What was Rio Ferdinand's first professional club ?
Originally scouted by Frank Lampard Sr., Ferdinand progressed through the youth team ranks, earning a professional contract and a place in the first team squad in the process. On 5 May 1996, Ferdinand made his senior team debut as he came on as a substitute for Tony Cottee in the Hammers' last game of the season, a 1–1 home draw against Sheffield Wednesday. Since then, Ferdinand has missed a drug test and appeared in the Premier League of the Year five times, once with Leeds, 4 times with Manchester United
Which non-Spanish coach led Real Madrid to the 1998 Champions League title, the first in 32 years for the Spanish giant ?
A highly successful player with Monchengladbach and the Mannschaft in the 60's and 70's, Heynckes the manager won 2 Bundesliga titles with Bayern In 1989 and 1990. In 1997 he was hired by the incumbent Spanish champions Real Madrid after the club failed to secure the services of Ottmar Hitzfeld, their preferred choice. There he celebrated his greatest triumph, when, in 1998 and after a 32-year dry spell, he returned the Champions League trophy to Madrid. However, the lack of domestic success – finishing fourth, eleven point behind new champions FC Barcelona – saw his tenure terminated by the end of that season
Which city the Spanish club Real Sociedad is located in ?
Real Sociedad won back-to-back La Liga titles in 1981 and 1982 and a Copa del Rey in 1986. For many years, it followed the practice of their Basque rivals Athletic Bilbao of signing only Basque players. They abandoned the policy in 1989 when they signed Irish international John Aldridge from Liverpool
For which club did Lev Yashin play for the totality of his career ?
Nicknamed 'The Black Spider', 'The Black Octopus' or 'The Lion', he is considered by many to be the greatest goalkeeper in the history of the game. He was known for his superior athleticism in goal, imposing stature, amazing reflex saves and inventing the idea of goalkeeper sweeping
Which was the first British club to win the European Cup (C1) in 1967 ?
The match was Celtic's first European final and Internazionale's third; they had won two of the previous three trophies. Inter scored after seven minutes, when Sandro Mazzola converted a penalty. Celtic equalised through Tommy Gemmell, Stevie Chalmers then put Celtic in the lead after 84 minutes. The match finished 2–1 to Celtic. It was said to be a victory for football because Celtic's attacking play overcame Internazionale's defensive cattenacio
Which Brazilian international was AS Roma's starting centre back for 13 seasons from 1990 to 2003 ?
Aldair played 80 times for Brazil from 1989 to 2000, starting two World Cup finals, winning against Italy in 1994, losing against France in 1998
Which italian club was the first professional club of centre backs Ciro Ferrara and Fabio Cannavaro ?
Cannavaro started its youth career in Napoli in 1988 and started professionally in 1992. Ferrara entered the youth ranks in 1980, then went on to start fort 10 years at centre back for Napoli, winning two scudetti with Diego Maradona
Which late-blooming German striker scored a brace, giving his team the win at the 89th minute in the 1980 Euro Final against Belgium ?
Nicknamed 'the Header Beast', Hrubesch played in small clubs before signing at Hamburg SV at 27. There he became one of the best strikers of the late 70's early 80's, also captaining Hamburg to the 1983 European Cup title
Which Belgian goalkeeper playing for Bayern Munich won the inaugural IFFHS 'World's Best Goalkeeper' Award in 1987 ?
Pfaff played 64 times for Belgium, starting the 1982 and 1986 World Cups. Considered one of the greatest goalkeepers of the 80's, he was named by Pelé as one of the top 125 greatest living footballers in March 2004
Which Serbian globetrotter coach was the first to take four different teams (Mexico, Costa Rica, USA and Nigeria) beyond the first round of the World Cup ?
Nicknamed 'The Miracle Worker' due to his incredible efficiency with different teams in the World Cup. His last job was coaching Iraq at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup
Which East-German side was the first and only one to win a European trophy ?
Magdeburg defeated AC Milan 2-0 in the 1974 Cup Winners Cup Final. They currently play in Regionalliga Nord, the fourth-tier of German football
What is the home ground of Fiorentina ?
With 47290 seats, it is also a concert venue, with David Bowie, Madonna and Bruce Springsteen all playing there
Which Welsh forward scored two goals for Manchester United in the 1991 UEFA Cup Winners Cup final against Barcelona ?
Mark Hughes, who had previously played for runners-up FC Barcelona, scored both of the goals for United. His career had faltered after Terry Venables took him to the Camp Nou in 1986. A loan spell at Bayern Munich revived him prior to his return to United in 1988. United win gave England its first European Cup title since the ban in 1985
Which Bulgarian international centre back, nicknamed 'the Bulgarian Wolf', was famous for his unshaven appearance and his mullet hairstyle in the 90's ?
A tough defender, Ivanov was famous for his long-range shots and free-kicks. He was a starting member of two World Cup squads, achieving 4th place in 1994, and started for Rapid Vienna in the 1996 Cup Winners Cup final loss against PSG
What is the name of Everton's home ground ?
Located in Liverpool, the stadium has been home to Everton F.C. since its completion in 1892 and is one of the world's first purpose-built football grounds. Its capacity today is 40157 seats
Which South-American club, winner of 5 Copa Libertadores (including the first) and 3 Intercontinental Cups, was voted the best South-american club of the centure by the IFFHS ?
Based in Montevideo, Uruguay, Penarol has won a record 48 Primera Division titles. Penarol hasn't won the Libertadores since 1987.
In which Serie A club did Paul Gascoigne play ?
He joined Lazio for a fee of £5.5 million, making his debut on 27 September 1992 in a match against Genoa which was televised in Britain as well as Italy. In his first season at the Stadio Olimpico, his form was inconsistent but he scored his first goal in the 89th minute to equalise during the Rome derby against AS Roma. During his time in Italy, he was famously interviewed by a Norwegian TV reporter, prior to England playing them, for a message to the people of Norway. His infamous reply was '**** off Norway'
Which international Belgian striker who spent most of his career with Anderlecht and PSV won back-to-back Eredivisie scoring titles in 1996 and 1997 ?
During his time with PSV, Nilis formed one of the deadliest partnerships in Europe with team-mate Ruud van Nistelrooy. In the 1998–1999 season, Nilis and van Nistelrooy scored 55 league goals between them. van Nistelrooy finished as top-scorer, Nilis came second. In the following season, Nilis' last for PSV, they scored 48 league goals between them. Ronaldo occasionally names him as one of the best strike partners he had played with despite sharing only a brief time with him at PSV. Ruud van Nistelrooy has also stated on several occasions that Nilis was one of the best players, if not the best, he had ever played with
Which french club's youth academy has produced Eric Cantona, Basile Boli and Djibril Cissé ?
Both Boli and Cantona started playing professionally for Auxerre in 1983. Both Left for Marseille, Cantona in 1988, Boli in 1990
Which German Left Back and Centre Back who played in 4 consecutive World Cups and is considered one of the finest defenders of the 60's, played most of his peak for AC Milan ?
Renowned for his physical power and pace, Schnellinger played one season for AS Roma before spending 9 years at AC Milan, winning the European Cup and Intercontinental Cup in 1969 (playing both full games) and the European Cup Winners Cup twice in 1968 and 1973. His only international goal came in the last minute to draw 1–1 in the thrilling semi-final of the 1970 World Cup against Italy which later became known as the 'Game of the Century'. Italy eventually won 4–3 after extra time