If there is one thing that sport and life have in common, it is that both can give us surprises at any time. Throughout history, there have been many cases in which a team or a sportsman, for whom nobody bet a penny, ended up winning against real ‘Goliaths’. For this reason, today Balls and Bells brings you a tribute to some of them.
Buster Douglas defeats Mike Tyson:
For many people, the greatest upset in sports history. In 1990, Mike Tyson was a superstar and by far the most feared boxer in the world, an invincible beast. His rival, Buster Douglas was perceived by many analysts as a fragile fighter with a mediocre physical condition. He entered the fight a 42-to-1 underdog. However, Douglas not only put up a great fight, but also shocked the world by knocking out Mike Tyson in the 10th round.
In the 1950 FIFA World Cup, Brazil faced Uruguay in a definitive duel that would decide the champion. In the final phase, Uruguay had obtained a win and a draw, while Brazil had crushed Sweden and Spain 7-1 and 6-1 respectively. The Uruguayans had everything against them, they were facing a spectacular team which only needed to obtain a draw to become champions. Besides, they were playing at the mythical Maracana stadium, with 200,000 Brazilians supporting their team. In adddition, Uruguay started losing the match, but they managed a historic comeback and won 2-1, taking the championship and shocking everyone present.
Detroit Pistons’ unpleasant surprise to the Lakers:
The Lakers dominated the NBA between 2002 and 2004 winning three consecutive championships. After a disappointing 2002/2003 season, they returned to the NBA finals in 2004, with a roster that included superstars such as Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal and Karl Malone. They came in as top favorites, but they were not only defeated but also trashed by Detroit in five games.
Underdog Roberta Vinci defeats goddess Serena Williams:
Serena Williams is not only the best female tennis player in history, but also one of the greatest athletes of all time. In 2015, she faced the unknown Roberta Vinci at the US Open Final. That year, Serena was unstoppable, having won all three previous Grand Slam tournaments and bidding to finish off a calendar Grand Slam, but Vinci ruined her plans after beating her 2-6, 6-4, 6-4.
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