The <i>IoS</i> World Cup Quiz

By the end of the day it really will be all over. Here's a few questions to while away the minutes till the big game and to see if you've been paying attention (answers below)

1. What excuse did Sir Alex Ferguson put forward for Wayne Rooney's poor performance?

a) He ran out of computer games and was bored.

b) He was drinking too much.

c) Too much was expected of him.

d) He's actually useless.

2. After England's miserable showing against Algeria, a fan appeared in the team's dressing room. What did he say he was trying to do?

a) Discuss the 4-4-2 system with Fabio Capello.

b) Ask Emile Heskey for his shirt.

c) Find a toilet.

d) Remonstrate with the team.

3. From which country was the assistant referee who disallowed Frank Lampard's goal against Germany?

a) Germany.

b) Uruguay.

c) Scotland.

d) Azerbaijan.

4. Which England player has a namesake in Enid Blyton's The Naughtiest Girl in School?

a) Ashley Cole.

b) John Terry.

c) Peter Crouch.

d) Jamie Carragher.

5. What did Fabio Capello blame for England's early exit?

a) The long season.

b) The ball.

c) Injuries.

d) All of the above.

6. The World Cup ball is called the Jabulani. What does jabulani mean?

a) Rejoice.

b) Made of eight panels.

c) Slippery.

d) Bloody hell. I can't even hold on to a trundler from Clint Dempsey.

7. Who helped design it?

a) The winner of a Blue Peter painting contest.

b) Ray Charles.

c) A team from the University of Droitwich.

d) A team from Loughborough University.

8. What did Nicolas Anelka say when French coach Raymond Domenech criticised him at half-time for having drifted out of position during the match against Mexico, which the 1998 champions went on to lose 2-0?

a) "Yes, boss, we have all criminally nder-performed."

b) "I wish Henry had never cheated against the Irish and we hadn't had to go through this."

c) "You shouldn't be here, gaffer. Who loses home and away to Scotland and keeps his job?"

d) "Go screw yourself, dirty son of a whore."

9. What note does the vuvuzela blast out at up to 113 decibels?

a) B.

b) A.

c) C.

d) Somewhere between B and B flat.

10. What profit will Fifa make on this World Cup?

a) A loss of £100m.

b) They will break even.

c) £428,000.

d) £2bn.

11. Which veteran striker who now has 62 caps has scored fewer goals for his country than two goalkeepers?

a) mile Heskey.

b) mile Heskey.

c) mile Heskey.

d) mile Heskey.

12. And which veteran striker who now has 62 caps was brought on with England needing three goals against Germany?

a) mile Heskey.

b) mile Heskey.

c) mile Heskey.

d) mile Heskey.

13. When travelling at 70mph, according to Manchester University, how much extra fuel do you burn by having two England flags strapped to your car?

a) One litre an hour.

b) One gallon a day.

c) None.

d) Why would you want to fly the ngland flag?

14. How many players who are squad members at tonight's final plied their trade in the Premier League last season?

a) 5.

b) 7.

c) 12.

d) 15.

15. Whose hand did Raymond Domenech refuse to shake as the French bowed out?

a) Carlos Alberto Torres.

b) Nicolas Anelka.

c) Thierry Henry.

d) Carlos Alberto Parreira.

16. Which surprising criterion did M Domenech use to select his teams?

a) Form.

b) Tactical flexibility.

c) Star signs.

d) What Thierry Henry tells him to do.

17. Who was arrested for alleged possession of marijuana after the Brazil-Holland quarter-final?

a) Lindsay Lohan.

b) Paris Hilton.

c) Cheryl Cole.

d) Dunga.

18. Which commentator, pundit or TV personality was most guilty of outrageous behaviour?

a) Robbie Earle, for passing tickets to a bunch of young blonde women who were part of an "ambush marketing" campaign or beer.

b) Colin Murray, for a bewildering lack of knowledge.

c) James Corden, for a God-awful TV show.

d) Alan Shearer, for stating the bleeding obvious.

19. The brothers Jerome and Kevin-Prince Boateng both played at the World Cup, but not for the same side. Who did they play for?

a) The Netherlands and Nigeria.

b) France and Algeria.

c) Germany and Ghana.

d) Italy and Cameroon.

20. The next World Cup Finals will be?

a) In Brazil.

b) In Argentina.

c) In Russia.

d) Too soon.

Answers 1 c, 2 c, 3 b, 4 b, 5 d, 6 a, 7 d, 8 d, 9 d, 10 d, 11 a, b, c or d, 12 a, b, c or d, 13 a or d, 14 b, 15 d, 16 c, 17 b, 18 a, b, c or d, 19 c 20 a & d