Much to everyone’s disbelief, the Leicester City soccer club was crowned the champion of the English Premier League Monday.
The team’s chances last summer were small, to say the least. Back then, William Hill, a British gambling group, put the likelihood of the Foxes of Leicester City, a fledgling group based two hours north west of London, of winning at 5,000-to-1. Basically, the team had a .0002 percent chance of being the best team in the league of 20. Except for the 25 people who wager a combined total of only $243 on the group during William Hill, nobody expected this from Leicester City.
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Here’s some perspective: William Hill after put the chances of Elvis being found alive and well at 2,000-to-1 and an acknowledgment from the U.S. government that the first moon landing was faked at 500-to-1.
And a few more standpoint, from ESPN:
Not merely did the Foxes have a 13-game winless run last season, they had been only six points from being relegated to a lesser degree of competition. Leicester City was not even at the Premier League two decades back. The club earned marketing to England’s top soccer league starting in the 2014-15 year for the first time in 10 years.
In the world of overused sports tropes, declaring a success»among the greatest upsets ever» is a frequent sin. But in this case, this really is the biggest upset in modern sports history.
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