging rights are at stake here. And don’t forget that if you get stuck, Google is your friend….
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1) These days, football at Christmas is usually associated with Boxing Day. That hasn’t always been the case though. In which year was a full league programme last played on Christmas Day itself in England?
2) Santa is very real. Or, at least, FC Santa Claus is a very real football club with a very festive name. Which country are they from?
3) Which famous Argentinian goalscorer was equally festively nicknamed ‘El Ángel Gabriel’?
4) What is another, more seasonal, name for the 4-3-2-1 formation?
5) Historically, they are probably the best known and most successful of all the women’s football teams that came out of the munitions factories of World War One. They played (and won) their first match on Christmas Day 1917 in front of a crowd of ten thousand. Who were they?
6) There are numerous English teams that are (or have been) nicknamed ‘The Robins’. Can you name TWO of them?
7) In Scotland, you’ll find teams playing at grounds with names that sound like the kind of place you’d go to get your Christmas tree (yeah, we’re reaching!), such as Fir Park and Fir Hill. Which two clubs play at these grounds?
8) If you need lights for your tree, you might want to head over to Sunderland, where they have a whole stadium of the stuff! However, there’s also another ‘Stadium of Light’, the Estádio da Luz. Where is it, and who plays there?
9) Since there’s always a classic musical on the telly over Christmas, which TWO British teams are most closely associated with the song from the film and stage show Carousel, ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’?
10) Another Christmas movie TV staple is Mary Poppins. Which legendary striker received this as a (not very flattering) nickname?
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11) In January 2018, football lost the trailblazing West Brom legend Cyrille Regis, who sadly died aged only 59. At WBA in the late 1970s, Regis was known as one of the club’s ‘Three Degrees’. Who were the other two?
12) What was unusual about the FA Cup third round tie between Brighton & Hove Albion and Crystal Palace in January 2018?
13) By the end of the 2017-18 campaign, Manchester City had become the first club to score 100 points in a top flight season. Ten years earlier, Derby County set a more unwanted record for the fewest points scored in a season. How many points did Derby get in 2007-08?
14) In the group stages of the 2017-18 UEFA Champions League, five cities had two clubs each in the draw. Which cities? (Bonus Point for the clubs too!)
15) Which legendary football commentator retired from the BBC in May 2018?
16) In the 2018 World Cup, the fabulous Harry Kane scored a hat-trick in England’s 6-1 drubbing of Panama. Only one other hat-trick was scored at this World Cup. Who scored it?
17) Who set (another) unwanted record, this time at the World Cup, for being the first player to score an own goal in the Final?
18) In fact, a record number of own goals were scored in the tournament as a whole. How many?
19) If you follow us on Twitter, you’ll have seen us enthusing about the very excellent Homeless World Cup project back in November. In which city did it take place?
20) At the end of November 2018, Robbie Keane announced his retirement from football. After a long career going back to the late 1990s, he ends it as the Republic of Ireland’s all-time top scorer, and is still very much loved at numerous clubs. Including loan deals, how many different club sides did he play for at senior level?
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21) You might be surprised to know that the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup (basically the American version of the FA Cup) is one of the oldest football cup competitions in the world. In which year did it begin?
22) Since the Premier League was founded in 1992, 49 different clubs have played in it. Which SIX of those clubs have, to date, never been relegated from the EPL?
23) Of all the clubs who won the old First Division title in the pre-EPL era, only one has never played in the Premier League. Who are they?
24) During the 1997-98 Bundesliga season, which player became the first goalkeeper to score a goal from open play in that league?
25) Which English Championship side was once famous for having a pub at every corner of their ground? (Bonus Point for the name of the ground too)
26) To date, only one non-English club has ever won the FA Cup. Who are they, and in which year did they win?
27) One of the greatest of all the football legends, this player has been showered with accolades and awards for many years – including an honorary British knighthood. Who is he?
28) Who is (probably) the only footballer to have won an Oscar?
29) There is only one footballer on the famous Peter Blake-designed cover of the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album. Who was he?
30) The Italian Serie A side Juventus have long been famous for their distinctive black and white striped shirts, but which British club did they ‘borrow’ these colours from?
Good luck and a very Merry Christmas from ASRV!