Three unexpected title winners that give Leicester City hope of Premier League success

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Leicester City's unexpected assault of the Premier League has been the biggest talking point in one of the most unique seasons in recent memory.

The likes of Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez and N'Golo Kante have stolen neutral hearts with their impressive performances, but many have questioned their credibility as genuine contenders for the coveted crown.

While in reality it's likely they will fall off the pace, sometimes things do not go to plan in this crazy world of football.


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Here are three recent examples of teams who won their respective titles against all the odds.

1. Atletico Madrid - 2013/14

Now, while it's obvious Atletico are a much bigger club than the Foxes, their achievement of securing the La Liga title in 2014 shouldn't be undermined.

The duopoly of dominance in Spain held by Barcelona and Real Madrid seemed unpenetrable, but Diego Simeone's determined troops disproved that belief.

Diego Costa, before his move to Chelsea, was arguably the star of the team, bullying his way through Spanish defences throughout the season and scoring 36 goals in all competitions.

The centre-back pairing of Diego Godin and Miranda was crucial to their success as well, with the former scoring a crucial equaliser at the Nou Camp on the final day of the season to secure the title, which they won by three points.

Simeone built a side that was tough to beat and had the necessary offensive power to see off their opponents, including a 1-0 win over rivals Real at the Vicente Calderon.

2. Wolfsburg - 2008/09

Wolfsburg are now considered one of the giants of German football, but it may surprise you to know the club has just one Bundesliga title to their name - in 2008/09 under former Fulham manager Felix Magath.

Before Bayern Munich became Germany's supreme leaders, the league was often a very competitive affair and Wolfsburg's triumph was testament to this.

In fact, during their title-winning campaign, they disposed of Bayern 5-1, although they did lose 4-2 away during the same season.

It proved to be a season of success for Wolfsburg, with strikers Edin Dzeko and Grafite scoring 54 goals between them in all competitions.

Their maiden Bundesliga triumph proves history doesn't determine success - feeling better yet, Leicester fans?

3. Montpellier - 2011/12

A true David and Goliath story occurred in Ligue 1 during the 2011/12 season, when lowly Montpellier overcame cash-rich Paris Saint-Germain to secure the title against all the odds.

The Parisiens had just invested huge amounts of money in the likes of Javier Pastore but were unable to see off their humble rivals, who stole the crown they were expected to secure.

Arsenal's Olivier Giroud was the focal point of Montpellier's attack, scoring 21 goals in the league, while Younes Belhanda was the man in midfield providing the creative spark for the French club.

They finished the season with 82 points, pipping their Paris rivals by just three points following an all-important 2-1 victory on the last day at Auxerre to secure the title in what was one of the most entertaining seasons in French history.

Since then the club has faded into obscurity, but for a brief period they were kings of French football.

Can Leicester do a Montpellier? We will have to find out.

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