By JOY BHATTACHARJYA
Put on your thinking boots and let ET SPORT columnist, quiz master and 2017 FIFA Under-17 World Cup director Joy Bhattacharjya test your World Cup knowledge with this month-long bi-weekly quiz. Readers can send in their answers each week to ETworldcupspotkicks@gmail.com. The first all-correct entry to be sent in by Saturday, June 16, 5 pm, will win a copy of THE BILLIONAIRES CLUB: THE UNSTOPPABLE RISE OF FOOTBALL’S SUPER-RICH OWNERS by James Monatgue (Bloomsbury).
Only one entry per reader will be entertained, and employees of The Economic Times and Bloomsbury cannot participate. This contest is open to only Indian nationals.
Five questions, with an increasing degree of difficulty.
1.Two countries will make their debuts at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. One is Iceland, easily the country with the lowest population to reach a World Cup final tournament. The other is a country from the Americas, who are known as the ‘Los Canaleros’. Which is the second debutant country?
2. Luis Felipe Monti was a mid-field enforcer and one of the greatest players of the 30s. He remains the only player to play two consecutive World Cup final matches for different countries, losing in 1930 and winning in 1934. Which two countries did he represent?
3. World Cup champion teams often have tough starts in their next World Cup tournament, prominent examples being Argentina in 1990. But which former champions had the worst ever campaign, not scoring a single goal or winning a single game in the tournament. This is fairly recent.
4. A particular national team played the semi-finals of a World Cup tournament in the 90s with all eleven players having the same two letters at the end of their surname. Identify the tournament, and the national team, which included a Golden Shoe winner?
4. Two iconic footballers, close friends, were on the same national team in the 2001 U17 World Cup, where they were eliminated by Argentina. They swore to win a senior World Cup together and managed to achieve that in less than a decade. Identify both players, who made emotional departures from their clubs this year.
Source: Economic Times