Football Crossword

 

Across

2) This Luiz is the only Spanish player to have won the Ballon d’Or.

(6 letters)

5) The first-ever goal in this stadium was scored by a Spanish footballer, after whom an award was named. The highest goal-scorer receives this award in La Liga till this day.

(3, 5 letters)

9) This former Argentine player once ran 100 metres in under 11 seconds. Started his career with River Plate, he also played for Verona and Atalanta. However, he had his most productive years when he signed for River rivals, Boca Juniors and played with Maradona.

(8 letters)

12) This Zidane led Algeria to a famous victory over West Germany in the 1982 World Cup in Spain. Was an inspiration to Zizou during his formative years.

(6 letters)

13) West Germany players were injected with this drug before they defeated Hungary to win the 1954 World Cup final.

(8 letters)

14) This famous stadium hosts the Uruguayan Clásico.

(10 letters)

15) This former Milan player scored the first goal in a famous 5-0 thrashing of Real Madrid in European Cup 1988-89.

(9 letters)

17) If you kick a ball too strongly while playing here, it will in all possibility land straight in the Atlantic. The nation famous for fishing and not football.

(5, 7 letters)

18) This German legend had an unusual method for maintaining his health. He used to draw blood from his arm and then inject it in his butt.

(11 letters)

 

Down

1) This German player stopped Argentina with the help of a scrap of paper he pulled out from his shin-pads.

(7 letters)

2) This famous players once said “No Bulgarian will ever match my achievements“.

(9 letters)

3) This method of tie breaker was introduced in 1970. Before this, a coin toss was used to settle a match.

(9 letters)

4) This Liverpool ‘King’ was once given a ride to his hostel by Bill Shankly when he came for trial as a 15-year-old.

(8 letters)

6) This city has the world’s oldest bank which introduced the concept of credit and also the word ‘bankruptcy’. The club from this town was relegated to Serie B last season.

(5 letters)

7) This Brazilian legend won the World Cup four times – twice as a player, once as manager and once as assistant coach.

(7 letters)

8) This Roma legend replied “I’m sorry, I don’t speak English” when a journalist told him “Carpe Diem

(5 letters)

10) Ian Wright once said “If he were in ‘Star Trek’, he’d be the best player in whatever solar system he was in” about this Dutch maestro.

(8 letters)

11) This Sunderland goalkeeper died after a match against Chelsea in which he was brutally kicked and had his ribs broken. FA rules did not allow a substitute and hence he was not replaced. The year was 1936.

(5, 6 letters)

12) A central midfielder by nature, he was the best player for Brazil in the 1958 World Cup.

(4 letters)

16) The first football club in Brazil to feature black players.

(5 letters)

 

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