SK Berlaar women’s team came about when a group of friends in Belgium got tired of standing on the sidelines watching their partners playing football. Something that started out as a bit of fun soon became an organised side, more than capable of holding their own in competitive matches. Unfortunately, this season Berlaar got drawn against the mighty KV Mechelen in the Antwerp Cup. Just to make matters worse, their first-choice goalkeeper decided to take the day off to go to a concert.
Stand-in goalkeeper Charlotte Jacobs must have had a sense of impending doom when Mechelen scored a mere four seconds after the kick-off. Come the interval and Berlaar were 27-0 down. “But after half-time we were able to recover,” Jacobs said, trying to look on the bright side. “We only had to suffer another 23 goals and we scored once ourselves, right at the end. They allowed us to score. That was sweet of them.”
It’s not clear what is the biggest losing margin ever in a competitive match, but the women of Berlaar definitely deserve a mention in football’s hall of fame, if only for refusing to give up in the face of such overwhelming adversity.
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