Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Quiz with Chamara Sumanapala. Part 27: Football World Cup 1982-90

Spain hosted the Football World Cup for the first and only time in 1982. This tournament was remembered for both the good and bad aspects. For example, one game between Austria and West Germany was remembered for the unsportsmanlike behavior of the two teams. Spain gave a lackluster performance despite being at home. Meanwhile, one bright spot was the performance of the debutants such as Cameroon and Algeria. Also, Italy shined in the latter part of the tournament, eventually winning the trophy, defeating the West Germans in the finals.

The 1986 World Cup was once again held in Mexico after the original host Colombia backed down. This was a successful tournament overall. Argentina, captained by the legendary Diego Maradona won the World Cup, thus winning its second title, beating West Germany in the final.

In 1990, the World Cup was held in Italy. Like the 1982 tournament, this proved to be a below par world cup, with major teams coming up with lackluster performances. The Final, which was between the opponents of the 1986 final. However, the West Germans won the title after an uneventful game. Except for the performances by Cameroon and some other teams, this tournament proved to be a disappointment.

Maradona's moment of glory
1. One player who shined in the 1982 World Cup was a 26 year old Italian striker, who single-handedly demolished the formidable Brazilian team in the second round of the tournament with a hat-trick. He ended up the top scorer of the tournament with six goals in total. Thereby, he became a national hero in Italy. Who is he?

2. In the 1982 World Cup, a young player from Northern Ireland broke a record set by Pele in 1958, becoming the youngest player in the Football World Cup finals tournaments. He played his first game of the tournament against Yugoslavia when he was 17 years and 41 days old. Pele had played his first game of a world cup against USSR when he was 17 years and 235 days old. However, Pele still remains the youngest goal scorer and the youngest to play the final in a World Cup. When Northern Ireland qualified for the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, this player scored the only goal in a 1-1 draw against Algeria. He ended his international career in 1989. Who is he?

3. The 1986 World Cup tournament saw two goals by Argentine captain Diego Maradona scored within 5 minutes of each other. This took place in the quarterfinal which the Argentines won 2-1. In the 51st minute, Maradona pushed the ball to the goal with his left hand with no one noticing. Later he dubbed the goal as “hand of God” goal. However, there was no dispute about second goal scored in the 55th minute. This spectacular goal was named as the “goal of the century.” Against which team did the Argentine team play this game?

4. The 1990 Football World Cup winning West German team was coached by the captain who led the country to its success in the 1974 World Cup. Thereby, he became the only person to date to win the world cup both as captain and as coach. Later, he was the chief organizer of the 2006 World Cup when it was held in Germany. He is named “der Kaiser” or “the Kaiser” in the football world. Who is he?

5. The Cameroonian captain who led the 1990 World Cup team also played for his team in 1982 and 1994 World Cups. He achieved international stardom at 38 years old, an age at which most forward-playing footballers have retired, by scoring four goals at the 1990 World Cup. The most memorable of these goals came in the match against Colombia when he dispossessed the showboating Colombian goalkeeper René Higuita 35 yards from goal, going on to score in the empty net with Higuita stranded. Cameroon reached the quarter-finals, when they were defeated by England. At 38 years of age, he was the oldest player to participate, and score, in a Football World Cup. Four years later, he renewed these records when he took part and scored in the 1994 World Cup. Who was he?

Answers to Quiz No 26: Ukraine Crisis

1. Viktor Yanukovych
2. Simferopol
3. Orange Revolution
4. Odessa
5. Petro Poroshenko

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