Sports quiz of the week: marathons, managers, Murray and Messi v Ronaldo

Who hit a century? Who was up all night? Who made a comeback?

  1. Liverpool’s match against Chelsea on Saturday will be Jürgen Klopp’s 1,000th as a manager. Which player has made most appearances under Klopp in his 999 games so far?

    1. Sadio Mané

    2. James Milner

    3. Mats Hummels

    4. Roberto Firmino

  2. Australian Open - Day 4<br>epa10416256 Andy Murray of Great Britain celebrates after winning his second round match against Thanasi Kokkinakis of Australia at the 2023 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, Australia, 20 January 2023.  EPA/LUKAS COCH  AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT

    Andy Murray’s match against Thanasi Kokkinakis at the Australian Open began at 10:20pm on Thursday. When did it finish?

    1. 10.55pm

    2. 12.39am

    3. 3.30am

    4. 4.05am

  3. We’re at the midpoint of the season in the Premier League. Which team has kept 11 clean sheets and conceded just 11 goals in their first 19 games?

    1. Manchester City

    2. Arsenal

    3. Newcastle United

    4. Fulham

  4. Eddie Jones File Photo<br>File photo dated 09-10-2003 of Australia coach Eddie Jones. Former England boss Eddie Jones has been reappointed as head coach of his native Australia on a deal running to 2027. Issue date: Sunday January 15, 2023. PA Photo. See PA story RUGBYU Australia. Photo credit should read David Davies/PA Wire.

    Australia have appointed Eddie Jones as their head coach as they look forward to the Rugby World Cup later this year. How did Jones do the last time he coached Australia at the Rugby World Cup?

    1. Australia won it

    2. Australia lost to England in the final

    3. Australia lost every game

    4. Australia were beaten by Japan in the quarter-finals

  5. Italian football club Salernitana appointed Davide Nicola as their new manager this week. Why was that surprising?

    1. He is one of their players and is only 26 years old

    2. He is the son of the club’s owner

    3. They had sacked him two days earlier

    4. He said he would rather "eat his own vomit" than manage Salernitana (while in charge of their local rivals)

  6. Erchana Murray-Bartlett crosses the finish line at the Pillars of Wisdom at the Tan Track, beating the Guinness World Record for the most consecutive daily marathons run by a woman - 107, in Melbourne, Monday, January 16, 2023. The 32-year-old nutritionist has completed a 150-day marathon pilgrimage from Cape York to Melbourne, running 42.2km each day to raise money for environmental advocacy organisation The Wilderness Society. (AAP Image/Diego Fedele) NO ARCHIVING

    Erchana Murray-Bartlett ran a marathon on Monday. What made it special?

    1. She ran it in two hours and 13 minutes, a new women’s world record

    2. She hopped it on one foot

    3. It was her 150th marathon in 150 days

    4. She ran it backwards

  7. Ivan Toney scored a penalty for Brentford against Bournemouth at the weekend, keeping up his 100% record of scoring penalties in the Premier League. Toney has taken nine penalties and scored all nine. Who is the only player who has taken more penalties in the Premier League and scored them all?

    1. Matt le Tissier

    2. Alan Shearer

    3. Denis Irwin

    4. Yaya Touré

  8. TOPSHOT-FBL-ITA-SUPERCUP-MILAN-INTER<br>TOPSHOT - Inter Milan's Argentinian forward Lautaro Martinez (L) watches his shot sail into the goal during the Italian SuperCup football match between AC Milan and Inter Milan, at the King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh on January 18, 2023. (Photo by Giuseppe CACACE / AFP) (Photo by GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP via Getty Images)

    Inter won the Supercoppa Italiana this week, beating their big rivals Milan. Barcelona won the Supercopa de España last week, beating their big rivals Real Madrid. What did the two games have in common?

    1. Both sides won despite going down to nine men

    2. Both sides won 3-0

    3. None of the four teams involved won their league last season

    4. Both games were played in Riyadh

  9. Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo were on the same pitch this week, perhaps for the last time, as PSG travelled to Saudi Arabia for a friendly. When did they first play against each other?

    1. 2006

    2. 2008

    3. 2010

    4. 2012

  10. AUTO-MOTO-RALLY-DAKAR-STAGE13<br>KTM's Argentine biker Kevin Benavides competes during the Stage 13 of the Dakar 2023 between Saybah and al-Hofuf, Saudi Arabia, on January 14, 2023. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP) (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

    Kevin Benavides won the Dakar Rally at the weekend. The race is 5,000km long and takes place over 14 days. What was the winning margin between Benavides and the motorcyclist who finished in second place?

    1. 43 seconds

    2. 32 minutes

    3. Six hours

    4. One day


1:D - Firmino has played in 341 of Klopp’s matches. The manager’s win percentage, after 999 games in charge of Mainz, Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool, is 53.9%., 2:D - Murray’s two matches so far at the Australian Open have both been epics: his win over Matteo Berrettini in the first round took four hours and 49 minutes, and he needed five hours and 45 minutes to beat Kokkinakis in the second round., 3:C - Manchester United, who are above Newcastle in the table, have conceded twice as many goals and lost four times as many games., 4:B - Jones, who was sacked by England in December after seven years as their head coach, says he looking forward to the World Cup and "thinking about retribution"., 5:C - Salernitana owner Danilo Iervolino sacked Nicola after the team’s 8-2 defeat to Atalanta in Serie A last weekend. But he calmed down, saw some sense and reappointed him. “I thank the president for calling me and I want to repay his trust with all my love," said Nicola. "Let’s start again with togetherness and create another story in the history of football, giving the fans the same passion and sense of belonging they always show us.", 6:C - Murray-Bartlett ran 6,000 kilometres in just under six months, all while making a lot of money for charity., 7:D - Toure scored all 11 of the penalties he took in the Premier League., 8:D - Speaking of Saudi Arabia ... , 9:B - They have met 37 times, scoring 23 goals each in those games. PSG won the game this week 5-4 and, of course, both players scored. In their previous encounter, in 2020, Ronaldo scored twice as Juventus beat Barcelona 3-0 at Camp Nou., 10:A - "I have worked so hard for this," said a delighted Benavides. "This year’s rally has been one of the closest ever and there wasn’t a single day where you could ease off. I couldn’t have done it without the support of my team, all my friends and family. It’s going to take a while to sink in. I can’t describe this feeling."


  1. 1 and above.

    Ah well. Have a great weekend.

  2. 2 and above.

    Ah well. Have a great weekend.

  3. 3 and above.

    Ah well. Have a great weekend.

  4. 4 and above.

    Ah well. Have a great weekend.

  5. 5 and above.

    A fine score. Have a great weekend.

  6. 6 and above.

    An impressive score. Have a great weekend.

  7. 7 and above.

    An impressive score. Have a great weekend.

  8. 8 and above.

    A stunning score. Have a great weekend.

  9. 9 and above.

    A stunning score. Have a great weekend.

  10. 0 and above.

    Ah well. Have a great weekend.

  11. 10 and above.

    A stunning score. Have a great weekend.


Paul Campbell

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