Special Sub-Topic: Soccer Grab-Bag
|Who was the first African to be selected by FIFA as the World Player of the Year?|
George Weah. George Weah (Liberia) in 1995 became the first African to win the coveted FIFA World Player of the Year. He played for many top flight European Clubs such as Monaco, Paris Saint Germain, Milan and Chelsea.
|Who was the first player to win the UEFA Champions League with three different clubs?|
Clarence Seedorf. This Dutch midfielder, won the UEFA League with Ajax in 1995, Real Madrid in '98 and AC Milan in 2003.
|Which FA Cup Final is famously remembered as the 'Five minute final'?|
1979. The 1979 Final at the Wembley, between Arsenal and Manchester United is famously remembered as the 'Five Minute Final' where the Gunners shot the Red Devils. The Match: Arsenal were leading by 2-0 till the 85th minute thanks to great goals by Talbot and Stapleton. In the next five minutes, the Man U fans went crazy when McQueen and McIlroy hit the ball into the net. In the dying seconds, Sunderland made sure that his side wins the match when he coverted a Graham Rix pass( heavy involvement of Brady) to a goal. Final score 3-2 Arsenal!
|Which nationa came into the European Championship finals as a last minute replacement to Yugoslavia, and then went on to win it?|
Denmark. Yugoslavia declined after its disintegration, thus giving Denmark a chance in the 1992 Euro tournament. In the group stage, Denmark was next to the host in Group 1. In the semis, Denmark outplayed the Netherlands in the penalty shootout when a Van Basten kick was stopped by Schmeichel. In the Final they beat Germany 2-0 with goals coming from Jensen and Vilfort.
|Which of these managers won five Italian league titles with Milan and Roma, and a Spanish league title with Real Madrid?|
Fabio Capello. Capello also won the 2004-05 Italian Serie A title with Juventus. He had won the Spanish league title in 1996-97 and with Roma in 2000-01. He led Milan with great distinction in the early 1990s and Real Madrid in the mid 1990s to the European Cup.
|Which stadium won the Royal Institute of British Achitect's "Building of the Year" Award in 1995?|
Alfred McAlpine Stadium. Alfred McAlpine is home to Huddersfield Town football club and Huddersfield Giants rugby league club. It had a capacity of 24,000.
|Which of the following category of players are sometimes referred to as 'Draculas'?|
Goalkeepers. The Goalies are dubbed so since they are afraid of CROSSES!
|What was the name of the first ever mascot in a World Cup finals tournament?|
World Cup Willie. World Cup Willie (a soccer playing lion) was the first ever Worl Cup tournament mascot (1966 finals). Striker the dog was in 1994, Juanito the little boy in 1970, and Gauchito was another little boy in 1978.
Others include: Tip & Tap (two happy boys) in 1974, Naranjito (smiling orange) in 1982, Pique (chillipepper) in 1986, Ciao (a sculpture piece) in 1990, Footix (smiling cockerel) in 1998, and Kaz, Ato and Nik (three funny creatures) in 2002.
|Who led India to victory when soccer was first held in the Asian Games, in New Delhi in 1951?|
Shailen Manna. India under Shailen Manna bagged the gold by defeating Iran in the final by 1-0 with Japan getting the bronze in the first Asiad. India won yet again in 1962 when its team was led by Chunni Goswami and had to be contented with a bronze under Naeemuddin in 1970.
|Which club won the first ever World Club Cup Championship?|
Real Madrid. The World Club Championship is the annual contest between the winner of the Europen Cup and the champion club of South America. It was held for the first time in 1960 when Real Madrid of Spain defeated Panarol of Uruguay. At first, it played was on a home and away match basis, but since 1980 only one match is played.
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