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That losing feeling, football’s most embarrassing defeats

Football’s most embarrassing defeats, from Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City, Real Madrid, Southampton, Chelsea, Brazil and others.

Good morning and welcome to Monday.

I know you are well; I am fine too despite waking up a defeated man. It has been a long time I tasted defeat but last night I was severely beaten by my opponents. I wrote yesterday about an online contest I got myself involved on Facebook, the initial contest which took place on Saturday was nullified because of fraudulent voting pattern and was rescheduled for yesterday, men and brethren; I was given the beating of my life.

Ordinarily, I wouldn’t want to discuss this but I wrote it here on Sunday soliciting for your votes, but I guess I wasn’t convincing enough to get your votes, or maybe, no one read the blog yesterday.

That losing feeling takes my mind back to when Manchester United at Old Trafford in 2011 gave Arsenal a beating of their lives. The 8-2 defeat exposed Arsene Wenger and the weakness in his team to an extent he went to the transfer market and brought in Per Mertesacker, Mikel Arteta, Yossi Benayoun, and Andre Santos on the transfer deadline day. We all know what happened afterward.

Real Madrid 2-6 Barcelona

Barcelona players celebrating (YouTube)

In 2009, I remember exactly how Real Madrid were beaten 2-6 at the Bernabeu by rivals FC Barcelona. Yes, the Barca team was managed by Pep Guardiola and had players like Samuel Eto’o, Thierry Henry, and Lionel Messi, the latter two scored a brace apiece and Carles Puyol and Gerard Pique were also on the scoresheet. It is exactly what happened to me yesterday, the gap was wide and one will think like every other person in the world when Barcelona ended the title race that year. Ofcourse, Juande Ramos was the coach of Real Madrid and what will you expect against a rampaging Guardiola team.

Middlesbrough 8-1 Manchester City

Give this a big laugh. Before the takeover, Man City were beaten 8-1 by Middlesbrough at the Riverside on the last day of the 2007/2008 season. A silly red card by Richard Dunne left a gaping void in Manchester City’s defence and Stewart Downing, Afonso Alves, Adam Johnson, Fábio Rochemback and Jérémie Aliadière exploited it. Elano scored a late consolation. Yeah, go ahead and laugh. Anytime you see a City fan trolling the woes of Man United, remind him of this.

Manchester United 1-6 Manchester City

Mario Balotelli celebrating scoring against Man Utd (Getty Images)

Speaking of City trolling United, no one should forget the day Mario Balotelli engraved his name on the football folklore. ‘Why always me?’ Well, United and Sir Alex Ferguson received the beating of their lives at Old Trafford by the ‘noisy neighbours.’ But nobody could have predicted just how big a win it was for City – those three points helped them to the title, which was won over United on goal difference, just months later. 

Southampton 0-9 Leicester City

Leicester equaled Man United’s PL biggest win record (Sky Sports)

Leicester City equaled Manchester United’s record win in the Premier League (9-0) against Ipswich by repeating the scoreline against Southampton at Saint Mary’s Stadium earlier this season. In hindsight, perhaps the Saints weren’t too embarrassed as against the odds, they stuck with manager Ralph Hasenhuttl – and rightly so. Surprisingly, Southampton got a win against Leicester City in the return fixture at the King Power Stadium.

Stoke 6-1 Liverpool

Liverpool’s heaviest top-flight defeat since 1963 just happened to come in Steven Gerrard’s final game. What should have been a fitting send-off for the legendary skipper turned into a complete nightmare with his side falling to a 5-0 deficit by half-time. According to Ryan Shawcross, the Stoke players were so speechless in the dressing room they simply burst out laughing. Brutal.

Brazil 1-7 Germany

Frustrated David Luiz in the defeats to Germany (Getty Images)
Frustrated David Luiz in the defeat to Germany (Getty Images)

Losing 7-1 in any World Cup is bad enough, let alone in your homeland. The 2014 Selecao did not deserve to grace the sacred Maracana in the final and Germany duly dumped them out at the semi-finals, going 5-0 up inside half an hour. Brazil have never lost by such a margin at the World Cup as Miroslav Klose became the tournament’s record goalscorer. The look on the face of captain David Luiz tells the whole story.

Look guys, I would have loved to go on and on because they are so many of those, Chelsea being beaten 6-0 by City, Jose Mourinho’s Real Madrid losing 5-0 to Barcelona, Arsenal twice beaten heavily in a season by Chelsea and Liverpool and many others.

But lets leave it there till tomorrow. Have a great day.


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