Football quiz: sliding doors moments

How well can you recall these events that nearly happened?

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Who turned down the chance to manage Birmingham City a year after winning the World Cup?

Vicente del Bosque

Marcelo Lippi

Luiz Felipe Scolari

Aime Jacquet

Chelsea accepted a £750,000 bid for John Terry in 2000 from which club, only for the player to turn down the move?


Nottingham Forest

Preston North End

Peterborough United

Who initially won the bid to host the 1986 World Cup?





And who were runners-up in the voting to host the World Cups in 1990, 1994 and 2010 (and again for 2026)?





Who turned down the chance to manage Arsenal in 1986?

Terry Venables

Roy Hodgson

Arsène Wenger

Sir Alex Ferguson

On the final day of the 1986-87 season Torquay were seconds away from becoming the first team to be relegated out of the Football League. Who was their unlikely hero?

Bryn the dog

Martin the fox

Clive the seagull

Bob the cat

As a child, Franz Beckenbauer’s dream was to join 1860 Munich. What changed his mind?

His dog was run over by an 1860 fan

An 1860 player slapped him in an under-14s game

The 1860 under-15 coach wanted to play him in goal

He had his heart broken by an 1860-supporting girl when he was in his teens

In 2012 Chelsea made a bid to redevelop which London landmark in order to build their new stadium?

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Millennium Dome

Kew Gardens

Battersea Power Station

The Oval

West Germany’s Andreas Brehme scored the only goal of the 1990 World Cup final with an 85th-minute penalty. Why didn’t designated taker Lothar Matthäus step up to the spot?

He had tweaked his hamstring

He was wearing new boots

He was too tired

He had lost confidence after missing his last three spot-kicks

Which club had the chance (and a deal in place) to sign Diego Maradona before opting against the transfer?

Sheffield Wednesday

Leeds United

Sheffield United


9 and above.

You hero.

10 and above.

You hero.

8 and above.

You hero.

7 and above.

You hero.

6 and above.

A superb score. Well played

5 and above.

A fine score. Well played

4 and above.

Ah well. Stay safe.

3 and above.

Ah well. Stay safe.

2 and above.

Ah well. Stay safe.

0 and above.

Ah well. Stay safe.

1 and above.

Ah well. Stay safe.

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