Overachieving football clubs are always a spectacle. Here is our collection of the most surprising marchers from recent years.
Sports reporters are always amazed by overachieving football clubs, and in recent years, we can see quite a lot of them. Online gambling news sites in the UK just experienced this attitude last night in the Coupe de France final, which inspired GamingZion as well: let’s take a look at the best overachieving football teams in the past few years!
5. Sutton United in FA Cup, possibly the best overachiever in football
You probably haven’t heard of Sutton United before 2017. However, the tiny English team from the Conference Premier League, which is the 5th division. Sutton were doing great in the FA Cup back in 2017. They eliminated Leeds United in the 4th round, only to be knocked out by Arsenal in the fifth round. Quite a march for an amateur team whose players are part-time footballers who have another job apart from playing against teams like Leeds United and the Gunners!
4. Salzburg in the Europa League
This season’s biggest over achiever football clubs might as well be Red Bull Salzburg. The Austrian team has been building up a strong side ever since they have been purchased by the famous energy drink company. They are about to harvest the fruit of their clever strategy.
They were marching well in the Europa League, almost reaching the final: they were on extra time against Olympique Marseille in the semi-final upon winning the second leg to 2-0 after losing the first one to 2-0. However, Marseille scored eventually and will face Atletico in Lyon. Salzburg eliminated Lazio, Dortmund and Real Sociedad respectively in the previous rounds.
3. Overachieving football clubs: Östersunds in Europa League
Another one of the surprisingly overachieving football clubs is definitely Sweden’s Östersunds. And they were also doing the performance of a lifetime this season. They knocked out Turkish star Galatasaray in the second qualification round and went on to beating PAOK in the Playoffs. Afterwards, they reached the Europa League group stages for the first time in the club’s history.
And there story doesn’t end there. They were in the same group with Athletic Bilbao, Hertha BSC and Zorya Luhansk. The team won both legs against the Ukrainians, tied once with the Germans but won the other leg and tied and lost to Bilbao. Then they qualified for the Round of 32 where Arsenal put an end to their outstanding season.
2. Les Herbiers in the Coupe de France
One of the main reasons why this article about overachieving football clubs has been written is because of this team. They were lucky, they were great and they reached the final of the Coupe de France. A lot of things had to come together but that shouldn’t take away anything from their appreciation.
PSG faced Les Herbiers in the French Cup’s final. Les Herbiers are a mid-table team in the French third division. The club’s current value is €2,98 million according to Transfermarkt. PSG played them with Di Maria, Cavani, Mbappé… each of these players worth over fifty times as the whole club itself. PSG won 0-2, but the heroes of the night were definitely Les Heriers!
1. Leicester City’s outstanding football performances in the Premier League
Who could forget about them? Premier League is always about the top four, sometimes the top 6 teams. They are Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool. It rarely happens when none of these teams wins the championship, but it is not impossible.
It is also not impossible that throughout 38 game days, Leicester City will be the best team in the Premier League. Man Utd, City, Chelsea and Liverpool were horrible in the league that year. Spurs and Arsenal seemed to be fighting for the golden medal. However, Leicester City ended up as the “laughing third”. It’s still a story that no online sportsbook sites in the UK would ever dare suggest to bettors!