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Mastermind Club

Quiz 2020

No 26



Set by Mel Kinsey


1/ In volleyball, what name is given to the position introduced in 1998? Usually the most skilled defensive player in the team, he / she wears a contrasting jersey color from the rest of the team, and cannot block or attack the ball when it is above net height.  


2/  Amr Shabana, Ramy Ashour. Nick Matthew and Gregory Gaultier have all won the world championships in which sport?    


3/ In the annual cycling competition the Tour de France, what distinction is held by the rider who wears the special polka dot jersey? 

The leader in the mountains stages of the competition

(Known as "The King of the Mountains")

4/ Inspired by the legendary Michael Jordan, the Chicago Bulls achieved a historic two 'three-peats' of NBA titles between 1991-93 and 1996-98. During the two years in between (1994-1995), i.e. Jordan's first retirement, which team won back-to-back NBA titles, led by stars such as Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler? 
Houston Rockets

5/ The athlete Mo Farah, who won the 5000m and moom gold medals representing Great Britain at the 2012 Summer Olympics, was born in 1983 in which country?


6/  Under International Skating Union (ISU) rules, there are six kinds of jumps. Three are toe jumps (the toe loop, flip and Lutz), and three are edge jumps (the Salchow, loop and ______ )? Named after a Norwegian skater who first performed it in 1882, it is considered the most difficult due to an extra half rotation.  

The Axel jump

7/ An interesting coincidence in the late 1980s saw the Italian Serie A rivals AC Milan and Inter Milan each signing three football stars from different countries. AC Milan had the Dutchmen Frank Rijkaard, Ruud Gullit and Marco van Basten, while Inter brought in the Germans Lothar Matthaus, Jurgen Klinsmann and this left-back, who scored West Germany's winning penalty kick in the 1990 World Cup Finals against Argentina. Who is he?  

Andreas Brehme

8/  In Rugby Union, what common name is given to the positions 1 and 3  in the scrum ?

The Props (Loose and Tight Head)

9/ Which country, which first participated in the Olympics in 1936, has to date won a total of ten medals, all of them in the Winter Olympics, and all of them in a single event - alpine skiing?   


10/  The national football team of which African country is known by the nickname `Sparowhawks'? In 2010, their team bus was ambushed and attacked by gunmen in Angola, resulting in the deaths of three non-playing staff.


10/  Featuring the Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor and including other such as George Martin, Jim Burt and Carl Banks, the defensive line-up of which NFL team of the '8os is known as the 'Big Blue Wrecking Crew'? Considered one of the greatest NFL defenses of all time, they won the Super Bowl twice - in 1986 and 1990.

New York Giants
11/ Named after one of its most successful football managers, the Ernst Happel Stadion is the largest stadium in the country and the home-ground of the national football team. In which city is it located? 


12/ Its name deriving from the French for 'old shoe', which martial art form that combines the use of hands and feet as weapons is one of the few styles in which the fighters usually wear shoes? 


13/ Between 2008 to 2015, Jurgen Klopp was the manager of which German team before becoming Liverpool's manager in October 2015?   
Borussia Dortmund

14/ The most-capped player in the history of the Czech national team (as of Feb 2017), which goalkeeper sustained a serious skull fracture while he was playing for his club Chelsea in 2006? Since then, he wore a protective headgear during matches even after his injuries had healed.  

Petr Cech

15/ Which is the only Swedish club to have won a UEFA-governed competition, winning the UEFA Cup in 1982 and 1987.

IFK Gothenburg
16/  Winning the 2016 year-end tennis WTA Finals in Singapore, what is the nationality of former world No. 4 Dominika Cibulkova?


17/  Which country did Portugal defeat in the final of the 2016 football UEFA European Championships to lift the title for the first time? 


18/ Michael Phelps holds the record for having won the most number of medals at the Summer Olympics (28). Which former gymnast comes second with 18 medals, which she won from 1952-1964 (including nine gold medals)?

Larissa Latynina

19/ After which fleet-footed antelope is the South African men's international rugby union team named?

20/ Nicknamed the 'Beast of Belarus' for his 1.96m height and ferocious serve-and-volley game, which professional tennis player became a specialized doubles player in 2003, winning ten Grand Slam titles in both men's doubles and mixed doubles?

Max Mirnyi

21/ Deriving from the Sanskrit word for 'wheel', what name is given to the time-periods (usually around 7 minutes long) that a game of polo is divided into?

22/  Of the three weapons used in modern fencing, which one differs from the other two in that points can be scored with the edge of the blade rather than just the tips? This results usually in very fast movements and attacks.

23/ In the acronym NASCAR, referring to the American auto-racing sports franchise, what does the letter 'S' stand for? 

Stock (National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing)
24/ Which team, which plays in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference, holds the record of most Stanley Cup wins (24) of all the NHL teams? Some of their greatest players include the goalkeeper Jacques Plante, the center Jean Beliveau and the right-wing Maurice Richard.

Montreal Canadiens
25/ Managed by Claudio Ranieri and based at the King Power Stadium, which English Premier League football team were the shock winners of the league title in the 2015/16 season?

Leicester City

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