Football’s Biggest Wins and Highest Scoring Matches.

Australia 31-0 American Samoa.

In American Samoa’s entire history as an international football team they had managed only one victory. As Samoa’s coach Lui noted, ‘We don’t know what Australia were trying to prove scoring all those goals.’ In the end, Australia’s massive win didn’t do them any good. Arbroath 36-0 Bon Accord.

36-0 is a cricket score, which is appropriate considering Bon Accord were a cricket team who had been entered into the Scottish Football Cup by mistake. In fact, the victory could have been by a much greater margin had the referee, Dave Storment, not chalked off 7 goals for offside. As Adema 149-0 SOE Antananarivo

If you were under the impression that it would be impossible to score 149 goals in a 90 minute match you would be correct. Despite scoring 73 goals in the qualifiers, they were defeated 3-1 in a playoff against Uruguay, missing out on an a place at the 2002 World Cup in Japan/South Korea.

31st October 2002. In a pre-season friendly in 2009, Spanish side Villareal beat third division Navata 27-0. They effectively had to play with a third choice eleven, which had an average age of 18 and included two 15 year olds. The following is a list of the highest winning margins of all time. Unterhaching’s David Zdrilic got 8 goals. Their invitation was meant to go to Orion FC, who wouldn’t have beaten Arbroath (in fact Orion faced Bon Accord’s opponents two years later and lost 18-0) but at least they played the same sport as them. Results like these are horrible for fans of the losing team, but are peversely enjoyable for the neutral. Part of you wants them to stop, while another part wants them to continue to tear them apart. It is not as impossible, however, to score 149 own goals which Malagsy club SOE proved during a match against AS Adema in the TBH Champions League in 2002. The referee had originally counted 37 goals, but Dundee insisted they had only scored 35, an act of honesty they were to regret upon hearing the result of Arbroath’s match.

11th April 2001. Archie Thompson equalled John Petrie’s world record with 13 (he would have broken it but for a disallowed goal). Telegraph, The, April 14, 2001 by Mark Jeffreys

Sources

Guardian, The, November 29, 2002

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