quote Random Fact: December 14

Move over, American Samoa 0-31 Australia. There’s a new set of horrendous losses in town.

The Federated States of Micronesia are a small country (702km2, population 106,104) made up of around 600 islands north of New Guinea. They are not FIFA members, but have played a few matches, including at the 2003 South Pacific Games, where they lost 0-17, 0-18, 0-7 and 0-10.1

In 2014, on the path to eventually becoming FIFA members, they founded an U-23s team and sent them to the 2015 Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea.

The players had never played a full match together until the game on July 3 against Tahiti. Michel Maihai opened the scoring in the second minute for Tahiti, and they scored nine more by half time. Tahiti 10, Micronesia 0.

The scores continued to pile up, and by the end of it, Tahiti had scored 30 goals, just one short of Australia, with Maihai, Manuaari Hauata, Tevairoa Tehuritaua, Mauarii Tehina, Yohan Tihoni, Raimanu Tetauira, and Fred Nissot all scoring hat-tricks, Nissot’s being a double. In the other game, Fiji and Vanuatu had a 1-1 draw.

Two days later, they were up against Fiji. By half time, the Fijians had let in 21 goals, with a desperate manager in Stan Foster replacing the goalkeeper. The sub did better, with only seventeen goals going in for the second half. There were six hat-tricks this game, with Tony Tuivuna making ten and Chris Wasasala scoring nine on debut. The 0-38 loss was set for the Pacific Games record books. Tahiti beat Vanuatu 2-1 in the other game.

And then, two days later, it was Micronesia v Vanuatu. This ended up with the preposterous scoreline of 0-46 to Vanuatu. Jean Kaltack scored sixteen goals, an international record, and Micronesia finished with a goal difference of -114.

Always room for improvement…

1It’s not all bad news, though. They won the 1999 Micronesia Cup.


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