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Antoine Failfordinho, Sao Paolo – 18 September 2014

Has there been more Argentinian Champion's League winners than Brazillian winners? I hope it's a big fat no Gaff!

The Gaffer says:

Junior PA

Well it is a big fat no, Antoine. 34 Brazilians can proudly claim to own a Champions League winners medal, compared to just 13 Argentinians. The Brazilians are (deep breath): Roberto Carlos, Savio Bortolini, Ze Roberto, Julio Cesar (CB), Giovane Elber, Paulo Sergio, Flavio Conceicao, Rivaldo, Serginho, Roque Junior, Dida, Carlos Alberto, Derlei, Sylvinho, Ronaldinho, Edmilson, Juliano Belletti, Ricardo Oliveira, Cafu, Kaka, Anderson, Daniel Alves, Julio Cesar (GK), Maicon, Lucio, Adriano, Maxwell, Ramires, David Luiz, Rafinha, Luiz Gustavo, Dante, Marcelo Vieira and Casemiro. Fernando Redondo, Albano Bizarri, Santiago Solari, Maxi Lopez, Lionel Messi, Carlos Tevez, Gabriel Milito, Diego Milito, Walter Samuel, Javier Zanetti, Esteban Cambiasso, Javier Mascherano and Angel di Maria are part of the elite Argentine club.

Hamish Auckenleckski, Belarus – 18 September 2014

hey Gaffer, hope you are well. What is the closest my adopted nation, Belarus, have got to qualifying for a major tournament?

The Gaffer says:

The closest they have ever come was qualifying for the 2002 World Cup in South Korea and Japan. Well, the play-offs anyway! They finished third in their qualifying group, just three points away from overhauling Ukraine from second spot. They've not had a great time trying to qualify for the European Championships. Their best campaign was for the 2012 tournament, finishing fourth in the qualifying table but still seven points away from challenging for the play-off spot. Belarus began qualifying for Euro 2016 with a 1-1 draw against Luxembourg.

Rob James, Durham – 18 September 2014

Who are the Englishmen who have lifted the European cup / Champions League as winning captains? I think there are 7 in total.

The Gaffer says:

Spot on, Rob. The seven are: Bobby Charlton (Man United, 1968), Emlyn Hughes (Liverpool, 1977 and 1978), Phil Thompson (Liverpool, 1981), Dennis Mortimer (Aston Villa, 1982), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool, 2005), Rio Ferdinand (Man United, 2008) and Frank Lampard (Chelsea, 2012).

Fabio di Drongan, Millport – 15 September 2014

Hi Gaffer. Who has most Champions League semi-finalists between English, Epanish, German and Italian teams? Graci.

The Gaffer says:

Spain lead the way with 24 semi-finalists in the Champions League era (Barcelona 10, Real Madrid 9, Valencia 2, Atletico Madrid 1, Deportivo La Coruna 1, Villarreal 1). Then come England with 20 (Chelsea 7, Manchester United 7, Liverpool 3, Arsenal 2, Leeds 1), Italy with 14 (AC Milan 7, Juventus 5, Inter 2) and Germany with 13 (Bayern Munich 8, Borussia Dortmund 3, Bayer Leverkusen 1, Schalke 1).

Jake, Blackpool – 11 September 2014

How far away is Ronaldo away from becoming Real Madrid's all-time top scorer?

The Gaffer says:

Cristiano Ronaldo sits fourth in Real Madrid's all-time top scorer list, but he is only 69 goals away from overtaking Raul's total of 323 goals from 741 games in a 16 year span. Ronaldo has 255 goals to his name in just 250 games and has only been there since 2009, so it's only a matter of time before CR7 is crowned the king of Real Madrid.

Ali Stirling, Prestwick – 4 September 2014

With Rolando Aarons scoring a goal at the weekend, making him top alphabetically of Premier League scorers, can you tell me gaff, who is bottom of this list? My mate Iain says it must be Zola but I'm sure you can prove him wrong?

The Gaffer says:

I certainly can, Ali! Firstly, you're right that Rolando Aarons' recent goal for Newcastle against Crystal Palace does indeed make him the top all-time Premier League goalscorer if you arrange them all in alphabetical order (taking over from previous incumbent Gary Ablett). Your mate is wrong about Gianfranco Zola being last alphabetically though. It's former Coventry forward Ysrael Zuniga, who scored three goals in his two seasons at Highfield Road between 1999 and 2001. Elsad Zverotic is the last on the list of all-time Premier League appearances, but he didn't score a goal in his six games for Fulham last season (2013/14).

Jonathan, Cornwall – 6 August 2014

Gaffer, here's a very interesting one for you - which of the 92 English League clubs broke their transfer record the longest time ago?

The Gaffer says:

Buckley PA

Love the question, Jonathan! After scanning through the record books of all 92 clubs, the longest-standing transfer record belongs to Walsall who paid Birmingham City 175,000 to re-sign Alan Buckley as player-manager in June 1979. It was Buckley's second spell as a player at the club and the transfer sum remains a Saddlers record. He's also their all-time leading scorer with over 200 goals.

Steve, Wiral – 30 July 2014

Hello Gaffa. Here`s one for you. Which was the last club to win the FA Cup, knocking out a previous winner of the trophy in every round?

The Gaffer says:

Good one! It was actually Arsenal in 1978/79. They beat Sheffield Wednesday (winners in 1896) in round three, Notts County (1894) in round four, Nottingham Forest (1898) in the fifth round, Southampton (1976) in the quarter-finals, Wolves (1893) in the semis and Manchester United (1909) in the final. Arsenal almost repeated the feat last season, playing previous winners Spurs, Coventry, Liverpool, Everton and Wigan, but their win in the final was against first-time finalists Hull City.

Thomas, Derby – 30 July 2014

Hi Gaffer, who is the longest serving international manager ever, either still managing them now or in the past?

The Gaffer says:

Josef Herberger PA

The legendary Bora Milutinovic holds the world record for taking charge of most international matches as a coach. The exact figure differs slightly depending on the source, but he has at least 287 games under his belt with Mexico, Costa Rica, USA, Nigeria, China, Honduras, Jamaica and Iraq. He is Yugoslav-born, married to a Mexican, lives in Qatar and retired in 2009. If, however, you're asking me who is the longest serving international manager in one job, the answer is Josef "Sepp"Herberger (pictured). He was coach of Germany/West Germany from 1936-1964, spanning 167 games, four World Cups and even an eight-year break during and after World War II!

Paul Debman, Ipswich – 29 July 2014

How many players have played for more than one country at the World Cup finals?

The Gaffer says:

Prosinecki PA

Seven. Luis Monti and Attilio Demaria (both Argentina 1930 and Italy 1934), Ferenc Puskas (Hungary 1954 and Spain 1962), Jose Santamaria (Uruguay 1954 and Spain 1962), Mazzola (Brazil 1958, Italy 1962 when known as Jose Altafini), Robert Prosinecki and Robert Jarni (both for Yugoslavia in 1990 and for Croatia in 1998 and 2002). Monti is the only player to appear in two finals for different nations, while Prosinecki (pictured) is the only one to score for two separate teams.

Wally Thomson, Norwich – 9 June 2014

Who is the youngest player ever to play at a World Cup?

The Gaffer says:

An old one but as it's that time of the year... Norman Whiteside, aged 17 years and 41 days, for Northern Ireland against Yugoslavia in 1982. Pele is the youngest to play in the final. He was 17 years and 249 days old when he scored twice in Brazil 5-2 victory against Sweden in 1958.

Frederick Gillespie, Nottingham – 15 May 2014

Gaffer, my wife informs me that this season has seen a record number of managers leaving their posts in the Premiership? when was the previous record set and what was it?

The Gaffer says:

I wish my wife casually dished out football trivia over the dinner table! She's spot on. There were 10 managerial departures during the 2013/14 Premier League season, and 12 if you count Tim Sherwood and Pepe Mel, who technically left after the season had ended. The previous record was in 2008/09, when there were nine, but again 12 if you count the proceeding summer. They were, in chronological order, Alan Curbishley (resigned at West Ham), Kevin Keegan (quit Newcastle), Juande Ramos (sacked by Spurs), Harry Redknapp (left Portsmouth for Spurs), Roy Keane (resigned from Sunderland), Paul Ince (sacked by Blackburn), Tony Adams (sacked by Portsmouth), Luiz Felipe Scolari (sacked by Chelsea) and Joe Kinnear (stepped down at Newcastle). Then after the season had finished Guus Hiddink left as interim manager of Chelsea, Ricky Sbragia resigned at Sunderland and Steve Bruce left Wigan to replace him on Wearside.

Richard, St Helens – 15 May 2014

Which nine players have scored for six different Premier League clubs

The Gaffer says:

Bellamy PA

Craig Bellamy has now scored for seven different Prem clubs, making him the sole the record holder. He's netted for Coventry, Newcastle, Blackburn, Liverpool, West Ham, Man City and Cardiff. The others are: Andrew Cole (Newcastle, Man Utd, Blackburn, Fulham, Man City and Portsmouth), Les Ferdinand (QPR, Newcastle, Tottenham West Ham, Leicester, Bolton), Robbie Keane (Coventry, Leeds, Tottenham, Liverpool, West Ham and Aston Villa), Nicolas Anelka (Arsenal, Liverpool, Man City, Bolton, Chelsea and West Brom), Darren Bent (Ipswich, Charlton, Tottenham, Sunderland, Aston Villa and Fulham), Marcus Bent (Crystal Palace, Ipswich, Leicester, Everton, Charlton and Wigan), Peter Crouch (Aston Villa, Southampton, Liverpool, Portsmouth, Tottenham and Stoke) and Nick Barmby (Tottenham, Middlesbrough, Everton, Leeds, Liverpool and Hull).

David Forster, Co.Durham – 23 April 2014

Hi Gaffer, There is one team in the United Kingdom with a letter in there name that no other club has, what is the letter and who is ths team?

The Gaffer says:

I'm feeling in a good mood this afternoon so I'll indulge you this one old chestnut! It's St Johnstone; the only league team in Great Britain with a J in their name.

Rob H, Norwich – 14 April 2014

There is only 1 team in the football league without any of the letters from the word mackeral in its full name, which team isit??

The Gaffer says:

You can't claim to know anything about football trivia until you know the answer to this pub classic. It's your 'starter for ten', your passcode at the front door of Gaffer Towers. It's Swindon Town.

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