The Federated States of Micronesia have an international soccer team that is ranked 200 in the world by FIFA. The team entered this year’s Pacific Games in an attempt to qualify for the 2016 Olympics. Things did not go so well!
In their third and last game of the tournament, Micronesia lost 46-0 to Vanuatu. Prior to that beat down, they fell 38-0 to Fiji and 30-0 to Tahiti. There’s not a lot of video from these games floating around so you’ll have to use your imagination, but go ahead and assume that there was a lot of wide-eyed disbelief involved.
Naturally, these three games put some insane stats in the box score. Tahiti racked up seven hat tricks in their 30-0 win, Vanuatu’s Jean Kaltak scored 16 goals in Tuesday’s game, and Fiji’s Antonio Tuivuna put 10 balls into the net. Kaltak had a good time:
In defense of the Micronesian players, most of them had never even been in an 11-on-11 match before or played in anything resembling a real, competitive game. The Guardian caught up with their coach after the loss to Vanuatu, and he seems to be taking things pretty well:
“It’s just so hard at this early stage – this is kindergarten for us,” he said. “We have to learn and to know that we go back we have to train harder and learn more skills.
“Most of these have never been out of their villages let alone on to another island. I took them to Guam the other day [and it was] the first time they’ve been on an elevator or an escalator. It’s been a huge step-up for these guys and they’ve just been overawed really.”
The players seem like good dudes, too:
You’ll get ‘em next time, fellas.