Sunday, August 14, 2011

Too bad for Andorra

Earlier this year, I took time in this space to pay tribute to the five proud yet unfortunate countries who made up the absolute bottom of the FIFA world rankings. They were San Marino, Montserrat, Anguilla, American Samoa and Papua New Guinea.

Fast forward to August, and we have a new team in the bottom four with, sadly, zero points in the rankings.

Welcome to the bottom, Andorra.

For those of you who can't dominate Sporcle geography like I (sadly) can, allow me to throw some knowledge at you. Andorra is a tiny landlocked nation tucked into the Pyrenees mountains surrounded by Spain and France. It's a little more than twice the size of Cleveland.

It's a beautiful country, but it's just not particularly good at soccer (although their stadium looks awesome).

Andorra's all-time record is 3-86-9. Their goal differential is minus-242. Their last win was in 2006. They have scored 31 goals in their history and have been shut out all-time by Belgium, China, Croatia, England, Faroe Islands (Faroe Islands?!?), Finland, France, Gabon, Iceland, Netherlands, Slovakia, Spain and Ukraine.

A lot of those teams are really good. A lot of those teams are really not.

Things have been looking up a little lately, though. In two Euro 2012 qualifying matches this year against Slovakia, a top-30 squad, both were 1-0 losses.

And more young players seem to be working their way to other leagues in Europe, including a few in Spain.

Hey, it's a start.

- Chris Lillstrung


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