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FIFA World Cup Top 4 Positions

Name the countries who came 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th in the Men's FIFA World Cup.
  • Some of these countries no longer exist
  • For the Summer and Winter Olympics versions.
  • Quiz by relessness - Mar 12, 2016
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level 71
May 26, 2012
OK, I know I messed up by trying Russia and not Soviet Union. But why in the world would I try England? UK didn't work so I moved on. England is not a country. Please explain!!
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level 47
May 27, 2012
Beacuse in football/soccer England, Scotland and Wales all have separate teams.
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level 46
Jun 11, 2012
and Northern Ireland
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level 67
Jul 16, 2014
Though maybe they would do better if they amalgamated!
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level 24
Nov 22, 2014
The only difference that would make is that Gareth Bale would be playing for the "UK National (But Not Really National) Team."
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level 60
Nov 6, 2016
Like the old Soviet hockey teams (and, presumably, other sports as well). Officially representing the entire USSR, but almost all the players were Russians.
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level 4
May 31, 2012
Of course it is a country. Are you for real??
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level 66
Apr 16, 2014
It's not a country, it is however one of the participants in the World cup.
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level 14
Jul 21, 2014
of course its a country????????????
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level 66
Mar 11, 2015
Well, no, it's not. It's a regional division of the UK, their equivalent of a US State or a German Bundesland. The fact that they happen to call it "country" is meaningless to the argument.
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level 60
Mar 24, 2016
Sovereignity is not necessery to be a country. So yes, a subdevision also can be a country, as long as it is a consistent entity on a certain level.
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level 66
Jun 10, 2016
Actually, yes, in any meaningful sense, sovereignty is necessary to constitute a country. Now, you are free to choose to call any part of your (actual) country "country". You can even call your backyard a "country" if you'd like. That doesn't mean that other people have to recognise it.
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level 60
Sep 24, 2016
Sorry, but that is just not true. What entity defines it that way? The popular definition is the Three-Element-Definition of Georg Jellinek, UN and USA follows it. There is no need to be recognised or sovereign to be a country, as long as it has Territory, legal population and legal government. England, Bavaria, Nevada have those. They're not sovereign though. You could call your backyard Country. You could also call your country Backyard. Doesn't matter. England is a country, but a country that transferred some of it's power to a higher legal entity. same goes with Germany (Bundesrepublik - Republic as an union of different countrys). I don't understand your resisten, though. There are no further implications of accepting, that not every country is a sovereign state.
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level 34
Oct 23, 2016
I think it's a difference in language. Where I am, it sounds wrong for England to be a country.
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level 17
Jun 8, 2012
what are you on about!???? that's abusing england
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level 18
Jan 19, 2013
thats why in the last world cup- the USA played 'England' not UK.
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level 33
Nov 1, 2013
and your a nob
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level 17
Jul 15, 2014
you're* noob*
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level 24
Nov 22, 2014
He meant to say nob...
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level 31
Mar 9, 2015
nob? man that's harsh
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level 21
Jul 23, 2017
maybe nub.....
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level 34
Jun 3, 2014
How can you not think england isnt a country? Of course it is!! the UK is a Sovereign state made up for 4 countries
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level 66
Mar 11, 2015
You can call your regions countries if you'd like, but that doesn't mean anyone has to recognise them as such. Guess what "Bundesland" means in German? It means "federal country", yet you see no Bavarians or people from Schlewsig-Holstein bitching around.
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level 55
May 26, 2015
Arron is absolutely right. The UK is a STATE, which is what misinformed people call a country. There are 196 states in the world. China, Russia, and USA are STATES. The UK is comprised of four countries, not states.
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level 66
Aug 18, 2015
The UK is a country, which is the equivalent of a sovereign state, that happens to call its regional divisions "countries". It's absolutely free to do so, just as the rest of the world is free to ignore their torturing their own language. By the way, by your logic, Germany is made up of 16 countries.
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level 22
May 19, 2017
dunking Gandalf, no Germany doesn't have 16 countries, its like St, Vincent and the grenadines, it has many countries but it is one sovereign state
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level 45
Jul 15, 2017
"How can you NOT think England isn't" = "How can you think England is" = "England is not"
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level 69
Jul 24, 2017
How can't anybody not think that England isn't not a non-country? I can never understand that. I mean that. Literally. I have no idea what I just typed.
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level 31
Jul 15, 2014
There are more teams recognized by FIFA that are not officially countries, many oversea territories also have their own team, like islands in the Caribbean, the Faroe islands and Gibraltar.
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level 61
Jun 8, 2015
England is not a country, it's part of the UK. Except in sports like the World Cup when it is a country. Except in the Olympic Games when it's part of Great Britian. Except in the Commonwealth Games when it IS a country again!
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level 66
Jun 10, 2016
You could go on like that: for instance, while in football, Northern Ireland and Ireland are two separate team, in rugby union, Ireland and Northern Ireland play together as "Ireland", which you could say makes them a country made up of a country and a part of another country.
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level 39
Apr 10, 2017
I agree with Larry, But if The UK was a sovreign state than there would be 199 Countries in the world.
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level 24
Apr 25, 2017
England is a country the UK are united countries(Scotland, England, Wales, Northern Ireland)
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level 39
Jun 13, 2017
Why are there only 196 countries in the world then?
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level 22
Jun 7, 2012
There is a problem in 1954: Uruguay finish 4th.
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level 27
Jun 8, 2012
ah, 1930. American soccer was all downhill from there.
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level 33
Jul 15, 2014
But it's on the rise!!!!!
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level 17
Jun 8, 2012
so, hungary came 2nd and 4th in 1954 did they?
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level 51
Apr 27, 2014
They had Puskás.
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level 51
Aug 31, 2014
Exactly.
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level 45
Jul 15, 2017
Quite the magic man this Puskás if he allowed Hungary to place both 2nd and 4th in 1954. The error has since been corrected.
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level 45
Jun 25, 2012
It is legitimately confusing that England, Scotland and Wales are countries but not sovereign states- I don't think anyone claiming "England is not a country" is having a go. I still don't know if Russia et al were considered countries during the time of the Soviet Union.
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level 42
Feb 28, 2014
The USSR maintained the political fiction that Belarus and Ukraine were both separate, associated states alongside the USSR and claimed seats at the UN for them. At the end of the war, the US and Britain let that slide. However, the USSR definitely stamped on anything even remotely nationalist so it's not like they were ever going to get their own footie teams...
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level 66
Apr 16, 2014
England is a territorial subdivision of the UK. In the US, subdivisions are called States, in France it's régions and départements, in Germany it's Länder (which, coincidentally, means "countries"), and in the UK it's countries. That does not make it a country in any kind of internationally acceptable sense. Otherwise, Delaware is a country. They do however compete in World cups, so as long as they don't show up on "country" quizzes, I'm fine.
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level 33
Aug 17, 2017
Literally no one here (including our own politicians) has ever described England as a "territorial subdivision". It is a constituent country of a United Kingdom, and the United Kingdom is recognised by the UN as a state.
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level 15
Jun 25, 2012
This might help kids; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNu8XDBSn10
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level 76
Mar 15, 2013
That may be the best treatment of the subject I've seen in a LONG time.
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level 58
Jul 15, 2014
CGP Grey FTW. also check out his netherlands vs holland
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level 64
Dec 23, 2012
100 % with 2: 00 left. G-d I love football.
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level 34
Dec 17, 2013
2:01 HAHA
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level 57
Jul 15, 2014
2:58
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level 51
Jul 16, 2014
03:43 first try after a long time.
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level 24
Feb 5, 2013
Got them all except Bulgaria, first try :D I think Russia should count as USSR though, and Germany as West Germany
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level 66
Feb 6, 2013
Czech Republic should work for Czechoslovakia. Sort of feel the same about Germany working for West Germany.
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level 55
Apr 1, 2013
Czech Republic and Slovakia are part of what was once Czechoslovakia. They are not the same. The team which competed in the World Cup was Czechoslovakia. Similiarly West Germany and East Germany played as different teams before the countries united and became a single Germany.
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level 66
Apr 16, 2014
Czech Republic and Czechoslovakia is debatable, because the former actually split up in two countries, however, the Germany one is NOT. The Federal Republic of Germany (aka "Germany") is still the same state it was in 1974, the only difference being that five Länder have been added. If you go by that logic, the USA became a different State in 1959 when Hawaii was added.
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level 34
Oct 17, 2014
I would agree with it at least working for 'Czech',,, it is just pedantic to not allow it
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level 7
May 7, 2013
3:51 remaining Forgot Bulgaria for a bit, :/
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level 39
Jun 13, 2017
For a bit :D
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level 59
May 29, 2013
miss West Germany... I tried East Germany (of course it isn't good answer) Today Germany (BRD) is the same as West Germany in past (BRD)... I think Germany was created in 1949 and in 1990 Germany (BRD) absorbed DDR, so West Germany is still Germany... Could you accept this?
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level 66
Apr 16, 2014
You most definitely SHOULD accept this. The name of the country is Federal Republic of Germany (Bundesrepublik Deutschland), and it hasn't changed since 1949.
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level 72
Jun 6, 2014
Semantics all you want...the basic distinction is this - It was Germany until WWII, then East/West Germany until the wall came down in 1989/1990, then it was Germany again. The official name of the country doesn't really matter in this nor any other quiz on this site. The answers are, have always been, and will forever be the common name of the country.
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level 66
Jul 17, 2014
West Germany IS Germany. It's not a matter of semantics, it's a matter of always having been the same state. The state got territorially amputated after World War II, and got some of its former territories (which were, in the meantime, know as "East Germany") back in 1990.
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level 12
May 31, 2013
west germany should just be germany.
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level 14
Jul 2, 2013
freaking south korea great quiz though!
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level 13
Aug 6, 2013
23/25 turkey and czechoslovakia caught me out
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level 36
Nov 28, 2013
I hate yugoslavia
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level 34
Dec 17, 2013
I don't
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level 39
Jun 13, 2017
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level 66
Mar 6, 2014
"West Germany" is not, and never was a country. It was called Bundesrepublik Deutschland, or Federal Republic of Germany, and it is still called that. Between 1949 and 1990, there was also the Germand Democratic Republic (Deutsche Demokratische Republik), which dissolved in 1990 when its component States joined the Federal Republic.
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level ∞
Mar 6, 2014
This might be the most pedantic comment ever on JetPunk. That's like say "Mexico" isn't a country because it's official name is "Estados Unidos Mexicanos".
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level 66
Apr 16, 2014
It's not a matter of being pedantic - you're trying to say that "Germany" and "West Germany" are two different states, when they are not. If Mexico suddenly called itself "Republica de Mexico" instead of "Estados Unidos de Mexico", it would still be Mexico. So Germany is still Germany.
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level 66
Apr 16, 2014
http://www.fifa.com/classicfootball/players/countries/country=ger/index.html
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level 66
Apr 16, 2014
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_FIFA_World_Cup_finals
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level 66
Apr 16, 2014
Wikipedia and the official FIFA website list Germany as having won three world cups, played in six finals, and some of its greatest players being Gerd Müller, Franz Beckenbauer and Sepp Maier. How come only you don't consider these "German" but "West German" ?
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level 70
Jul 13, 2015
Where's your dumb comment here about this being intentionally misleading? A bit sexist, are we, drunkengandalf?
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level 47
Mar 12, 2016
You are absolutely right kalbahamut, I have updated the quiz instructions to include the gender.
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level 66
Jun 10, 2016
Why does kalbahamut get to be a dick to everyone? Is this some special rule that only applies to him?
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level 20
Mar 16, 2014
Failed. Stupid Netherlands, Chile, Uruguay,(it was the only winner i missed) Belgium, Poland, and Austria. :(
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level 51
Apr 27, 2014
23/25. Forgot Chile and Czechoslovakia.
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level 17
Apr 29, 2014
1930 We from Yugoslavia have movie about that,name of movie is "Montevideo,bog te video" You should watch it.
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level 39
Jun 22, 2014
Ako bi razumeli :D If they would understand :D
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level 25
Apr 29, 2014
100% done!!! Good quizz!!!
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level 39
Jul 12, 2014
Tomorrow you have to update!
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level 70
Jul 15, 2014
won't even bother saying it this time...
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level 68
Jul 15, 2014
need to work on retention, dude
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level 52
Jul 16, 2014
4:05 left ;)
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level 66
Jul 16, 2014
This is one of those irritating quizzes that I take every couple of months and while over time I have gotten every one, I have never gotten 100% as each time I forget one or two. Today it was Poland.
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level 39
Jul 19, 2014
all but turkey :(
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level 39
Jul 22, 2014
I forgot Croatia :(
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level 32
Feb 24, 2015
Damn it Oranje! If Argentina can make it twice and 3 runners, so can you!
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level 17
Apr 12, 2015
I guess most people don't know czechchoslovakia and yugoslavia. Makes sense, both cause serbia, montenegro, bosnia & herzegovina, macedonia, kosovo (Not even in fifa) czech rep. and slovakia don't do that well, and cause they separated into those countries a long time ago.
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level 24
Jun 16, 2015
South Korea, only won I didn't know
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level 24
Jun 16, 2015
One
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level 27
Jun 20, 2015
You should accept Korea for South Korea. Obviously I'm not talking about North Korea...
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level 15
Jul 17, 2015
South Korea 4th I guess miracles do happen
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level 17
Jul 19, 2015
YES.
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level 70
Oct 23, 2016
If blatant gifts from the referees count as miracles... both Italy and Spain lost to South Korea after some awful refereeing against them.
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level 47
Oct 29, 2015
Mexico has never won or placed. Wow.
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level 20
Dec 24, 2015
Got 18 but I was too busy dying of laughter at all the Americans claiming that England isn't a country. Next they'll be telling us Canada and Mexico are states of America.
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level 58
Jan 4, 2016
But Canada and Mexico are sovereign states in the Americas!
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level 34
Jun 17, 2016
I'm dying of laughter that you think they ARE countries
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level 79
Feb 16, 2016
You give West Germany and Germany when typing Germany, but you don't cede Czechoslovakia when typing Czech Republic--change one (I don't care which) to maintain consistency.
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level 26
Feb 19, 2016
Got them all eventually, nearly slipped up on Yugoslavia simply because it doesn't exist anymore!
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level 28
Mar 13, 2016
my inability to spell czechoslovakia and stupidly just typing 'korea' instead of south korea stopped me from getting 100%
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level 17
Sep 26, 2016
finished in last 10 seconds!!!!!!!!!! could not remember usa but I thought of my lucky countries
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level 34
Oct 23, 2016
I typed in Czech Republic and Slovakia, I wouldn't have thought to type in Czechoslovakia even though it might have been obvious.
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level 65
Nov 3, 2016
I missed Spain...my dad is from Spain =/
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level 10
Dec 28, 2016
100% 3:43 left
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level 15
Jan 27, 2017
As far as I know, I see two arguments here. 1. Did the USA finish 3rd or 4th in the 1930 WC? 2. Is England a country? 1. Officially, FIFA states that the USA finished 3rd in that cup. 2. England is not a country. It is part of the UK. But they still have a separate soccer team, just like Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland.
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level 49
Feb 5, 2017
Yugoslavia you dog! You almost got me, but not today! 2:06 remaining on the clock. Got 'em all baby yeah!
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level 43
Feb 5, 2017
86% of people knew USA was third / fourth in 1930 and only 63% of people knew Hungary? :)
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level 19
Mar 27, 2017
25 out of 25! Spent a good couple of minutes trying to remember the last one- Bulgaria in '94 with Stoichkov. Great quiz!
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level 45
Sep 7, 2017
Ghana should be there :////
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level 45
Sep 7, 2017
I don't mean literally, I mean as an allusion to their 2010 World Cup performance when they just lost out to Uruguay after Suarez handballed the ball out of the net, and then Gyan missed that penalty. I was so sad.
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