Atletico Madrid (2013/14) – On a Wave with the Two Giants
Although Atletico Madrid are one of the most successful clubs in the Spanish league with a total of ten championships, winning the 2014 championship was a small sensation in the football world.
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.
FC Midtjylland (2014/15) – young and successful
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.
KAA Ghent (2014/15) – The Attack of the No-Name-Team
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.
IFK Norrköping (2015/16) – Extremely long Waiting Time
The club from the south of Sweden was especially successful between 1943 and 1963.
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.
A Football Tale called Leicester – Season 2015/16
Something extraordinary happened in the English Premier League in the 2015/16 season. Something that nobody had expected. And if they did, then at least the competitors underneath them have made a lot of money.
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.