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Here's a rough translation of the original article (I left out some names - i.e. each teams squad, refs etc, but everything else is as it was in the original):
The highest scoring game ever!
This game was on June 24, 1979 in a regional league in Macedonia (part of Yugoslavia back then). There were two teams fighting for promotion: Ilinden (leader) and Debarca (2nd placed). Both teams needed to win with a greater scoreline then the rival team. Debarca thought of a brilliant plan to bribe the Ilinden's opposition, so they would leave the pitch prematurely claiming their disatisfaction with the match officials and therefore "earning" themselves an automatic 0:3 defeat, while they could get a higher win and therefore put themselves into the driving seat. But even the best laid plans go wrong. Ilinden were informed about this deal and outbid it. Now the game will go on as planned. Moreover, Ilinden will be allowed to score as many goals as they require.
Since there were no cellphones at the time, both teams had sent their own "spies" to their rivals games to report the latest updates by radio.
Both games were supposed to start at same time - 21:30. But Debarca decided to postpone it to have an advantage over their rivals. First they submitted the wrong documentations and then for a long time "couldnt find" the real ones. By the time this match started, it was already 22 minutes into the game at Ilinden, who by the end of half time got into a comfortable 11:0 lead. However, cheaky Debarca got 3 more and were in the 14:0 lead.
During the half time Ilinden were informed by their spies about Debarca's "tactic" and they, after having a little talk with the ref, extended their half time break to 40 minutes, while Debarca, like any other honest team came out for the second half after exactly 15 minutes. Once Debarca was informed of this, they got into a panic reliesing that they might get outplayed, started bagging them goals as fast as they could. So, by the time Ilinden scored their 12th goal in the game, Debarca was already 40:0 ahead. The news were fast passed on to Ilinden, who went completely nuts. What followed after had to be seen to be believed. Two Mladost (Ilindens opposition) outfield players and the keeper were always inside their penalty box - just in case there was no offside. When the ball was hit too weak to get passed the goalline, those two defenders made sure it reached its target by "accidently" tackling it into their own net. If the ball went over or wide, the oppositions keeper made sure it was back in the game as soon as possible, preferably in the Ilindens players feet. The rest of the losing teams' players were patrolling the middle of the field. This way they could restart the game almost immedeately after the goal. Despite Ilindens "complete dominance" in this game, Mladost did manage to score one goal - an unexpectedly awquard strike alluded everyone and went it. The goalscorer was politely asked not to touch the ball again.
By the 89th minute Debarca was in a 57:0 lead, but, unfortunatelly it was not good enough. The spies reported a greater margin in the other game. Debarca had to do something to save their season - and thats when the ref, Andrey Ristevski, came in handy. The official added time in the post match report was 20 minutes (!) during which Debarca scored a staggering 31 goals!!! Debarca won 88:0. Didnt help. Ilinden won 134:1.
Match report of the second half of the Ilinden game was "lost". Top scorer of the infomous game was Naum Shapkaroski with 58 goals. Despite breaking a world record, Naum was not pleased since he truely believed he scored 76 goals. Second best goalscorer was Ljube Crkovski with 29 goals.
Post match interviews:
Illia Ristevski, Mladost coach: "Great organisation. The refereeing was good. The result, considering our weakness, was fair and realistic"
Ljube Razmoski, Ilinden coach: "The game was fair. Officiating was great. Considering the importance of this game, the result was realistic"
Milivoi Leveev, Debarca coach: "Yellow cards were deserved. The refs had a good game. There are no strange games. All officials are good. Any questions? No questions. Thank you, Bye."
Spoiler: unfortunately our infamous heros all got disqualified: all 4 teams got a life-time ban, while players/officials got disqualified for at least a year.