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Dec 7th, 2009 at 04:25 GMT
Some teams will be down as they were called at the time of entering. All comments are welcome, hope there are not too many complaints.
Dec 7th, 2009 at 04:42 GMT
Qatar wins the "Everybody Gets a Trophy Day" trophy.
Dec 7th, 2009 at 04:47 GMT
Great quiz. Maybe offer a little less time for more of a challenge?
Dec 7th, 2009 at 06:09 GMT
By Sporcle convention, Ireland is an I country (Republic of not included).
Dec 7th, 2009 at 06:25 GMT
germany is the succession of west germany's winnings
Dec 7th, 2009 at 06:34 GMT
Dec 7th, 2009 at 06:52 GMT
If you count Republic of Ireland as an "R" country, you've got to count South Korea as a "K" country (Korea Republic). Other than that, I think my only quibble would be the "V" answer. Venezuela has been 8th in the South American qualifying group since South America has moved to one group. So Venezuela has never progressed past the round they've started in. Although it's clearly an inferior side, Vanuatu HAS progressed through OFC qualifying. It's tricky to determine which side is "closer" to winning the WC (Venezuela 3 spots away from a playoff, Vanuatu 2 spots away from playing in the playoff to enter a playoff)... but I'd say just count both.
Dec 7th, 2009 at 07:39 GMT
I sadly can't offer a case for Vietnam...
Dec 7th, 2009 at 07:41 GMT
This is the time on Sporcle where someone argues for the Vatican.
Dec 7th, 2009 at 11:13 GMT
Sweet quiz - especially as a good few answers are nations that don't exist any more. Can you change the title to 'most successful World Cup nation for each letter' or something though? Just seems a bit funny to have countries going 'closest to winning' it when they actually have, er, won.
Dec 7th, 2009 at 11:24 GMT
(or just 'progressed the furthest' would do it)
Dec 7th, 2009 at 13:28 GMT
Damn that "o" in the middle of Czechoslovakia!!
Dec 7th, 2009 at 13:36 GMT
I agree with legriff, I burned some time trying to think of countries that had NOT won it but came close.
Dec 7th, 2009 at 15:01 GMT
The only soccer I watch ever is the World Cup every four years and I must say that I really enjoy it as well as I really enjoy this quiz!
Dec 7th, 2009 at 15:24 GMT
Hate to be a pedant, but Germany's best performance is second place, not third.
Dec 7th, 2009 at 16:02 GMT
great quiz, it was also reli hard to think of countries that havent even made it to the finals btw i second on the germany mistake
Dec 7th, 2009 at 17:03 GMT
if you type "republic of ireland" as an answer it does not work...
Dec 7th, 2009 at 17:14 GMT
Really fun quiz. Good job.
Dec 7th, 2009 at 18:08 GMT
Tried to wrack my brains for another z country. Damn u drc for getting through in the short period that u changed your name!
Dec 7th, 2009 at 18:28 GMT
germany came second in 2002
Dec 7th, 2009 at 18:32 GMT
Good quiz. Tricky.
Dec 7th, 2009 at 20:14 GMT
Although Ireland is technically the official name of the country, I'm glad to see them up there after they were so unjustly knocked out this year.
Dec 7th, 2009 at 22:28 GMT
Have changed Germany's best position now. I did think about Vanuatu and may still add them, I just feel that Venezuela this year were two wins away from the World Cup, which is closer than the group before the play off before the play off which is at least 3 wins away. With R and K... well I just wanted Ireland to win something and in football I believe the Republic part is important as it distinguishes the team from Northern Ireland which is not a factor in most of these quizzes usually. Anyhow, feel free to agree/disagree and you may well change my mind. I'm just happy people are playing and commenting.
Dec 8th, 2009 at 00:30 GMT
@chasmmi, if youre going to do republic of ireland as R, then youd need to do stuff like switch kingdom of the netherlands to K to stay consistent
Dec 8th, 2009 at 01:14 GMT
Czech, Hungary, Netherlands, and Sweden are "runners up" yet Germany is "second place." Should be consistent.
Dec 8th, 2009 at 01:28 GMT
CitizenSnips: Oman was awarded for even less than Qatar. They couldn't even make it to the final qualifying stage.
Dec 8th, 2009 at 03:10 GMT
Good quiz; Zaire tripped me up. It's one of the few countries to have changed its name in my memory.
Dec 8th, 2009 at 04:20 GMT
How did so few people get Kuwait? It's not like there are dozens of countries out there whose names begin with the letter K!
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Dec 8th, 2009 at 06:01 GMT
I'm surprised there has been no debate on Netherlands/Holland, especially being a football quiz. Great quiz though! Really enjoyed it!
Dec 9th, 2009 at 03:02 GMT
I agree with the quizmaker here. You have to have the name of the countries as they are used in the world of football. Therefor Republic of Ireland is correct to distinguish itself from Northern Ireland. Can't use standard Sporcle "regulations" as Sporcle doesn't recognize England, Wales, Scotland, Faroe Islands etc. as countries.
Dec 9th, 2009 at 20:34 GMT
LOL. Q and O were pretty easy.
Dec 11th, 2009 at 15:01 GMT
Got zaire pretty quickly as i'll never forget what happened in the 1974 world cup when brazil tried to take a free kick against them, priceless lol. Then yugoslavia beat them 9-0 i think
Jul 5th, 2010 at 00:21 GMT
Excellent quiz - out of interest, where on the FIFA website did you find this information? I'd be interested in creating a similar sort of quiz but can't find where it says how far a given team has gotten.
Jul 12th, 2010 at 19:14 GMT
time to update the "S" category
Jan 2nd, 2011 at 21:55 GMT
germany runners up???? they have won it 3 times
Apr 17th, 2011 at 16:24 GMT
@HPfan221 No, West Germany have won it three times. Germany's first World Cup was in 1994, when they got the quarter finals and were beaten by Bulgaria (!). They came second to Brazil in 2002, and reached the semi-finals last year.
Oct 29th, 2011 at 15:41 GMT
Needs an update to accept Spain, other than that, good quiz
May 30th, 2012 at 00:14 GMT
germany has won the world cup 3 times
Jun 2nd, 2012 at 20:06 GMT
Ended up missing Kuwait...After a while I was so desperate I even gave Kiribati tried...
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