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Teams That Overcame the Odds

The Leicester City soccer team won England's top championship for the first time in 132 seasons. Leicester, known as the Foxes, started the season as 5000-to-1 underdogs.

This gallery highlights some other unlikely sports victories. For example, the Minnesota Twins baseball team won the World Series one year after being one of the worst teams in the league. Same with the St. Louis Rams in the National Football League.

Just last year, Japan's rugby team defeated South Africa in the sport's World Cup. And in 1950, the soccer team from the United States defeated England in the World Cup.

Take a look at some of the photos from these memorable matches.
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Leicester City's Jamie Vardy scored 22 goals this season, helping the team to its first-ever English championship in the top division. The Foxes may be the most unlikely championship team ever. This gallery highlights some of the other notable "underdog" teams to have won big games or championships.
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Leicester City's Jamie Vardy scored 22 goals this season, helping the team to its first-ever English championship in the top division. The Foxes may be the most unlikely championship team ever. This gallery highlights some of the other notable "underdog" teams to have won big games or championships.

Japan's Kensuke Hatakeyama celebrates after his team's stunning victory over South Africa in a pool match in the Rugby World Cup in Brighton, England. Japan's 34-32 victory in September 2015 over the two-time world champion is arguably the biggest shock in rugby history.
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Japan's Kensuke Hatakeyama celebrates after his team's stunning victory over South Africa in a pool match in the Rugby World Cup in Brighton, England. Japan's 34-32 victory in September 2015 over the two-time world champion is arguably the biggest shock in rugby history.

Bangladesh's Mohammed Rafique celebrates beating Australia during their One Day Cricket Test at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, Wales, Saturday June 18, 2005. The victory by Bangladesh is seen as one of the biggest upsets ever in cricket.
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Bangladesh's Mohammed Rafique celebrates beating Australia during their One Day Cricket Test at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, Wales, Saturday June 18, 2005. The victory by Bangladesh is seen as one of the biggest upsets ever in cricket.

Boston Red Sox players celebrate after beating the St. Louis Cardinals 3-0 in Game 4 to sweep the World Series Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2004, in St. Louis. It was the first World Series championship for Boston since 1918.
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Boston Red Sox players celebrate after beating the St. Louis Cardinals 3-0 in Game 4 to sweep the World Series Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2004, in St. Louis. It was the first World Series championship for Boston since 1918.

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