Fans of ‘world’s worst team’ cel­e­brate loss

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Fans of the self-pro­claimed “world’s worst team” cel­e­brated Mon­day af­ter their team was elim­i­nated from a soc­cer tour­na­ment in Brazil.

Ibis lost 3-2 on ag­gre­gate to De­cisao in the sec­ond di­vi­sion of the Per­nam­buco state cham­pi­onship, block­ing what could have been the team’s first pro­mo­tion in decades.

Fans ral­lied over the last two months to keep the club’s los­ing tra­di­tions.

And on Sun­day, fans cel­e­brated af­ter a 2-0 first-leg vic­tory was squan­dered at De­cisao in a 3-0 loss.

Ibis had a vic­tory drought of nearly four years in the 1980s, with 11 con­sec­u­tive losses, earn­ing the club the nick­name.

This year, Ibis won five matches, drew three and lost two. But the club’s run ended on Sun­day.

Next year, the club will have its 80th an­niver­sary and play­ers were ex­pect­ing to take it to Per­nam­buco state’s top di­vi­sion in cel­e­bra­tion.

Mauro Sham­poo, who calls him­self the club’s worst ever player, said he now ex­pects to get his Ibis dec­o­rated bi­cy­cle back from fans that sup­pos­edly stole it in protest against the win­ning streak. — The As­so­ci­ated Press

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