Q&A; Guayaquil revisited

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Q. Both finalists in Euro 96 came from Group C. When was the last time in a major football championship that the two finalists came from the same group?

A. Euro 88, in Germany, was not the previous occasion this happened. In fact, the last time this occurred was at the Copa America (South American Championship) held in Ecuador in 1993. Argentina and Mexico fought out a 1-1 draw in a Group C game in Guayaquil before meeting again a fortnight later in the final, also in Guayaquil. Argentina won 2-1, with goals from Batistuta, to retain their title.

Prior to that, in 1990, Algeria beat Nigeria 1-0 in Algiers to lift the Cup of African Nations, Again, both countries had qualified from Group One, with Algeria winning the group game 5-1, also in Algiers. The same thing had happened at CAN 88 when Cameroon defeated Nigeria 1-0 in Casablanca after they had played out a 1-1 Group Two draw in Rabat. This, however, occurred three months before Euro 88 in Germany.

Apart from the World Cup, there are in fact five major International championships, encompassing Europe, Africa, South America, Asia and Concacaf (North America and the Caribbean). - Neale Harvey, London W7

Q. Who was the first foreigner to play professional football in Britain?

A. Max Seeburg was the first German to play in the old Football League in the years before the First World War. An inside forward born in Leipzig, he had a spell with Cheshunt before joining Tottenham Hotspur, for whom he made his Second Division debut in 1908-09. He later played for Leyton, made 17 League appearances with Burnley in 1910-11, adding 20 more for Grimsby Town the following season. He finished with Reading in 1912-13, then a Southern League club. - Tim Mickleburgh, Grimsby

A. Max Paul Seeburg, born in Leipzig in 1884, was the first foreigner to play professional football in England. He played for Tottenham Hotspur v Queen's Park Rangers in the old Southern League in September 1907. However, his first Football League match was over a year later when Spurs lost to Hull City 1-0.

He went on to play for a number of clubs and retired to manage a public house in Reading. He was interned during the First World War, but remained in England afterwards to become a carpenter by trade. He died in 1972. - John Marks, Spalding

ANSWERS PLEASE

Q. Which was Britain's best and worst Olympics for medals and which event has proved to be our most and least successful? - B Gray, Maesteg

Q. The 30th anniversary of the 1966 World Cup final has arrived. Who were the other 11 members of the squad who did not play? Did the 11 who played in the final ever play together again for England? - Karl Schumann, Cheshunt

Q. Has any Briton ever won medals in the Olympic Games in completely unrelated sports (eg 1500m and trap shooting)? - D Gould, Southampton

If you know the answers to any of these questions or have a question of your own, write to: Q & A, Sports Desk, Independent on Sunday, 1 Canada Square, London E14 5DL

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