1) Which country both hosted and won the first World Cup in 1930?
2) Even non-fans know that Brazil are very good at winning the World Cup, but (prior to the 2014 competition) how many times have they won it?
3) Before this tournament, which player holds the record for most goals scored in World Cup Finals matches? Germany's Miroslav Klose is just one goal behind though, and has the chance to equal or even overhaul that record this year.
4) What was the final score in the only World Cup Final that really counts (1966)?
5) What is the official name of the current World Cup trophy?
3) Ronaldo (the Brazilian one, with 15)
4) 4-2 (after extra time, to England, of course)
5) The FIFA World Cup Trophy (the Jules Rimet Trophy was awarded permanently to Brazil after their third title in 1970). I know this is a horrible question, but it's also the sort of question a mean quizmaster might smugly ask, so now you're prepared just in case.
1) The 2010 World Cup ball was criticized by some (especially goalkeepers) for being 'too round'. Meaning 'celebrate' in Zulu, what was that ball called?
2) England have participated in three penalty shootouts at the World Cup Finals and, you guessed it, have lost all of them. In the process seven England players have suffered the ignominy of missing a World Cup shootout penalty. Name five of them.
3) Complete this quote from Luis Suárez following his team's quarter-final victory in 2010: "The _____ now belongs to me".
4) The name 'Fuleco', chosen for the Armadillo mascot of this year's tournament, is a portmanteau of two Portugese words. What do these two words mean in English?
5) What was notable about the sequence of World Cup champions from 1970 to 1994, leading some pundits to suggest that England were 'destined' to win in 1998?
2) Stuart Pearce, Chris Waddle (against West Germany in 1990), Paul Ince, David Batty (1998 against Argentina), Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher (2006 against Portugal).
3) Hand of God (after he handled what would have been a last-minute winner for their opponents Ghana)
4) Football and ecology (from Futebol and Ecologia)
5) It was palindromic: Brazil, West Germany, Argentina, Italy, Argentina, West Germany, Brazil. If England had won in 1998 (reflecting their 1966 triumph) the sequence would have extended to include another four tournaments as Brazil's win in 2002 also mirrored their 1962 title. I often use this 'trick' to help me remember who won in which years.
1) To date, five players have been sent off in a World Cup final, but which Frenchman was the most recent to receive this particular 'honour' for headbutting an opponent?
2) ...and who did he headbutt?
3) A mere three England players have been sent off during a World Cup Finals match. Name two of them.
4) A match in the 2006 finals earned the nickname 'The Battle of Nuremberg' after it saw a record four red cards and 16 yellow cards dished out. Name either of the teams involved (and no, Germany wasn't one of them).
5) Which year's World Cup Finals saw the first introduction of red and yellow cards in professional football? This is an important trivium to keep in mind for when a quizmaster asks "Who/when was the first player shown a red card in a World Cup Finals match?" instead of "Who/when was the first player sent off in a World Cup Finals match?"
2) Marco Materazzi
3) Ray Wilkins (1986), David Beckham (1998), Wayne Rooney (2006)
4) Portugal and the Netherlands
5) 1970 (in Mexico). In case you're wondering, the first red card was shown to Carlos Caszely of Chile in 1974, the first sending off was of Peru's Plácido Galindo in the first tournament in 1930.
Finally, some pictures. Here are five World Cup mascots, can you match them up to their respective host countries? Any helpful wording has been expertly removed.
2) USA (1994)
3) Italy (1990)
4) Japan and South Korea (2002)
5) Germany (1974)