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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.

Rich and Jon, Sunderland – 10 December 2013

Which player has played in the Old Firm derby, Manchester derby and Merseyside derby?

The Gaffer says:

There are actually three - Andrei Kanchelskis (who is the only player to have scored in all of them), Michael Ball and Craig Bellamy.

Patrick Bescoby, Cheshire – 26 September 2013

There are four players who have played in all four divisions of the English football league, name them.

The Gaffer says:

You need to add on a couple of zeroes because there have been hundreds of players who have appeared in all four divisions. Regular readers will know of two players who managed to do it in the same season - Eric Nixon and Tony Cottee.

Chris, Copenhagen – 27 August 2013

Which player has appeared in the first team of Liverpool, Everton, Man Utd and Man City?

The Gaffer says:

Beardsley PA

Old one! Peter Beardsley started his career at Manchester Utd, making just one League Cup appearance before representing Liverpool and Everton with distinction in the 1980s and 90s. He played six games on loan for Man City in the 1997-98 season.

Popodom, Chesterfield – 6 August 2013

Which goalkeeper has played in all four English leagues in the same season?

The Gaffer says:

Bit of an old chestnut this. Eric Nixon achieved the feat in the 1986-87 season when Manchester City loaned him to Southampton, Bradford, Carlisle and Wolves.

Chum, London – 13 April 2011

Which was the last team to win the FA Cup with an all-English side?

The Gaffer says:

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.

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