Quiz on football strikers

Joy Bhattacharjya | Updated on July 27, 2018 Published on July 27, 2018

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It’s the 25th birthday of English striker and World Cup Golden boot winner Harry Kane. Perfect time then for a quiz on strikers.

1 Justin is a 19-year-old Dutch goal-scoring sensation who has recently been signed by AS Roma. His father was a legendary striker for AC Milan and Justin came to Italy to follow his father’s footsteps. Name the father.

2 In 1994, these two South American scorers started playing together for their country and were collectively known as ‘Sa-Za’. Identify these great strikers and the country they represented.

3 He was the European Footballer of the Year in 1975 and the leading goal-scorer of all time for the Soviet Union. He also scored a record 266 goals for a single club, one of the finest teams in Europe in his time. Name the footballer and the club he represented.

4 During the 1974 World Cup, Dutch players were given shirt numbers in alphabetical order. Who is the only player who was allowed to choose his own number and what number did he wear?

5 Kalo Harin is a 1998 film directed by Cherian Joseph, based on a legendary footballer. The title was derived from the player’s nickname during his playing days in Kolkata. Name the player.

6 Which controversial striker was accused of deliberately injuring his Ajax Amsterdam teammate Rafael van der Vaart during an international game between his country and the Netherlands in 2004?

7 Mohammed Salah’s 44 goals were a record for a Liverpool FC player in a debut season, but still three short of the record for any player, set by a club great in the 1983-84 season. Name the man.

8 Which assistant manager in the 2018 World Cup is remembered with a statue inspired by an amazing goal he scored against Tottenham Hotspur in 2002?

9 Brazil were regarded as one of the favourites in the 1938 World Cup. However, they lost in the semifinal against Italy, after the manager inexplicably rested their top striker, who had scored seven goals in the tournament. Name the striker who is regarded as the footballer who first popularised the bicycle kick.

10 Which opportunistic striker of the ’80s, who won six La Liga titles with Real Madrid, was nicknamed ‘El Buitre’ (The Vulture) because of his opportunism inside the penalty box?


1 Patrick Kluivert, a star for the Netherlands, Barcelona and AC Milan

2 Ivan Zamorano and Marcelo Salas of Chile

3 Oleh Blokhin, who played for Dynamo Kyiv, and later managed Ukraine at Euro 2012

4 Johan Cruyff, he played with No 14

5 IM Vijayan, who won the Indian Player of the Year in 1993, 1997 and 1999, the first player to win three times

6 Zlatan Ibrahimovic; he was sold to Juventus soon after the incident

7 Ian Rush, who also holds the record for the maximum goals, 346, for Liverpool

8 Thierry Henry

9 Leonidas Da Silva

10 Emilio Butragueno, who also scored four goals in a single World Cup game in 1986

Joy Bhattacharjya   -  KSL


Joy Bhattacharjya is a quizmaster; Twitter: @joybhattacharj

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Published on July 27, 2018
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