Tuesday August 12th, 2014

What happens when a former French professional soccer player plays in a seventh division game in Sweden? Goals. Lots of goals. A record-setting number of goals. 

Yanick Djouzi Manzizila scored 21 goals in a game for Kongo United FC in Sweden's seventh division. His teammates chipped in nine more and they beat Balrog Botkyrka Sodertaelje 30-0. Balrog subsequently quit the league. According to Aftonbladet, Kongo United has a goal differential of 86-8 in ten games, which seems unfair.

Aftonbladet has some background on Manzizila, which (when fed through Google translate) shows him to be quite the ringer.

After a youth career in England with West Ham and Sheffield Wednesday, Manzizila and his twin brother Alex (who assisted on many of his 21 goals), spent two seasons playing professionally in France with Lille.

After returning to Sweden and failing to catch on with a top division team, the Manzizila twins decided to "unwind" in the seventh division rather than play for little money in the second division. 

When he was told that his 21 goals were a new Swedish record, Manzizila replied, "Oh, f---, what fun!" Fun for some people, at least.

- Dan Gartland

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