Everyone loves an underdog story. The crowning pinnacle of footballing fandom, why we put ourselves through the endless losses and disappointment, is the hope that one day our plucky team of underachievers can lift the championship against all the odds.
Now, your team may well have never have done this, but here are 4 of the best who have.
Montpellier League1 2011/2012
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Led by the goalscoring exploits of a certain Olivier Giroud, who netted 21 times domestically, Rene Ginard’s Montpellier side rode to victory in 2010/11, securing the title by three points.
It was the club’s first ever Ligue 1 triumph, having won the Coupe de France in 1990 and 1929.
Portugal Euro 2016
Against all odds Portugal where crowned champions of Europe in 2016.
Captained by Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal defeted france in the final despite Ronaldo picking up an injury, the game went to extra time and Eder lone goal was enough
Athletico Madrid Laliga 2013/2014
Who can forget Atletico Madrid ‘s title triumph in 2014? The Rojiblancos had no right to upset the Real Madrid/Barcelona axis, operating on a comparatively shoe-string budget.
But with Diego Costa firing in 27 goals, many of which were provided by Koke, who had 13 assists, Diego Simeone’s side clinched their first title since 1996 with a 1-1 draw at Camp Nou on the last day of the season. It was the first time in 10 years that neither of Spain’s two leading teams earned La Liga’s top spot.
Leicester city premier league 2015/2016
What list like this could be complete without Leicester ‘s nimitable achievement from 2015/16? Having narrowly avoided relegation the season before, the Foxes brought in Claudio Ranieri in the summer, prompting plenty of skepticism about their ability to survive relegation once again.
However, the Italian’s genial approach, combined with the incredible form of Jamie Vardy , Riyad Mahrez, N’Golo Kante and co, pushed the 5000-1 underdogs to a shocking Premier League title win with two games to spare. They would end the season with 10 more points than their nearest rivals, etching their names into the history books forever.