The Greatest Ever Upsets in Sporting History

Featuring famous upsets from the world of rugby, boxing and football

England international Jonny Wilkinson.
Jonny Wilkinson England's finest player at England's finest hour. Image Getty

Just in time for Christmas, go behind the scenes of rugby like never before with the release of XV: BEYOND THE TRYLINE.

Featuring exclusive interviews with some of the biggest names and supporters of rugby, including Prince Harry, Jonny Wilkinson, Dan Carter and Eddie Jones, XV: BEYOND THE TRYLINE offers a captivating and rare insight into the greatest team sport in the world.

To mark the release on December 5, we count down the 6 most memorable underdog stories in the world of sport over recent years.


Iceland beating England in the 2016 European Championships.

….the less we say about this the better. In what turned out to be England head coach Roy Hodgson’s final game in charge of the national side, England were sent crashing out of the European Championships by Iceland – a county occupying just over 320,000 people. After a Wayne Rooney penalty in the 4th minute put England into the lead, quick fire goals from Sigurdsson (6th min) & Sigthorsson (18th min) condemned the English side to an early tournament exit and sent the Icelandic side to the quarter finals for the first time in their history – shocking the World as a result.


Japan beating South Africa in the 2015 Rugby World Cup, London.

In what has been described as the most shocking upset in Rugby history, Japan beat one the competition favourites and world renowned Spingboks in the 2015 Rugby World Cup Group Stages. In a game that went down to the wire, now England head coach Eddie Jones’s Japan won the game 34-32, with the winning try coming from Karne Hesketh in the last play of the game. 


Liverpool beating AC Milan in the 2005 Champions League Final

On 25th May 2005 the world witnessed one of the biggest turnarounds that football has ever seen. Known by many as ‘the miracle of Istanbul’ Liverpool overcame a 3 goal halftime deficit against one of the best football teams the European football has ever seen. Second half goals from Steven Gerrard, Vladamir Smicer and Xabi Alonso levelled the game at 3-3, a game Liverpool went on to win on penalties 3-2, giving them their 5th taste of Champions League glory. AC Milan did later inflict payback on Liverpool, beating them 2-1 in a repeat fixture, this time meeting in the 2007 Champions League Final.


Team USA beating Team Soviet in the Lake Placid Winter Olympics Ice Hockey Final

In the 1980 Lake Placid Winter Olympics the World saw an American ice hockey team consisting of amateurs beat the defending Gold medallists the Soviet Union.  In a team captained by Mike Eruzione, the USA went on to win the game 4-3 and is still known to the World as ‘the miracle on ice’.


The Buster Douglas vs Mike Tyson fight, 1990.

The fight titled ‘Tyson is back’ took place on February 11, 1990 and is still considered to this day one of the biggest upsets the sport has ever seen. The match saw the undefeated heavyweight champion of the World face 42-1 Buster Douglas at the Tokyo Dome, Tokyo. The fight watched on my millions all over the World saw Tyson knock Douglas to the canvas in the 8th round before the telling blow in 10th with a left hook coming from Douglas leaving Tyson defeated and the World stunned.


Leicester Win the Premier League

Leicester’s Premier League title achievement is without a doubt one of the most amazing thing that has ever happened in sporting history. At the start of the 2015/2016 season Leicester were the bookmaker’s favourites to get relegated from the Premier league. With a new manager at the helm in Claudio Ranieri, a man of was sacked months before after guiding Greece’s national side to bottom in the European Championship qualifiers nobody gave Leicester a chance on making any mark in the upcoming coming season. However after 38 games and only 3 losses in that time Leicester became the 6th team to have ever won the Premier League. To put into further perspective – Manchester City’s 2015/2016 net spend £120,000,000 – finished 3rd….Leicester City’s 2015/2016 net spend £20,200,000.

XV BEYOND THE TRYLINE is available to own on Blu-Ray™, DVD and Digital Download from 5th December

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