Published on July 5th, 2016 | by Michelle Roper-Shaw
A Sporting Underdog Summer
It started with Leicester City’s fairytale Premier League victory in May. The 5000-1 outsiders shocked the football world when they became Premiership Champions for the first time in their history and proved that sporting underdogs can have their day.
With the Euro 2016 Championships and The Championships at Wimbledon well and truly underway, that Leicester City magic is still making an appearance with a number of sporting shocks and surprises.
Iceland’s Greatest Victory
Iceland, with a population of 300,000 is the smallest populated country represented at the Euro 2016 Championships. Last week their team caused one of the greatest football upsets, beating England 2-1. Such was the shock of the defeat, England manager Hodgson immediately resigned after the match.
Despite losing 5-2 in the quarterfinals to tournament hosts, France, Iceland has won many fans at the tournament with their admirable team spirit and their good-natured supporters. It has even been reported that Iceland replica shirts are outselling England shirts in the UK.
58 Years of Hurt: Wales Keep British Hopes Alive in the Euros
British hopes of Euro 2016 success are now with Chris Coleman’s Wales. The last time Wales qualified for an international tournament was back in 1958, at the World Cup in Sweden, when they made the quarterfinals.
Having beaten one of the Euro 2016 favourites Belgium, 3-1 in the quarterfinals, Wales will face Portugal in the semi finals this week. This will see Real Madrid teammates, Wales’ Gareth Bale and Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo facing each other for a place in the final on Sunday 10th July.
Willis Serves Up a Tennis Story Worthy of Hollywood
Whilst all British eyes were on Andy Murray for the start of Wimbledon last week, the world 772, Marcus Willis had other ideas. In our previous article, Game, Set, Match, Wimbledon we mistakenly over looked Willis’s chances at this year’s tournament.
Having been close to giving up the game in recent years, Willis won seven successive matches in pre qualifying and qualifying rounds before a surprise first round win led to a dream second round tie against 17-time Grand Slam champion, Roger Federer on Centre Court. Despite losing in straight sets, Willis delighted the Wimbledon crowd in a feel good story worthy of any Hollywood film script.
With World Number 1, Novak Djokovic being knocked out in a shock defeat by Sam Querrey before the start of the second week, maybe 2016 will continue to be a year of sporting fairytales. Andy Murray will certainly be hoping so.
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