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QUIZ: Find the World Cup Hosts

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We at The Football History Boys love a good Sporcle, the quiz website where we have learnt and revised so much Geography/History/Science/Music/etc over the years. We also love a good quiz on our  podcast  too. So with that in mind, we thought we could create another World Cup themed Sporcle quiz for you to enjoy!  Here we have created a clickable map quiz for you about the World Cup... Can you find all the men's hosts since 1930 & all the women's hosts since 1991? Sadly this quiz can't be embedded but click the link below, you have 6 mins to complete this map click! Load the quiz here:  https://www.sporcle.com/games/monegt/find-world-cup-hosts-click Click here for the quiz Our book is available to buy here!  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Footballs-Fifty-Most-Important-Moments/dp/178531632X ©The Football History Boys, 2020

QUIZ: The European Cup/Champions League Crossword

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We at The Football History Boys love a good Sporcle, the quiz website where we have learnt and revised so much Geography/History/Science/Music/etc over the years. We also love a good quiz on our  podcast  too. So with that in mind, we thought we could create a European Cup/Champions League themed Sporcle quiz for you to enjoy!  Here we have created a crossword for you about the history of the European Cup and the Champions League since its inception in 1955... Players, teams stadiums and facts included here! Sadly this quiz can't be embedded but click the link below, you have 15mins to complete this crossword, or play the untimed version to take it easier! Load the quiz here:  https://www.sporcle.com/games/monegt/the-european-cup-champions-league-crossword Click here for the quiz Our book is available to buy here!  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Footballs-Fifty-Most-Important-Moments/dp/178531632X ©The Football History Boys, 2020

QUIZ: The FIFA Women's World Cup: A History

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We at The Football History Boys love a good Sporcle, the quiz website where we have learnt and revised so much Geography/History/Science/Music/etc over the years. We also love a good quiz on our  podcast  too. So with that in mind, we thought we could create another World Cup themed Sporcle quiz for you to enjoy, this time about the women's game!  Here we want you to name every host, winner, runner-up, Golden Boot winner and Golden Ball winner of the FIFA Women's World Cup and then also have a crack at our trivia questions too. Let's see what you're made of, it's out of 55! (If the quiz does not load:  https://www.sporcle.com/games/monegt/the-womens-world-cup-a-history ) Our book is available to buy here!  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Footballs-Fifty-Most-Important-Moments/dp/178531632X ©The Football History Boys, 2020

QUIZ: Have these legends won the FIFA World Cup?

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We at The Football History Boys love a good Sporcle, the quiz website where we have learnt and revised so much Geography/History/Science/Music/etc over the years. We also love a good quiz on our  podcast  too. So with that in mind, we thought we could create another World Cup themed Sporcle quiz.  Here we have given you the names of 45 footballing legends and their positions, but can you decide if they were victorious in football's great honour - the World Cup? You have two minutes... (If the quiz does not load: https://www.sporcle.com/games/monegt/did-they-win-a-world-cup )   Our book is available to buy here!  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Footballs-Fifty-Most-Important-Moments/dp/178531632X ©The Football History Boys, 2020

QUIZ: The FIFA World Cup: A History

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We at The Football History Boys love a good Sporcle, the quiz website where we have learnt and revised so much Geography/History/Science/Music/etc over the years. We also love a good quiz on our podcast  too. So with that in mind we thought we could create a World Cup themed Sporcle quiz.  We want you to name every host, winner, runner-up, Golden Boot winner and also have a crack at our trivia questions too. Let's see what you're made of, it's out of 100! (If the quiz does not load:  https://www.sporcle.com/games/monegt/the-fifa-world-cup-a-history ) Our book is available to buy here!  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Footballs-Fifty-Most-Important-Moments/dp/178531632X

1970 World Cup: England's Greatest Heartbreak?

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Despite an excellent performance which helped to lift the nation out of the doldrums of football hooliganism and the Hillsborough disaster, Italia 90 and the semi-final defeat to West Germany on penalties is undoubtedly England’s most painful ever moment. Beyond that, however, the defeat to West Germany in the 1970 World Cup quarter-final arguably holds as much heartbreak as the more recent defeat to Croatia at the 2018 World Cup. The story goes that Sir Alf foolishly subbed off Bobby Charlton when leading 2-0, only for England to lose all structure and confidence, letting their lead slip to 2-2 and then going on to lose in extra time. At the time, supporters were quick to blame Banksy’s 'dicky tummy' as Peter Bonetti dropped a series of clangers. England, as Bobby Moore said to Pelé after the group stage defeat to Brazil, wouldn’t “see you in the final”.  Were England truly capable of reaching the final in 1970, or did they just fall short in the León heat against a star-studd

300 Not Out! TFHB's Top Tens

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The Football History Boys were founded on the 1st Feburary 2013. Living in a house full of boys whilst at Swansea University, the talk would daily turn to football. With Ben and I also both studying History, we often would debate some of the great players or great moments from the history of the beautiful game. From just searching for the 'Top 250' players of all-time, we started to write articles too and The Football History Boys was born. 7 1/2 years later, over 700,000 website visits later and a published book later, and TFHB has grown beyond all expectation. From winning the Football Blogging Award for 'Best New Blog' in 2014, we have continued to add more strings to our bow. As mentioned a published book - Football's 50 Most Important Moments - in April 2020 was a major achievement, with another to follow too in 2021, as well as a podcast that has spanned 16 episodes so far. However, our love for writing and researching for the website has not left us, and s

Wolves: Champions of the World | 1954 Floodlit Friendles

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A Raul Jiminez penalty against Olympiakos was enough to see Wolves progress to the quarter-finals of this season's Europa League. It is an impressive achievement for a club who just six years ago were playing in the third tier of English football. Whilst a highly anticipated clash against five time winners, Sevilla, awaits, this will not be the first time that Wolves have met some of the finest clubs the continent has to offer. In the mid 1950s, the Midlands club would undergo a series of revolutionary 'floodlit friendlies' and even be crowned as the 'champions of the world'. The introduction of floodlights in football surprisingly dates back to the late nineteenth century. Their use, however, was incredibly infrequent with the Football League apprehensive to utilise them and even banning them in the 1930s. It can be argued that the reasons for such a ban were primarily based on financial ramifications and even class repression. By extending the sporting day into th

The Last Time The East Reigned Europe | @GJ_Thomas

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The Champions League remains Europe's premier club competition, some fans even arguing that winning the trophy is a greater achievement that winning a World Cup. When t he European Cup was first founded in the 1955/56 season , little could those founders have expected the cup to become as 'great' as it now is. In 1992/93, the European Cup became the Champions League, and the list of winning clubs/countries is remarkably Western. To find a name from the East of Europe, we need to take a trip to 1991... The 1991 European Cup winners - Red Star Belgrade Spaniards Real Madrid dominated the opening years of the European Cup, winning the first five editions against French, Italian and West German opponents. Benfica followed with two back-to-back wins of their own, with AC Milan and Inter Milan (x2), then making it three Italian victories in a row. It would be 1966, a whole decade into the tournaments history, before an Eastern European side would make the final, FK  Partizan Belg