Struggles of San Marino: World's Weakest Football Team

San Marino, often called the world's worst soccer team, surprisingly boasts a rich football heritage. In this tiny nation of 30,000, football runs deep, with AC Libertas celebrating its significant 95th anniversary. 

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San Marino's Football Heritage

San Marino formed its first local football association in 1937, with the inaugural competition occurring in 1985. FIFA and UEFA welcomed the nation in 1988, granting entry into major competitions.

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Birth of Football in San Marino

San Marino played its inaugural qualifying match on November 14, 1990, facing Switzerland, which triumphed with a 4:0 victory. 

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San Marino has faced 80 defeats, one draw, and 81 matches in European Championship qualifiers.  Among their 76 matches, they secured a historic 1-1 draw with Latvia in 2001.

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Hardships and Triumphs

Over the past 32 years, only 20 different players have scored for San Marino. Their last goal, netted by Lorenzo Lazzari in a 1:1 draw against Saint Lucia, ended a 14-game dry spell. 

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Scarcity of Scorers

On April 28, 2004, San Marino secured their only victory against Liechtenstein: 1-0 in a friendly at the Stadio Olimpico di San Marino. Andy Selva's fourth-minute free-kick goal remains historic.

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Momentous Victory

San Marino, at 208th in the FIFA rankings for almost nine years, responds to criticism with humor and resilience. This demonstrates their love for the game and that it goes beyond rankings and records. 

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