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Worst in the World: International Football at the bottom of the FIFA Rankings

Worst in the World: International Football at the bottom of the FIFA Rankings

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The fate of sporting underdogs has long stirred the passions of many a follower. There is something pleasing about watching apparently ‘ordinary’ people taking on the sporting elite. Teachers, accountants, fishermen and waiters – they play for the love of football and the pride in their nation.

FIFA Rankings

For footballing countries stuck at the bottom of FIFA’s world rankings – life can be hard. Sporadic fixtures against far better equipped sides can be a soul-destroying enterprise with frequent defeat, sometimes bordering on humiliation, the regular outcome for these teams and their players. But when that positive result finally arrives, it can mean so much: unbridled joy, national glory, and even… redemption.

In Worst in the World, Aidan Williams looks at the national teams at the wrong end, so to speak, of FIFA’s rankings. In doing so, he brings attention to those nations whose footballing aspirations lie not in trophies or even qualification, but simply in the love of the game and the pride of representing their country.

About Aidan Williams

Aidan Williams hails from Newcastle upon Tyne, is the Editor of The Sports Book Review and has written for various football websites including These Football Times, Back Page Football, Sports Haze, UFWC and The Worst in the World. He also writes various travel articles to balance out the sporting obsession.

Having lived in Japan, and spent other extended periods abroad, Aidan has developed something of a global perspective to his sporting interests – something that is reflected in the themes of his writing, more of which can be found at

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 Out of their Depth

Chapter 2 The Other Final

Chapter 3 David and Goliath

Chapter 4 Giant Strides

Chapter 5 New Arrivals

Chapter 6 Bringing in the Experts

Chapter 7 The Ancestral Call

Chapter 8 Home Grown

Chapter 9 The Generosity of the British Virgin Islands


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Author: Aidan Williams

978-1-910515-17-4 | Published 5 August 2015 | 164pp | £8.99 | print and eBook

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