Winless in their first ten games and with 3-0, 5-0 and 7-0 defeats against their name already, Norwich City’s disastrous start has given Derby County hope the ghosts of that record-setting Premier League season will be exorcised at last.
But it’s not only Daniel Farke’s flightless Canaries who are desperate to avoid that dreaded ‘worst ever’ tag.
With just one draw and nine defeats from ten Bundesliga matches, Gruether Furth have fewer points on the board than Norwich.
In fact, no team in the 58-year history of the Bundesliga has had fewer points at this stage of a season than poor old Furth.
And in case you’re wondering why things are going quite so badly in northern Bavaria, Saturday’s latest defeat – a 3-1 loss at in-form Freiburg – tells you all you need to know.
Rangers man Cedric Itten in danger of setting unwanted Bundesliga record
One own-goal is careless. Two in the space of 20 minutes is nigh-on catastrophic, the footballing equivalent of knocking yourself out with your own nunchucks.
Defender Simon Asta was under no pressure whatsoever when he powered a diving header into his own net, gifting Freiburg an early Christmas present midway through the first half.
Furth keeper Marius Funk was more unfortunate than incompetent, however, when he inadvertently doubled Freiburg’s lead shortly afterwards, the ball rebounding in off him after hitting the post.
Funk certainly was at fault, though, for Freiburg’s third, bringing down an attacker inside the penalty area to gift the hosts a penalty Italy international Vincenzo Grifo swept home in style.
A penny for Cedric Itten’s thoughts, then, as the Rangers loanee prepares to trade in his Scottish Premiership winner’s medal for a wooden spoon. Champion one season, part of the worst ever side in German top-flight history the next.
At least Itten can claim to have given Furth fans something to cheer.
A trademark towering header against none other than Bayern Munich in September sparked wild celebrations in the Trolli Arena, even if it was little more than a consolation in a 3-1 defeat, the tiniest ink-spot on Julian Nagelsmann’s otherwise pristine copybook.
No team in Bundesliga history has accumulated fewer than ten points in a single season; a record set by a Tasmania Berlin side in 1966 that endured 31 games without a win – a record they, for reasons unbeknown to us, appear to be proud of (ESPN).
It’s hard to imagine Greuther Furth will be wearing that ‘worst ever Bundesliga team’ badge with pride if they snatch Tasmania’s 56-year record in the next nine months.