WHATEVER seasonal misfortunes befall you tonight, we’re sure it won’t be as scary as what fans of Madagascan side Stade Olympique de L’Emyrne (SOE) had to endure, as today in 2002 they saw side fall to a record-breaking 149-0 loss.
The Halloween clash between SOE and AS Adema, who had been crowned league champions the week before, was the final game of the Madagascan season and it didn’t take long for it to descend into farce.
Straight after kick off SOE began scoring own goal after own goal, whilst the Adema players stood and watched bemused by the whole thing. After 90 minutes SOE had managed to plant 149 goals past their own keeper as a protest against the Malagasy Football Federation (FMF).
SOE had finished as champions the season before and had been a surprise package in the African Champions League, reaching the second round. This season however, they had fallen short in a four team round-robin tournament to decide the Malagasy champions when, as they believed, several refereeing decisions had gone against them.
The subsequent 149-0 drubbing easily broke the world record for the number of goals scored in a senior match which was believed to have been Arbroath’s 36-0 win over Bon Accord in 1885. FA historian David Barber said: “I’ve heard of a local league game in Nottingham that finished 50-2 and there was a 43-0 in an Austrian regional game before the second world war – but nothing this big.”
The FMF were not impressed. President Jaques Benony claimed: “The sanctions have been put in place,” as they suspended SOE coach Zaka Be, who orchestrated the debacle from the stands, for three years also banned goalkeeper and national team captain Mamisoa Razafindrakoto and players Nicolas Rakotoarimanana and Dominique Rakotonandrasana until the end of 2002.
Sadly we’ve not got footage of the Malagasy own goal fest but have a gander at this own goal blooper reel – there’s a few good oggy’s in there. If you need some more footballing history then check out what else happened today here and come back tomorrow for more of the same.