Football is definitely a sport where anything can happen, and it’s about the agony and ecstasy, as such without one there won’t be the other, in other words, there are teams who are considered to the best in football, despite being the best they’ve also been cases where they were on the receiving end of some shocking, humiliating, and embarrassing defeats. No wonder it is regarded as the best and most exciting sport that comes with action-filled moments for the fans.
As a football enthusiast, when you watch your darling team play, there is nothing you wished for than a scintillating victory, but when the team experienced a bad day or experienced the cruel side of the game, it very hard to take and can be heartbroken.
Some defeats can be so infuriating and humiliating, whether it’s a match on the biggest stages or not, no humiliating defeat is usually easy to the stomach or take with a good heart.
So have you ever sit and ask yourself what are the most humiliating football moments or embarrassing defeat your team has experienced or you’ve witnessed as a fan?
To refresh your memory in this period when football enthusiasts are patiently waiting for football to return, after a three-month break due to the coronavirus pandemic, today Cheapgoals will bring to you some of the embarrassing defeats in football history.
(Selecao) Brazil 1-7 Germany (Die Mannschaft)
The 2014 World Cup in Brazil hosted by the Selecao is one tournament that the Brazilian fans, the players selected by then manager Felipe Scolari to play for the ‘Selecao’ and the football enthusiast all over the world will never forget in a hurry, not because of anything, but because of the humiliating defeat that befell the Brazilian national team in front of their home fans.
The 1-7 embarrassing defeat in hands of Germany at the Belo Horizonte Stadium on July 8, 2014, happens to be the second biggest defeat the Selecao would ever experience.
Having experienced their first-ever biggest defeat against one of their arch-rival Uruguay 6-0 at the Vina Del Mar, Stadium in Chile, on September 18, 1920, perhaps you would say that’s when football was still in its infant age or era as the case may be.
Perhaps you might want to cut the team some slack, having lost two of their biggest players in the team to injury and suspension, however losing in such an embarrassing manner despite being one of the best footballing nations in the world in terms of the kind of players they parade, sounds humiliating.
The defeat was so bad that the Germans had to apologize to Brazil and their fans for beating them in such an embarrassing manner, a loss that brought embarrassment to the whole country and the Brazilian team, which caused many of the players to broke down in premium tears due to the annihilation.
(Socceroos) Australia 31-0 American Samoa (The Boys From The Territory)
If you are a football enthusiast and you saw the highlight of the match on your television screen or you heard of the result from a friend, one question you would likely ask is, is the match a basketball match between Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers?
Why, because that is one sport that is synonymous with such a result.
Although it’s not every day that a team is been beaten mercilessly in such a manner the American Samoa team was beaten when it happens fans can not but marvel at such a humiliating defeat which happens to be the biggest defeat in an international match for the 2002 World Cup qualifiers.
When you heard of 31-0, no doubt it’s a match that should provide a lot of goals and goalscorers, as such Archie Thompson scored a ridiculous 13 goals out of the 31 goals scored in that embarrassing defeat, which prompted FIFA to introduced a preliminary round for Oceania qualifying so that such humiliating defeat wouldn’t happen again.
(Catalan) Barcelona 6-1 Paris Saint Germain (Les Parisiens)
These embarrassing defeat to PSG is one of the matches I will never forget in a hurry as a football lover and as a sports journalist, it’s actually the day in which ‘Les Parisiens‘ decided to act foolishly and annoying in such fixture, after winning the first leg of UEFA Champions League against Barcelona 4-0 in Paris.
That said, of course, the Spanish giant are no strangers to a glorious and unimaginable come back themselves, as such Paris Saint Germain were at the receiving end this time at the Camp Nou, to ease them out of the money-spinning Champions League with an emphatic, humiliating, and embarrassing 6-1 win.
One player that orchestrated ‘Les Parisiens’ defeat back then in the late stages of the return leg at Camp Nou was Neymar who his now their player, was a thorn in the flesh of Paris Saint Germain defense that night, as they became the first team to exit the competition after winning the first leg at home under the tutelage of Unai Emery.
(Red Devils) Manchester United 8-2 Arsenal (Gunners)
Quite sure this particular match will forever remain in the memories of Arsenal’s faithful not because of anything, but for the humiliating feeling, while it will be remembered by United fans as a triumph that comes with a sweet bragging right against the Gunners fans, even though as a neutral fan you’d still find it hard to fathom how Arsenal was beaten in such a shameful manner.
Understandably before that match, Wenger’s team was battling with a lot of injuries, as such ‘Le Professeur’ had to field a fringe defense of Johan Djourou, Laurent Koscielny, Carl Jenkinson, and Armand Traore, but then that’s no excuse for the Gunners to had lost in such a disgraceful manner despite been one of the top team in the Premier League.
Even at the post-match interview, United manager Alex Ferguson was also surprised at the manner Arsenal lost to the Red Devils, according to him “When you play Arsenal you don’t expect a result like that, two English giant had gone toe to toe for so many years, but this was quite the opposite” That statement is a testament to the fact that Fergie was shocked and wasn’t expecting such an embarrassing result against Arsenal.
Arsene Wenger responds with spending considerable sums of money on securing the services of 5 players within a matter of hours right on the deadline date.
(Red Devils) Manchester United 1-6 Manchester City (The Citizens)
This is one of the strange results you wouldn’t have expected to see in a match of this magnitude considering the rivalry, as such it’s was expected to be a keenly contested match, but unfortunately, it’s turned out to be a massacre for the red part of Manchester.
The match came as United’s worst home loss since February 1955, and these time around the defeat was orchestrated by Mario Ballotteli et al, with his popular ‘Why Always Me‘ celebration, as the win edged City closer to the title and it was won on goal difference that season under Italian manager Roberto Mancini
(The Reds) Liverpool 4-0 Barcelona (Catalan)
‘Karma’ they say is the idea that one reaps, what one sow, in other words, that was exactly what happened to the Spanish giant, Barcelona had had a foot and four toes in the Champions League final after beating Liverpool 3-0 at the Camp Nou in an utterly enthralling encounter. In semblance to what happened between them and Paris Saint Germain.
Heading to the Merseyside in England, seemed unthinkable that the Spanish giant would go crashing out, for Barcelona they were humbled, disgraced, and embarrassed on a Champions League night many had thought they would go through to the next round because of their first-leg triumph.
(La Furia Roja) Spain 1-5 Netherlands (The Oranje)
This game was a rematch of the 2010 World Cup final, as such it’s definitely had everything to fight for, which was the bragging right, secondly the crucial three-point involved in a World Cup group stage.
Fortunately for ‘The Oranje‘ of Netherlands four years after the reigning World Champions defeated them, they got their chance to humiliate and massacre Spain despite drawing the first blood through Xabi Alonso’s goal, thereafter the table turned in favor of the Netherlands as Robin Van Persie and Arjen Robben put the reigning champions to the sword.
Their loss was the worst ever for a defending champions team in the group stage, as the victory for the Netherlands was an utter embarrassment to La Roja fans, the players, and the neutrals.
(The Stars & Stripes) USA Women 13-0 Thailand (Chaba Kaew)
There is these saying that goes thus, ‘There are no more minors in world football‘, but sometimes the so-called minors do comes out of their shell to spring a surprise against the best team in world football. Apparently, this time around the cliché didn’t play out that way as the minor was dealt with seriously.
The USA Women national team faced an atrocious criticism for their overzealous celebrations as they inflict a humiliation upon Thailand women national team the biggest defeat ever seen at the FIFA Women’s World Cup tournament, as the resources, talents, available to the respective teams made the American behavior very hard to stomach by the Thai’s.
(The Citizens) Manchester City 6-0 Watford (The Hornets)
Yes, there is no shame in losing to an excellent citizens side and champions of the league though, but as a fan of Watford when your team loses in such a disgraceful manner you felt heartbroken and pained.
The Hornets weren’t only beaten, they were embarrassed by Pep Guardiola’s side in the 2019 FA Cup final, a humiliating defeat that left the Watford side red-faced in front of their fans, and the watching world in one of the biggest game in their history.
(Spurs) Tottenham 2-7 Bayern Munich (Bavarian)
Everything Bayern Munich hit on that night in the UEFA Champions League against Tottenham this season went in, the Bavarian had 10 shots on target that night, as Serge Gnabry and mates made things very difficult for the North London side.
The defeat suffered by Spurs was their worst ever European defeat earlier this season, which prompted Mauricio Pochettino’s five-year project with Tottenham to edged closer to an unfortunate end to his management at Spurs.
(Catalan) Barcelona 5-0 Real Madrid (Los Blancos)
The whole world most have expected something great from then Jose Mourinho side Real Madrid when his team filed out in his first ‘El Clasico’ showdown against Barcelona, unfortunately, Los Blancos fans were disappointed likewise the neutrals who loved Mourinho passionately.
The 5-0 bashing of Real Madrid in the El Clasico was more like a blow to Mourinho’s pride, as the likes of Xavi Hernandez, David Villa, Pedro, and Jeffren orchestrated an embarrassing Clasico defeat for Real Madrid.
It was arguably the worst ever defeat for Los Blancos, and it also marked the bitter beginning for Mourinho to the famed rivalry with Pep Guardiola.
(The Saints) Southampton 0-9 Leicester City (The Foxes)
The Brendan Rodgers side did show why they’re called ‘The Foxes‘, in 2019/20 Premier League season, Leicester didn’t only defeat Southampton but massacre the Saint in front of their home fans on a freezing night at the South Coast double blow of course, as they equaled the 24-year-old record for the biggest Premier League defeat.
Perhaps, if there ain’t reduced to 10 men on the night, maybe they would have tried to save face and put up a fight to avoid been dismantled in such an embarrassing manner, which won’t be forgotten anytime soon.
(The Dons) MK Dons 4-0 Manchester United (Red Devils)
United are expected to experience a torrid time post-Ferguson era, but not in a manner in which they’re were disgraced by League One side MK Dons, the minor defied the odd right? Yes, they did.
The Louis Van Gaal side may not have filed out with the strongest team on the day, but with the players like Javier Chicharito, Danny Welbeck, Jonny Evens, Shinji Kagawa, and David De Gea, you would expect at least a decent performance from United, but unfortunately for them, it’s turned out to be a bad day for The Red Devils.
(Boro) Middlesbrough 8-1 Manchester City (The Citizens)
Courtesy of the Arab billionaire takeover, only God knows what would have become of Manchester City in an era where money-baggers invested in football, and specifically in the English Premier League, in the past, they may not so domineering but now they’re a team with a lot of qualities.
A Middlesbrough side with Fabio Rochemback, Stewart Downing, Adam Johnson, Jeremie Aliadiere, and Afonso Alves one of the league flops, as a fan you would expect to see more of a balanced encounter between the two teams, ironically it didn’t turn out that way as City were whitewashed with an emphatic 8-1 defeat with a man down.
(The Blues) Chelsea 6-0 Arsenal (The Gunners)
Arsenal’s defeat to Chelsea in the 2013/14 season would have probably given Arsene Wenger temporary insomnia as it was the worst match to celebrate the Frenchman’s 1000th game in charge which turned horribly sour and ended in a humiliating 6-0 defeat.
Andre Marriner sent off Kieran Gibbs instead of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in a case of mistaken identity for a handball inside the area. and the Gunners humiliation was completed at the end of 90 minutes.
(Red Devils) Manchester United 9-1 Ipswich Town (The Tractor Boys)
The mauling of Ipswich by United would remain unmatched as the joint biggest Premier League victory for a long time to come, after losing 3-2 at Portman Road earlier in that season, United got their revenge against Ipswich as Andy Cole one of the prolific strikers in the league bagged 5 goals.
Trust the Ferguson’s United during the era of Andy Cole and teammates to always delivered topnotch results and performances, but sometimes the lowly team could string a big surprise, but in this case, Ipswich was thoroughly dealt with.
(Spurs) Tottenham 9-1 Wigan (The Latics)
The most embarrassing thing about the Wigan loss was that they were only 1-0 down at halftime with Peter Crouch’s early header for the North London side, but unfortunately for Wigan in the second half, it rains goals.
It’s was in the match that Jermaine Defoe scored the Premier League’s second-fastest hat trick in seven minutes, in the first 15 minutes of the second half he did add two more to his goals, to be the third player to score five goals in a Premier League match.
Although Wigan did manage to pull one back, then a 9-1 defeat isn’t the kind of result their fans would stomach easily.
(The Reds) Liverpool 8-0 Besiktas (Black Eagles)
The 8-0 mauling of Besiktas by Liverpool in the qualifying rounds of the Champions League was a semblance to how Real Madrid massacre Sevilla in 1957 in the first leg quarter-finals of the European Cup.
Ironically, this time around in the Champions League qualifying rounds at Anfield in 2007, Liverpool humiliated Besiktas 8-0 in front of the noisy Anfield fans.
(Die Nationalelf) Germany Women 11-0 Argentina Women (La Albiceleste)
Imagine a Women World Cup without the German women team, perhaps the tournament will lack spark and rush of adrenaline, but trust them when they’re in their blistering mood they tend to score a lot of goals.
What a way to open a tournament and even went on to defend the title, Germany women opened the 2007 World Cup in Shanghai with a record-breaking win over Argentina, and they ended the tournament pretty well, becoming the only team in the women World Cup to win it back to back.
(La Verde) Bolivia 6-1 Argentina (La Albiceleste)
This humiliating defeat came under the former World Cup winner and manager Diego Maradona, who had just come in to rescue the struggling ‘Albiceleste‘ to qualify for the 2010 World Cup, but funny how the nature of football turns out, Bolivia put a huge dent on their chances in April 2009.
The 6-1 defeat in Bolivia was Argentina’s worst in a World Cup qualifying round, and it comes on the back of their three victories, and no goals conceded since Maradona was appointed as the manager in November 2008.
Super League: Respect & Dialogue Needed To Restore Normality
The FIFA President emphasized his full support to the European sports model, a successful model of openness and inclusivity, promotion and relegation, disapproving the concept of Super League
President Gianni Infantino has called for respect and dialogue as he expressed FIFA’s strong disapproval of the proposed European Superleague project, and has requested that the concerned parties consider their position in line with respecting the institutions that exist to protect the interest of national, European, and global football.
“FIFA is an organization which is built on values, the true values of sport,” said the FIFA President in his address to the 45th Ordinary UEFA Congress in Montreux, Switzerland.
“It is an organization that is built on our statutes, the statutes that define the institutional framework, with the pyramid, with FIFA, the confederations, the associations, the leagues, the clubs, the players. And at FIFA, we can only strongly disapprove of the creation of a super league which is a closed shop, which is a breakaway from the current institutions, from the leagues, from the associations, from UEFA, and from FIFA, which is outside of the system. There is no doubt whatsoever of FIFA’s disapproval for this.”
The FIFA President emphasized his full support to the European sports model, a successful model of openness and inclusivity, promotion and relegation, and a model that he promoted in his 16 years at UEFA:
“FIFA is here, and I am here today as FIFA President, to bring full support to European football, to UEFA, and the 55 member associations of UEFA and of FIFA, to the leagues, clubs, players, and to fans. To all the fans, all over Europe, and actually all over the world as well.”
“We can see that there is a lot to throw away for the short-term financial gain of some,” the FIFA President added. “People need to think very carefully, they need to reflect, and they need to assume responsibility. They need to think not only of their shareholders, but they need to think about all the people, of all the fans, of all those who have contributed to making European football what it is today. It goes back not only decades, it goes back more than one hundred years. People – with love, with passion, with commitment – have created all this. And we need to protect this. It is our task.”
“FIFA is a democratic organization, an organization that is open,” the FIFA President concluded. “Everyone can bring ideas and proposals, but always with respect for the institutions, leagues, associations, UEFA, and FIFA.
With respect for the history and with the respect for the passion of so many people around the world. I understand as well that on these particular days, emotions are very high, but we need to always keep the line. Football is hope, and it is our responsibility to make hope a reality. So we hope that everything will go back to normal and that everything will be settled, but always with acting responsibly, with respect, with solidarity, and always in the interest of national, European, and global football.”
2 Potential Manager To Replace Hansi Flick
Hansi Flick awesome reign with the Bavarian giant is gradually winding down, as it’s looking likely that he may not further manage the Die Roten next season.
Bayern Munich’s quest to win the Champions League consecutively came to end on Tuesday night, via the UEFA’s away goal rules having lost the first leg at home to Paris Saint Germain in the quarter-finals despite being the better side at home.
The Bavarian giant will now focus on league duty and they’re no doubt the team in pole position to win the Bundesliga, as the 2020-21 campaign is gradually coasting home with fewer games left to be played. In that regard, there is a great need for Die Roten to start preparing for next season administration and coaching wise.
The friction relationship between Hansi Flick and the Sports Director has broken down to such as extent that the manager has decided to terminate his current contract.
Hansi Flick sent shock waves through German football on Saturday after a 3-2 win over Wolfburg which keeps the Bavarian in pole position to retain the league title. Hansi Flick issued a statement about his decision to exit when the current campaign draws to a close.
“I told the team today that I informed the club during the week, after the game in Paris, I would like to terminate my contract at the end of the season.
“It was important to me that the team learn this from me because there was already a lot of hallway rumours going around.
“We’ve done a great job together for almost two years. I’m absolutely impressed with this team, their quality and their attitude.”
He added: “I also want to thank the club that gave me the chance to manage this incredible team.
“This decision was not easy for me. I’m a fan of this club. Gerd Müller, Paul Breitner, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge all were childhood idols for me.
“I’m eternally grateful to the club for the chance they gave me to become head coach here.”
It’s quite evident that a new manager would be appointed to pave way for a new rebuild of the team especially with the looming departure of David Alaba, Jerome Boateng, and Javi Martinez.
Two potential top managers that could succeed Hansi Flick, should he accept Die Mannschaft managerial position.
- Julien Nagelsmann – (RB Leipzig)
Nagelsmann has been rumoured as a possible replacement to succeed not one but many managers in Europe’s top-flight leagues whose future with their respective clubs are not guaranteed. This time around, the 33-year-old has been rumoured to be one of the possible potential managers to succeed Hansi Flick.
It could be argued that Nagelsmann is the tailor-made manager to take over the reins at the Allianz Arena, and there is no doubt RB Leipzig manager would certainly harbour the dream of managing one of the biggest clubs in Europe.
Nagelsmann is presently focusing on the job at hand with RB Leipzig, plus the fact that he’s still under contract with his employers until the end of the 2022-23 season.
With RB Leipzig and Nagelsmann flying high in the Bundesliga in terms of team performances, with next season European football spot already secured, the club’s Executive Director Oliver Mintzlaff may consider letting him leave to join their rival.
However, it’s left to be seen how things would shape up at the end of the campaign.
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- Jurgen Klopp – (Liverpool)
The relationship the German tactician has achieved thus far with Liverpool started in 2015 when he joined the Kop from Borussia Dortmund, since then he has achieved quite an incredible success with the Reds winning their first league title after thirty years and a Champions League triumph.
Liverpool were eliminated early in both domestic cup competitions and failed to progress past the quarter-finals of the Champions League, and it’s quite impossible to say that the Kop will defend their title with their current epileptic form in the Premier League especially when it’s looking done and dusted that the cityzen would clinch the title.
Having used close to six years with Liverpool since he joined the Anfield side, this could be the perfect time for the former Borussia Dortmund manager to take up a new challenge. However, despite Liverpool’s unpalatable 2020-21 campaign, the German has often reiterated that he is in no way finished at Liverpool, despite been link to the Bayern Munich and Die Mannschaft managerial position.
Given his incredible success with BVB, it’s quite evident that he would one day go on to manage either Die Roten or Die Mannschaft. Should Bayern secure the service of Klopp, he would certainly be the right and wise choice for the Bavarian giant.
At the end of the campaign, there would be a breath of fresh air in the Bavarian giant camp, with the new CEO Oliver Kahn taking the mantle of leadership from Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. In that sense, it’s left to be seen if the incoming leader would sanction the appointment of a new manager or stick with Hansi Flick. Only time would tell.