THE 'worst football team
in the world' has challenged the Spanish side to a friendly when they
arrive in Brazil for the Confederations Cup.
Ibis Sport Clube, founded
in 1938 when it was made up of cotton-trade workers from an inland
community near Recife, in the state of Pernambuco on the north coast
– between Salvador de Bahia and Fortaleza - is in fact in the
Guinness Book of Records for
being the most terrible team on the planet.
second-division side has never played in a national championship
match in its entire history, and it won its dubious honour 30 years
ago after having gone three years and 11 months without winning a
Ibis has thrown down the gauntlet to what is arguably the best team
in the world – 'the Reds', having won two consecutive Euro Cups and
the World Cup in between these, unbeaten in the international field
players under manager Vicente del Bosque will soon be on their way to
Brazil for the Confederations Cup, where they are favourites to win
and have been paired in Group B with Uruguay, Nigeria and Tahiti.
will start against Uruguay on Sunday in Recife, where Ibis is based.
if Ibis beats Spain – or, more realistically, improves its record
generally and rises in the ranks – captain Ozir Ramos says they
will keep the slogan 'Worst team in the world' (Pior time do mundo) on their coat of arms
club has earned this prestigious title and is proud of it,” Ramos
told Brazilian webzine Universo On Line (UOL) in a recent interview.