England's 8 - 0 thrashing of San Marino has made many wonder when last such a score line was ever seen in modern day soccer, not forgetting the 8 - 2 defeat Manchester United inflected on Arsenal some few seasons back.
Though England didn't play the best of Football, but where fortunate to flex their muscles on a much lower professional side whom they have become accustomed to playing in recent times in qualifications for most major Soccer events(Euro and World cup).
The game saw, Tottehnam's Defoe record a brace, Arsenal Ox- Chamberlain score a nice goal, Chelsea's Frank Lampard become the highest scoring English midfielder by scoring a goal, Manchester United Ashley Young score a wonder goal( His first goal of the 2012/2013 season), Liverpool's recruit Daniel Sturridge gets his first International goal and Wayne Rooney also on target through a free kick at the edge of the box.
England's 8 - 0 victory is by no doubt the largest goal margin victory in Soccer. And so Soccer4life presents FOOTBALL HEAVIEST DEFEATS.
6 . Australia 22–0 Tonga (2001)
5. Kuwait 20–0 Bhutan (2000)
4. Fiji 13–0 American Samoa
3. Germany 9 - 0 Saudi Arabia
2. Samoa 8–0 American Samoa
And before we reveal the number one, we just want you to first take a deep breath because what you are about to read now is REAL.
1. Australia 31–0 American Samoa
On 11 April 2001, the Australian and American Samoa national association football teams played each other in a qualifying match for the 2002 FIFA World Cup. The match was played at the International Sports Stadium in Coffs Harbour, Australia. Australia set a world record for the largest victory in an international football match, winning the game 31–0. Australia's Archie Thompson also broke the record for most goals scored by a player in an international match by scoring 13 goals. David Zdrilic, the scorer of eight goals in the match, achieved the second highest number of goals in an international match since World War I.
If you still doubt, below is the match summary of that game.
Australia fielded a team with several rarely-used players as many regulars were either rested or omitted from the team. Strikers John Aloisi and Damian Mori who combined for 10 goals in the 22–0 win over Tonga were also omitted for this match. The American Samoa team were troubled by passport issues, with only one member of their original 20-man senior team, goalkeeper Nicky Salapu, eligible to play. American Samoa were also unable to call their under-20 players because most of them were involved in high school exams at the time. They were forced to draft in their youth players, including three 15-year-old players, to put together a makeshift team with an average age of 18. According to team manager and Football Federation American Samoa vice-president Tony Langkilde, most of the Samoan players had never played a full 90-minute game before the match with Australia.
American Samoa held Australia scoreless for the first ten minutes of play until Con Boutsianis scored Australia's first goal from a corner kick. Archie Thompson scored his first goal in the 12th minute, and his strike partner, David Zdrilic, added his first goal a minute later. Tony Popovic added two successive goals in the 17th and 19th minute to extend Australia's lead into 6–0. In the 25th minute, Zdrilic achieved a hat-trick, making the score 9–0 for Australia. Thompson then scored 6 of the next 7 goals as Australia led 16–0 at half time. Thompson led Australia in scoring with 8 goals at half-time, and Zdrilic had 4 goals.
Boutsianis, who scored the first goal of the first half, scored the first goal of the second half in the 50th minute. Boutsianis later added another goal to complete his hat-trick. Thompson and Zdrilic added 5 and 4 goals to finish with 13 and 8 goals respectively. Boutsianis finished with 3 goals, while Popovic, Aurelio Vidmar and Simon Colosimo scored 2 goals each, and substitute Fausto De Amicis scored one goal. In the 86th minute, despite being down by 29 goals, American Samoa managed to launch an attack towards Australia's goal when Pati Feagiai had a shot, which was saved by Michael Petkovic. That was American Samoa's first and only shot on Australia's goal.
The large number of goals created a confusion over the correct scoreline. At the end of the match, the scoreboard at the stadium showed 32–0 and Thompson was credited with 14 goals. After the statistician did a recount, the 31–0 scoreline was announced, and Thompson's total goals count was reduced to 13. After the match, FIFA went on to release the official statistics after receiving the official report from the referee and match officials, which confirm the 31–0 scoreline and Thompson's 13 goals.
The Soccer loving World will have to wait for some time before such a record will ever be broken.
If you think there are other big margin defeat you know or have ever witnessed, feel free to tell us about it.