Football is one of the most popular sports on the planet, originally born and developed in Great Britain and its colonies. Its rules are known to everyone, as well as its peculiarities. Thus, everyone knows that sometimes you can wait for the first and only goal in the match for 40 minutes, and sometimes you can not wait for it at all.
In other words, the rules of soccer, as well as the conditions under which players have to perform, are such that scoring many goals regularly is not possible. Scores of 1:0, 1:1, and 0:0 are typical of football, although other popular sports in the world with a similar scoring system are very rare (we are talking about hockey, first of all).
Nevertheless, even in classical football, with its huge playing fields, there are exceptions when players of both teams score 5, 6, or even ten goals in a match. These matches become a great feast for the fans but are very rare. Some of them briefly and will be discussed in this article.
It should be noted that there are leagues in the world in which ten goals scored per match is rather a regular minimum performance. However, these matches take place mostly in third-tier leagues with an extremely low level of professionalism of the players, for example, in the leagues of the island nations of Oceania.
These matches will not be taken into account in this top, as the author was primarily interested in tournaments from the first bookmaker’s layout.
The top is subjective and reflects the personal opinion of the author. The reader is free to disagree with his opinion, presenting his version of the list of the most devastating matches in the history of big soccer.
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2010. PSV v Feyenoord, 0:10
French PSV and Dutch Feyenoord met in the Champions League. Nothing seemed to suggest trouble. Of course, the season for the Dutch did not pan out, but never before in the history of the club did it allow itself to lose with a score of 0:10.
The squad of the club was also strong. It was headed by a relatively well-known coach Mario Beyen, and one of the best Dutch goalkeepers of his time, van Dijk, jumped out into the squad.
Until the 24th minute of the first half, everything went relatively well for the guests, but viewers from the outset began to be a little strained by the ease with which the French passed the defensive structures of the Dutch.
Subsequently, many viewers assumed that the Feyenoord players took to the field after a wild party, but this has never been confirmed.
The first goal against van Dijk was scored by Riens. Leonard’s penalty was followed by a goal-scoring penalty, and the ball poured in one after the other. The defeat is still the biggest in Feyenoord’s history.
2013. Spain vs. Tahiti, 10-0
Tahiti is a small island nation that few people have heard of. The fact that this small country has its national football team is almost unheard of. However, for such a minuscule state, soccer is developed there. In 2012, the national team made its first appearance, winning the OFC Cup of Nations.
In 2013, the national team reached the highest level for the first time by entering the Confederations Cup. The opponent in one of the matches was Spain, the reigning European champion at the time. The Tahiti national team was headed by Eddie Aeta, and in its composition was only one professional footballer. All the others in their main occupation were physical education teachers or just amateurs.
Logically, nothing good for Tahiti is out of the idea. The national team lost with a smashing score. But the players themselves, it seems, did not particularly confuse them – after the match, they smiled and willingly gave interviews. Aetaeta, the head coach of the Tahitian team, declared that his team had won a significant victory, winning the hearts of spectators.
2008. Middlesbrough vs. Manchester United, 8-1
By 2008, Manchester was in a difficult position. The team had not won any titles at all for over a decade, although every season, the critics and pundits gave it great advances, and its budget was noticeably ahead of its nearest competitors in the English Premier League (APL) table.
In 2008 Svet Eriksson embarked on another restructuring, which led to mediocre results. The entire season the team found itself in the middle of the standings. The crisis culminated in the match against Middlesbrough.
The tragedy began in the 15th minute of the match – the leading striker Richard Dunn was sent off. After that, the team conceded eight goals and managed to get back only one. It should be noted that Middlesbrough was not a championship favorite that season, either.
2001. Australian national team versus American Samoa, 31-0
Football on the island nations of Oceania is relatively underdeveloped – too few people live there. Nevertheless, for a long time, Australia, a much more developed state in terms of sports, belonged to the Football Division of Oceania (on geographical principle).
Accordingly, in the World Cup qualifiers, it had to play the weaker island teams. The Australian team was an order of magnitude stronger than them. This often resulted in double-digit scores in the official national team matches.
However, the record was set in 2001 during a qualifying match between the national teams of Australia and American Samoa. The score was recorded as 31-0 in favor of the Australians. To date, it is the biggest score recorded in an official match at the international level. Australian forward Archie Thomson set the record by scoring 13 goals in a match.
After that memorable victory, FIFA decided to move Australia to the Asian Football Confederation, where they had to play much stronger teams. The American Samoa squad, on the other hand, did not have a single professional player on its roster.
1999. Newcastle vs. Sheffield Wednesday, 8-0
The 1999 season was extremely unsuccessful for Sheffield. The team had not won a single game since the start and had seven defeats in a row. This meant they needed at least one win to retain their place in the top division. The players wanted to win at all costs. The game against Newcastle at St James’ Park was to be won.
However, the flow of the match quickly dashed the hopes of the Sheffield supporters. Already in the first half, the home team scored four unanswered goals and then added four more in the second half. Wednesday was relegated to the lower division and has never been back since. Newcastle forward Alan Shearer scored his hat-trick in that game.
1995. Manchester United vs. Ipswich, 9-0
Ipswich is not a popular club in Britain, rarely making it to the Premiership. However, in the first half of the 1990s, it was there quite often without success and sat at the bottom of the table. He always managed to escape relegation literally at the last moment.
In the 1994/1995 APL season, Ipswich was left out. Their relegation was badly overshadowed by a 0-9 defeat by Manchester City. In the same season, but in the first round, Ipswich managed to beat United at their stadium 3-2. The club’s goalkeeper Craig Forrest defended from Portman Road.
1982. Hungary vs. El Salvador, 10-1
It’s hard to believe today, but the Hungarian national team was once much stronger than the South American country El Salvador. The two countries were to meet in the first match of the 1982 World Cup. The course of the match did not leave the Salvadorans any chance, but it was their national debut.
The only goal for El Salvador was scored by Luis Ramirez Zapata.
Having embarrassed itself in front of its fans in the first match, El Salvador was able to withstand both strong Argentina and Belgium in the second and third matches of the championship. Curiously, the defeat against Hungary has become something of a national cult in El Salvador.
Thus, in 2007 a memorable match between the national teams of these countries was held to commemorate the 25th anniversary of El Salvador’s defeat. The meeting ended in a draw with a score of 2:2.
1974. The national team of Yugoslavia vs. a national team of Zaire, 9:0
The Zair team was considered the outsider of the 1974 FIFA World Cup from the very beginning. The very fact that she managed to get to the tournament, many perceived as a miracle. However, the subsequent course of events quickly dispelled all miracles.
In the first match, Zaire faced Scotland, losing 0:2. Then there was the match with Brazil – 0:3. But in Yugoslavia, the defensive potential of Africans ended. Since then, the 1974 Zaire team has been considered the weakest in the history of World Cup football.