There has been huge shocks in football in the last 10 years – we take a look at some of the most unlikely…
4. Porto to lift Champions League 2004
2004 was a funny old year. It saw underdogs rise to the occasion to lift the two major European trophies of the season. When the Champions League began, AS Monaco to lift the cup was 66/1 and Porto a staggering 50/1.
This Champions League was one of my most memorable, seeing the Madrid’s, United’s, Milan’s and Barcelona’s all out at relatively early stages. Monaco overcame 3/1 favourites Real Madrid and high flyers Chelsea, where as Porto saw off Man United in the quarters in a match that saw Jose’s famous Old Trafford sideline celebration.
Porto ended up 3-0 winners and half the team was bought by Chelsea the following season; Including Mourinho. This final had no big names, but two of the most skilful and exciting teams on the continent – and two of its best young coaches who are now dominating World football.
3. Costa Rica to win Group D at 2014 World Cup
No one expected the Costa Ricans to escape from this group, let alone win it. Three under performing World Cup Winners joined them in Group D, and it was no fluke Costa Rica qualified as they provided the more exciting and overall best football.
They reached the quarter finals of the competition for the first time in the nations history and were unlucky not to go further after holding a much fancied Holland side at bay for 2 hours, before a spirited Tim Krul came off the bench to Van Gaals rescue. They were loved by everyone in the competition and were adopted by the Brazilian fans as their second team. They were 50/1 at the start of the tournament to win Group D, and 30/1 to qualify!
2. Greece beating Portugal to win Euro 2004
Before the tournament started the Greeks had never won a single match at the final stages of an international tournament.
The squad included English based players such as Nikos Dabizas, Traianos Dellas, Stelios Giannakopoulos and Theo Zagorakis along side 15 others playing in Greek domestic football. They beat a Portugal team boasting a young Cristiano Ronaldo 1-0 in the final on Portuguese soil, with odds of the Greeks winning the competition at a whopping 150/1.
1. Bradford vs Swansea in Capital One Cup Final 2013
Swansea started the tournament at 66/1 and Bradford 1,000/1! Recent seasons have seen many lower league teams come from nowhere to the last stages of the domestic cup competitions.
Bradford saw off Premier League clubs Wigan Athletic, Arsenal & Aston Villa before losing to the Swans in the final and in doing so, became the first club from the lowest tier of English football to reach the League Cup final since Rochdale in 1962.
This is the most unlikely of finals in the history of English football and before the competition started the odds of it happened were 10,000/1.