The 7 Worst Blowouts in Soccer History

Mikhail Turner@MikhailTurnerContributor IIIJanuary 17, 2013

The 7 Worst Blowouts in Soccer History

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    High-scoring games in soccer can be fun, but sometimes things get out of hand.

    When two teams meet and the winner is painfully obvious beforehand, the result could be a blowout.

    There have been plenty of lopsided games in soccer, but these games are a cut above the rest.

    The margin of victory in these games is astounding when you consider that professionals are involved. 

    Here are the seven worst blowouts in world football history.

7. Preston North End 26-0 Hyde United 1887

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    Preston North End was doing damage in English football before Tom Finney turned out for the side.

    The club holds the FA Cup record for biggest margin of victory after a 26-0 beatdown of Hyde United.(via

    Preston went on to the 1888 FA Cup final but lost out to West Bromwich Albion 2-1.(via

6. Villarreal 27-0 Navata 2009

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    Villarreal did something two of the more esteemed Spanish sides couldn't.

    The current Liga Adelante side bested Navata in a friendly and got a good warmup in the process.

    Here's the BBC's report on the game.

    It may have been a friendly, but it's still quite incredible. 

5. Tahiti 30-0 Cook Islands 1971

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    The first of our two Oceanic Football Confederation (OFC) representatives, Tahiti notched a big win over the Cook Islands during the 1971 South Pacific Games.

    You might want to read up on this impressive side.

    You'll be seeing them line up against the likes of Spain and Brazil in this summer's Confederations Cup, after they qualified as the winners of the OFC Nations cup (via ESPN Soccernet).

4. Australia 31-0 American Samoa 2001

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    This victory is pretty famous in the football world, thanks to it being a FIFA World Cup qualification game.

    So famous that unlike all the others, we'll be able to see it countless times on YouTube.

    Is it at all surprising that this is our third entry from the OFC? This blowout victory for Australia was one of many reasons why Australia now plays in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).

    It's probably good to note that this was not American Samoa's strongest side. Then again, the same can be said for Australia.

    There were a few teenagers involved on the losing side, as you'll read in the Telegraph's report on the game.

    As revealed by the BBC, the Australians picked up two records en route to the victory. Archie Thompson knocked in 13 goals to tie a world record.

    Beat that, Lionel Messi.

    American Samoa got the last laugh, though. Australia failed to reach the 2002 World Cup after losing to Uruguay in a playoff (via the Telegraph).

3. Dundee Harp 35-0 Aberdeen Rovers 1885

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    We head on over to Scotland for our next two entries, which both came about on the same day.

    The now defunct Dundee Harp held no mercy for the Aberdeen Rovers when the sides met in, erm, 1885 (via Dundee Evening Telegraph).

    Here's what's so interesting about this story, though.

    Dundee Harp could have been the former world record-holder in terms of the biggest margin of victory in football. Here's a tidbit from the Scotsman about the events surrounding that day;

    ...according to Fraser Clyne, the Arbroath FC historian who researched both matches in detail, the referee had noted 37 goals scored. However, Harp's secretary insisted the correct result was two goals less. The referee is said to have acknowledged difficulty keeping track of the offensive onslaught and acceded to Harp's lower total.

    If only. 

2. Arbroath 36-0 Bon Accord 1885.

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    That team down the road was Arbroath.

    There were no problems with score-keeping here, as the home side put another Aberdeen-based side to the sword.

    Here, again, is an account of the game from the Scotsman. As mentioned in the article, the win was expected, but not so much the overwhelming result.

    John Petrie was the first man (18-year-old rather) to hold the record of 13 goals in a professional game.

    Abroath no longer holds the record for biggest win—obviously, as they are at No. 2 on this list—but that record was under threat more than once.

    The BBC reports that the Scottish side came close to losing out to Romanian team Carpati Mirsa, but Guinness did not consider it a professional league game.

1. A.S Adema 149-0 Stade Olympique L'Emyrne 2002

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    When you think of Madagascar, you may be thinking of DreamWorks' popular animated film in 2005.

    The tiny country is no stranger to most in the soccer world either, thanks to this absurd blowout victory.

    As reported by ESPN Soccernet, the losing side Stade Olympique l'Emyrne staged a protest that few could ignore, and that led to this 149-0 scoreline.

    A few members of the team and the coach were eventually punished for the club's actions (via The Guardian).

    There used to be a YouTube video but we're not sure where that went.

    It may be a bit weird considering AS Adema had little to do in the match, but the result is what counts and here you have the biggest blowout, by far, in soccer history.

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