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The Professor’s World Cup XI: Take on our Opening Games Quiz

| 12.06.2014

Brazil head into their World Cup opener with Croatia as favourites for victory – but how much do you know about curtain-raisers at the FIFA tournament?


Take on the Professor with a new daily quiz that’s just for fun!


1. Who scored for Senegal against France at the 2002 World Cup?


2. Which former Manchester City and Derby County star played in the opening game of the 2006 World Cup?


3. Name the last South American team to suffer defeat in a World Cup opener?


4. In what year did Italy last feature in the first game of a World Cup?


5. Two future Premier League stars, with the same surname, came face to face in the opening game in 2002 –  can you name them?


6. Brazil beat Scotland 2-1 in the first game at France 98, with the winner coming courtesy of an own goal – who was credited with the strike?


7. And which ex-Monaco and Fulham star scored Scotland’s goal?


8. Which two former Tottenham players featured for South Africa in their 2010 curtain-raiser against Mexico?


9. Which World Cup-winning manager was in charge of the Bafana Bafana at the time?


10. Who is the only player to have been a goalscorer and a manager for the same national team in separate opening games of a World Cup?


11. Who is this man?


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Jack Beresford

Jack Beresford is a content writer with over five years of experience in writing about sport and betting, including a two-year spell with Axonn Media. Contributes articles to HereIsTheCity and Lad Bible, while previous credits include Bwin, FTB Pro, Bleacher Report and the QBE rugby. Avid follower of tennis, rugby union, motorsport and football, Jack also writes about poker for Cardspiel.com alongside Guardian journalist Dominic Wells.