To celebrate Men United match days, we've asked Zonal Marking's football guru Michael Cox to set one of his fiendish quizzes. You'll probably remember all of these games, but the devil is very much in the detail...

25 Mar 2014
In - Football

How did you get on? Read the answers to Michael's quiz below, then then Create your own memorable match-day moments and get a free ticket to a match by volunteering with Men United

1. France 3-0 Brazil, July 1998

Brazilian striker Ronaldo famously suffered from a mysterious fit hours before the World Cup final, and initially wasn’t included in the Brazilian starting XI. Ronaldo eventually started the game – but which eccentric striker had been set to take his place?

Answer: Edmundo

One of football’s stranger characters, Edmundo’s best story regards him hiring a circus for his son’s first birthday party, and getting a chimpanzee named Pedrinho drunk on beer and whiskey. Edmundo was prosecuted after an outcry from animal welfare groups, but was acquitted of the charge.

Edmundo briefly formed Europe’s best striking partnership while linking up with Gabriel Batistuta at Fiorentina, who topped the Italian league midway through the 1998-99 season. Unfortunately, Batistuta got injured, Edmundo decided to return to Brazil to attend the Rio carnival and Fiorentina sank like a stone.

2. Germany 1-5 England, September 2001

All five England goals were scored by Liverpool players: Michael Owen bagged a hat-trick, Steven Gerrard hit a great long-range strike, and Emile Heskey completed the rout. But which other Liverpool player started that match, and set up Owen’s first goal (pictured)? He started only two more league games for the Reds, and didn’t make the 2002 World Cup squad.

Answer: Nicky Barmby

Barmby has been an answer to a previous quiz question, being one of only nine players to have scored a Premier League goal for six different clubs – Tottenham, Middlesbrough, Everton, Liverpool, Leeds and Hull. He’s also one of only two players to move directly between Everton and Liverpool in the Premier League era – the other being Portuguese right-back Abel Xavier.

The name Barmby might feature on a Premier League scoresheet again – Barmby’s 19-year-old son Jack is currently on loan from Manchester United to Hartlepool, where he’s scored three goals in 10 appearances.

3. Manchester United 0-0 Arsenal, September 2003

Ruud van Nistelrooy missed a stoppage-time penalty, and it was the closest Arsenal came to defeat during their 'Invincibles' season. Arsenal’s players reacted by confronting the Dutch striker at full-time, but which four Arsenal players received suspensions for their actions that day?

Answer: Martin Keown, Patrick Vieira, Lauren and Ray Parlour

Lauren was suspended for four games for barging into and then shoving Van Nistelrooy, while Keown was banned for three matches for famously jumping on him in celebration.

Parlour also had a dig from behind and received a one-match ban, while Vieira, who had earlier been sent off for flicking his boot at Van Nistelrooy while on the floor, was given a standard one-game ban. Ashley Cole was fined, as were Ryan Giggs and Cristiano Ronaldo – while Jens Lehman was initially charged (presumably on the basis he was always getting involved in that kind of thing) but the FA found no wrongdoing on the German’s part.

Arsenal were fined £175,000, the largest given to a club by the FA for indiscipline in a match – although, ironically, they finished top of the fair-play table that season, receiving £50,000.

4. Barcelona 5-0 Real Madrid, November 2010

Lionel Messi failed to score for the first time in 10 matches, but created two for David Villa, which added to goals by Xavi and Pedro. But which relatively obscure player, who has never won a full international cap, completed the scoring in the final minute?

Answer: Jeffrén Suárez

This was Jeffrén's final league goal for Barcelona – he was sold to Sporting Lisbon the following summer, where he spent three seasons before returning to Spain with Valladolid in January. He’s suffered from constant injuries throughout his career – now 26, the winger has only around 50 senior league appearances to his name, many of them as a substitute.

Undeniably talented, adding to the rout in the most famous Clásico of recent years might end up being Jeffrén’s career highlight. 

5. Bayern Munich 1-1 Chelsea (Chelsea win 4-3 on penalties), May 2012

Chelsea won the Champions League on penalties, having lost the final to Manchester United on penalties in 2008. But which Chelsea players took penalties in both finals?

Answer: Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard

Cole and Lampard converted penalties in both finals – Cole seemed something of a shoot-out specialist until his miss for England against Italy at Euro 2012, while Lampard has been one of Europe’s most consistent penalty takers over the past decade.

Didier Drogba sealed the victory in 2012, but had been sent off before penalties in 2008 – he was due to take Chelsea’s fifth and decisive penalty, but his absence meant John Terry stepped up and missed. Terry was suspended for the 2012 final, although he still appeared at the end in full kit to lift the trophy.

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