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The Whitaker's Quiz of the Year: Round 8 - Sport

1. David Beckham retired from  professional football in May, but  for which team did he make his  last appearance?

Round 4 - Go figure

The Whitaker's Quiz of the Year: Round 4 - Go figure

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Les Ferdinand has claimed that Andre Villas-Boas sanctioned all seven of the transfer made in the summer

Andre Villas-Boas gave Franco Baldini the green light over summer transfers, claims Tottenham coach Les Ferdinand

Ferdinand is currently assisting interim manager Tim Sherwood and has dismissed reports that Villas-Boas did not want to sign four of the seven signings made in the summer transfer window

Andre Villas-Boas's future at Tottenham is in doubt after the humiliating 5-0 home defeat to Liverpool

Andre Villas-Boas was 'against' four of the seven summer arrivals at Tottenham

Villas-Boas is said to have wanted Hulk, Joao Moutinho and David Villa but instead saw Erik Lamela, Vlad Chiriches, Christian Eriksen and Nacer Chadli join the club

Tottenham defender Kyle Walker has signed a new contract until 2019

Transfer news: Monaco consider move for Tottenham Hotspur defender Kyle Walker

Super-wealthy French club are eyeing a move for England right back 

Tim Sherwood has taken temporary charge of Tottenham after andre Villas-Boas was sacked

Tottenham v West Ham: Tim Sherwood calls for immediate response following departure of Andre Villas-Boas

Spurs entertain the Hammers in the quarter-final of the Capital One Cup

Gareth Bale celebrates his free-kick in the 4-1 win over Galatasaray on Wednesday

Real Madrid to see how Gareth Bale injury 'evolves'

Carlo Ancelotti hopeful latest knock will not be serious for the world's most expensive player

Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale both attended the Real Madrid Christmas dinner

Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and the rest of the Real Madrid squad enjoy a sophisticated, well-behaved Christmas dinner

The ever-feared Christmas party passed by in Madrid without any drama after the squad enjoyed a well-manured sit down meal together

Andre Villas-Boas on the touchline during Spurs' 5-0 drubbing at the hands of Liverpool

Andre Villas-Boas sacked: Former Tottenham manager could never extract the required spark from his players

Andre Villas-Boas pays price for failing to strike the right balance

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Brazilian international has settled in well, scoring four goals in 21 appearances, but his dismissal against Liverpool on Sunday proved costly to the side. <br/>
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Andre Villas-Boas sacked: Which of the summer arrivals let the former Tottenham manager down?

We analyse the impact of the seven players brought in during the summer to fill a Gareth Bale shaped hole

Tottenham's manager Andre Villas-Boas puts his arms out in frustration on Sunday

Andre Villas-Boas sacked: Manager paid price for making football 'too complicated' at Tottenham

Spurs suffered a humiliating 5-0 defeat to Liverpool at the weekend

Cristiano Ronaldo opens his own museum in Madeira

European round-up: Diego Costa keeps Atletico Madrid on the trail of Barcelona

Diego Costa scored twice as Atletico Madrid beat Valencia 3-0 to maintain their winning home run this season and keep pace with Barcelona at the top of La Liga.

<p>Andres Iniesta (Barcelona)</p>
<p>Not quite as improbable as it sounds. Iniesta’s contract expires in 2015 and negotiations on a new deal have stalled. David Moyes has castigated his midfield for their inability to pass and there are none better at that than the great Catalan.</p>

Desperate David Moyes plans buying spree with Manchester United linked with moves for Andres Iniesta and Koke

Former Everton manager plans big January signing plus full-scale clear-out

Greenpeace activists target Real Madrid press conference, leaving Carlo Ancelotti looking bemused

Champions League sponsor Gazprom were the target

Fifa Ballon d'Or 2013: Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Franck Ribery shortlisted for award

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Gareth Bale among those to miss out

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