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Top 10 biggest wins in international football


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Tahiti footballIn wake of Spain’s 10-0 win against the admirable footballing minnows of Tahiti, TNS got thinking.

A 10-goal defeat is bad enough but the French Polynesian side are hardly the only ones to suffer at the hands of technically superior opponents.

Indeed, international football has seen no shortage of one-sided results over theyears. So here TNS brings you the top 10:

Australia 31-0 American Samoa

The standard-bearer of international football, Australia’s landslide win over American Samoa in 2001 is the largest victory any national side has ever registered. Records tumbled as Archie Thompson scored the highest ever number of goals in an international match (13) and David Zdrilic became the second highest scorer since World War I with eight.

Not only did American Samoa fail to hit back once, but they went on to concede another 26 goals during their World Cup Qualifying campaign. Yes, this was not a friendly, but a competitive match – well, at least in name.

Australia 0-8 South Africa

From heroes to zeroes, Australia got as close as they could to being on the receiving end of a similar scoreline 47 years earlier. They conceded just under four times fewer – but it no doubt still hurt them. At the Kensington Oval, Adelaide in 1955, Malcolm Rufus, Harold Paton and Peter Hughes all scored twice, while Cliff Jacques and Ian Palmer opened and closed the hammering respectively.

San Marino 0-13 Germany

To Europe, where one of the biggest international wins of the 21st century saw ‘ze Germans’ bag an unbelievable 13 goals against lowly San Marino. Lukas Podolski scored four that day and Germany were 6-0 up by half-time alone. The margin is a record for a European Championship qualifying match but not even Germany’s best – over a century ago they beat Russia 16-0.

Germany 8-0 Saudi Arabia

Clearly, the Germans are never in the mood to mess about. They brought us another unforgettable clash when they handed Saudi Arabia an 8-0 caning in 2002 – their best ever result in a World Cup match. Prompting world-wide headlines about the Saudis inability to get anywhere ‘Klose’ to victory, Miroslav Klose notched a hat-trick, while five other scorers piled on the misery for the Middle Eastern side.

San Marino 0-8 England

It may surprise many but England have managed to add themselves to our list, courtesy of their 8-0 win in San Marino this March. A brace from Jermain Defoe and single contributions from the likes of Daniel Sturridge, Wayne Rooney, Frank Lampard, Ashley Young and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain gave England their biggest win since 1987. Yes, it appears the Three Lions are actually capable of scoring the odd goal.

Spain 9-0 Austria

Poor Tahiti may have suffered the full extent of Spanish wrath on Thursday night but they are far from the only side to have been swept aside by La Roja. While Fernando Torres netted four against Tahiti this week, it was Raul who did the same amount of damage in a European qualifier against Austria in 1999. So much for the promise of a new millennium, the Austrians have probably been struggling to recover from this game ever since.

New Zealand 10-0 Tahiti

Newsflash: Tahiti have lost 10-0 on more than one occasion. And this particular encounter means they have done so twice in nine years. Yes, it may have been sweltering with Mauri heat in June 2004 but there was no warmth shown by a New Zealand side who proceeded to dismantle the French Polynesians by a ten-goal margin. Ryan Nelsen scored twice but Vaughan Coveny and Brent Fisher went one better with hat-tricks. Ah, those unfortunate Tahitians.

Brazil 14-0 Nicaragua

Next in our list is Brazil’s attempt to physically predict the future. Indeed, in October 1975, it was as though the Selecao knew Brazil ’14 would be the year and location of the 2014 World Cup. Just look at their sensational attempt at foreshadowing – the only thing missing is the apostrophe. That day, Luis Alberto scored four and his team-mates scored even more. Poor Tahiti? Poor Nicaragua...

Yugoslavia 7-0 Faroe Islands

In May 1991, Davor Suker’s 85thminute goal capped off a comprehensive 7-0 win for Yugoslavia against the Faroe Islands. But, amazingly, the Yugoslavians were only 2-0 up at half-time, with five of their seven goals being scored after the break. This was not the former state's biggest ever win, however, as they had previously beaten Venezuela 10-0 in 1972.

Ghana 7-0 Lesotho

It seems the prospect of next year’s World Cup is enough to inspire avalanches of goals all over the planet. Indeed, while England put eight past San Marino during their bid to reach Rio, Ghana were not far off an identical scoreline against Lesotho last June.

Sulley Muntari opened the floodgates before Dominic Adiyiah and Jordan Ayew helped themselves to doubles. Once again, though, this was not Ghana’s largest win in history – with that particular award going to a 13-0 victory over Kenya in 1965. The Black Stars were on the receiving end just three years later, though, as Bulgaria thrashed them 10-0.

Quite literally a cricket score...

If the scorelines above impressed you, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

In 2002, Madagascan champions AS Adema won a league match 149-0 (yes, one hundred and forty-nine).

Unbelievably, however, Adema did not touch the ball even once between the first and 149th. No, the goals were all scored by losing side Stade Olympique L’Emyrne, who sent the ball hurtling towards their own net time and again in protest at an earlier refereeing decision.

Suddenly, Tahiti’s 10-0 defeat does not look so bad.

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