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COMPETITION: Win a Free £/€50+ Bet on this footie and maps brainteaser

by Aidan Elder | September 19, 2012

**********THIS COMPETITION IS CLOSED*****************

We can only apologise for the late resolution of this competition. I could give you a string of plausible excuses but let’s be honest, if you’ve won a free bet you’re going to forgive us. If you haven’t then you’ll probably have a bit of a grumble. Rightly so. Aidan’s Twitter details are below. It’s actually not his fault at all but that just makes the thought of him being inundated with abuse all the funnier. Keep it within reasonable limits of abuse of course.

The outright winner is Ian Carroll who belated wins £79 in free bets.

I’ve also given extra £25 free bets to Hugh Orr (who I’ve just realised won the last of these competitions but the free bet has gone in and reversing it would way too much hassle) and Martin Condron.

It’s time for another edition of Whose Career Is It Anyway? where we ask you to combine football trivia, a knowledge of geography and pure luck for the juicy carrot of what will most likely be a Free Bet of a good bit more than £/€50.

This week we’re continuing with our new and not really improved map that allows us to accommodate players who have done their share of globe-trotting. The format is the same as ever.

  • Look at the flags on the map below
  • Figure out which clubs they relate to
  • Find out which player played for those clubs
  • Send in your answer
  • Pray you’re the only correct answer or you’ll be lucky enough to be drawn out of out hat

There is a reason for picking this week’s player in relation to the weekend’s football, but I wouldn’t go so far as to say it’s a ‘topical’ reason. As usual, the flags in the map relate to EVERY CLUB this player has played for in his senior career – including loans. Best of luck.

Competition: Whose Career Is It Anyway

Send your answer to with the subject line ‘Racking up the airmiles’. Or don’t, it doesn’t really make any difference to your entry.

DON’T PUT YOUR ANSWERS IN THE COMMENTS SECTION – you’ll only be helping an opponent and giving me license to take the piss out of you. You’re allowed more than one guess, but you’re clever and probably won’t need it.

The prize starts off as a €/£50 Free Bet, but will grow by one euro or pound for every time this tweet gets retweeted or every time this competition gets shared on Facebook, Google+ or LinkedIn. That should boost the fund rather substantially and you might win that prize, so you should definitely do it. In the event we get more than one correct answer, the winner shall be drawn from my hat of mystery.

Get your answers in before 10am on Tuesday September 25 and I’ll announce the winner soon after. You can use the comments section for begging for clues or general observations on life, but NO ANSWERS please. If you want to contact me, you can do so using the Twitter machine where I’m @PaddyPowerAidan.

- Customers must be over the age of 18, have a valid account and been around long enough to remember Noel’s House Party.
– Maximum size of the free bet will be €/£150.
– Paddy Power decision is final and moaning will be gleefully ridiculed in public.


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  1. MagnusLombard said on September 19, 2012 @ 1:22 pm

    Hi Aidan

    Bit more logical guesswork needed this week, but mail sent. Hopefully in this weeks hat?

  2. Keef said on September 19, 2012 @ 1:46 pm

    Bit easier this week, I think. Answer winging it’s way . . am I in “el sombrero” ?

  3. Aidan said on September 20, 2012 @ 1:36 pm

    Welcome to the hat Magnus. Guess work and a magnifying glass are a must for this one

  4. Aidan said on September 20, 2012 @ 1:37 pm

    Easier?! That’s disappointing. You are in the hat and you’ve just earned everyone a really tough one for next week, Keef.

  5. Paul said on September 20, 2012 @ 1:41 pm

    Me…. hat… ?

  6. Aidan said on September 20, 2012 @ 2:45 pm

    Are … yes … you

  7. Ray said on September 20, 2012 @ 4:45 pm

    Am i in the hat? What kind of hat is it anyway?

  8. Aidan said on September 21, 2012 @ 9:58 am

    You are in the hat, Ray.

    The hat depends on the number of correct entries. Some weeks it’s a massive stovepipe hat, others it’s a flat-cap that makes me look like an surly worker in the agricultural industry.

  9. joseph said on September 21, 2012 @ 11:04 am

    i found a clever shortcut to get this player. He is someone I have always hated! but i got it right anyway so i hope i win!

  10. Keef said on September 21, 2012 @ 12:11 pm

    No I didn’t mean it like that ! It’s all relative – last week’s was REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY hard . . . this one was . . . quite tricky ! (grovel . . .)

  11. Dermot said on September 21, 2012 @ 1:35 pm

    Pretty handy this week (unless iv made a huge tit of myself and got it wrong)

  12. Aidan said on September 21, 2012 @ 3:57 pm

    When this competition is over Joseph, I want to hear more about your shortcut.

    I once thought there was an easier why than working out the co-ordinates of each place pinpointed on the map, booking a plane ticket to each of those locations, travelling to each of the locations and then asking the locals in their respective languages if they knew of any footballers who had gone on to play in the other locations, but it turned out I was wrong.

  13. Aidan said on September 21, 2012 @ 3:59 pm

    Dermot, I don’t appreciate your smugness, but smugness alone can’t stop me putting your name in the hat ; )

  14. shugster said on September 21, 2012 @ 5:23 pm

    I for one think smugness should bar you from the hat Aidan but I,m 99.99999% sure I,m in what could a massive stovepipe this week. am I?

  15. Kevin said on September 21, 2012 @ 5:41 pm

    Ahhh took me a while ( about 4 minutes ) , but got there in the end

  16. David said on September 21, 2012 @ 10:23 pm

    am i correct

  17. mark said on September 21, 2012 @ 11:44 pm

    think i got it as well :) wasnt to hard this one

  18. Jamie Miles said on September 22, 2012 @ 1:52 am

    This hat you talk about, am I in it?

  19. PeterWaldock said on September 22, 2012 @ 8:21 pm

    Took me a good hour of searching on Wikipedia but think I got there in the end!

  20. marty354 said on September 23, 2012 @ 9:41 am

    am I in the proverbial hat or real hat? thanks

  21. tomw2k10 said on September 23, 2012 @ 9:51 pm

    am i in the hat?

  22. Keef said on September 26, 2012 @ 11:45 am

    . . . that’s funny, I’ve been doing it that way, too !

  23. Mark O'Connor (@bohsmark) said on October 1, 2012 @ 10:20 am

    What happened to this competition?

    Aidan, have you been away getting flying lessons for the sky tweets and therefore unable to dip your hand long into the stovepipe hat

  24. shugster said on October 1, 2012 @ 11:30 am

    rumour has it he,s banged up been arrested by the feds in chicago

  25. Keef said on October 1, 2012 @ 1:01 pm

    . . . was that as a result of a slightly over-zealous “session”, er, . . . I mean “time-zone mix-up” with a mate called Rory ?

  26. shugster said on October 1, 2012 @ 1:55 pm

    seemingly they were threatening to arrest the pilots for skywriting and anyone wearing stovepipe hat for impersonating abe lincoln

  27. Paul Burke said on October 1, 2012 @ 3:25 pm

    Good comp eh? Ne winner. Lol!

  28. Paul Burke said on October 1, 2012 @ 3:56 pm

    Who was it by the way? Hernan Crespo?

  29. Ray said on October 3, 2012 @ 9:12 am

    Whats happen here is the stovepipe was so deep that when Aidan went to pick out the winner he toppled into the stovepipe, and in a situation similar to that in the film Everybodies baby: the rescue of jessica mcclure, he has been stock down stovepipe for days as teams of emergency services try to rescue him. I’m sure once he’s rescued the first thing he’ll do is announce the results!

  30. Keef said on October 3, 2012 @ 9:50 am

    I think Paddy should move from marketing pants to stove-pipe hats in time for the next Ryder Cup over here.

  31. Paul Burke said on October 3, 2012 @ 3:55 pm

    Bit naff tho innit. A wasted an hour of me life tryin to find the right answer and they can’t even be bothered to pull a name out a hat.

  32. Kevin said on October 3, 2012 @ 4:05 pm

    Think we all deserve that free bet by now……..

  33. max condron (@maxc1987) said on October 3, 2012 @ 9:57 pm

    so no winner then haha

  34. pasqdek said on October 4, 2012 @ 11:20 am

    maybe you should start a competition/vote on who will replace Aidan doing the drawing?

  35. Keef said on October 4, 2012 @ 12:33 pm

    Sepp Blatter or Michel Platini, maybe ?

  36. Dermot said on October 4, 2012 @ 12:57 pm

    I think the very least they should do is draw out 3 winners who each get the first prize to make up for the 2 weeks this competition hasn’t been on. (well that is if he ever comes back)

  37. Paul said on October 4, 2012 @ 1:47 pm

    Aidan is working on his tan. We’re having trouble locating his hat. He may have taken it to Ibiza with him.

  38. Mark O'Connor (@bohsmark) said on October 4, 2012 @ 2:09 pm

    Everyone’s a winner

  39. Kevin said on October 4, 2012 @ 2:10 pm

    There’s only about 10 of us here…..10 er each….sorted

  40. Dermot said on October 4, 2012 @ 3:32 pm

    we need to start our own football trivia competition if he doesn’t come back soon

  41. Paul Burke said on October 9, 2012 @ 12:14 pm

    What’s the answer by the way? Surely we all gettin a free punt after this fiasco.

  42. Mark O'Connor (@bohsmark) said on October 9, 2012 @ 12:46 pm

    The answer is Gabriel Heinze, I believe the question was who signed for Manchester United yesterday?

  43. bb said on October 9, 2012 @ 2:15 pm

    yeah they surely should give everyone a free bet!

  44. Rob said on October 9, 2012 @ 4:08 pm

    I can only apologise on behalf of whoever is to blame for the tardy resolution of this competition. It’s not me.

    Seeing as the creator of this competition is in a region of India which makes it very expensive for me to call him, I’ve no inexpensive way of confirming that the correct answer is Gabriel Heinze. Most of the people who entered seemed to think it was which is good enough.

    I’ve picked a winner and a couple of runners-up to make up for the delay. I’m awarding the free bets now and I’ll post the details at the top of this post. Aidan will be back in the office next week, no doubt fuming that we neglected his precious competition.

  45. shugster said on October 9, 2012 @ 4:26 pm

    cheers long wait but presume I was a runner-up, bets on hope its lucky and worth the wait! thanks again and it was 100% gabriel heinze:-)

  46. David said on October 9, 2012 @ 9:54 pm

    i’m still awaiting my prize, and i don’t want a pair of them idiotic pants you hear

  47. KAF said on October 10, 2012 @ 11:16 am

    Quite right, David – I had mine on when I sent my entry in (so they’re not THAT lucky !) and I resolved to keep them on until the result was announced, so, erm . . .

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