Victories threaten club’s record for losing
The Brazilian football club Íbis Sport hadn’t won a match for two years. Now the self-styled “worst team in the world”, which plays in the lowest division of the Pernambuco state championship, has three consecutive victories.
But far from welcoming this sudden reversal of fortune, some fans claim the club’s roots and identity are at stake.
Following a recent 1-0 victory against Ferroviário do Cabo, fans stormed a local bar where the players were enjoying a barbecue to demand: please stop winning.
“This is destroying our history,” said protest leader, Nilsinho Filho.
Other fans went on social media to complain, or call for resignations. “This is a worrying situation in the long term. To stop being an icon and to be just another winning team. It’s the coach’s fault,” read a typical tweet.
Between 1980 and 1984, the team went three years and 11 months without winning a game, and entered the Guinness Book of Records as “the worst club in the world”.
The club’s former midfielder, Mauro Shampoo, boasts that he scored just one goal in 10 years, and has also criticised the recent victories. “If we keep winning, we are going to lose our brand,” he said.
Nilsinho Filho claimed that even if the club is promoted, Íbis Sport has claimed its place in history.
“Even if we go on to win the Brazilian championship one day, no one will ever be able to take our title as the worst team in the world,” he said.