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The Biggest Defeats Ever!

What are the biggest football losses ever in the history of the sport? We look at the top three!

Dundee Harp 35-0 Aberdeen Rovers (1885)

The third biggest thrashing of all time is this incredible scoreline of 35-0 for Dundee Harp against Aberdeen Rovers in 1885. However, this was not even the highest scoreline of the day as we have something even more unbelievable next on the list. Both these teams are from Scotland and the now-defunct Dundee Harp had no mercy for Aberdeen Rovers when the sides met in 1885. The referee had originally recorded 37 goals scored. However, Harp’s secretary insisted the correct result was two goals fewer. The official is said to have acknowledged having difficulty with keeping track of the offensive onslaught and accepted Harp’s lower total.

Arbroath 36-0 Bon Accord (1885)

This match took place on the same day in Scotland and almost immediately broke Dundee Harp’s record. They managed to put one more into the net of Bon Accord than Dundee Harp scored earlier. However, there were no problems with score-keeping here, as the home side put another Aberdeen-based side to the sword. John Petrie also became the first man to register 13 goals in a professional game in this match.

AS Adema 149-0 Stade Olympique L’Emyrne (2002)

This match took place on October 31, 2002, in the Madagascar National Football Championship. It ended with a score of 149-0 in favour of the home team! It was the match with the most number of goals in world football history and is recognised by the Guinness Book of Records. This is the biggest loss in recorded football history, by a long way! How did AS Adema accomplish such a feat? Apparently, their opponents started scoring goals into their own net after a referee made a call with which they did not agree.

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