Over the years, football has proven that it can be highly unpredictable, and this year has been no different.
2016 has certainly had its fair share of surprises, which means bookies have lost out, while brave punters have been the victors, as the shocks have continued to happen.
We’ve put together some of the biggest football shocks that have happened so far this year.
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Wales Make Semi-finals of Euro 2016
When Wales qualified for Euro 2016 after a historic and hard fought qualifying campaign, no-one could have expected their epic progress in the competition.
Last week’s 3-1 win over Belgium in the quarter-final not only captivated the nation of Wales, but has also been an inspiration for the rest of the footballing world.
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Wales have not just defied the odds, but they have proved that great preparation, togetherness, and spirit can take a team far.
Sadly for the Welsh, their fairy tale story ended in the semi-finals as they were defeated by Portugal, but Chris Coleman's side can be very proud of what they achieved in France.
Leicester City win the Premier League
Leicester City were 5000-1 to win the Premier League.
At the start of the season, Foxes supporters would have been forgiven for being happy to settle for 40 points and playing Premier League football this coming season.
Fast forward nine months and the impossible became reality when they finally lifted the Premier League trophy against all the odds and capped what was a quite unbelievable achievement.
It was a great achievement for the players, the manager, the club, and the city, and it proved without doubt that the impossible might just be achievable with the right focus, dedication, and hard work.
Chelsea’s Awful 2015/16 Season
We've had two positive shocks, now time for a negative one.
Having just won the league, Chelsea were looking forward to another successful season and were backed to retain their title. However, to the surprise of many, this was not to be.
Their troubles started in pre-season and continued to unfold on-and-off the pitch. Behind the scenes, manager Jose Mourinho fell out with his players and members of his medical staff, while on the pitch the players failed to show commitment and stopped playing for the manager.
It was a disaster of a season and was only rescued by the steady hand of caretaker manager Guus Hiddink.
Chelsea finished the season in tenth place, trophy-less, and without European football for the upcoming season.
A devastating fall from grace.
What was the biggest shock from 2016 so far? Wales, Leicester City, or Chelsea? Let us know YOUR thoughts in the comment section below!
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