The small Pacific island of Guam, home to a smattering over 160,000 people, were once unfortunate holders of the worst defeat in international football history. In the qualifiers for the 2002 World Cup, Guam succumbed to a Karim Bagheri inspired Iran contriving to lose 19-0 in their opening group match; six of those coming courtesy of Bagheri’s boots.
That was just for starters too. Their next match didn’t go much better, losing ‘only’ 16-0 to Tajikistan. At the time Guam hadn’t yet stopped so low as to be ranked the worst in the world, but it was coming. Continue reading →
The latest FIFA rankings were published today with the confirmation that Anguilla’s sole remaining ranking points – two point left over from a 0-0 draw in a 2011 friendly match with the US Virgin Islands – have withered away to nothing. That last non-defeat now dating back more than four years it’s points no longer count towards Anguilla’s total, which now stands at a magnificent zero.
Of course this doesn’t make a huge difference in the grand scheme of things. Anguilla were already ranked last thanks to Bhutan’s rise so this hasn’t made any difference in terms of their labelling as the current worst in the world. Continue reading →