My Indian friend Jamal recently participated in the well-known TV quiz show Who wants to be a millionaire?. You might have heard or read about Jamal's spectacular success; the media reported on it extensively.

Here is what Jamal told us about the 32.000 Euro question:

Oh no, the 32.000 Euro question was a sports question! The second safe haven suddenly seemed far away, perhaps out of reach! Although I enjoy exercising myself, I have not paid much attention to professional sports. Unfortunately, this question was not about the Raiders or the Lakers.

At first sight, all four answers seemed perfectly acceptable. I thought to vaguely remember that D is particularly strong in that sport, and also has many good teams playing in the national competition. But I also thought to vaguely remember that they had become world champion the time before, as at that time the final had been particularly violent. Not that I had watched this final, but it just was all over the media and there was no way of not hearing about it. Aha, and then I suddenly remembered that C had also been involved in these ruthless acts of kung fu violence. Hence C and D had been the finalists the time before, and this should have eliminated them, unless of course one of them managed to make it to the final again next time. Darn. Darn. Darn.

I read the question once again, and decided to go with A or B. I cautiously said: "Perhaps it is answer A", and saw a lickety-split happy flash in Prem's eyes. Prem wanted me to lose. So A had to be wrong. Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes! I went for answer B. (After the show and only much later I found out, that A in fact had been B's opponent in the deciding match of that world championship.)

But the only thing that really mattered was that I had picked the right answer! Prem swallowed hard, and his eyes popped out a little bit. "Answer B is corrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrect, my frrrrrrrrrrrrrrrriend!" This was good enough to get me to the 64.000 Euro question.

What was the 32.000 Euro question?
What were the four possible answers A, B, C, D?


2 Answers 2


This seems too easy to be the 32.000 Euro question.

The question was:

Who won the 2014 FIFA World Cup?

The answer choices were:

A) Argentina
B) Germany
C) Netherlands
D) Spain


Spain won the 2010 FIFA World Cup, with a 1-0 victory over The Netherlands. There was some pretty raucous violence during the game, including a couple of "kung-fu kick" fouls. Spain also has quite a few good football teams (in fact, football is the national sport of Spain). The 2014 World Cup championship was Germany versus Argentina, in which Germany was victorious.

  • $\begingroup$ I can't find fault with this, nice work. $\endgroup$ Nov 13, 2015 at 18:31

My answer is very similar to Bailey M's but I had a different question in my head that also fits these circumstances.


Who was the champion of the 2010 FIFA World Cup?


A. Netherlands
B. Spain
C. France
D. Italy


- Italy (D) is particularly strong in soccer/football/calcio/futbol behind club sides like Juventus, Inter Milan, AC Milan, and Roma.
- They were in the 2006 FIFA World Cup Final against France (C) where Zinedine Zidane famously head-butted (also a move in kung-fu) Marco Materazzi in the chest.
- In the 2010 final, Spain defeated the Netherlands to become champion.


The OP may very well be looking for Bailey M's answer, because if I recall correctly, Nigel de Jong's kick out into Xabi Alonso was dubbed a kung-fu kick by the media. Given how general the puzzle is, my answer also fits very well. Also, for a 32k question, going back 4 more years into the past makes more sense.

  • $\begingroup$ Yours was my first instinct, but the kick I think was more kung fu than the headbutt. Soccer is cool! $\endgroup$
    – Bailey M
    Nov 14, 2015 at 5:10

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