Greene King are giving away free pints today - if you answer one question right

People can bag themselves a free drink today - but only if they can prove their footballing knowledge ahead of a big summer of sport.

The offer comes as a nationwide survey by Greene King Brewery reveals just how much Brits know about the beautiful game – with nearly one in five (18%) admitting they don’t know any football lingo at all.

Proving one of the most troublesome phrases, almost three in four Brits (74%) are unfamiliar with the modern false nine position, which has inspired Greene King’s brand-new False Nine golden ale; a 4% easy drinking beer that makes for the perfect accompaniment for the football, with refreshing citrus and tropical notes.

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The false nine position refers to a striker who operates in a deeper role than usual, linking the play with the midfield to the wide areas or helping the team progress up the pitch.

To celebrate the launch of the new drink, Greene King will be giving away free pints of False Nine across 532 pubs nationwide, but only if punters can name a false nine player, including the top five voted for in the UK-wide survey.

UK’S TOP FIVE FALSE NINES OF ALL TIME

LIONEL MESSI (22%)

PHIL FODEN (10%)

JOHAN CRUYFF (10%)

ROBERTO FIRMINO (7%)

FRANCESCO TOTTI (6%)

False Nine will be available in selected pubs specifically for the summer’s sporting occasion, running from 19 th May right through to the Euros final on 14 th July. A cask ale, the golden beer delivers citrus and tropical notes, making it an extra refreshing summer drink, ideal for the football.

Former Arsenal and England forward Alan Smith , now a popular commentator and pundit, has partnered with Greene King to encourage fans into their local pub this summer to put their football lingo to the test and get hold of a free pint.

Alan said: “The modern false nine is quite a tricky position to define so it’s not surprising to hear the nation is a bit confused by what exactly it means. From Messi to Firmino, there’ve been some iconic footballers that have played in this role so it’s great to see a nod to the position with the launch of Greene King’s new False Nine golden ale.

“Whether you’re a die-hard fan or a casual supporter who doesn’t even know what the offside rule is, now’s the time to get behind the nation and cheer them on to glory this summer. And what better way to do it than at the pub with your friends and family – and a refreshing pint of False Nine in hand?

“So, head to your local Greene King on Wednesday 29th May, simply name a false nine player (Messi, Foden, Cruyff, Firmino or Totti) to grab your free drink. Maybe I’ll see you there!”

Will Hemmings, Marketing Director for Brewing & Brands at Greene King, said: “We are delighted to launch our new False Nine beer, in perfect time for this summer’s football. To celebrate the launch, we’re going to be giving away the pint for free for one day only in selected Greene King Pubs, but only to those that can prove their football knowledge by naming a false nine player, including those voted the top five players by our nationwide survey.

“All pub-goers need to do is give the name of a false nine player at the bar when purchasing the drink, then they can claim at no cost at all. We’re hoping this will give Brits the taste of False Nine ahead of the big games, meaning punters across the nation can enjoy the drink throughout the tournament as they toast to England and Scotland!”

To find a participating Greene King pub go to: www.greeneking.co.uk/our-beers/seasonal-range/false-nine/pint-finder