There are several teams that are considered as strong teams which are expected to win many titles. However, there are also teams that have not been expected at all to become the winner.
Like fairy tale, the team called underdog suddenly breaking the odds and was able to surprise everyone.
Footchampion will summarize those best surprising teams in history…
Who would have thought, Iceland which was in a group with Portugal, Austria, and Hungary in the Euro 2016 event was able to steal the attention. Many spectators considered the country as only a complementary contestant.
However, Iceland was able to escape the bondage of its opponents before having a match with the England national team. Everyone must have guessed that England would easily overturn the “unknown” team.
And guess what happened? Iceland also escaped it by overthrowing the three lions. Although in the end, Iceland lost to the home team, the struggle of Iceland really deserved a thumbs up.
After successfully qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, this team still even manage to give a little surprise.
- AS Monaco
In the middle of Paris Saint Germain’s empowerment, AS Monaco was able to come out as a champion. Defeating several more-established teams, Monaco also managed to qualify for the semi-finals of the European Champions League.
As it is known, the European Champions League is an elite competition where at that phase, it is usually participated by giant teams, such as Barcelona, Real Madrid, Juventus, or Bayern Munich.
Although in the end AS Monaco fell against Juventus. The effort of this French team deserved a thumbs up.
Cameroon surely became a surprising team at the 1990 World Cup. The World Cup of this particular period might also be the best period in the history of the African team.
Coming to the tournament, no one knows who would be the expected player leading Cameroon. Even so, the team remained confident.
Frustrating the Argentine national team, Cameroon also successfully overthrew Colombia.
Although this surprising team must stop surprising everyone at the match with the England national team, people will remember the extraordinary effort Cameroon had been undergone.
The Euro 2004 event became the history for the “thousand goddesses” country. Greece, which at that time was unexpectedly surprising, succeeded in escaping smoothly the faces of its opponents.
Even a team as strong as the Czech Republic and France must be admitted their lost thanks to Greek magic. After appearing in the final against Portugal, they were able to get out of the pressure.
Through the heading of Angelos Charisteas, Greece managed to be crowned as the conqueror of Europe.
Talking about of Croatia, everyone surely remembers the name of Luka Modric who was able to bring the country to the 2018 World Cup final. However, there is one more dramatic story from this squad which led by Modric.
In the 1998 World Cup. Starting its first debut at the World Cup on that period, Croatia immediately created many surprises.
Getting in a group consisting of Japan, Jamaica, and Argentina, Croatia managed to escape the first hole.
Starting from winning over Romania, Croatia was surprisingly able to stop Germany in the quarter-finals. After being able to climb the semifinal phase, they met with France.
The rooster team which was at its best was able to stop the Croatian effort. Despite losing in the semi-final, Croatia was able to win the third place after defeating the Netherlands.
- Leicester City
It was still clear in memory how Leicester City was able to lift the 2015/16 Premier League trophy. Accompanied by Allenatore from Italy, Claudio Ranieri, Leicester were able to step up perfectly.
Escaped from the Premier League giants’ strike, The Foxes really showed its best performance at that time. As if it was a team that had appeared for 100 years, Leicester did not waste the moment. Through a duo of Riyadh Mahrez and Jamie Vardy, Leicester successfully climbed the top of the Premier League.
This story of the King Power stadium-based team will always be remembered as a magical season for Leicester City.
The Bulgarian national team had never won a World Cup title. But in 1994, a different story had just been born.
In the same group with Greece, Nigeria, and Argentina, many of the fans even doubted their own teams. Losing at the first match, Bulgaria wiped out the next two matches.
In the fall phase, they managed to defeat Mexico and crush Germany. Advancing to the semifinals, Bulgaria finally defeated by Italy.
Even so, the struggle of the Bulgarian national team at the 1994 World Cup will always be remembered in history. Their attacker, Hristo Stoichkov, even won the top scorer with 6 goals.
So, those are the best surprising teams in history. Which teams do you remember the most? Please write your comments below and don’t forget to like and share…