• 17Apr

    RVM

    For today’s teaser we want to see if you can name as many European football teams who are from the capital cities of Europe. For an example if Barcelona was the capital of Spain (which it isn’t) you could choose Barcelona and Espanyol.

    Give yourself 1 point if the name of the city is in the club name and 2 points if not! How many points can you score? I make a total of 85 possible points and we are not including non-league teams.

    Here are our eleven cities to guess from.

    England – London

    France – Paris

    Spain – Madrid

    Italy – Rome

    Germany – Berlin

    Portugal – Lisbon

    Croatia – Zagreb

    Greece – Athens

    Belgium – Brussels

    Russia – Moscow

    Turkey – Istanbul

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    London Teams – Arsenal, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Queens Park Rangers, Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham Utd, Brentford, Charlton Athletic, Fulham, Millwall, Leyton Orient, AFC Wimbledon, Dagenham and Redbridge.

    Paris – Paris Saint Germain, Paris FC, Red Star FC.

    Madrid Teams – Real Madrid, Athletico Madrid, Rayo Vallecano, Getafe.

    Rome – AS Roma, SS Lazio

    Berlin – Hertha Berlin, Union Berlin

    Lisbon – Belenenses, Benfica, Sporting (club de Portugal)

    Croatia – Dinamo Zagreb, NK Lokomotivo, NK Zagreb

    Athens – Atromitos Athens, PanathinaikosPanionios, AEK Athens, Alimos, Apollon Smyrni, Fostiras, Kallithea

    Brussels – Anderlecht, Royal White Star Bruxelles

    Moscow – Dynamo Moscow, Lokomotiv Moscow, CSKA Moscow, Spartak Moscow, Torpedo Moscow

    Istanbul – Besiktas, Fenerbahce, Galatasaray, Kasimpasa, Istanbul BBSK

     

  • 16Apr
    eric nixon

    Eric Nixon played in all four top English divisions during the 1986-87 season

     

    Can you name 11 players who have featured in all 4 English divisions during the modern era (1992-present)?

    For a bonus, there is an ex international England player who in 2000-2001 managed to play for 4 different teams in the 4 top divisions! Who is he?

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    Premier League – Championship – Division 1 – Division 2 (or equivalent)
    Boaz Myhill – Hull City – Hull City – Stockport County – Macclesfield Town
    Dean Whitehead – Sunderland – Sunderland – Oxford Utd – Oxford Utd
    Leon Cort – Stoke City – Hull City – Hull City – Southend Utd
    Andy Dawson – Hull City – Hull City – Scunthorpe Utd – Scunthorpe Utd
    Ian Ashbee – Hull City – Hull City – Hull City – Hull City
    Ryan France – Hull City – Hull City – Hull City – Hull City
    Matthew Etherington – Tottenham Hotspur – West Ham Utd – Peterborough Utd – Peterborough Utd
    Matt Taylor – Portsmouth – Portsmouth – Luton Town – Luton Town
    Bobby Zamora – Tottenham Hotspur – Brighton & Hove Albion – Bristol Rovers – Brighton & Hove Albion
    Kevin Davies – Southampton – Blackburn Rovers – Chesterfield – Chesterfield
    Dave Kitson – Reading – Reading – Cambridge Utd – Cambridge Utd
    Jason Roberts – West Brom – West Brom – Bristol City – Torquay Utd
    Sean Davis – Fulham – Fulham – Fulham – Fulham
    Michael Turner – Hull City – Hull City – Brentford – Leyton Orient
    Gary Hooper – Norwich City – Scunthorpe Utd – Scunthorpe Utd – Hereford Utd
    Tony Cottee – Everton – Birmingham City – Millwall – Barnet

    In the 2000-2001 season Tony Cottee played in all 4 top divisions in one season for Leicester, Norwich, Millwall and Barnet becoming the first player to do this since goalkeeper Eric Nixon who did the same in the 86-87 season.

  • 15Apr

    ReneHiguita

    Following on from Australians who have played in the Premier League, today’s poser is……….

    Name 11 professional or ex pro footballers who have spent time in prison. Our list isn’t conclusive and is based on players who played in the UK so we haven’t included Colombia’s amazing goalkeeper Rene Higuita who managed to get himself imprisoned for 7 months after being involved in a kidnapping plot.

    Bonus Fact – Nizar Trabelsi. This Tunisian professional footballer who scored for Fortuna Dusseldorf on his debut in German football in 1990 was arrested in 1994 for his connections to Al-Qa’ida due his involvements in plotting terrorist attacks. He was also suspected of being a suspected future suicide bomber. After twelve years in custody, he is now being held in Washington D.C. without bond.

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    Ian Wright – Avoided paying Tax on his cars
    Stig Tofting – Headbutting a restaurant manager
    Peter Swan – Match Fixing
    Lee Hughes – Caused Death by dangerous driving
    Joey Barton – Assault
    Mickey Thomas – Money Laundering
    Peter Storey – Financing fake coins
    George Best – drunk driving, assaulting a police officer,failing to answer bail
    Duncan Ferguson – Head butting a Raith Rovers player in a off the pitch incident
    Jan Molby – Drunk driving
    Tony Adams – Drunk driving
    Ched Evans – Rape
    Gary Croft – Driving whilst disqualified (became the first player to play with an electronic tag)
    Marlon King -Sexual assault charges amongst others (currently on his 3rd jail sentence)
    Luke McCormick – two counts of death by dangerous driving and driving with excess alcohol
    Jermaine Pennant – driving offences
    Micky Quinn – breached a driving ban twice in one year
    Adam Chapman – death by reckless driving
    James Cotterill – A punch during a game that left his opponent with a double fractured jaw
    Chris Zebroski – Robbery, attempted robbery and assault

    Who have we missed? Please add comments and we will update as necessary!

  • 14Apr

    Name 11 Australians who have played in the Premier League?  Easy with 47 possible answers.

    Name 11 Australians who have played for 2 different Premier League teams? Hard with only 13 possible answers.

    Bonus goal. Who is the only Australian to have a Premier League winners medal?Flag_of_Australia.svg

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    Bonus Goal Question

    Robbie Slater – Won the Premier League with Blackburn Rovers in the 94-95 season.

    Players with 2 different premier league clubs

    Mark Bosnich – Aston Villa, Manchester United, Chelsea – 1992–2000, 2001–02
    John Filan – Coventry City, Blackburn Rovers, Wigan Athletic – 1994–99, 2005–07
    Hayden Foxe – West Ham United, Portsmouth – 2000–02, 2003–04
    Richard Garcia – West Ham United, Hull City – 2001–02, 2008–10
    Brad Jones – Middlesbrough, Liverpool – 2003–09, 2011–13, 2014–
    Stan Lazaridis – West Ham United, Birmingham City – 1995–99, 2002–06
    Lucas Neill – Blackburn Rovers, West Ham United, Everton – 2001–10
    Paul Okon – Middlesbrough, Leeds United – 2000–03
    Andy Petterson – Ipswich Town, Charlton Athletic – 1992–93, 1998–99
    Harry Kewell – Leeds United, Liverpool – 1995–2008
    Mark Schwarzer – Middlesbrough, Fulham, Chelsea, Leicester City – 1996–97, 1998–
    Robbie Slater – Blackburn Rovers, West Ham United, Southampton – 1994–98
    Mark Viduka – Leeds United, Middlesbrough, Newcastle United – 2000–09

    Players representing one Premier League club

    Danny Allsopp – Manchester City – 2000–01
    John Aloisi – Coventry City – 1998–2001
    Con Blatsis – Derby County – 2000–01
    Vlado Bozinovski – Ipswich Town – 1992–93
    Jacob Burns – Leeds United – 2000–01, 2002–03
    Tim Cahill – Everton – 2004–12
    David Carney – Blackpool – 2010–11
    Chris Coyne – West Ham United – 1998–99
    Jason Davidson – West Bromwich Albion – 2014–
    Ahmad Elrich – Fulham – 2005–06
    Brett Emerton – Blackburn Rovers – 2003–12
    Adam Federici – Reading – 2006–07, 2012–13
    Vince Grella – Blackburn Rovers – 2008–12
    Chris Herd – Aston Villa – 2010–14
    Brett Holman – Aston Villa – 2012–13
    Mile Jedinak – Crystal Palace – 2013–
    Richard Johnson – Watford – 1999–2000
    Jason Kearton – Everton – 1992–93, 1994–95
    Neil Kilkenny – Birmingham City – 2005–06
    Steve Mautone – West Ham United – 1996–97
    Scott McDonald – Southampton – 2001–02
    Jamie McMaster – Leeds United – 2002–03
    Craig Moore – Newcastle United – 2005–07
    Kevin Muscat – Crystal Palace – 1997–98
    Tony Popovic – Crystal Palace – 2004–05
    Adem Poric – Sheffield Wednesday – 1993–95, 1997–98
    Josip Skoko – Wigan Athletic – 2005–08
    Brad Smith – Liverpool – 2013–14
    Mile Sterjovski – Derby County – 2007–08
    Danny Tiatto – Manchester City – 2000–01, 2002–04
    Carl Veart – Crystal Palace – 1997–98
    Tony Vidmar – Middlesbrough – 2002–03
    Luke Wilkshire – Middlesbrough – 2001–03
    Ned Zelic – Queens Park Rangers – 1995–96

  • 13Apr
    vinny jones gazza

    1. The penalty kick was invented by William McCrum from Northern Ireland.

    2. The bicycle kick originates in Chile.

    3. Kevin Moran was the first player to be sent off in an FA Cup Final.

    4. Trevor Francis was the first £1 million pound player.

    5. Gary Lineker scored a hat trick for Barcelona against Real Madrid and for England against Spain.

    6. Ossie Ardiles played for Blackburn Rovers in the Second Division (Old).

    7. James Hayter scored the fastest ever football League hat trick in 2 minutes 20 seconds for AFC Bournemouth against Wrexham in 2004.

    8. The most consecutive wins without conceding a goal in the English Football League is 9 by Stockport County (in League Two between January 13, 2007 and March 3, 2007).

    9. The fastest goal scored by a substitute was timed at 1.8 seconds by Nicklas Bendtner (for Arsenal v. Tottenham Hotspur, 22 December 2007).

    10. The player with the most FA Cup wins is Ashley Cole with 7 – (Arsenal) (2002, 2003, 2005) & (Chelsea) (2007, 2009, 2010, 2012).

    11. Vinny Jones once grabbed Paul Gascoigne’s crotch in a Wimbledon v. Newcastle United match. Ouch!

    vinny jones gazza

    Plum challenge, England (1980s)