The beautiful game and the worst team in the world

East Timor have picked up their first point in international soccer with a 2-2 draw against Cambodia, six years after the side first took to the field.

“It was the first game we didn’t lose — we’re all very proud,” said long-serving, long-suffering coach Pedro Almeida, a motorcycle mechanic in the country’s sleepy capital Dili.

“We are not happy with our world ranking [bottom of the FIFA rankings] and we are hoping our players will continue to improve,” he told Reuters.

I love these little odd stories. You tend to forget about the smattering of tiny teams in Asia, and it’s nice that East Timor has something (albeit something very small) to celebrate.

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