Saturday, October 11, 2014

Quiz with Chamara Sumanapala. Part 23: Football World Cup 1966-70

Football World Cup arrived in the birthplace of the game, England, in 1966. This tournament saw the home team win the world cup for the first and only time up to date. It also saw the inclusion of some new participants, who did not fail to entertain the football fans around the world. The final ended in controversial circumstances, with one goal by Geoff Hurst still being debated about. However, West Germany lost that game as England emerged champions.

In 1970, the wonderful game went to Mexico to decide on a champion. This tournament saw what turned out to be perhaps the best ever football team, in the form of the Brazilian team. Led by Carlos Alberto, the team work of this star-studded team was applauded by many. For example, one of their goals against the Italian team in the final is applauded by some fans as the best collective goal ever in a World Cup.

The 1970 World Cup also saw the telecast of the matches by color television for the first time. Seeing their favorite stars in full color from their living rooms left a lasting impact on the football fans at that time.

1. The Jules Rimet Cup awarded to the winner of the World Cup was stolen while on display four months before the 1966 World Cup kicked off. It created a serious crisis, which was avoided a week later by a Collie dog. He found the trophy, hidden in a downtown garden hedge in South London. It was wrapped in a newspaper. The mystery of the theft was never revealed. What was the name of the dog who found the stolen trophy?

2. The year 1966 saw the North Koreans play their first ever Football World Cup finals tournament. In the preliminary round, they defeated the Italians 1-0. This is considered to be the most humiliating defeat suffered by the Italians in an international football game. In 2002, Daniel Gordon directed a BBC documentary on the North Koreans who played the game. What was the name of this documentary?

3. North Korea faced Portugal in a 1966 World Cup quarter final and after 25 minutes were 3-0 up. However, Portuguese striker Eusebio had other ideas. He singlehandedly destroyed the North Koreans, helping his country win a 5-3 victory. Eusebio died early this year. He was a native of a Portuguese African colony. In which present day country was Eusebio born?

4. In the 1970 World Cup, Brazil, Italy and Uruguay were all selected for the semi finals. They had won the world cup twice each before. It was agreed that if any of them won the tournament in 1970, they should be given the permanent ownership of the Jules Rimet Cup. Brazil won the tournament and the cup was permanently handed over to them. (Later it was stolen, and has never been found). What other team was selected with these three teams for the semi finals in 1970?

5. In the 1970 World Cup, Peru reached the quarter finals, where they gave a good fight to the formidable Brazilians. A 21 year old footballer scored in all four matches Peru played, scoring five goals in total. In 1978 World Cup, he scored 5 more goals. Thereby, he became the only player to score five goals each in two editions of Football World Cup. Nicknamed El Nene (The Kid) for his boyish looks, he was selected as the South American Footballer of the Year in 1972 and was instrumental in the sensational Copa America victory in 1975. With 26 international goals in 81 matches, he is the all time leading goal scorer for his country. Who is he?

Answers to Quiz 22: Latin American Literature

1. Domingo Sarmiento
2. Nicaragua
3. Gabriela Mistral
4. Mario Vargas Llosa
5. Isabel Allende

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