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Worst in the World Tales: San Marino’s Escape

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The arrival of new coach Pierangelo Manzaroli must have been a breath of fresh air to the San Marino squad. After 16 years under the previous coach, a change of leader and a gentle change in outlook was surely a refreshing switch. Locked into their endless cycle of defeat, the arrival of a new coach who many of them had worked with successfully in the under-21 side, who famously beat Wales 2-1 in a European qualifier, would herald a renewed level of hope. Continue reading

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Worst in the World Tales: The Purity of San Marino

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‘Defeat is our destiny,’ proclaimed Giampaolo Mazza, the former coach of San Marino’s national team. He knew what he was talking about. In sixteen years at the helm of the perennial losers of European football, Mazza had presided over eighty-five matches and his team lost all but three of them, often with a staggering number of goals conceded. Continue reading

European Championships: San Marino 0-0 Estonia

Saturday 15th November 2014
European Championship Qualifying Group E
Stadio Olimpico, Serravalle, San Marino

San Marino 0-0 Estonia

a0995-san-marino-draw-against-estoniaOh my!  They’ve only gone and done it!  After thirteen and a half long years without a competitive point in either World Cup or European Championship qualifying, San Marino secured a stunning 0-0 draw against Estonia.  And stunning is the word, with Aldo Simoncini in goal earning the greatest of plaudits for his string of fine saves throughout, but with San Marino managing to provide something of a threat going forwards at times too, albeit an occasional and limited one.

Sadly only 759 lucky souls were in attendance to witness history being made, compared to the 5,700 who attended the 4-0 defeat to Switzerland last month.  But those who stayed away missed the gaining of San Marino’s first ever European Championship point coming at the 60th attempt; their only two previous competitive non defeats coming in World Cup qualification.  It is also just over a decade since they last tasted anything other than defeat in what is to date their only ever victory;  a 1-0 friendly win over Liechtenstein in April 2004. Continue reading

Match Report: European Championship: San Marino 0-4 Switzerland

Tuesday 14th October 2014
European Championships Qualifying Group E
Stadio Olimpico, Serravalle, San Marino

San Marino 0-4 Switzerland

SanMarino0-4SwizterlandA strong first half from the Swiss set them on their way to a predictably comfortable win in Serravalle over the Sammarinese boys in blue, who were missing top goal scorer Andy Selva to injury, replaced by Mattia Stefanelli. 

The win provided Switzerland with their belated first points of the group.  Coming into this game, Switzerland had suffered defeats to England, 2-0 at home, and Slovenia, 1-0 away.

But this was always going to be an easier task and two goals from Haris Seferovic in the opening 24 minutes meant that any fears of a shock result were well and truly dismissed early on.  A third was added before half an hour was up through Blerim Dzemaili and a fourth in the second half from Xherdan Shaqiri to garner Switzerland’s first points and drag them clear of San Marino at the bottom – a situation that was never likely to last for long. Continue reading