When Manchester City thrashed a woeful Watford 8-0 in the English Premier League just over a week ago, it made the headlines of most sports pages around the world.
It is the type of results that you rarely see in modern football. It also brings to mind the 1-7 humiliation of Brazil by Germany at the 2014 World Cup and more recently the 13-0 rout of Thailand by the American women en route to their World Cup win earlier this year.
What could be worse?
On Saturday, at the Rio state women’s league in Brazil, Flamengo notched up their biggest win of the season.
The Flamengo’s women’s team scored at will as they destroyed Greminho 56-0 in a league match.
While Flamengo’s huge win was in a relatively lower ranked league, there were times when even top notch competitions also saw similar results.
For almost 117 years, Scottish team Arbroath held the record for most goals scored in a match.
Arbroath led 15-0 at halftime before finishing the match against newcomers Bon Accord 36-0 in the 1885/1886 Scottish Cup.
Such was their dominance over their rivals, who arrived for the match without even a team kit, that the Arbroath goalkeeper Jim Milne Sr, did not even get to touch the ball once.
Farce in Madagascar
The match between AS Adema and SO l’Emyrne at the 2002 Madagascar Champions League was a total farce. It was this match that eventually relieved Bon Accord of their century long agony.
AS Adema had already wrapped up the title and the match had no bearing on the title race.
SO Emyrne were unhappy with a controversial penalty later in the game and decided to show their displeasure in spectacular fashion.
The SO Emyrne players decided to score own goals and by the time the match the scoreline read an astonishing 149-0 to AS Adema.
SO Emyrne coach, as well as four players, including the national team captain were handed out three year bans for their indiscretion.
Massacre Down Under
Australia may have not won a World Cup yet, but they hold biggest margin of victory at the international arena.
The Aussies trumped American Samoa 31-0 at the Oceania 2002 World Cup qualifiers.
went into the game having beaten the record for the biggest international win
with a 22-0 victory over Tonga just two days earlier.
They eventually topped their qualification group with four victories and a goal difference of +66.
Match fixing in Nigeria
Four Nigerian clubs were banned for ten years after their players and officials conspired to fix football matches in their league. All players and officials involved were given lifetime bans from football.
involving the four teams – Plateau United Founders vs Akurba FC and Police
Machine FC vs Bubayaro FC, would have decided the promotion of teams to the
lower division of the Nigerian professional football league.
Plateau United and Police Machine were both level on points and, and goal difference was expected to decide which team would get promoted.
At half-time, Plateau United were 7-0 up, while Police Machine leading 6-0. This is when things got out of hand. Akurba and Bubayaro started conceding own goals in rapid fashion to help their respective opponents.
The matches ending
79-0 and 67-0 respectively, earning Plateau United promotion.