The Very Merry Mindstretching ASRV Christmas Football Quiz – The Answers!

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Apologies for the delay in posting these – we’re acutely aware it’s now March, and we should have done this weeks ago! Thank you to everyone who had a go at this quiz and has waited patiently for the results – we hope you enjoyed it and it kept your brains ticking over during the Christmas period…

CHRISTMAS:

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?

1957 (a few games were played on Christmas Day of 1958, but not a full programme)

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?

Finland

3) Which famous Argentinian goalscorer was equally festively nicknamed ‘El Ángel Gabriel’?

Gabriel Batistuta

4) What is another, more seasonal, name for the 4-3-2-1 formation?

The Christmas Tree

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?

The Dick, Kerr Ladies

6) There are numerous English teams that are (or have been) nicknamed ‘The Robins’. Can you name TWO of them?

Any two of these:

Altrincham

Bracknell Town

Bristol City

Carshalton Athletic

Charlton Athletic (no longer used)

Cheltenham Town

Evesham United

Ilkston FC

Swindon Town

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?

Motherwell and Partick Thistle respectively. This one stumped a lot of you!

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?

LisbonBenfica (there have actually been two stadiums known by this name in Lisbon over the decades).

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’?

Liverpool and Celtic

10) Another Christmas movie TV staple is Mary Poppins. Which legendary striker received this as a (not very flattering) nickname?

Alan Shearer

2018:

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?

Laurie Cunningham and Brendon Batson

12) What was unusual about the FA Cup third round tie between Brighton & Hove Albion and Crystal Palace in January 2018?

The first competitive match in England to have VAR technology available. In the end, it wasn’t used.

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?

Eleven points. That’s a whole 89 points fewer than City a decade later!

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!)

The five cities were:

Lisbon (Benfica/Sporting CP)

London (Chelsea/Spurs)

Madrid (Atletico/Real)

Manchester (City/United)

Moscow (CSKA/Spartak)

15) Which legendary football commentator retired from the BBC in May 2018?

John Motson – the man who gave us our name. We love you, Motty!

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?

Cristiano Ronaldo, in the 3-3 group stage draw between Portugal and Spain.

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?

Croatia’s Mario Mandzukic.

18) In fact, a record number of own goals were scored in the tournament as a whole. How many?

Twelve

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?

Mexico City

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?

Eleven in total.

Wolves

Coventry City

Inter Milan

Leeds United (he also had a separate loan period here)

Spurs

Celtic (loan)

West Ham (loan)

LA Galaxy

Aston Villa (loan)

ATK

Liverpool

MISCELLANEOUS:

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?

1914

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?

The six clubs are:

Arsenal

Chelsea

Everton

Liverpool

Manchester United

Spurs

(Aston Villa were also on this list until they were relegated to the Championship at the end of the 2015-16 season).

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?

Preston North End

24) During the 1997-98 Bundesliga season, which player became the first goalkeeper to score a goal from open play in that league?

Jens Lehmann

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)

Brentford – Griffin Park

26) To date, only one non-English club has ever won the FA Cup. Who are they, and in which year did they win?

Cardiff City won in 1927, beating Arsenal in the final

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?

He is the revered Brazilian forward and sometime politician Pele. He received the honour from the Queen in 1997.

28) Who is (probably) the only footballer to have won an Oscar?

Neil Paterson (1915-1995). He played for Leith Athletic and Dundee United before becoming a writer and journalist. Won the Best Adapted Screenplay award at the 1959 Oscars for ‘Room At The Top’ (1958), which was taken from the novel of the same name by John Braine.

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?

Albert Stubbins, who played for Liverpool between 1946 and 1953.

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?

Notts County

So, how did you do…?

 

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The Very Merry Mindstretching ASRV Christmas Football Quiz!

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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….

Christmas:

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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?

2018:

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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?

Miscellaneous and Random:

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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!

 

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).

ASRV’s Fiendishly Difficult Halloween Spooky Soccer Nicknames Quiz!

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It’s Halloween! So here’s some suitably seasonal football fun for you all…

It may not be the catchiest of titles, but this quiz does what it says on the tin – you’ll find a list of spooky, creepy, magical, and/or gruesome football nicknames below, and all you have to do is name the player, manager or club they refer to.

Some are very easy, some not so easy, and some… are fiendishly difficult (insert evil cackle here). These questions have been tested on a willing volunteer, who confirmed that they are indeed of sufficient fiendishness.

So how many can you get (with or without googling)? Post a comment or tweet us with your answers. The solution will be revealed in the next few days…. GO!

  1. The Red Devils*
  2. The Owls
  3. The Black Spider
  4. Harry Potter
  5. Das Phantom
  6. The Blue Vampires
  7. The Red Imps
  8. The Flying Dutchman
  9. The (Non) Flying Dutchman
  10. The Black Cats
  11. Fox Mulder
  12. La Brujita (The Little Witch)
  13. Merlin
  14. The Ghost of White Hart Lane
  15. Shrek
  16. Bites Yer Legs
  17. The Wizard of Dribble
  18. The Daggers
  19. Killer*
  20. The Spiders
  21. The Terrors*
  22. The Holy Goalie
  23. Blue Imps
  24. The Ghosts
  25. The Wizard of Oz
  26. The Baby-Faced Assassin
  27. Psycho
  28. The Butcher of Bilbao
  29. The Beast*
  30. El Diablo (The Devil)

Questions marked with * have several possible correct answers.

If you missed any of our previous Halloween posts, you can find them here and here.