The meteoric rise of Sammarinese football was confirmed as San Marino won their European Championship Qualifying group ahead of Austria and Bosnia to qualify for EURO 2028 - their first-ever international tournament - to climb into the world's top 100 for the first time.
National hero Andy Selva had led his San Marino side surging up the FIFA rankings, led by the ridiculous goalscoring of talisman Davide San Marino and more exciting new young Sammarinese newgens.
After four years in charge of San Marino, Andy Selva had taken the minnows from 209th in the FIFA world rankings to 150th. He'd also led them to Nations League promotion and a best-ever Euro qualification performance that included a 0-0 draw at home to World Cup finalists Spain.
Can you improve the world's worst national team with a better youth rating and youth recruitment and a star teenage striker? The answer appeared to be yes, as Andy Selva had used those factors to lead San Marino to the 182nd best team in the world.