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What's Lewandowski's goal celebration all about - pointing to the sky?
Robert Lewandowski points towards the skies in memory of his father, who died when Borussia Dortmund's much sought-after striker, left, was aged 16. "The memory of my father still drives me on. When I do extra training, I tell myself: 'I am doing this for him' and that is good motivation," he says. "My father was not there to see my first professional game and when I score an important goal I dedicate it to him." Lewandowski's father was a Polish judo champion and second division footballer; his mother was a top-flight volleyball player, and his sister has represented Poland at under-21 level in volleyball.
With Bayern v Dortmund in the Champions League final, what are their records against each other in the Bundesliga and in Europe if they have met before?
The two teams have met twice in the Champions League, in 1997-98. They drew 0-0 in Munich on 4 March 1998, and Borussia Dortmund won 1-0 at home two weeks later. As far as the Bundesliga is concerned, Bayern Munich have the edge: won 38, drawn 28, lost 22 against their rivals.
Just wonderin' Gaff, how do player wages in the Bundesliga compare with wages in the Premier League?
A timely question, Michael, and one which allows me to get on a hobby horse of mine. The fundamental financial figures say it all: last season Premier League clubs spent 67% of their income on players' wages, compared with a mere 38% in the Bundesliga. And how about this: Champions League finalists Borussia Dortmund's wage bill for 2011-12 was £68m, a whopping £134m less than Manchester City's. The Premier League may or may not be the best league in the world, but to my mind it's the most bloated, not least in the wages some clubs pay and in the prices fans have to fork out for tickets.
My mate says that Des Walker scored in the Premiership against Sheffield Wednesday. Is he right?
No he's not. Walker's only league goal came in the season before the Premier League began, against Luton at the City Ground on 1 January 1992. The relegation-haunted Hatters thought they had bagged their first away win of the 1991-92 season courtesy of Mark Pembridge's first-minute goal. But then a footballing miracle happened. Deep into stoppage time, Walker made one of his rare career forays into opposition territory and slotted the ball past keeper Steve Sutton. Forest fans cheered in disbelief; Luton went on to be relegated from the First Division even though they finished the season with 42 points.
How many players of different nationality featured for Man Utd this season? Thanks Gaff.
Players of 14 different nationalities played in the Premier League for Manchester United in the 2012-13 season, assuming that you view Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as different nations. The 14 are Spain (one player), Brazil two, Ecuador one, France one, Denmark one, Mexico one, Serbia one, Portugal one, Holland two, Japan one, Wales one, Scotland one, Northern Ireland one, England 10.
In the light of Jermaine Pennant's potential jail time can you name a jailbird XI (players who've spent time in prison)? I've currently thought of Lee Hughes, Ched Evans and Marlon King...
Fabulous question! The man you're looking for is Les Sealey. He featured regularly in his first spell at Old Trafford, including a 1991 League Cup final defeat to Sheffield Wednesday and the 1991 Cup Winners' Cup final victory against Barcelona. He was then transferred to Aston Villa before returning to Manchester United on a free transfer as understudy to Peter Schmeichel (thanks to Fred the Red and Woody in Swindon for pointing out that Sealey and Mark Bosnich are the only players Sir Alex Ferguson has ever re-signed). In his second spell, Sealey played only two games - coming on in an FA Cup quarter-final against Charlton after Schmeichel was sent off, and starting the 1994 League Cup final, which United lost 3-1 to Villa.
Name three post-war England players with 3 letter o in their surnames.
Superb question Kev - a cracking bit of trivia! The three men in question are Peter Osgood, Tony Woodcock and Ian Storey-Moore.
Who won league titles in three consecutive seasons with three different clubs?
Hail Eric Cantona, winner of titles with Marseille in 1991, with Leeds in 1992, and with Manchester United in 1993. In all, the flamboyant Frenchman won seven league championship medals, four of them with United. Another, and less obvious, player to achieve the feat is Alexei Mikhailichenko, who won titles with Dynamo Kiev, Sampdoria and Rangers from 1990-92 (thanks Martin from Doncaster).
Who are 9 players who have played for two of the Big Four (ManU, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal) plus a Spanish club??
This old chestnut eh? I get this one a lot and in previous years there were seven - Michael Owen, Lassana Diarra, Boudewijn Zenden, Mark Hughes, Nicolas Anelka, Emmanuel Petit and Jermaine Pennant. More recently we can of course add Fernando Torres and Yossi Benayoun to the list to make it nine.
Why do Boca Juniors wear a blue and yellow kit?
Until 1907 Boca Juniors wore white shirts with vertical dark blue or black stripes. However, rivals Club Boedo had the same colours so a game was played, with the losers having to change colours. Boca were beaten and after the match some of the players went down to the local harbour. They decided that they would choose the colours of the flag of the first ship to arrive in the harbour. The Swedish vessel Drottning Sophia duly arrived so Boca decided that the club should adopt the blue and yellow of the Swedish flag.
Which was the last team to win the FA Cup with an all-English side?
The 1975 West Ham team who beat Fulham 2-0 in the final. The line-up was: Mervyn Day, John McDowell, Frank Lampard, Billy Bonds (c), Tommy Taylor, Kevin Lock, Billy Jennings, Graham Paddon, Alan Taylor, Trevor Brooking, Pat Holland.
Which players have won the Premier League, that are the only players from their country to do so. Eg Dwight Yorke with Man Utd who comes from Trinidad & Tobago.
This is one of my 'classic questions', so apologies to long-term readers who may have seen it on the old site or on Orange World. Here's the full list: Alex Manninger (Austria), Dimitar Berbatov (Bulgaria), Peter Schmeichel (Denmark), Michael Essien (Ghana), Eidur Gudjohnsen (Iceland), Park Ji-Sung (Korea), Christopher Wreh (Liberia), Tomasz Kuszczak (Poland), Dwight Yorke (Trinidad and Tobago), Oleg Luzhny (Ukraine), Diego Forlan (Uruguay). N.B. Quinton Fortune (South Africa) didn't play enough games in one season to win a title while at Manchester United.
Who played in the Premiership and was also on the plane of the Munich air crash but obviously survived?
A horrible urban myth this one. The answer is supposedly the unborn John Lukic in his mother's womb, but it's untrue. Lukic was born in December 1960, nearly three years after the tragedy - that's one long pregnancy! There was at least a passenger called Lukic on the flight, which is where the myth stems from.
Which Football League team is closest to the River Mersey?
Stockport County's Edgeley Park. The River Mersey starts where the River Goyt and River Tame - which run off the Derbyshire hills - meet under the MerseyWay Shopping Centre in the centre of Stockport.
What's the only team in Britain with a J in its name?
Of note? St Johnstone.