Leicester City did the impossible as they won the 2015/16 premier league title against all odds.
The Foxes survived relegation last season and were expected to struggle again and yes, they struggled but it wasn’t for the dreaded drop into the championship but to win arguably the most exciting league in the world.
Claudio Ranieri and his boys watched on Monday night as Chelsea fought from a two goals deficit to draw 2-2 against title chasing Tottenham, which effectively handed them the prestigious premier league title.
It was a perfect underdog story and 366football.com looks at where Leicester City ranks amongst the top ten upsets of all-time.
A young Zambia side created an upset when they defeated overwhelming favourites Cote D’Ivoire to win the 2012 African Nations Cup under Frenchman Herve Renard.
In October 2011, the Kalusha Bwalya-led FAZ executive brought back Herve Renard as national team coach just a year after he left to handle Angola and he delivered the impossible with a young Chipolopolo side Captained by Christopher Katongo who was later voted the 2012 BBC African Player of the Year.
Zambia had previous lost the African Nations Cup final to Nigeria in 1994 a team that had Bwalya as captain and it wasn’t a surprise as the 2012 victory engulfed the whole country with strong emotions.
- Nottingham Forest
Nottingham Forest caused one of the biggest stir in England football when they won the title in 1978 for the first time.
Under the management of Brian Clough, Forest won the First Division in 1978 just a season after being promoted, via finishing third in the Second Division.
They went on to win the European Cup in 1979 and 1980, as well as adding League Cup triumphs in 1978 and 1979 for a remarkable haul of five major trophies in three seasons.
Greece shocked the world in 2004 when they coasted to victory at the UEFA Euro Championships.
That marked a high point in Greece’s football history and amazingly it was only their second participation in the tournament and they won it against all the odds.
The Greeks displayed a high level of discipline and team unity as they defeated some of the favourites in the competition including defending European champions France and hosts Portugal – the latter whom they beat in both the opening game of the tournament and again in the final.
Denmark did not even qualify for the 1992 European Championships as they finished second in the qualifiers behind Yugoslavia but with only 10 days before the competition commenced – UEFA announced on 31 May 1992 that Yugoslavia was to be excluded from the competition due to international sanctions resulting from the Yugoslav wars.
Their place was given to Denmark, who entered as the second-placed team in its qualifying group and they won in Sweden as its most beating the European champions from Netherlands in the semifinal, and the World champions Germany in the final.
That Denmark team was built on the heroics of Goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel and the creative spark Brian Laudrup and that achievement remains the biggest in the country’s football history.
Porto makes the list at the back of their unbelievable run in the 2003/04 UEFA Champions League under the guidance of Jose Mourinho.
Porto finished second in its group, losing only once to Real Madrid, and advanced to a round-of-16 meeting with Manchester United. Porto scored on the 90th minute of the second leg at Old Trafford to draw 1–1 and advance to the quarter-finals with a 3–2 aggregate win.
The team then overcame Lyon and Deportivo La Coruña and reached the Champions League final, where it defeated Monaco 3–0 to lift the club’s second European Champion Clubs’ Cup.
Porto is the only team in Portuguese league history to have won two titles without conceding any defeat, namely in the 2010–11 and 2012–13 seasons
Scottish club Aberdeen enjoyed a historic win in the European Cup Winners’ Cup against Spanish giants Real Madrid on 11 May 1983 during Sir Alex Ferguson Era at the club.
Aberdeen were not expected to cause such a huge upset but they proved every bookmakers wrong with a super win with a team blessed with players like Jim Leighton, Willie Miller, Alex McLeish and Gordon Strachan.
Aberdeen also won the Scottish Cup in three successive seasons from 1982–1984, two more league titles in 1983–84 and 1984–85, alongside becoming only the third Scottish side to win a European trophy, with the European Cup Winners’ Cup victory over Real Madrid.
- Hellas Verona
In 1984-85, Hellas Verona, an unfashionable provincial club who had been playing in Serie B just a few years before, achieved the impossible. They won Serie A.
And wasn’t a Serie A in the doldrums, lacking in quality. This was the era of Diego Maradona at Napoli (Napoli’s average attendance that season was a staggering 77,000), Michel Platini at Juventus, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge at Inter, Falcão at Roma and Zico at Udinese.
Fontana recently staged a play about this miraculous season from a fan’s perspective – think Fantasy Football League meets Trainspotting with events on the pitch providing the dramatic backdrop. He has now turned his attention to the coach of that legendary Hellas Verona team, Osvaldo Bagnoli. Although a legend in Verona, Bagnoli is not widely known outside Italy.
- Atletico Madrid
Atletico Madrid won the 2013/14 La Liga title for the first time since 1996 courtesy a Diego Godín headed equaliser against Barcelona on the last day of the season, a week before the Champions League Final.
The team led by Diego Simeone eventually lost the Champions League final to local rivals Real Madrid but the overwhelming joy that came from their first league win since 1996 was amazing.
Atletico Madrid have kept up that momentum and just on Tuesday made their second Champions League final in three years by defeating Bayern Munich in the semifinal and are huge favourites to win.
Chelsea won the 2012 UEFA Champions League trophy against all odds.
The Roman Ambromovic army were suffering from a self-destruct which led to the sack of manager Andre Vilas Boas and Roberto di Matteo was appointed.
They were 3-1 down from the first leg against Napoli in the round of 16 of the Champions League but they turned it around in the second leg but they were still expected to lose going up against Barcelona in the semifinals.
But they did the unthinkable and progressed to the final where they met Bayern Munich playing at home at the Allianz Arena and it was Ivorian international Didier Drogba that first scored the equalizer that took the game into extra-time and then penalties and gracefully netted the winner in the shootout to crown the Blues European Champions for the first time in their history.
Leicester City won the English premier league with the lowest squad budget in the history of the competition.
In 2016, where it is difficult to win the title without spending big – the Foxes won it with a squad that costs just £22.25m and that’s astonishing to say the least.
They competed in a league that includes Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool, and Manchester United and still won the league with two games left to spare.
Their fairytale episode could go down as the best moment football story in the history of the British game and world football in general but most importantly for the die-hard supporters of the club who have kept faith with the side through thick and thin.