QUIZ: World Cup - 20 tough questions on the greatest competition in football


The coronavirus pandemic robbed us of a glorious international tournament this summer with Euro 2020 postponed until next year.

The tournament was set to be held all across Europe and fans would have been treated to a month-long festival of football.

But you don't even need to be a football fan to be caught up in the emotion of an international tournament.

Just take the 2018 World Cup for example, which helped bring together the whole of England as they reached the semi-final before a loss to Croatia.

So, why not take this opportunity to test your knowledge on the greatest competition in football - the World Cup.

We've created four rounds, featuring five questions each.

The four rounds are as follows:

  • 1. World Cup records
  • 2. What comes next?
  • 3. The 2018 World Cup
  • 4. General World Cup knowledge

Here we go! Once you've finished, scroll down for the answers at the bottom of the page.

World Cup records

1. Who has scored the most goals in a single World Cup tournament?

2. Who is the only player to have won the World Cup on three occasions?

3. Who has scored the most goals in World Cup tournament history?

4. Which host nation is the only side to be eliminated in the group stages?

5. Turkey's Hakan Sukur scored the quickest goal in World Cup history, in his country's match against South Korea in 2002. But how many seconds had passed?


What comes next?

6. Which city comes next in this list: Paris, Yokohama, Berlin, Johannesburg, Rio…?

7. Which nation comes next in this list: Croatia, Turkey, Germany, Germany, Netherlands…?

8. Who comes next in this list: Davor Suker, Ronaldo, Miroslav Klose, Thomas Muller, James Rodriguez...?

9. Who comes next in this list: Ronaldo, Oliver Kahn, Zinedine Zidane, Diego Forlan, Lionel Messi…?

10. Who comes next in this list: Aime Jacquet, Luiz Felipe Scolari, Marcello Lippi, Vicente del Bosque, Joachim Low…?


2018 World Cup

11. Which two nations were making their first appearances at a World Cup?

12. Who won the FIFA goal of the tournament?

13. Harry Kane won the Golden Boot with six goals but five players notched four goals. Name two of them.

14. Only three teams won all three of their group games. Can you name them?

15. Japan pipped Senegal to second place in their group based on what?


General World Cup knowledge

16. Which was the first country to host the World Cup twice?

17. Which nation finished third in the first ever World Cup in 1930?

18. Which World Cup didn’t have a final?

19. How many of the Netherlands’ starting XI were booked in the 2010 final?

20. How many world cup finals have been won on a penalty shootout?



World Cup records

1. Just Fontaine (13 in 1958)

2. Pele (1958, 1962 and 1970)

3. Miroslav Klose (16 goals)

4. South Africa (2010)

5. 11 seconds

What comes next?

6. Moscow - The venue of the previous world cup finals (1998-2018)

7. Belgium - Third-place playoff winners (1998-2018)

8. Harry Kane - Golden Boot winners (1998-2018)

9. Luka Modric - Golden Ball winners (1999-2018)

10. Didier Deschamps - World Cup winning managers (1998-2018)

2018 World Cup

11. Iceland & Panama

12. Benjamin Pavard - France vs Argentina

13. Romeu Lukaku, Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann, Cristiano Ronaldo and Denis Cheryshev

14. Uruguay, Croatia and Belgium

15. Fewer yellow cards

General World Cup knowledge

16. Mexico

17. USA

18. Brazil 1950 - the tournament was decided by a group phase, which Uruguay won by beating Brazil in the last game

19. Eight (Gregory van der Wiel, John Heitinga, Joris Mathijsen, Giovanni van Bronckhorst, Mark van Bommel, Nigel de Jong, Arjen Robben and Robin van Persie

20. Two (Brazil in 1994 and Italy in 2006)


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