Guess the World Cup finalist from their transfer history

by Dan Mobbs

Only 12 nations have reached the pinnacle of football and graced the 20 finals of the World Cup since Uruguay won the inaugural competition on home soil in 1930.

That select band of players have written themselves into the annals of history, while the famous faces that have lit up the final game of each tournament have been etched across the minds of fans worldwide.

However, when all that’s left is their transfer history, these idols of world football can at times blend in behind a career which is on paper a little unexpected, confusing, or even surprisingly simple. What World Cup winner had a spell at St Andrews? Who had four spells at Vasco de Gama? And which finalist now plies their trade in the Indian Premier League?

There’s no prize for winning, but if you don’t answer them all correctly you will be forced to soberly watch Pudsey: The Movie in a private screening with David Walliams.

Good luck.


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1. Santos » New York Cosmos


2. Arsenal » Barcelona » Chelsea


3. Cannes » Bordeaux » Juventus » Real Madrid


4. Nantes » Marseille » Bordeaux (loan) » Juventus » Chelsea » Valencia


5. River Plate » Corinthians » West Ham United » Liverpool » Barcelona


6. Leeds United


7. Manchester United » Zaragoza (loan) » Barcelona


8. Argentinos Juniors » Boca Juniors » Barcelona » Napoli » Sevilla » Newell’s Old Boys » Boca Juniors


9. FC 08 Homburg II » FC 08 Homburg » 1. FC Kaiserslautern II » 1. FC Kaiserslautern » Werder Bremen » Bayern Munich » Lazio


10. Vasco da Gama » PSV » Barcelona » Flamengo » Valencia » Flamengo » Vasco da Gama » Fluminense » Al-Sadd (loan) » Vasco da Gama » Miami FC » Adelaide United » Vasco da Gama


11. Platense » Monaco » Juventus » Hercules » Banivas » River Plate » Newell’s Old Boys (loan) » FC Pune City


12. West Ham United » Fulham »San Antonio Thunder » Seattle Sounder » Herning Fremad


13. Borussia Monchengladbach » Bayern Munich » Internazionale » Bayern Munich » MetroStars


14. Sao Paulo » Real Zaragoza » Juventude » Palmeiras » Roma » Milan


15. Bayern Munich » Milan » Middlesbrough » Liverpool » Tottenham Hotspur » Borussia Monchengladbach


16. Manchester United » Middlesbrough » Preston North End


17. Stuttgarter Kickers » VfB Stuttgart » Internazionale » Monaco » Tottenham Hotspur » Bayern Munich » Sampdoria » Tottenham Hotspur


18. Sporting Gijon B » Sporting Gijon » Zaragoza » Valencia » Barcelona » Atletico Madrid » New York City » Melbourne City (loan)


19. Vicenza » Fiorentina » Juventus » Milan » Bologna » Internazionale » Brescia


20. Gremio » Paris Saint-Germain » Barcelona » Milan » Flamengo » Atletico Mineiro


21. West Ham United » Stoke City » Cape Town City (loan) » West Bromwich Albion » Cork Celtic » Seattle Sounders


22. Independiente » Atletico Madrid » Manchester City


23. Ajax » Atletico Madrid » Everton » Fulham » Hertha BSC


24. Uniao Sao Joao » Palmeiras » Internazionale » Real Madrid » Fenerbahce » Corinthians » Anzhi Makhachkala


25. Bayern Munich » Newcastle United » Liverpool » Bolton Wanderers » Manchester City » Milton Keynes Dons


26. Bayern Munich » New York Cosmos » Hamburger SV » New York Cosmos


27. Hertha BSC II » Hertha BSC » Hamburger SV » Manchester City » Bayern Munich


28. Feyenoord » RKC Waalwijk » Rangers » Arsenal » Barcelona » Feyenoord


29. Cruzeiro » PSV » Barcelona » Internazionale » Real Madrid » Milan » Corinthians


30. Brescia » Internazionale » Reggina (loan) » Brescia (loan) » Milan » Juventus


31. Ajax » Barcelona » Los Angeles Aztecs » Washington Diplomats » Levante » Ajax » Feyenoord


32. Bayern Munich II » Bayern Munich » Bayer Leverkusen (loan) » Real Madrid


33. Ajax » Hamburger SV » Real Madrid » Tottenham Hotspur » Hamburger SV


34. Grenoble » Strasbourg » Monaco » Paris Saint-Germain » Internazionale » 1 FC Kaiserslautern » Bolton Wanderers » Blackburn Rovers » New York Red Bulls


35. Monaco » Arsenal » Barcelona » Chelsea


36. 1861 Nordlingen » Bayern Munich » Fort Lauderdale Strikers


37. Toulouse » Marseille » Monaco » Manchester United » Marseille » Nantes


38. Feyenoord » Arsenal » Manchester United


39. Bordeaux » Milan » Barcelona » Marseille » Bordeaux » Birmingham City


40. Napoli » Parma » Internazionale » Juventus » Real Madrid » Juventus » Al-Ahli


41. Bayern Munich » Real Madrid » Eintracht Braunschweig » Bayern Munich


42. Parma » Juventus


43. San Lorenzo » Espanyol » Manchester City


44. Roma


45. Kickers Offenbach » 1860 Munich » Werder Bremen » Roma » Marseille » Bayer Leverkusen


46. River Plate » Real Madrid » Napoli


47. Instituto de Cordoba » Belgrano » Huracan » Tottenham Hotspur » Paris Saint-Germain (loan) » St George Saints (loan) » Blackburn Rovers » Queens Park Rangers » Fort Lauderdale Strikers » Swindon Town


48. Calcio Padova » Juventus » Sydney FC


49. Cannes » Milan » Arsenal » Juventus » Internazionale » Manchester City


50. Monaco » Juventus » Arsenal » Barcelona » New York Red Bulls » Arsenal (loan)

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Dan 1 August 2014 at 12:48pm

Test.

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elvis presleys jumpsuit 4 August 2014 at 4:59pm

After a year of withdrawal symptoms,
thanks for another enjoyable quiz.
PS I hope we don’t have to wait another year

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ntrav99 7 August 2014 at 3:34pm

Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrgh!! I give up! 48!

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gooner49 9 August 2014 at 7:14am

Exhausting

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Pete 10 August 2014 at 5:18pm

Done!

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Andrew RFC 11 August 2014 at 4:59pm

Another great quiz at last

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Scotwriter 12 August 2014 at 11:01pm

Woohoo!

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Skoro 10 September 2014 at 9:53pm

Amazing quiz!!!

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Al 6 October 2014 at 1:48pm

Great fun, thanks. I confess: only got 22 before having to research. The ones I got easily were the older World Cup Stars, probably as a result of all those sticker-albums as a kid!

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Admir 18 June 2017 at 4:36pm

44.

Damn.

Excellent quiz!

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Stef 18 June 2017 at 8:45pm

What the Score?

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