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Tipperary players celebrate after their historic Munster final victory

Tipperary players celebrate after their historic Munster final victory

Tipperary players celebrate after their historic Munster final victory

Our award-winning chief sports writer, Roy Curtis, has set out a challenge for only the biggest sporting nerds. But have you got the brain power to beat our man?

1 Name the two Dublin players who have started all eight of the All-Ireland finals the county has won since 2011?

2 Stephen Kenny's Ireland lost on penalties to which opponent in a European Championship play-off?

3 What Irish rugby international scored two tries in this year's Champions Cup final?

4 How many of golf's four majors went ahead in 2020?

5 How many world title belts does undisputed lightweight champion Katie Taylor hold?

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QUESTION 17: Sam Bennett of Ireland

QUESTION 17: Sam Bennett of Ireland

QUESTION 17: Sam Bennett of Ireland

6 Liverpool won the league but lost out on the PFA Player of the Year to whom?

7 Which Limerick hurler scored seven points from play in the All-Ireland hurling final?

8 VAR dominated football headlines in 2020. What does it stand for?

9 Lewis Hamilton overtook which former great as driver with the most F1 grand prix victories in 2020.

10 Which Irishman was leading jockey at Cheltenham?

11 Name the Michael Jordan documentary which aired on Netflix to rave reviews?

12 Bruno Fernandes joined Manchester United in 2020 from which club?

13 Cavan and Tipperary memorably bridged 23 and 85 year gaps to their last provincial titles on the same day. But what counties did they beat?

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14 Only one Irishman won a tournament on the main European or PGA tours in 2020. Who was he?

15 Name the South African Rugby World Cup winner who tore his cruciate on his Munster debut?

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QUESTION 22: Tyrone manager Mickey Harte

QUESTION 22: Tyrone manager Mickey Harte

QUESTION 22: Tyrone manager Mickey Harte

16 Name the book co-authored by Mark Tighe and Paul Rowan that examines John Delaney's reign as FAI chief executive?

17 Ireland's Tour De France green jersey winner Sam Bennett rides for what team?

18 What player scored an unprecedented four sideline cuts in an All-Ireland hurling semi-final?

19 How many games have the Irish football team gone without scoring a goal?

20 Who did Bayern Munich beat in the Champions League final?

21 Mickey Harte stood down as Tyrone manager in 2020. What year was he appointed?

22 Jack Charlton died in July. At what English ground did he take charge of Ireland for the final time?

23 What boxer said this about his marijuana use before his 2020 comeback fight: "Listen, I can't stop smoking. I smoked during fights. I just have to smoke, I'm sorry. I'm a smoker. I smoke every day. I never stopped smoking."

24 What sportsman said he "would have to lose an arm and a leg" to fall out of the world's Top 50.

25What is the nationality of Liverpool's Sadio Mane?

26 What is the nationality of Leinster's Scott Fardy?

27 Tipperary footballer Colin O'Riordan got permission from which overseas team to compete in the Munster final?

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QUESTION 22: Ireland manager Jack Charlton

QUESTION 22: Ireland manager Jack Charlton

QUESTION 22: Ireland manager Jack Charlton

28 What record setting total did Mayo's Cillian O'Connor score in the All-Ireland semi-final?

29 Who was the first Premier League manager sacked in the 2020/21 season?

30 Who is the longest serving current Premier League manager?

31 Who won the Sunday Game All-Ireland football final Man of the Match?

32 What Irish sportsman's autobiography titled "Fuel" was published in 2020?

33 Graeme Souness said this about which Premier League footballer: "I see him dancing at a wedding. I see him shooting hoops, and something else. Just the cynic in me thinks he doesn't want to be at the club."

34 What current Manchester United player did Roy Keane say he'd be swinging punches at if he was still in the dressing-room?

35 What horse became the first in 16 years to win back-to-back Cheltenham Gold Cups?

36 Dean Rock overtook which player to become Dublin's all-time leading scorer in 2020?

37 Mo Salah became the first Liverpool player since what player in 2008 to reach 100 goals for the club?

38 Who finished as top scorer in the 2020 All-Ireland hurling championship with a total of 1-54?

39 What Irish rugby international signed for Australia's Western Force?

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QUESTION 37: Liverpool's Mohamed Salah

QUESTION 37: Liverpool's Mohamed Salah

QUESTION 37: Liverpool's Mohamed Salah

40 Rory McIlroy failed to win a major in 2020? When did he win the most recent of his four majors?

41 What F1 driver cheated death when his car ignited into a fireball at the Bahrain GP?

42 Tom Brady ended his record-breaking career with the New England Patriots to sign a $50m deal with which club?

43 What tennis player apologised after a tournament he organised in June resulted in four players testing positive for Covid-19?

44 What Irish horse trainer captured the Melbourne Cup with outsider Twilight Payment?

45 Liverpool and Manchester United conceded a combined 13 goals on the one October day to which two opponents?

46 Who scored a hat-trick in the FAI Cup final?

47 Meath scored seven goals against what opponent in the Leinster football championship?

48 What county failed to win a single football championship match for the first time since 1993?

49 Who were the last team other than Leinster to win the Pro-14?

50 Who was the last Republic of Ireland player to score an international goal.


HOW DID YOU DO?

15-25 correct = Relegation fodder; 25-30 = mid-table mediocrity;

30-40 = Champions League spot; 40-50 = Premier League title

  • 1. Stephen Cluxton and James McCarthy;
  • 2. Slovakia;
  • 3. Simon Zebo;
  • 4. Three;
  • 5. Four;
  • 6. Kevin de Bruyne;
  • 7. Gearóid Hegarty;
  • 8. Video Assistant Referee;
  • 9. Michael Schumacher;
  • 10. Barry Geraghty;
  • 11. The Last Dance;
  • 12. Sporting Lisbon;
  • 13. Donegal and Cork;
  • 14. Graeme McDowell;
  • 15. RG Snyman;
  • 16. Champagne Football;
  • 17. Deceuninck-Quick-Step;
  • 18. Joe Canning;
  • 19. Seven;
  • 20. PSG;
  • 21. 2002 (Mickey was appointed in the autumn of that year. 2003 was his first year in action);
  • 22. Anfield;
  • 23. Mike Tyson;
  • 24. Ronnie O’Sullivan;
  • 25. Senegal;
  • 26. Australia;
  • 27. Sydney Swans;
  • 28. 4-9;
  • 29. Slaven Bilic;
  • 30. Sean Dyche;
  • 31. Con O’Callaghan;
  • 32. Sean O’Brien;
  • 33. Paul Pogba;
  • 34. David De Gea;
  • 35. Al Boum Photo;
  • 36. Jimmy Keaveney;
  • 37. Steven Gerrard;
  • 38. Stephen Bennett;
  • 39. Rob Kearney;
  • 40. 2014;
  • 41. Romain Grosjean;
  • 42. Tampa Bay Buccaneers;
  • 43. Novak Djokovic;
  • 44. Joseph O’Brien;
  • 45. Aston Villa and Spurs;
  • 46. David McMillan;
  • 47. Wicklow;
  • 48. Kerry;
  • 49. Scarlets;
  • 50. Shane Duffy.

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