Monthly Archives: November 2011

Samoa win through: Samoa 1 American Samoa 0

26th November 2011
Oceania World Cup Qualifying Round 1
J.S. Blatter Stadium, Apia, Samoa

Samoa 1 – 0 American Samoa

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Samoa won the battle of the two Samoas, and also the Oceania World Cup Round One group, with a last minute Silao Malo goal to win 1-0.

It was also of course an almost unprecedented meeting of two current bottom ranked nations, although both had done plenty in their previous two matches to ensure neither of them are bottom any more. Continue reading

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More Samoan Joy – Samoa 1 Tonga 1

24th November 2011
Oceania World Cup Qualifying Round 1
J.S. Blatter Stadium, Apia, Samoa

Samoa 1 – 1 Tonga

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Samoa still top the Oceania Round One group after a 1-1 draw with Tonga which has eliminated their opponents and the Cook Islands and set up a humdinger of a final match against American Samoa to decide qualification to the next round. Continue reading

More Success! – American Samoa 1 Cook Islands 1

24th November 2011
Oceania World Cup Qualifying Round 1
J.S. Blatter Stadium, Apia, Samoa

American Samoa 1 – 1 Cook Islands

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After the historic first ever win a couple of days ago, American Samoa have followed that up with a 1-1 draw against Cook Islands.

Shalom Luani scored for the second match in succession during the first half to give American Samoa a deserved lead. It was one that they looked certain to at least hold on to or even extend. But sadly an own goal after an hour from Tala Luvu, looping a header of Nicky Salapu in goal, brought Cook Islands level. Continue reading

New FIFA Rankings

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The latest FIFA World Rankings were released today, and thanks to the vagaries of international time zones, this was all updated prior to the results of the Oceania World Cup wins for American Samoa and Samoa.  The significance of that?  Their wins aren’t yet reflected in the rankings, and they both remain firmly rooted to the bottom. Continue reading

Another win for a World’s Worst: Samoa 3 Cook Islands 2

22nd November 2011
Oceania World Cup Qualifying Round 1
J.S. Blatter Stadium, Apia, Samoa

Samoa 3-2 Cook Islands

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Samoa may not have been at the foot of the world rankings for anything like as long as American Samoa have, but at the foot they currently are.  That will soon be changing thanks to an incredible day of Worst in the World action in Apia, Samoa. Continue reading

An Historic Win! – American Samoa 2 Tonga 1

22nd November 2011
Oceania World Cup Qualifying Round
J.S. Blatter Stadium, Apia, Samoa

American Samoa 2–1 Tonga

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American Samoa, long- standing (joint) worst in the world nation, without a win or even a draw in their entire FIFA affiliated history finally broke their duck last night after 30 consecutive losses with a truly historic win over Tonga.

The Samoans took the lead just before half-time thanks to a long range shot from Ramin Ott, and doubled it midway through the second half when Shalom Luani chipped the Tongan keeper after being put through on goal. Continue reading

World’s Worst Big Match Preview: Oceania Match Day 1

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Tuesday 22nd November is a big day of Worst in the World action as two of our basement dwellers are in action in the South Pacific.

It’s the first day of the Oceania zone World Cup Qualification first round group with 4 teams battling it out in Apia, Samoa, at the horrendously named J.S. Blatter Stadium.

The hosts, and their near neighbours and fellow Worst in the World, American Samoa take on Tonga, Cook Islands and each other in a four way tussle for the one qualifying place in the next round, to take place in Fiji in June next year. Continue reading