Biggest Scoreline Defeats in Europe’s Top 5 Leagues Including Barcelona Losing 12–1

Biggest Scoreline Defeats in Europe’s Top 5 Leagues Including Barcelona Losing 12–1

Elijah Odetokun
May 27, 2023 at 12:34 PM
  • Football is one of the most watched and entertaining sports in the world
  • The top five leagues in the world have witnessed quite some embarrassing scorelines
  • The most surprising one of them was Barcelona losing 12-1 at the Camp Nou

Football is one of the biggest and most entertaining sports in the world. It is nonstop entertainment from football leagues on TV to street soccer in Africa and South America.

On many occasions, only a goal is needed to win a football game, but some teams have shredded their opponents to pieces with ridiculous numbers of goals.

Scott Parker, Bournemouth, Liverpool, Anfield, Premier League.
Scott Parker walked off the pitch dejected after Liverpool beat his Bournemouth side 9-0. Photo by Oli Scarff.
Source: AFP

Sports Brief looks at the biggest defeats ever inflicted by an opponent in each of the top five European leagues.

Premier League

The heaviest defeat in the English league is 9-0, which has been replicated four times. Manchester United beat Ipswich Town in 1995 and Southampton in 2021. Leicester City also beat Southampton in 2019, and Liverpool beat Bournemouth this season.

According to The Sun, Peter Schmeichel was in goal for United in 1995, while his son Kasper was in goal for Leicester in 2019, both keeping a clean sheet.

La Liga

The heaviest defeat in the Spanish top flight was inflicted on Barcelona by Athletic Bilbao. A 12-1 loss in the 1930/31 season at Camp Nou. The Blaugrana also suffered an 11-1 defeat to Sevilla in 1940.

Serie A

Torino has the honour of inflicting the heaviest defeat on an opponent in the Italian league. They beat US Alessandria, a club currently competing in the third division, 10-0 in the 1947/1948 season.

Ligue 1

Sochaux beat Valenciennes 12-1 on August 25, 1935, and has remained the heaviest defeat in the French League. The two clubs are no longer top-flight clubs and currently compete in the second division of French football.

German Bundesliga

Borussia Mönchengladbach needed to win by at least 10 goals to win the title in 1978, and they beat Borussia Dortmund 12-0. However, FC Koln won 5-0 and were crowned champions.

The Bundesliga draws to a close today. According to New York Times, a win will see Dortmund crowned champions ending Bayern Munich’s 10-year streak.

Mourinho slammed for ugly tactics

The Special One is a master of dark tactics, famously dubbed Parking the Bus. As Sports Brief reported, fans slammed Mourinho for his tactics against Leverkusen.

His team were totally dominated. The Germans enjoyed 72% of the possession and played 23 shots to Roma’s one, which was off-target, but could not find a way through.

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