FIFA World Cup: Spain Aim to Avoid Worst Ever Defence

No defending champion has ever exited a tournament without securing a single point. France came closest in 2002 when it finished last in its group, having only managed to draw one of its games in its goalless campaign in South Korea.

updated: June 22, 2014 18:57 IST
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Football diplomacy? North Korea may have played only two World Cups but are confident of tutoring Spain after an early exit from Brazil.


Curitiba, Brazil: Spain will take on Australia in their final Group B match Monday in the knowledge that defeat will officially make its defence of the World Cup the worst in history.

Following two straight defeats for both teams, neither can qualify for the knockout stages of the World Cup.

But Spain in particular has something to play for, despite having already made history of the wrong kind. It is the first defending champion in modern times to be eliminated after two matches, following a 5-1 drubbing at the hands of the Dutch and a 2-0 loss to Chile. In 1934 Uruguay did not defend its trophy while in 1950 Italy failed to get through a three-team group despite winning a match.

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