HERE we go again! Football is back today and we are putting YOUR knowledge of the beautiful game to the test.
Match Of The Day Magazine has released its new brilliant Family Footy Quiz Book, jam-packed with brain-busting puzzles, crosswords, trivia questions and much more.
Here we go again! Football is back today and we are putting YOUR knowledge of the beautiful game to the test
Kick off the new campaign with our pick of pitch-perfect puzzles. Some are easy as a six-yard tap-in, while others are tougher than a 50-50 tackle on a muddy midfield. Answers at the bottom of the page.
- Match Of The Day Family Footy Quiz Book is out now (BBC Books) £6.99
Premier League founders
FIFTEEN of these clubs were in the Prem for its first season in 1992 – but do you know which ones?
Can you copy this crossword and solve it with the clues below?
- First club of Arsenal legend Thierry Henry (6)
- Joint 1997-98 Golden Boot winner, Chris __(6)
- Club that signed Ruud van Nistelrooy from Man United (4,6)
- Prem Golden Boot winner Robin van Persie played for this country (7)
- Surname of French striker who scored for six Prem clubs Nicolas __ (6)
- PFA Young Player of the Year in 1995 and 1996, Robbie __(6)
- Alan Shearer began his career at this club (11)
- Joined Liverpool in 1995 for an English record fee of £8.5m, Stan _(9)
- Didier Drogba joined Chelsea from this European club (9)
- First name of another joint 1997-98 Golden Boot winner __ Dublin (4)
HERE are the Golden Boot winners from the first and the last ten years of the Prem – fill in the blanks!
HERE are the ten biggest transfers in football history – can you name the players?
THE surnames of SEVEN managers who have won the Prem title are in this grid, right – can you find them?
BELOW are eight Premier League Teams of the Year – name the missing players!
IDENTIFY these Champions League superstars from their epic career histories . . .
World Cup winners
CAN you name the World Cup winner or hosts of these tournaments?
BEAT THE CLOK
YOU have 60 seconds on each section to answer as many questions as you can . . .
- Which player scored the first goal in Premier League history back in 1992?
- Which Premier League club did Italian striker Fabrizio Ravanelli play for from 1996-97?
- Which Prem club went unbeaten for the whole of the 2003-04 season?
- Who was manager of Blackburn when they won the Premier League in 1994-95?
- Michael Owen left Liverpool to sign for which club in 2004?
- Which country did Prem Golden Boot winner Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink play for?
- Which Premier League club used to play its home games at Maine Road?
- Which club did Tony Yeboah play for in the Premier League from 1995-97?
- Which Prem club’s shirt was sponsored by O2 from 2002 to 2006?
- Christian Gross managed which Premier League club between 1997 and 1998?
The World Cup
- Which country has won the World Cup most times?
- Which European country knocked England out of the 2018 World Cup?
- What nationality is all-time World Cup top scorer Miroslav Klose?
- England famously won the World Cup in which year – 1958, 1966 or 1974?
- Which Germany player scored the winning goal in the 2014 World Cup final?
- Who’s the only player to win the World Cup three times?
- Which MotD legend scored a hat-trick against Poland at the 1986 World Cup?
- Which Italy defender was headbutted by Zinedine Zidane in the 2006 final?
- In which year did Lionel Messi make his World Cup finals debut – 2002, 2006 or 2010?
- Who was named player of the tournament at the 2018 World Cup in Russia?
The Champions League
- Which club was the winner of the first Champions League in 1993?
- Which stadium hosted the 1999 final between Man Utd and Bayern Munich?
- Which Scottish midfielder won the Champions League with Borussia Dortmund in 1997?
- Who was manager of Leeds when they reached the Champions League semi-finals in 2001?
- Which English ref took charge of the 2016 UCL final between Real and Atletico Madrid?
- Who was manager of Chelsea when they won the competition in 2012?
- Which was the last Italian club to win the Champions League?
- Patrick Kluivert scored the winner in the 1995 UCL final for which club?
- Which Arsenal keeper was sent off in the 2006 UCL final against Barcelona?
- Who was the last Englishman to score in a Champions League final?
- Croatian Alen Boksic played for which English club between 2000 and 2003?
- Which Premier League club was managed by Brian Horton between 1993 and 1995?
- Man United won the first Premier League title in 1993 – but who finished second?
- Mo Johnston and Tony Cottee were teammates at which Prem club in the 1990s?
- Who played at Highfield Road during their Prem days between 1992 and 2001?
- Which club was Kevin Phillips playing for when he won the Prem Golden Boot?
- Which Premier League club was sponsored by Dr Martens between 1998 and 2003?
- World Cup-winning forward Christophe Dugarry played in the Prem for which club?
- Which club did David Bardsley captain in the Prem during the 1993-94 season?
- Which manager quit as Swindon boss in 1993 to take charge at Chelsea?
HERE are the answers to the Match Of The Day quiz
- Middlesbrough, yes; 2. Blackburn, yes; 3. Notts Forest, yes; 4. Crystal Palace, yes; 5. Watford, no; 6. Leicester, no; 7. Leeds, yes; 8. Sheff Utd, yes; 9. West Brom, no; 10. Newcastle, no; 11. Southampton, yes; 12. Man City, yes; 13. Ipswich, yes; 14. Coventry, yes; 15. Oldham, yes; 16. Aston Villa, yes; 17. Sheff Weds, yes; 18. QPR, yes; 19. Norwich, yes. 20. West Ham, no.
GOAL KINGS XWORD
ACROSS: 4. Monaco 5. Sutton 6. Real Madrid 7. Holland 9. Anelka DOWN: 1. Fowler 2. Southampton 3. Collymore 4. Marseille 8. Dion
1992-93: Tottenham. 1993-94: Newcastle. 1994-95: Alan Shearer. 1995-96: Blackburn. 1996-97: Alan Shearer. 1997-98: Michael Owen. 1998-99: Leeds. 1999-2000: Sunderland. 2000-01: Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink. 2001-02: Thierry Henry. 2009-10: Chelsea. 2010-11: Man United. 2011-12: Arsenal. 2012-13: Robin van Persie. 2013-14: Luis Suarez. 2014-15: Sergio Aguero. 2015-16: Harry Kane. 2016-17: Harry Kane. 2017-18: Mo Salah. 2018-19: Sadio Mane.
- Neymar 2. Kylian Mbappe 3. Eden Hazard 4. Philippe Coutinho 5. Ousmane Dembele 6. Joao Felix 7. Antoine Griezmann 8. Paul Pogba 9. Cristiano Ronaldo 10. Gareth Bale
Ancelotti, Wenger, Ferguson, Conte, Dalglish, Mourinho, Guardiola.
- 1994-95: Tim Flowers, Rob Jones, Gary Pallister, Jurgen Klinsmann.
- 1998-99: Nigel Martyn, Sol Campbell, Emmanuel Petit,
- 2001-02: Shay Given, Sami Hyypia, Wayne Bridge,
- 2008-09: Glen Johnson, Nemanja Vidic; Ashley Young, Nicolas Anelka.
- 2015-16: Hector Bellerin, Toby Alderweireld, Riyad Mahrez, Dimitri Payet.
- 2016-17: Kyle Walker, Gary Cahill, Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku.
- 2017-18: Kyle Walker, Nicolas Otamendi, Marcos Alonso, Christian Eriksen
- 2018-19: Aymeric Laporte, Bernardo Silva, Paul Pogba, Raheem Sterling.
- Robert Lewandowski 2. Luis Suarez 3. Gianluigi Buffon 4. Angel Di Maria
WORLD CUP WINNERS
2018: France. 2014: Brazil. 2010: Spain. 2006: Germany. 2002: Japan. 1998: France. 1994: USA. 1990: Italy. 1986: Argentina. 1982: Italy
BEAT THE CLOCK
PREM: 1. Brian Deane 2. Middlesbrough 3. Arsenal 4. Kenny Dalglish 5. Real Madrid 6. Holland 7. Man City 8. Leeds 9. Arsenal 10. Tottenham
WORLD CUP: 1. Brazil 2. Croatia 3. German 4. 1966 5. Mario Gotze 6. Pele 7. Gary Lineker 8. Marco Materazzi 9. 2006 10. Luka Modric
CHAMPS LEAGUE: 1. Marseille 2. Nou Camp 3. Paul Lambert 4. David O’Leary 5. Mark Clattenburg 6. Roberto Di Matteo 7. Inter Milan 8. Ajax 9. Jens Lehmann 10. Wayne Rooney
ALL-ROUND: 1. Middlesbrough 2. Man City 3. Villa 4. Everton 5. Coventry 6. Sunderland 7. West Ham 8. Birmingham 9. QPR 10. Glenn Hoddle