Even the hippest parties have somebody who looks strangely out of place, and the World Cup is no different. Here is a run down of the poorest sides ever to play in football's premier competition.
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Every small boy dreams about breaking records at the World Cup, but not like this. El Salvador was on the wrong end of the biggest defeat in the history of the tournament: a
It's one of the World Cup's more iconic images:
The massive scorelines of early World Cups were supposed to be a thing of the past, but Saudi Arabia evoked those black-and-white days with a defensive performance of glorious ineptitude against Germany in 2002. They
For Greece, the only way is up. In its only previous appearance, in 1994, Greece threatened to redefine the word 'shambles'. They became the first European side to lose three group games without scoring a goal, and their shortcomings were painfully apparent from the first minute of their first game when, quite astonishingly, they allowed Argentina to have
The most incongruous of all qualifiers, the Dutch East Indies did not spend long at the top table. They are the only side that has played just a single game at the World Cup, and were spanked 6-0 by the eventual finalists Hungary.
They may have been drawn in a tough group, but the UAE looked hopelessly out of their depth. A
They looked like dark horses beforehand, having qualified unbeaten and ahead of Spain, but it soon became clear that Serbia and Montenegro were fit for the knackers' yard. They barely bothered chasing the shadows never mind the Argentina players in
The first team to lose to an African side at the World Cup. Despite the presence of a teenage
You know a team is bad if