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San Marino are lambs to the slaughter on the handicap

by Sean Goff | October 10, 2012

By Sean Goff | World Cup 2014 qualifiers

England are overwhelming favourites to beat San Marino at Wembley on Friday night (8pm) but won’t have many takers at the 1/200 on offer.

But punters expecting a goal-fest in the Group H qualifier can reduce those odds in their favour by backing San Marino with a five-goal start. The Three Lions are 4/6 to win the game on the handicap (+5) and 11/2 to draw in the same market against the part-timers ranked 207th in FIFA’s World Rankings.

Here’s some statistics about how bad San Marino are…

  • San Marino are officially the world’s worst team with a FIFA ranking of 207
  • While Wayne Rooney, Andy Carroll and Jermain Defoe will command multi-million pound salaries throughout their playing career San Marino’s journeymen earn their living as barmen, accountants and students
  • Since 2004, they have played 47 matches,  conceded 211 goals – an average of 4.5 goals every game – and scored just seven. 
  • Roy Hodgson’s side face a nation that occupies 24 square miles of Italian ground and has a population of 30,000 
  • They’ve won the Eurovison 15 times in the past 20 years
San Marino

STAT ATTACK: Where Ceni goes San Marino can’t follow

  • England won 6-0 at home and 7-1 away when the pair last met in the 1994 World Cup qualifiers
  • The minnows of world football actually held the record for the fastest World Cup qualifying goal at 8.3 seconds in that second game against England
  • San Marino haven’t scored in their last 19 competitive matches
  • They have only scored 19 goals in the last 22 years
  • The word ‘San Marino’ actaully means ‘no goals’ in San Marisian
  • Manuel ‘Goals’ Marani is San Marino’s second-highest scorer of all time with two goals in 31 appearances
  • Alex Gasperoni is the joint-fourth highest goalscorer in San Marino’s history with 0 goals. 
  • He has a degree in owl catching was recently dismissed from his job for refusing to work nights 
  • Goalkeeper José Luis Chilavert scored 53 goals in his club & international career for Paraguay
  • They lost their last game 6-0 at home to Montenegro  
  • San Marino have only ever won one match which was a friendly against Liechtenstein in 2004  
  • Manager Giampaolo Mazza, a PE teacher, has been in charge for 14 years 

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