Sports Quiz of the Year 2014: The Answers

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1 - Wayne Rooney

2 - Germany’s Franz Beckenbauer

3 - The Netherlands’ Arjen Robben

4 - Julio Cesar, who spent most of the previous season on the bench for Queen’s Park Rangers, saved two penalties as Brazil beat Chile on penalties in the second round

5 - Gary Lewin, the England physio

6 - Ghana

7 - Harry Redknapp made the accusation about some of his former Tottenham Hotspur players

8 - Spain became the fourth World Cup holders to go out in the first round

9 - Bryan Ruiz, the former Fulham forward, scored the goal that gave Costa Rica victory over Italy, a result which ended England’s chances of qualifying for the knockout stages

10 - In scoring his 16th World Cup finals goal Klose became the record goalscorer in the competition’s history



1 - Claudia Fragapane, a 16-year-old gymnast

2 - Bob and Mike Bryan, who reached the 100 mark with their fifth US Open tennis title

3 - The South African batsman Hashim Amla

4 - Snooker’s Neil Robertson

5 - The Davis Cup in tennis

6 - Alex Hales became the first England cricketer to score a Twenty20 century when he led the team to victory over Sri Lanka at the World Twenty20

7 - The Wales rugby union team, who beat South Africa 12-6

8 - Jenny Jones won Britain’s first Olympic medal on snow

9 - Japan’s Kei Nishikori, who reached the final of the US Open tennis tournament

10 - Susie Wolff became the first woman for 22 years to drive in a competitive session of a grand prix weekend when she took the wheel for Williams in the first practice session at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone



1 - Arsène Wenger’s Arsenal lost 6-0 to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge

2 - David Moyes, manager of Manchester United

3 - Sunderland’s 2-1 victory at Stamford Bridge was Jose Mourinho’s first home defeat as Chelsea manager since 2004

4 - Leeds United’s Brian McDermott

5 - Brendan Rodgers, the Liverpool manager, after Chelsea won 2-0 at Anfield

6 - Harry Redknapp, manager of Queen’s Park Rangers, lambasted Adel Taarabt

7 - Felix Magath, the Fulham manager, gave the advice to Brede Hangeland

8 - Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho, who tried to shake hands with the Aston Villa bench before the end of their match at Stamford Bridge

9 - Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho

10 - Newcastle United’s Alan Pardew, who was punished for head-butting Hull City’s David Meyler



1 - The England cricketer Moeen Ali, who wore the armbands during the third Test against India in Southampton

2 - The short-track speed skater Elise Christie

3 - The former New Zealand Test batsman Lou Vincent

4 - Manchester City, who fell foul of football’s Financial Fair Play regulations

5 - Donald Sterling, the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team

6 - Uli Hoeness, the president of Bayern Munich

7 - The Sri Lanka cycling team at the Commonwealth Games

8 - Rio Ferdinand. “Sket” is considered to be an offensive word to describe a woman

9 - Nico Rosberg, who was punished by Mercedes after admitting culpability in his collision with his team-mate Lewis Hamilton at the Belgian Grand Prix

10 - Gale had been banned from the season’s last two matches after being accused of using language of an “obscene or seriously insulting nature” towards the Lancashire batsman Ashwell Prince



1 - The Australia cricket captain, Michael Clarke, talking at the funeral of his friend and colleague, Phil Hughes

2 - Jamie Donaldson, who secured the winning point for Europe at the Ryder Cup

3 - Roy Hodgson, the England manager, wrote to the mayor of the city of Manaus after previously saying that the Amazon jungle city would be a place best avoided as a World Cup venue

4 - Andy Murray after appointing Amélie Mauresmo as his coach

5 - Kevin Pietersen criticises Andy Flower, the England coach, in his autobiography

6 - Eugenie Bouchard, who was named after an English princess, admits to regal tendencies at Wimbledon

7 - Floyd Mayweather to Marcos Maidana after the Argentine landed several low blows in his 12-round defeat by the American in Las Vegas

8 - Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere after photographs of him smoking were published

9 - Paul Downton, the new managing director of English cricket, on Kevin Pietersen’s contribution to last winter’s Ashes tour

10 - Rory McIlroy after winning the Open



1 - Jonny Wilkinson, who helped Toulon beat Saracens in Cardiff in rugby union’s Heineken Cup final

2 - The Chinese tennis player Li Na

3 - Philipp Lahm, who captained Germany to victory at the World Cup

4 - Graeme Smith, captain of the South Africa cricket team

5 - Kevin Sinfield

6 - Steven Gerrard

7 - Ross Hutchins, the former British Davis Cup tennis player

8 - Jacques Kallis

9 - David Millar

10 - Gloucester’s Andy Hazell



1 - Celtic. Having been reinstated in the competition after Legia Warsaw, their conquerors in the third qualifying round, had been found to have fielded an ineligible player, Celtic were then beaten by Maribor

2 - Frank Lampard, who after signing for the New York City MLS team apologised for his drunken behaviour in the wake of the 9/11 disaster, when he and some Chelsea team-mates abused some Americans at a Heathrow hotel

3 - Crystal Palace. The list comprises the clubs Neil Warnock has managed

4 - Manchester City’s Yaya Touré

5 - The Barcelona defender Dani Alves

6 - John O’Shea, whose goal earned the Republic of Ireland a 1-1 draw with the world champions in their European Championship qualifier

7 - Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling

8 - Angel Di Maria’s move from Real Madrid to Manchester United

9 - Cardiff alleged that their starting line-up had been leaked to Palace

10 - Referee Andrew Marriner admitted he sent off the wrong Arsenal player in their 6-0 defeat away to Chelsea



1 - Kemar Bailey-Cole won the Commonwealth Games 100m gold medal, pipping England’s Adam Gemili on the line

2 - Nick Kyrgios, a 19-year-old Australian making his debut at the All England Club, beat Rafael Nadal in one of the greatest upsets in Wimbledon history

3 - Helena Costa was the first woman to be appointed coach of a football team in one of the top two divisions of a major league. However, having been appointed by Clermont Foot in May, she decided the following month not to take up the post

4 - Naved Arif, the former Sussex all-rounder, was banned for life after an investigation into cricket match-fixing

5 - Gaël Fickou scored the late try that gave France a 26-24 victory over England on the first weekend of the Six Nations Championship

6 - Ross Murdoch surprised his fellow Scottish swimmer, Michael Jamieson, the pre-race favourite, to win the 200m breaststroke at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow

7 - Dave Hockaday and Darko Milanic were both sacked as managers of Leeds United after only six matches in charge

8 - Christophe Péraud and Thibaut Pinot finished second and third respectively in the Tour de France. It was the first time in 30 years that two Frenchmen finished on the podium

9 - The visually impaired skier Jade Etherington and her guide, Caroline Powell, became the most decorated Britons at a single Winter Paralympics when they won three silver medals and a bronze

10 - Two married couples, Chris and Gabby Adcock (badminton mixed doubles) and Paul and Joanna Drinkhall (table tennis mixed doubles), won gold at the Commonwealth Games



1 - Alfredo Di Stefano, the former Real Madrid centre-forward

2 - Sir Jack Brabham

3 - Tony Hateley

4 - Eusebio

5 - Sir Christopher Chataway, who was a pacemaker as Roger Bannister ran the first sub-four-minute mile

6 - John Neal, who managed Chelsea in the early 1980s

7 - Phil Sharpe was regarded as one of the great slip catchers of all time

8 - Sir Tom Finney

9 - Terry Biddlecombe

10 - Sandy Jardine



1 - Jan 4: Arsenal’s Theo Walcott signals 2-0 to Tottenham fans as he is carried off with a knee injury in his team’s eventual 3-0 FA Cup third-round victory

2 - Jan 5: Michael Carberry’s bat is broken while playing for England against Australia in the fifth Test in Sydney

3 - Feb 21: The British speed-skater Elise Christie crashes and is disqualified from her third successive event at the Winter Olympics

4 - March 26: Novak Djokovic hits the ball on the wrong side of the net in his victory over Andy Murray at the Miami Masters. Murray protested but the umpire still gave Djokovic the point

5 - March 29: John Terry in despair after his own goal gave Crystal Palace victory at Selhurst Park. Jose Mourinho, the Chelsea manager, said afterwards that it was not realistic to think his team could still win the title

6 - July 1: Serena Williams receives treatment before her doubles match alongside her sister Venus. The sisters retired after only three games because Serena was suffering with a virus

7 - July 5: Mark Cavendish suffers a shoulder injury in a crash on the first day of the Tour de France in Harrogate

8 - Sept 22: Rickie Fowler has the letters “USA” shaved into his hair ahead of the Ryder Cup

9 - 24 November: The New York Giants’ Odell Beckham Jnr makes a touchdown catch which many believe was the greatest in the history of the National Football League

10 - Aug 14: France’s Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad was disqualified after winning the 3,000m steeplechase. In the closing stages of the race he ripped off his shirt and taunted the crowd by waving it aloft and holding it in his teeth.