2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™

12 June - 13 July

2014 FIFA World Cup™

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The biggest scoreline in the history of the FIFA World Cup™ qualifiers - and indeed in the history of international football - was recorded on 11 April 2001, when Australia beat American Samoa 31-0.

This legendary match also brought global renown for Archie Thompson, whose 13-goal haul set a new world record, which stands to this day, for an individual player in a single international match.

And though the defeat earned American Samoa ignominy, so inspiring has their subsequent recovery been that it is now the subject of an acclaimed documentary, ‘Next Goal Wins', showing across the world.

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