AS Adema 149–0 SO l'Emyrne

AS Adema 149–0 SO l'Emyrne was a football match played on 31 October 2002 between two teams in Antananarivo, Madagascar. It holds the world record for the highest scoreline, recognized by The Guinness Book of Records. SO l'Emyrne (SOE) intentionally lost the game against their arch-rivals AS Adema in protest over refereeing decisions that had gone against them during a four-team playoff tournament. By some considerable margin, the match surpassed the previous record for the highest scoreline when Arbroath beat Bon Accord 36–0, in the Scottish Cup set in 1885.[1]

EventTHB Champions League playoff
Date31 October 2002


The match was part of a four-team round robin playoff to determine the national championship. The league crown went to Adema after SOE, who were defending champions, was held to a 2–2 draw by DSA Antananarivo in their penultimate match, during which the referee awarded a late and disputed penalty.

That draw meant that SOE was knocked out of the title race. With the championship already decided, SOE decided to protest; according to some sources, there was an argument between the SOE coach and the referee himself. SOE deliberately scored 149 own goals, with spectators saying that after each kick-off the ball was kicked into their own goal, the opposition players standing and looking bemused. It was reported that spectators descended on the ticket booths to demand a refund.[2]

Following the match, the Malagasy Football Federation (FMF) suspended the SOE coach, Zaka Ratsarazaka, for three years, and four of the team's players – defender Mamisoa Razafindrakoto (the captain of the Madagascar national football team), SOE captain Manitranirina Andrianiaina, player Nicolas Rakotoarimanana and goalkeeper Dominique Rakotonandrasana – were suspended until the end of the season, and banned from visiting stadiums for the same period. All other players from both teams received a warning and a threat of more serious action should they commit further offenses.

The referee was not punished, as the situation was deemed to be out of his control, while Madagascar's sports ministry proceeded to dissolve the FMF, which was later reconstituted.[3]

See alsoEdit

  • Barbados 4–2 Grenada, where a Barbadian defender deliberately scored an own goal so his team could win by two goals in extra-time, according to an unconventional golden goal rule
  • Thailand 3–2 Indonesia, where an Indonesian defender deliberately scored an own goal so his team did not have to face the host Vietnam in the semi-finals of the 1998 Tiger Cup


  1. ^ "Usain Bolt's amazing race, the slowest swimmer in Olympic history and football's biggest win: Incredible records which will never be broken". The National. Abu Dhabi. Retrieved 16 May 2020.
  2. ^ "Team repeatedly scores own goals to protest refs". ESPN Internet Ventures. 1 November 2002. Retrieved 1 March 2018.
  3. ^ "Team punished for 149-0 own-goal farce". The Guardian. 29 November 2002. Retrieved 22 January 2019.

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