Across

1) Until Messi came along, this guy had scored the most goals in a calendar year
(6 letters)

8) This David walked right out of a store “forgetting” to pay for donuts
(2,3 letters)

9) FIFA introduced a campaign to do this to racism
(4,2,3 letters)

10) This apostrophied Cameroonian with a Spanish passport won 2 consecutive trebles
(4 letters)

13) If you were betting on football in Nigeria, you’d use this currency
(5 letters)

14) It means “Bavarian” in German, even if you think of Munich first
(6 letters)

15) The surname of a Magpie who turned down Tunisian overtures to play with France
(4 letters)

16) Great defender at Manchester City who couldn’t sing Jingle Bells to save his life
(7 letters)

18) Playing host to the CONCACAF Gold Cup, this American city does Georgia proud
(7 letters)

20) Fuleco, Brazil’s mascot for 2014 is this placental mammal
(9 letters)

21) An Antonio who helms the Old Lady in Turin
(5 letters)

22) His hat-trick brought Saudi Arabia’s 2002 World Cup campaign to a “Klose”
(8 letters)

23) Drogba thinks he’s an effin disgrace, but what’s his last name?
(6 letters)

24) England and France have tons of nukes, but only this many World Cups each
(3 letters)

25) Guy walks into a bar, uhhh…. we mean the Camp Nou, and orders the team
(7,7 letters)

 

Down

2) Remember the lightbulb guy? Awfully similar to Cavani’s typo and Pele’s first name
(6 letters)

3) Mourinho makes this sleepy Portuguese hometown of his swoon with pride
(7 letters)

4) Scolari found refuge in this Ukrainian team after a Roman frostbite
(9 letters)

5) Oliver twists and turns between the goalposts for Germany. Can he do it? Yes, he…
(4 letters)

6) If Rooney comes in, and Torres and Lukaku stay, this guy could be in trouble
(5,2 letters)

7) Newcastle, Leeds and the red half of Manchester are all this
(6 letters)

11) Close cropped Moroccan dude brings it on for Queens Park Rangers
(7 letters)

12) Former UN Secretary General who said he “envied” FIFA
(4,5 letters)

26) He isn’t going to “Leiva” Liverpool anytime soon
(5 letters)

17) Former Portuguese star turned Director of Football at Benfica
(3,5 letters)

19) Brazil’s second highest scorer in 2002 World Cup, he leaves his “rivals” in the dust
(7 letters)

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