Thursday, June 30, 2011

30 June 2002 - The Worst Team In The World

On 30 June 2002, while Germany and Brazil met in the World Cup Final, Montserrat and Bhutan faced off to determine which one of them was the worst team in the world.

The match, a friendly, was the idea of Dutch filmmaker Johan Kramer. When the Netherlands failed to qualify for the 2002 World Cup, he decided to make a movie about the world's two worst teams. He chose Montserrat and Bhutan, who, at the time, were the two lowest-placed teams in the FIFA world rankings.

The match was played before a crowd of 25,000 at the Changlimithang Stadium in Thimphu, Bhutan. It wasn't much of a contest--Bhutan won 4-0 with a hat-trick from forward Wangay Dorji (4', 67', 78') and a goal from Dinesh Chetri (76').

Kramer's film, titled The Other Final, went on to win Best Documentary at the 2003 Avignon Film Festival and the Documentary Prize-Special Mention at the 2003 Burmuda International Film Festival.

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