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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.

Dr Evil, Planet Zorb – 3 April 2014

What significant goal did Moritz Voltz score?

The Gaffer says:

Moritz Volz was the rather unlikely scorer of the Premier League's 15,000th goal when he netted for Fulham against Chelsea in December 2006. Other Prem goalscoring landmarks are as follows: 1000th - Mike Newell (Blackburn v Forest, April 1993), 2000th - Mick Quinn (Coventry v Man City, Feb 1994), 5000th - Chris Sutton and Andy Townsend jointly (Blackburn v Leicester and Aston Villa v Southampton, December 1996), 10,000th - Les Ferdinand (Tottenham v Fulham, December 2001) and 20,000th - Marc Albrighton (Aston Villa v Arsenal, December 2011).

Sam, Suffolk – 31 March 2014

Can you name the player (outfielder) who has played the most Premier League games without scoring?

The Gaffer says:

Kenny Cunningham PA

That particular 'accolade' belongs to Kenny Cunningham, whose personal goal record during his 10-year Premier League career is completely blank. In all he played 335 top-flight matches (starting 334 of them, and coming off the bench just once) for Wimbledon and Birmingham without ever hitting the net. He did score just one goal as a professional - it was for Millwall in Division One (i.e. second tier) in a 2-2 draw away to Portsmouth on 2 April 1994.

Colin Robson, Middlesbrough – 7 March 2014

How many players with the letter x in their surname have full caps for England?

The Gaffer says:

Bit of a 'pub classic' this one, so it's certainly worth repeating - Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Graham Rix, Lee Dixon, Kerry Dixon, Graeme le Saux, Jason Wilcox, Mike Duxbury, Jack Cox, Ronnie Dix, John Dixon, Albert Quixhall, Freddie Fox and George Molyneux.

Steve Brown, Borneo – 30 May 2014

Which player has played for 4 clubs who have all won the European Cup, but the teams never won their domestic league nor the European Cup whilst he played for them?

The Gaffer says:

Dean Saunders PA

An oldie, but most definitely a goldie! The answer to this classic pub question is Dean Saunders. He's played for ex-European Cup winners Liverpool, Nottingham Forest, Aston Villa and Benfica, but never come remotely close to winning it himself. Edit (1): Johnny in York has got in touch with an adendum to this answer: "Gaffer - Pierre Van Hooijdonk! Celtic, Forest, Benfica and Feyernoord." He's right, y'know. Edit (2): Murray in Belfast has also got in touch to throw Robbie Keane into the mix. He's right too! Keane's relevant clubs are Inter Milan, Liverpool, Celtic and Aston Villa. Edit (3): And another! Conor from Dubai is correct with his assumption of Tony Cascarino, who turned out for Aston Villa, Celtic, Chelsea and Marseille.

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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