Sometimes you hear a fact about a footballer, or a team, or an occasion and it just astounds you so much you have to tell everyone. For your pleasure and mine, let us look at a few examples of football trivia that will BLOW your mind….
*The last time that the Netherlands played any international match without a ‘van’ in their starting line up was way back against France during Euro 2000. 17 years! (There was an unused “van” sub that day!)
*Look away now fans at Pride Park – Derby hold the record for the biggest FA Cup Final defeat (6-0 by Bury), and the biggest home defeat by a non-league team (6-1 by Boston).
*Andy Selva holds the rather impressive distinction of being the only man to ever score a winning goal for San Marino, having scored in their 1-0 victory against Liechtenstein in 2004 (in 121 games, San Marino’s record is 1 win, 3 draws and 117 losses). The nation celebrated….their only other notable football moment was their 18 second goal against England in the famous 1994 World Cup Qualifier!
*Yossi Benayoun is the only to have scored a hat-trick in the Champions League Premier League and FA cup – what a career this guy had!
More Football Trivia
*No country has ever won the World Cup during the papacy (term) of a Pope from the same country – That’s Argentina not winning in 2018 then!
*More than 80% of the world’s footballs are manufactured in Pakistan. – admit it, 200 guesses and you still wouldn’t have known that! Test your mates down at the pub
*Perhaps an apt fact considering Father’s day has just been and hone – Eidur Gudjohnson is the only player to come on in an international game as a substitute for his own father, Arnór, in a friendly vs Estonia.
*Prior to 2017, there were only four players who have won consecutive Champions League titles:
Marcel Desailly (Marseilles and AC Milan)
Paulo Sousa (Juventus and Dortmund)
Gerard Pique (Man Utd and Barcelona)
Samuel Eto’o (Barcelona and Inter Milan)
Real Madrid proceeded to ruin this bit of brilliant trivia!
*In Mexico’s 2002 World Cup squad, numbers 2,3 and 4 were Gabriel, Garcia and Marquez
*Swindon Town is the only league football club in England or Scotland that doesn’t contain any letters that appear in the word mackerel. This is one of the oldest pub quiz questions in the book so well work remembering!
*Two players have scored Premier League penalties with both feet: Bobby Zamora and Obafemi Martins. Whoever worked this out needs some credit!
*Speaking of the dreaded penalty…Alan Shearer has missed the most Premier League penalties (11). In fairness, he’s also scored the most (56).
*Darius Vassell scored in 46 different Premier League games – and didn’t lose any of them (still a record). Remember good old England superstar Darius!
*Ryan Giggs is the most substituted player in Premier League history!
* Gareth Bale and Kevin Davies are the only players to score, assist and score an own goal in a single Premier League game.