ANSWERS World Cup quiz: Opening game trivia, just for fun

The Brazil national team

The Brazil national team - Credit: AP

To mark the opening day of the World Cup in Brazil, sports reporter Chris Brammer has devised a devilish quiz featuring 10 questions related to football’s biggest showpiece.

There will be various teasers popping up throughout the tournament and today’s is focused solely on the opening games of the past tournaments.

The quiz is just for fun and the answers will be uploaded later today.

1. South Africa drew 1-1 with Mexico in the opening match of the 2010 tournament, but which former Ipswich Town trialist played at the heart of the defence for the hosts?


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2. Cameroon’s shock 1-0 victory against defending champions Argentina in 1990 was played at which Italian stadium?

SAN SIRO (Milan)

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3. Germany played Bolivia in the opening game of USA ‘94. Who was the coach of the European team at that time?


4. Argentina lost to Belgium in the opening game of the 1982 World Cup, but which player wore the number one shirt for the South Americans?


5. The nephew of which former Ipswich Town player featured in the opening game of the 1998 World Cup? Name both.


6. Who won the man of the match award in Senegal’s shock 1-0 victory over France in World Cup 2002?


7. England drew with which team in the opening game of the 1966 World Cup?


8. Which former Premier League star scored two goals in the opening game of the 2006 World Cup and ended up on the losing team?


9. Brazil host Croatia in the opening game of the 2014 tournament. How many Premier League players are in the host nation’s squad?

SEVEN (Fernandinho, Julio Cesar, Ramires, Willian, David Luiz, Paulinho, Oscar)

10. Who was the unfortunate Argentinean on the end of Benjamin Massing’s crude challenge in the opening game in 1990?


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