Take the Herald's World Cup quiz

jdill@bradenton.comJune 11, 2014 

With the FIFA World Cup kicking off Thursday in Brazil, here's a little trivia contest to see just how sharp your world football knowledge is.

Check your answers, then see how you fared on our rating scale.

[ ] Who has won the most World Cup titles?

[ ] Among the eight World Cup winning countries, which two have never won a Cup on its home soil?

[ ] Which team will Landon Donovan play for this World Cup?

[ ] What nationality is United States manager Juergen Klinsmann?

[ ] Who are the only two people to win the World Cup as a player and as a manager?

[ ] What was the name of the dog that found the World Cup trophy when it was stolen in London in 1966?

[ ] Who holds the individual scoring record for a single World Cup tournament and in what year?

[ ] What is Team USA's best World Cup finish?

[ ] Who are the defending World Cup champions?

[ ] How many different continents have won the World Cup title?


[ ] Brazil. This year's tournament's hosts have five titles, the last coming in 2002.

[ ] Brazil and Spain. The former got close in 1950, but lost the final on home soil against Uruguay in a monumental upset known as the Maracanazo in reference to the Maracana stadium where the match was held. The latter won its first title at the 2010 edition in South Africa.

[ ] Nobody. Donovan, who is only eligible to play for the United States, was cut from the team roster making the trek to South America.

[ ] German. Klinsmann won a World Cup as a player in 1990 with the former West Germany.

[ ] Mario Zagallo and Franz Beckenbauer. The former got the job done twice as a player (1958 and 1962) and managed Brazil to the title in 1970. Beckenbauer, nicknamed Der Kaiser, won as captain of West Germany in 1974 and managed the team to the 1990 title.

[ ] Pickles. A recent documentary on ESPN told the story of the Jules Rimet trophy that went missing after the 1966 World Cup in England, and Pickles found it later.

[ ] Just Fontaine. In 1958, the Frenchman tallied an impressive 13 goals.

[ ] Third place. In the inaugural 1930 World Cup, the Stars and Stripes finished third in the 13-team field.

[ ] Spain. La Furia Roja, long considered habitual underachievers, won their second consecutive major title with the World Cup in 2010 in South Africa. They later won their second Euro title to bring the impressive tally to three straight international titles.

[ ] Two. Only South American and European sides have claimed the World Cup title.

Rating scale

10 -- Most Outstanding player in the World Cup, and World Cup champion.

7-9 -- Made it to the World Cup final and were named to the all-tournament team.

5-6 -- Advanced to the knockout phase, while securing a regular starting XI spot.

3-4 -- Happy to be around, but just a reserve at this point.

1-2 -- Can't even get a call-up to the national team.

0 - Seriously? Your country didn't make it out of qualification. Go back to the training ground.

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