Pro Piacenza were beaten 20-0 by Cuneo in today’s Serie C game – the Italian third division – but that’s only half the extraordinary story.
The result is shocking, the circumstances in which it came about even more so.
Pro Piacenza have been struggling with bankruptcy practically since the start of the season and the players have effectively not been paid.
They went on strike and forfeited several games already this term, but one more and the club would be thrown out of the league.
With that in mind, a makeshift crew came to Cuneo for the match.
They were all teenagers, only seven players available and no Coach, so the 19-year-old captain had to sign in as tactician.
There have to be at least seven players on the pitch to continue the game, so when one got injured, the kit man had to go on instead.