It is time for a total crazy footballer question which I love as a football geek who enjoys random football quizzes. In my travel life and my social life, I have always had an eye for the absurb, an addiction to World Cups and the outlandishly weird and wacaday. I am a strong nationalist and separatist for real countries and a lover of wacaday micronations, unrecognised countries, special zones, disputed territories, remote islands, unclaimed lands and uncertain land borders. This is right out of the wacky textbook.
The idea for this quiz question emanated from the fact that I am a member of many Facebook football geek groups, mostly from the 1980s and 1990s. As I was posting questions amindst this Coronavirus era shutdown, some of the groups got me thingking about countries that don’t exist anymore football-wise or new countries that started to exist and later got recognition by FIFA and UEFA, or countries that changed there name. While I was digging, I uncovered some truly mad and interesting facts that bamboozled, baffled and stumped many a football fan, and would of course have also stumped me, had I been to receiver rather than the asker.
FIFA recognised football countries that don’t exist anymore
- West Germany
- East Germany
- Serbia and Montenegro
- Dutch East Indes
- USSR / Soviet Union / CCCP
- CIS / Commonwealth Independent State
- RCS / Representation of Czechs and Slovaks
New FIFA countries that didn’t exist when I was born
- Faroe Islands
- Czechia / Czech Republic
- Northern Macedonia / FYR Macedonia
Countries that still don’t have recognised FIFA teams
- Vatican City State
- French Guyana
- Marshall Islands
- South Ossetia
The crazy question…
Which player has played for FOUR officially recognised FIFA countries in full internationals, scoring goals for 2 of them and appearing in squads for 2 of them at major tournaments?
1.Name the player
2.Name the FOUR official FIFA countries he played for
3.Name the dates he played for those four countries
4.Name the TWO official FIFA countries he scored for
5.Name the TWO official international tournaments he appeared at and for which countries
6.Name the official FIFA country he was born in (going by current jurisdiction) but didn’t play for
7.Name the unofficial unrecognised country he was bron in and could play for at a CONIFA or VIVA World Cup
Over to you!