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The Biggest League Upsets in Football History : BY ADHIRAJ DUTTA

19/05/2016 : Leicester City created history this season by becoming the first club since Nottingham Forest in 1978, to win the English League for the first time. In an era where spending money is considered to be directly proportional to success, the Foxes defied all odds to win the Premier League, losing just 3 matches in the process. We take a look at some other major league upsets in the history of this beautiful game.

1. Deportivo La Coruna win in the 1999-00 season - SPAIN

There has been some seasons in Spain where the La Liga title has been won by teams apart from Barcelona and Real Madrid. Atletico Madrid and Valencia may have claimed the Spanish title in recent years. But the achievement of Javier Iruretaís Deportivo La Coruna team in 2000 deserves a special mention.

2. Verona win in the 1985 season - ITALY

In 1985, Verona had only been promoted to Serie A two years earlier - finishing fourth and sixth respectively - but no one could have predicted what was to come though as the Gialloblu stunned the world by winning their one and only Scudetto. Giuseppe Galderisi was Verona's top scorer that year with just 11 league goals.

3. Montpellier 2011-12 Ligue 1 - FRANCE

In 2010, Monaco took the league by storm by investing huge money on players, although they failed to win a league. Before this very season, Paris St Germain was bought by a Qatari royal family and immediately splashed £82m on players, Javier Pastore being the most expensive buy with Pound 37m. The squad of Montpellier in contrast had a total cost of only Pound 29m. They went on a consistent run of games and this consistency lasted throughout the season. In the end, Montpellier pipped PSG to win the title by 3 points. Oliver Giroud was the highest scorer of the league and the team also consisted of exciting youngsters like Remy Cabella, Benjamin Stambouli and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.

4. Bordeaux 2008-09 Ligue 1 - FRANCE

In the last decade, domestic French football was all about one club- Olympique Lyonnais, more popularly known as Lyon. Lyon was on a winning spree and starting from the 2001-02 season, they had won seven league titles. So it was expected at the start of the 2008-09 season that they would again win the league as there was no other club which was considered as a serious opposition. But Bordeaux, managed by a recently retired Laurent Blanc, had other plans. Boasting of players like Fernando Cavenaghi, Marouane Chamakh and Yohann Gourcuff, they broke the French monopoly and won the league, their first league title in 10 years.

5. Ipswich Town 1961-62 - ENGLAND

Ipswich Town won promotion to the top flight and took it by storm, bringing the title to East Anglia at the first attempt in 1961-62

6. Nottingham Forest 1977-78 English First Division

This brilliant story is similar to that of Leicester City. Although it must be acknowledged that winning the league now is much more difficult, Nottingham Forest's league victory was no mean feat, especially when it is realised they won the league directly after getting promoted from the Second Division. The 1970s in English football was dominated by Liverpool and everybody expected the Scousers to breeze through. Then again, the Forest side managed by the charismatic Brian Clough took everybody by storm and not only did they beat Liverpool to the league title by 7 points, but they were unbeaten the entire season. Nottingham went on to win the European Cup (now known as the Champions League) twice later on and they hold the unique record of having more Champions League (2) titles than the domestic league(1).

7. FC Kaiserslautern 1997-98 Bundesliga

Just like Nottingham Forest, FC Kaiserslautern also won the league after getting promoted from the Bundesliga-II. The Kaiserslautern squad consisted of a young Michael Ballack supported by the talismanic striker Olaf Marshall and the Bulgarian legend Marian Hristov, pipped Bayern Munich to the title by just 2 points.

8. Eastern Railway - 1958 IFA KOLKATA League

KOLKATA (Calcutta) League was the most sought after domestic league in Indian football before the All India Football Federation(AIFF) launched the pan Indian National Football League in 1996. Eastern Railway won the Calcutta League in 1958 and it still remains the biggest upset ever in the history of IFA ORGANISED KOLKATA (Indian Football) FOOTBALL. Led by the legendary PK Banerjee, they defeated both East Bengal and Mohun Bagan on course to win the league. What makes this feat unique is that Eastern Railway still remains the only Indian club other than East Bengal, Mohun Bagan and MohamMedan Sporting to win the IFA ORGANISED KOLKATA (Calcutta) League.

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EPL ROUND - 1 REVIEW : by DEBAYAN BHATTACHARYYA

The English top flight is back and rolling as we witnessed a week of thrills and spills, ifs and buts and lot of talking points to be discussed. Letís take a look back at the opening week of the 2015-16 season.

It has been a quite entertaining week with some spectacular goals, a red card and unexpected results. Starting off with the opening game of the season, hosts Manchester United got the better of Tottenham Hotspurs at Old Trafford, as Kyle Walkerís first half own goal was enough to decide the outcome, despite Tottenham being the better side with the likes of Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen pushed forward for an equalizer.

Unitedís big signing Bastian Schweinsteiger was given a tremendous ovation as he came on as a second half substitute. Moving to North London, West Ham United defeated Arsenal in their own backyard by 2-0 thanks to CheikhouKouayte and Mauro Zarate. Arsenal big singing PetrCech failed to live up to the expectations as the veteran was responsible for the goals conceded. At Goodison Park Everton came from behind twice to deny newly promoted side Watford an opening day victory. Liverpool snatched three points at Stoke thanks to a long range strike from the Brazilian PhillipeCoutinho in the closing stages.

Defending Champions Chelsea held to a 2-2 stalemate at Stamford Bridge by Swansea City as the Blues keeper ThiabautCoutouis was given marching orders by the ref for tripping BafetimbiGomis inside the box. Chelsea took the lead through Oscar before new singing Andrei Ayew made it all square for the visitors from close range. Later on Willianíscross deflected in off Argentine Federico Fernandez as Chelsea took the lead from a lucky own goal. After the break Swansea got themselves a much needed penalty as Courtouis tripped Gomis and the former Lyon man didnít make any mistake, as he calmly converted his spot kick to make it square all over again. Former Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri made an impressive start back to the Premier League as his side Leicester City thrashed Dick Advocaatís Sunderland by 4-2 with Leicester's star man RiyadMahrez getting a double.

At St. James Park Newcastle United was forced to share points as Southampton denied them a win thanks to a late equalizing header from substitute, Shane Long. The match ended 2-2. Newly promoted side AFC Bournemouth was given a reality check, as they fell to a 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa. Bournemouth started off brightly but squandered chances and late in the second half ,substituteRudy Gestede ensured all three points for the visitors.

Norwich City fell 1-3 at home to Crystal Palace with French International YohanCabaye getting his debut goal for the visiors right at the death. Lastly, the runners-up of last season, Manchester City got their campaign off to a flier with a convincing 3-0 victory over home side West Bromwich Albion. YayaToure, coming on the score sheet twice with Captain, Vincent Kompany sealing it off with a header right at the end.

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