This summer, the United States will join the rest of world to celebrate humanity's most popular sporting event, FIFA World Cup, which begins on June 12 and culminates on Sunday, July 13. Held every four years (like the Olympics), World Cup 2014 is hosted in Brazil with matches played in a dozen venues.
If you've never heard a soccer commentator yelling "Gooooooaaaaaalllllll!" check out this example on YouTube.
To celebrate the 2014 World Cup, I've come up with another quiz for our readers. Take a look at the questions below to see how much you know. Good luck!!
In the 1986 World Cup, Diego Maradona scored a controversial goal by knocking the ball into the net with his hand. It was known as the:
- "Hand of God" goal
- "Invisible Hand" goal
- "Helping Hand" goal
- "Devil finds work for idle hands" goal
Check your answer in the St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture.
When FIFA selects teams to be placed into pools of four teams each, there is usually one group that is very evenly matched and where no team has a clear advantage heading into tournament play. Such pools are referred to as a(n):
- "Death Trap"
- "Great Leveler Group"
- "Group of Death"
- "OMG Bracket"
Check your answer in the World of Sports Science
A new stadium in the Itaquereo neighborhood of Sao Paulo has been built for the storied professional team known for its thuggish fans - that team is called the:
Check your answer in The New Yorker.
The popular Brazilian player Ronaldinho (Ronaldo Assis de Moreira) is also known by the nickname:
- El Gaucho
- The Fridge
Check your answer in the Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia.
Before the 2010 finals were played, the world knew that there would be a new name added to the list of countries who have won the World Cup. Which two teams, neither of which had ever won the World Cup, played in the 2010 championship match?
- U.S.A. and China
- Spain and the Netherlands
- Ghana and South Africa
- Vatican City and Monaco
Check your answer in Africa News Service.
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