Leicester City – The Greatest Underdog Story in Sports History

Leicester City are the Champions of the English Premier League.   It’s hard to explain to soccer (football, for the rest of the world) outsiders how amazing this story is, so I’ll just try to quantify it.    At the beginning of the season, you could make a wager that Leicester would win the Premier League and get 5000-1 on your money.

Five thousand to one.

To put that in perspective, the Cleveland Browns opened at 200-1 to win the 2017 Super Bowl.

The Philadelphia Phillies are roughly 300-1 to win the World Series this year.

Albania is roughly 500-1 to win the Euro 2016 soccer championship.

5000-1 longshots simply do not win.

Leicester’s achievement is the greatest underdog story in sports history.  A handful of years ago they were in England’s third professional division.   Last season, they were on the verge of relegation from the Premiership.  Today, they are Premier League Champions.

 

(challenge: if you disagree, prove me wrong – the comments are open).

-KD

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