Great Sporting Upsets....

1) US defeat USSR Hockey 1980
The "Miracle on Ice" was a medal-round men's ice hockey game during the 1980 Winter Olympics at Lake Placid, New York, on February 22. The United States men's national ice hockey team United States team, made up of amateur and collegiate players and led by coach Herb Brooks, defeated the Soviet Union team, which was considered the best hockey team in the world.

The US went on to win the gold medal by winning their final match over Finland, who finished 4th. The Soviet Union took the silver medal by beating Sweden in their final game. As part of the its 100th anniversary celebrations in 2008, the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) picked the Miracle on Ice as the number-one international hockey story of the century.
2) Giants Defeat Patriots In Super Bowl XLII
That's all anyone can do now. The Giants, a team that was counted out and discounted time after time this season, are the Super Bowl champions.
"It's in this room, right here," linebacker Antonio Pierce said. "The best team won. What else can you say?"
The 17-14 win in Super Bowl XLII was as improbable and as crazy as any of the 11 straight wins away from home this. They beat the perfect team and were the 11th seed in all of the playoffs !
3. Greece Win Euro 2004
Greece defied all the critics and all the bookmakers to sensationally win Euro 2004 beating the hosts Portugal in the final and knocking out defending champions France in the Quarter Finals.

Betting shops had Greece at 100/1 before the tournament and their victory has to be one of the biggest sport betting upsets of all time!

4) Buster Douglas defeated Mike Tyson 1990
Nicknamed "Kid Dynamite","Iron Mike"and "The Baddest Man on the Planet", Tyson won his first 19 professional bouts by knockout, 12 in the first round. He unified the belts in the splintered heavyweight division in the late 1980s to become undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. Tyson lost his title when he lost to 42-to-1 underdog James "Buster" Douglas in February 11, 1990, in Tokyo, by a KO in round 10. Shock horror!
5. Jack Fleck Beats Ben Hogan in 1955 U.S. Open
How confident were people that Ben Hogan would win his record fifth U.S. Open title? After Hogan made par on the final hole, NBC signed off the air, declaring Hogan the winner even though Fleck, an unknown municipal-course operator from Iowa, trailed by just one stroke.

Hogan even flipped the ball to a USGA official and said "This is for the Golf House," referring to a museum. Fleck, however, wasn't quite finished: needing a birdie on 18 to force a playoff, his 7-iron approach just cleared the bunker and landed eight feet from the pin.

He then sank the putt to tie the score. Hogan, who had been sipping scotch in the Olympic Club locker room, dropped his head and cursed softly. The next day, Fleck beat the game's greatest player by three strokes in an 18-hole playoff. "I can't believe it, Ben," Fleck said as he and Hogan walked off the final green. What clubs did Fleck use to beat his idol? The Ben Hogan signature series.
6. Wrexham v Arsenal - F.A. Cup 1992
The F.A. Cup has a habit of throwing up shocks and this example is one of the greatest in the competitions history. In 1992, Wrexham defeated the league champions Arsenal in the Third Round, Wrexham having finished bottom of the Football League the previous season.

Arsenal took the lead in the game through Alan Smith but Wrexham stormed back to send the Gunners crashing at the Racecourse Ground at odds of 25/1!

7. Senegal 1 France 0 - 2002 World Cup
In a story that virtually mirrored the story of Italia 90, The defending champions were beaten in the opening game by an African team making their first appearance at a World Cup finals (Cameroon were making their second appearance when they beat Argentina).
Fulham's Papa Bouba Diop scored the only goal of the game to stun the footballing world at odds of 10/1.

Punters steamed into France in every game in Group A assuming that a change in fortune was round the corner but it never came and France limped out of the World Cup at the group stage with 1 point and no goals scored.

8. Cameroon v Argentina 1990 World Cup
Italia 90 was one of the most exciting World Cups in the last 30 years and it threw up a classic upset in the opening game. Argentina were defending their title won in Mexico in 1986 but were stunned by Francois Oman Biyiks header as Cameroon went onto to win 1-0.

Cameroon were 12/1 to win the game but the Argentineans still went on to reach the final where they lost to West Germany. The lasting memories from Italia 90 however will be the likes of Roger Milla dancing round the corner flag, Toto Schillaci banging in goals, the site of Roberto Baggio terrorising defences and Gazzas tears!

9. Dream Team Stunned By Argentina in 2004 Olympics
The US men's basketball team, known as the Dream Team were humbled in Athens in the 2004 Olympic, semi-finals by Argentina, beaten 89-81.

Argentina had a 43-38 half-time lead and never allowed their more glamorous opponents to overtake them as the Americans tried desperately to avoid a shock defeat.

10. Bangladesh v Australia - 18th June 2005
Bangladesh pulled off what may be the greatest shock ever in cricket betting with a five-wicket victory over world champions Australia in a One Day International in Cardiff in 2005. The Tigers were aided by a magnificent century by Mohammad Ashraful and surpassed Australia's 249 for 5 with 4 balls to spare.

Ashraful was the games top run scorer 6/1 and the huge upset was complete in when Jason Gillespie was hit for the winning runs in a victory that was priced at a massive 20/1 before the game.
The Americans had been gold medallists in every Olympics since 1992 when NBA players started competing in the Games and were the massive favourites at 1/6 to win their 4th successive title even before the Olympics began.

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