The Greatest Games – American Samoa 2 Tonga 1

Imagine losing all thirty of the games you've played as an international side, losing by a combined score of 229-12 as well as sitting bottom of the FIFA rankings. On top of that, imagine suffering a 31-0 loss to Australia in an OFC Nations Cup qualifier as headlines around the world declared you the 'Worst Team in World Football.'

On today's episode of Greatest Games, globetrotting author James Montague joins us to discuss that very team. In 2011, Thomas Rongen took over a side with "the lowest footballing IQ he'd ever seen" and players with emotional scars from a long line of relentless losses. Against all the odds, they somehow won their first-ever competitive game against Tonga in a 2011 World Cup qualifier - with James among the 20 people in attendance!


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