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Top 5 Highest Scoring Football Matches


Stoic defensive performances are a staple when it comes to winning a football match - but dominant possession doesn't mean anything if you can't score goals. While we all love to watch the "beautiful game" when it's played in an exciting, free-flowing style, ultimately it's the goals that count.


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Goals win matches - as some of the unfortunate teams on the end of a massive thrashing have found out. Read on to find out details of the five highest-scoring football matches of all time, in reverse order...


Australia 31-0 American Samoa

Australia played American Samoa on 11th April 2001, at the International Sports Stadium in Australia, in a qualifier for the 2002 FIFA World Cup. The home team set the world record for the biggest victory in an international match, with Archie Thompson, who scored 13, setting a personal record for the most goals scored by one player.

Afterwards, Thompson and the Australian manager, Frank Farina, called for preliminary rounds in future, to avoid unbalanced matches. International footballing body FIFA agreed and the match led to the introduction of an Oceanian Zone preliminary round for the 2006 FIFA World Cup.


Arbroath 36-0 Bon Accord

Experienced and well-established Scottish team Arbroath beat the newly-formed Bon Accord 36-0 in the 1885/86 Scottish Cup on 12th September 1885. In the 13th annual Scottish tournament, the two ill-matched teams met in the first round.

It was Arbroath's seventh tournament and the final score showed the gulf of difference in class between Scottish teams in those days. It didn't bode well for Bon Accord when they arrived at Arbroath's ground without an away kit to play in! By half-time, it was already 15-0 and the home team stepped it up another gear in the second half, giving Bon Accord no respite.


Police Machine FC 67-0 Bubayaro FC

The score line was described as "scandalous" after Police Machine FC beat rivals Bubayaro FC 67-0 on 7th July 2013, in a promotion battle to win a place in Nigeria's Nationwide League Division - the lowest tier of the football league.

At half time, Police Machine were leading 6-0, but the score line went crazy in the second half, after Bubayaro inexplicably scored a succession of own goals. The Nigerian Football Federation Organising Committee called the result "unacceptable" and a "scandal of huge proportions" as allegations of match fixing surfaced.


Plateau United Founders 79-0 Akurba FC

Meanwhile, fellow Nigerian team Plateau United Founders beat Akurba FC 79-0 in the same league, on the same day, 7th July 2013. Of course, this also led to suspicions of match fixing, especially since the match followed the same pattern as the one between Police Machine and Bubayaro FC.

At half-time, the score was 7-0 to Plateau United, but in the second half, they ended up scoring a further 72 goals, as a result of an outrageous succession of own goals from the away team!

Dr Mohammed Sanusi, the NFF's director of competitions, was outraged and publicly pledged to investigate the matter thoroughly. The two ridiculous results led to the four suspect clubs being banned for ten years each. It never came to light who was match fixing, but all of the players and match officials were handed lifetime bans.


AS Adema 149-0 Stade Olympique de l'Emyrne

The world record for the highest scoring football match of all time goes to the game between AS Adema and Stade Olympique de l'Emyrne, which took place on 31st October 2002. The two teams in the Madagascan topflight, the THB Champions League, earned a place in the Guinness Book of World Records.

AS Adema had already won the title race, following a draw with SO Emyrne in their previous match. A late penalty awarded against SO Emyrne had seen them concede defeat in the race for the title, but the club felt it was a questionable refereeing decision. Consequently, they decided to stage a bizarre protest in the final game of the season, against AS Adema.

SO Emyrne players started scoring own goals from the minute the match kicked off. They scored 149 own goals (an average of more than one every minute), but the referee allowed the match to continue and the final score was 149-0 to the home side.

The stunt ended up losing the SO Emyrne coach and four players their jobs. They also received three-year bans, so they couldn't go and play for another team, but the record still stood for the highest scoring football match of all time.

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