Football can be a brutal sport. Every week, fans watch their team lose, but some defeats are more difficult to accept than others, whether due to the opposition or the result. Some are so horrible that they will break your heart even though you aren't a fan of the loser.
Such defeats are vexing, while others are crushing. The most difficult defeats occur on the largest scales, but that does not make small defeats any easier to handle. Here are the 10 most humiliating football defeats in history. I'm sure I missed any, so please share the most heartbreaking football memories in the comments section.
What a way to start a tournament and defend the championship. Germany began the 2007 Women's World Cup in Shanghai with a record-breaking victory over Argentina, and they finished strong, becoming the first team in Women's World Cup history to win back-to-back tournaments. Imagine what they'll do in front of their home crowd to kick off the tournament that summer.
9. Manchester United 8-1 Nottingham Forest
6 February 1999: Manchester United earn a record away victory over Nottingham Forest at the City Ground in Nottingham, England, in the FA Carling Premiership match. In February 1999, Manchester United beat Nottingham Forest 8-1 for the biggest away win in the English Premier League.
8. AC Milan 5-0 Real Madrid
Real Madrid was in the midst of a five-year winning streak in La Liga, but AC Milan was unconcerned. In the 1989 European Cup semifinals, the Italian giants thrashed the Spanish team in a manner that no one has ever seen before. It is Madrid's heaviest European defeat to date. The picture, on the other hand, shows Iker Casillas venting his rage after one of Real's most recent crushing European defeats, a 4-0 loss to Liverpool at Anfield in 2009. Madrid, on the other hand, has nine European titles to its credit.
7. Liverpool 10-0 Fulham
Liverpool's latest 5-2 win at Craven Cottage was impressive, but it paled in comparison to the Reds' 10-0 League Cup triumph over Fulham in 1986. The Reds went on to score 3-2 at Fulham a few weeks back, and that was just the first leg at Anfield. The 10-0 win in the League Cup's largest single-game margin of victory. Three years before, West Ham had beaten Bury by the same score.
6. Ghana 🇬🇭 2-1 USA 🇺🇸
Team USA won its group in the 2010 World Cup (which wasn't easy ), and the Americans had a decent chance to advance to the semifinals thanks to France's epic collapse. They'd also just won a massive morale-boosting game against Algeria at the last minute. So it was a big disappointment when the United States conceded two soft goals to Ghana and lost an opportunity to create a real stir just a year after beating No. 1 ranked Spain.
5. Bolivia 🇧🇴 6-1 Argentina 🇦🇷
Diego Maradona has just come to the rescue of Argentina's floundering national team, which was failing to qualify for the 2010 World Cup, but Bolivia sunk their hopes in April 2009. Argentina's 6-1 loss in Bolivia was their worst in World Cup qualification, coming after three wins and no goals conceded after Maradona took over in November 2008.
4. Australia 🇦🇺 31-0 American Samoa 🇼🇸
This is completely humiliating. Even though no one suspected American Samoa had a football team. Maybe they don't anymore, after losing 31-0 in a 2002 World Cup qualifier, the biggest loss in an international match. Archie Thompson of Australia netted 13 goals. You have to call grace at some stage. Because of this match, Oceania qualification now has a preliminary round to avoid any unbalanced outcomes. FIFA has proven in the past that it is capable of improvement.
3. Chelsea 13-0 Japanese
Chelsea beat Juenesse of Luxembourg 8-0 in the first leg and 13-0 in the second leg of the 1971 UEFA Cup Winner's Cup first round. It's the biggest victory in European competition in terms of total points. Chelsea has a long and illustrious tradition.
2. Barcelona 6-2 Real Madrid
Barcelona had one-upped their opponents just a year back. They won the championship by a landslide in their opponent's backyard. There's no better way to round off a strong first season as a new coach than by defeating the holders at home. In Pep Guardiola's first season as boss, Barcelona was unstoppable, winning La Liga, the Copa del Rey, and the Champions League.
1. Uruguay 🇺🇾 1-1 Ghana 🇬🇭, Uruguay 4-2 PSO
Ghana was inches away from becoming the first African team to reach the World Cup semifinals, and then the dreams of the entire African continent, as well as any neutral fan on the planet, were dashed. Luis Suarez's handball on the line, which prevented Ghana from scoring a certain winning goal in extra time, earned him a red card and a penalty kick for the final kick of the contest.
The game went to penalties after Asamoah Gyan, who had already scored twice from the spot in the 2010 World Cup, struck the crossbar. Uruguay won, and Ghana was dealt the cruelest of blows in World Cup history, thanks to a cheeky penalty from Sebastian Abreu.
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