Friendly: Burundi 7-0 Djibouti

11th March 2017
Friendly International
Stade du Prince Louis Rwagasore, Bujumbura, Burundi

Burundi 7-0 Djibouti

In a not wholly untypical revelation, Djibouti sprung this friendly match in Burundi from seemingly nowhere at rather short notice. Not wanting to do things by halves, they play a second friendly in Burundi again on 13th March.
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Steady Progress – of the wrong kind

A lack of action on the field for our group of unfortunates hasn’t meant there is nothing to report from a Worst in the World perspective. On the contrary, that lack of action means that all seven teams currently ranked at the foot of the world rankings. have been steadily clocking up additional months in that position. As a consequence each nation is climbing up the all-time worst in the world rankings.

For the uninitiated, this list doesn’t imply that the current worst teams are any better or worse than their predecessors on the field – they have all spent time as officially the worst national teams in the world after all. What it does do, however, is log how many published world rankings each nation sat at the bottom of. And this current lack of action for certainly six of the seven nations means they are adding to their tally significantly.

Here’s a brief rundown of what this all means for each of our worst in the world nations. Continue reading

World Cup Qualifier: Cyprus 3-1 Gibraltar

13th November 2016
World Cup Qualifier
GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus

Cyprus 3-1 Gibraltar

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What ultimately ended with a disappointing result for Gibraltar, was actually a fairly encouraging and solid performance.

In scoring only Gibraltar’s second ever World Cup goal, Lee Casciaro had put Gibraltar in the mix for a stunning, if unlikely, draw. Sadly that wasn’t to be, with Cyprus sealing the win in the final quarter of the game. Continue reading

World Cup Qualifier Preview: Cyprus v. Gibraltar

13th November 2016
World Cup Qualifier
GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus

Cyprus v. Gibraltar

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This Sunday evening sees the first ever clash between Cyprus and Gibraltar in European World Cup qualification, with both sides languishing at the bottom of the Group H table after three matches, neither side having picked up a point so far.

However, Gibraltar have achieved something that Cyprus are yet to in this current campaign, namely scoring a goal. Cyprus have lost by three to Belgium, and two to both Greece and Bosnia-Herzegovina. That poor start does leave Cyprus above Gibraltar on goal difference however, in spite of Liam Walker’s strike for Gibraltar against Greece. Continue reading

When Ireland broke San Marino hearts

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With just three minutes left on the clock in a Euro 2008 qualifier in early 2007, Ireland were 1-0 up. Then a terrible defensive mix-up between Irish goalkeeper Wayne Henderson and his centre backs allowed midfielder Michele Marani to gleefully roll the loose ball into the now unguarded Irish net. A comedy goal, but far from a laughing matter for the Irish who were now staring down the barrel of their most humiliating result. Continue reading

World Cup Qualifier: Gibraltar 0-6 Belgium

10th October 2016
World Cup Qualifier
Estadio do Algarve, Faro, Portugal

Gibraltar 0-6 Belgium

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It was a record-breaking night in Faro on Monday, but sadly not for any giant-killing reasons. Belgium’s Christian Benteke scored the fastest ever World Cup qualifying goal after only 7 seconds in what was a nightmare start for Gibraltar’s debutant goalkeeper Deren Ibrahim.

Benteke’s strike removed the one from San Marino’s Davide Gualtieri against England in 1993 from the record books – a fact that most England fans will no doubt be eternally grateful for. Continue reading

World Cup Qualifying: Estonia 4-0 Gibraltar

7th October 2016
World Cup Qualifier
A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn, Estonia

Estonia 4-0 Gibraltar

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It was a tale of endeavour and ultimate frustration in Tallinn, as Gibraltar enjoyed a decent first half before succumbing in the second. A match that had begun with hopes of grabbing a first ever competitive point sadly ended with disappointing defeat, and by more goals than Gibraltar’s efforts really deserved. Continue reading