Leicester City and the 10 Biggest Upsets in Sports History

It was the underdog story that went far beyond sports and that made headlines in countries located all around the world. Leicester City, 5000-to-1 odds to win the Premier League and thought to be relegation candidates back in the summer of 2015, completed the impossible mission and won the England top-flight title for the 2015-16 campaign. Little Leicester are the champions of England, and they know that they will host at least a few Champions League matches come next spring. “Foxes never quit,” goes the saying, and Leicester proved that to be true time and time again en route to becoming everybody's favorite underdogs.

Leicester may, depending on where you get your odds and stats, be mathematically the biggest underdogs to win something of merit in the history of professional sports. They are not alone, however, as it pertains to pulling off a surprising achievement. What has been called the biggest upset in the history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship occurred in August 2015. The 2016 Masters was the home of a shocking collapse that led to an underdog winning the title. As interesting as those events were to behold, none hold a candle to Leicester rising to and then remaining at the top of the Premier League table through May and the end of the season. We may never see another Leicester, so enjoy this one while you can.

10 New York Giants


9 Japan Rugby


8 US Hockey

7 Goran Ivanisevic


6 N.C. State

5 Danny Willett


4 New York Jets


3 Buster Douglas


2 Holly Holm

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1 Leicester City


You could live to be 1000 years old and never again see anything like what Leicester City pulled off during the 2015-16 Premier League season. Afterthoughts in numerous season previews, Leicester shockingly rose to the top of the Premier League table during the first half of the campaign. While everybody was waiting for reality to set in and for Leicester to drop back toward at least midtable status, Leicester continued earning positive results and keeping Tottenham Hotspur in second place. Spurs crumbled under the pressure that came with playing meaningful spring games, and Leicester ultimately hoisted the Premier League trophy in front of a home crowd. From 5000-to-1 odds to win the league to champions: Leicester are the greatest underdogs in the history of sports.

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