Spain can perform miracles as well. Deportivo La Coruna will not be known to many today, because they play a subordinate role in the Primera Division. But it looked quite different just a few years ago.
In 2000, the club celebrated its only Spanish championship to date and beat all the top teams. The reason for this was certainly the later Bayern striker Roy Makaay, who was new to the Spaniards this season and scored 22 goals.
With a five-point advantage, La Coruna won the game ahead of last year’s winner FC Barcelona.
Over the next few years, the club were runners-up twice and third on two occasions before going downhill.
It was not particularly surprising that the Portuguese champion came from Porto or Lisbon. But in 2001 it came to a sensation because until then the winners were Sporting or Benfica Lisbon or FC Porto.
But suddenly the small rebellious club Boavista Porto won the championship and annoyed the big three.
The recipe for success back then was a good defense and home strength.
Boavista only lost one game in their own stadium. Currently, Boavista regularly fights against relegation or tries to qualify for a European competition after their forced relegation in 2008 and their return to the top division in 2014. It goes up and down.
In the 2006/07 season, the Swabian celebrated its last championship until 2018.
With a win against Cottbus in their last match of the season, they won the surprising title under coach Armin Veh as the youngest team in the league. Due to the predominantly young talents, VfB was also called the “young Savages”.
Timo Hildebrand, Mario Gomez, Serdar Tasci and Sami Khedira were among them.
The curious thing at that time was that after a weak start to the season, coach Veh was already considered the favorite for the first coach dismissal before the sheet turned completely.
After two disastrous years in the Bundesliga, when Felix Magath came 15th in 2007, the wolves went steeply uphill. First a good 5th place and then even the championship. Since then the club is almost always represented on the international places. In 2015 the wolves even managed to become vice-champion, but nothing more was possible. Meanwhile, the North Germans have mutated into a continuing relegation candidate. The success at that time is attributed above all to the coach Magath, who found a mixture between experienced and young players. The two strikers Grafite and Edin Dzeko scored 54 out of 80 goals during the season.
In addition, it was all the more spectacular because Wolfsburg was still in ninth place after the first half and exploded in the second half of the season. The 5-1 win against FC Bayern Munich has also been particularly memorable.
By the way: The VFL Wolfsburg was the first club after 39 years to be added to the list of German champions.
A sensation also happened in the Netherlands in the same year when Wolfsburg surprised in the Bundesliga. After a disappointing season with the eleventh place, former Bayern success coach Louis van Gaal was about to leave Alkmaar.
However, the self-proclaimed celebration beast continued and won the second championship from the AZ in the following season. The 28-year reign of the trio Ajax Amsterdam, PSV Eindhoven or Feyenoord Rotterdam ended.
Curious: After two defeats at the beginning of the season, Alkmaar started a series of 28 undefeated games.
Moreover, AZ did not concede a goal in ten consecutive matchdays. After the championship, van Gaal moved to Germany to join the Bavarians.
The reason for this was a mistake by Fenerbahce with the German coach Christoph Daum on the last matchday and a victory by Bursaspor against Besiktas.
The club remained in the top third of the table in the years that followed.
The championship, however, remained the club’s only achievement to date with Istanbul once again dominating the league.
Above all, there is one dominant club in the French league: That is Paris Saint Germain. The capital club won the championship title for the last four years. Before that, HSC Montpellier surprisingly made it to the top in 2012.
It was not until 2009 that the club from southern France was promoted to Ligue 1. In 2011 the HSC even fought against relegation and the sensation came just a year later.
Until the end, the clubs from Montpellier and Paris fought a duel for the championship.
It was the duel between David and Goliath, as Montpellier, unlike the Sheikh club came with only the fourteenth highest goal in Ligue 1. It was only on the final day that the underdog won the title race. Especially crazy was the fact that the last game was interrupted several times because of spectator riots.
In fact, there are only two teams playing for titles in the Primera Division – FC Barcelona and Real Madrid. Since 2003, one of the two top clubs has always won the championship. But when Diego Simeone took over the Rojiblancos in 2011, the duel turned into a triathlon.
In 2014 Atletico surprisingly won the Spanish pot. With a draw on the last matchday in Barcelona of all places, Atletico secured the sensational championship.
Especially the defense was outstanding for the Madrilenians. They did not concede a goal in 20 league games. Since then, the club has always managed to keep up with the two top clubs.
From Spain, we jump on to Scandinavia. FC Midtjylland created a Danish sensation in 2015 with their championship title. In 1999 the club was founded by the merger of two other clubs.
After their direct ascent to the highest league, the club attracted particular attention due to its exceptional transfer policy. FC included mathematical models.
The year before and after 2015 they placed third in the table. FC Midtylland has also been runner-up twice. The young club seems to have established itself well in the Alka Superliga. The big coup with the Danish championship came in 2015.
FC had already been crowned champions with three games to go, even though the budget was only half that of the top clubs Copenhagen and Bröndby.
Many German fans rubbed their eyes in the last season when VfL Wolfsburg played against KAA Ghent in the round of 16 of the Champions League.
Because the Belgian club is not the most popular, most know rather the top teams FC Brügge, RSC Anderlecht or Standard Lüttich. The champion usually comes from this circle.
But in 2014/15, the KAA Ghent mixed up the championship race. For the first time in its 115-year history, the club won the championship in Belgium with the Sioux chief in its coat of arms.
After the main round, Ghent was still in second place, in the final round they made good progress and secured their first place prematurely by beating Liège 2-0.
Thereafter there was not much left except for the championship in 1989. Since 2003 Norrköping has been commuting regularly between the first and second leagues. Other clubs like Malmö FF or Gothenburg dominated.
Norrköping managed it again 26 years after the last championship title. The IFK overtook the competitor Göteborg only four match days before the end. Before that, the start of the season had been particularly bad. Norrköping scored four points from four games before a sensational sprint.
On the last matchday, the IFK secured the title by beating the top team from Malmö, the champion of the previous two years.
Leicester City won the championship against their rivals Arsenal, Chelsea, and the two Manchester clubs and is, therefore, the sensational champion of Europe this year!
In 2014 the club was promoted to the Premier League, after which the Foxes fought against relegation and now the surprising English championship title. With very low Transfer expenses, the club convinced above all by its playful passion and its fighting spirit and put, thereby, other Top associations over the entire playtime in the shade.
In the end, it was even a clear ten points lead over the second FC Arsenal. The team from the city of 300,000 inhabitants played their way into the hearts of England. Striker Jamie Vardy was outstanding with 24 goals and 10 presentations. “Nearly Man” made it – with low Transfer Expenses