The Brazilian football club Ibis Sport hadnât won a match for two years.
But now the self-styled âworst team in the worldâ, which plays in the lowest division of the Pernambuco state championship, has three consecutive victories â and can make it a record-breaking four if they can beat Centro Limoeirense this Sunday.
But far from welcoming this sudden reversal of fortune , some fans claim the clubâs roots and identity are at stake.
Following the latest 1-0 victory against FerroviÃ¡rio do Cabo, fans stormed a local bar where the players were enjoying a post-match barbecue and beers to demand: please stop winning.
âThis is destroying our history,â said one protest leader, Nilsinho Filho.
Other fans went on social media to complain, or call for resignations. âThis is a worrying situation in the long term. To stop being an icon and to be just another winning team. Itâs the coachâs fault,â read a typical tweet.
Between 1980 and 1984, the team went three years and 11 months without winning a game, and entered the Guinness Book of Records as âthe worst club in the worldâ.
The clubâs Maradona-permed former midfielder Mauro Shampoo, boasts that he scored just one goal in 10 years, and has also criticised the recent victories.âIf we keep winning, we are going to lose our brand,â he said.
The clubâs president Ozir Junior insisted that the clubâs ambition is to get to the first division of the state championship.
He attributed the string of sudden victories to several new players who had joined the team after recently becoming unemployed. âWe are not the worst team in the world â that was a thing of the 1980s. Weâre not even the worst team in Pernambuco,â he said. âThe first division is our dream, but itâs going to be a lot of work.â
Nilsinho Filho claimed that even if the club is promoted, Ibis Sport has already claimed its place in…