Sensational performances abound in football each year. It’s a sport that’s full of surprises and
inspirational stories that keep fans captivated. The unlikely becomes a reality and dreams come
true for underdogs frequently. Here are some of the wondrous feats in recent years:
- Uruguay hadn’t tasted any significant success since the 1970s but the World Cup of 2010
changed all that as they marched to the semi-finals. Putting together a string of incredible
performance, striker Diego Forlan inspired his team to win match after match, before finally
losing to the Netherlands in a tough semi-final loss.
But, all in all, it marked the return of Uruguay as a football nation to be feared.
- APOEL FC is a football club hailing from Cyprus and in 2011 the entire world got to know their
name through the squads sterling Champions League performance. Superb sides such as Porto
and Lyon fell victim in the Cypriot charge to the quarter-finals. Eventually, the run came to an
end at the hands of Real Madrid. Nonetheless, this was a stunning achievement from a team
previously toiling in obscurity
- Zambia’s clinching of the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations title was special in so many ways. It was
a win that few predicted and brought a nation together as they cheered their underdog heroes to
a win in the final against the Ivory Coast.
- Wigan defeating Manchester City to lift the 2013 FA Cup at Wembley melted even the hardest
of hearts. For a journeyman side to down the giant at such a prestigious occasion is an
The Costa Rica national team was thrust into the spotlight during the 2014 World Cup.
Surpassing all expectations, the team gained momentum and progressed through the group
stage to the last 16 where they defeated Greece. They then took the Netherlands all the way to
penalty shootout before losing in an agonizing the quarter final clash. A truly astonishing
At mind boggling odds of about 5000-1, Leicester began an improbable bid for the 2014/2015
English Premier League title. It was a journey that would end in a fairy tale success that
captivated the entire world and proved the old adage that ‘dreams can come true’.
Nobody expected much when Wales made their tournament debut at Euro 2016, but Gareth
Bale's men had different ideas and impressed at every turn before finally losing to Portugal in
AS Monaco, promoted a mere few years prior, shocked experts by not only clinching the
2016/2017 Ligue 1 title, but also improbably reaching the semi-finals of the Champions League.
Suddenly there was a new contender for top honours in European competitions…
-Undoubtedly the highlight of the 2018 World Cup was the incredible performance of Croatia.
Labeled as no-hopers, the team fought all the way through to the final, before finally falling to
France. They had proven that even the smallest of nations can surprise the world.
- The 2019 Champions League provided many challenges for Tottenham Hotspur. But, each
time they defied the odds and progressed further in the tournament. On a few occasions, fans
fully expected their team to be soon heading home, but Spurs kept on rising to the occasion and
eventually reached the final. Their heartbreaking loss to Liverpool in that final takes no gloss
away from what was a superb tournament performance from Spurs.
What are the common threads linking these performances? Well, each time the teams did better
than the experts predicted and gave fans some incredible surprises. They also gave savvy
punters some huge windfalls as many backed these sides to do well. At 1xBet, the world’s
leading sportsbook, each of these teams was on offer at huge odds. Are there any opportunities
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