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The Ultimate 2018 World Cup Quiz

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Tom Victor

It is finally upon us, t-shirts have been bought, vuvuzelas polished and flags waved, the tournament we’ve been desperately awaiting for four whole years. It. Is. Here. 

But, England’s chances aside, how much do you really know about this year’s World Cup in Russia? Prime your brain and take the quiz. 

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Brazil booked their place in March 2017

Question 1/20

Which was the first country to qualify for the 2018 World Cup (excluding the hosts)?

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It was the 1958 tournament, which, incidentally, took place in Sweden

Question 2/20

Italy missed out on the World Cup after losing their play-off to Sweden. When was the last time they failed to qualify?

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Lewandowski scored 16, Ronaldo 15 and Lukaku 11

Question 3/20

Who was the top-scorer in the European qualifiers?

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Götze struck in extra-time

Question 4/20

Who scored the winning goal in the 2014 World Cup final?

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Russia are 70th in the world according to FIFA, three spots below their opponents in the opener

Question 5/20

Which is the lowest-ranked team involved in the group stages?


It’s 108, with another 10 (including Arsenal's Stephan Lichtsteiner) due to arrive in the league for the 2018-19 season at the time of writing.

Question 6/20

How many players in World Cup squads spent last season in the Premier League?

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it’s 12 – six from Germany and six from Argentina

Question 7/20

How many players who started the 2014 final are going to Russia?

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El-Hadary will be the oldest player to appear at a World Cup if h gets on the pitch, and he already has 158 appearances for his country. Ramos (152) and Penedo (131) are among the others in triple figures.

Question 8/20

Which player at the World Cup has the most international caps?

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Iceland have made it to their second straight major tournament (after Euro 2016), despite having a population of a little over 300,000.

Question 9/20

Which country has the smallest population of every World Cup nation, breaking Trinidad & Tobago's record?

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It’s 10: the hosts, of course, plus Croatia (Vedran Čorluka, pictured), Iceland, Iran, Nigeria, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Serbia and Sweden

Question 10/20

How many countries have named players from the Russian league in their squad?


He’s in charge of Morocco, after finishing above Ivory Coast in qualifying

Question 11/20

This is French-born manager Hervé Renard. Who will he be coaching in Russia?

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Cúper lost two finals with Valencia, before taking Inter to the semis in 2003.

Question 12/20

Héctor Cúper is Egypt boss, but which club did he lead to a Champions League final?

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It's a wolf!

Question 13/20

What type of animal is Zabivaka, the official mascot for the 2018 World Cup?

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Not a single one!

Question 14/20

How many members of England’s squad play their club football overseas?


Young went to Euro 2012, but missed out on the World Cup in Brazil

Question 15/20

Which of these current England players was NOT at the 2014 World Cup?

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It’s the adidas Telstar 18. The Jabulani was used in 2010 and the Brazuca in 2014

Question 16/20

What’s the name of the 2018 world cup ball?


Ince missed a penalty in the shootout against Argentina

Question 17/20

These three players were named in 'Three Lions 98', but only one made the England squad that summer. Which one?

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Shearer scored the first, Scholes got the second

Question 18/20

England will play Tunisia at a World Cup for the first time since 1998. Who scored the opener in that game?

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The Australian player scored his first international goal in a warm-up friendly against Hungary

Question 19/20

This is Daniel Arzani, the youngest player at the 2018 World Cup. Which country does he represent?

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Gervinho scored the winner against Japan after Bony’s equaliser. Aurier assisted both.

Question 20/20

The 2014 World Cup featured a game which kicked off at 2am UK time. Which Ivorian player scored the winner?

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