When I think of underdogs I normally go straight to sport so each of these picks will be related to sports. You will also notice that each of these picks are based on true stories because, as commentators frequently say “you can’t write scripts like this”. Because who would have imagined that Leicester City would defy 5000-1 odds and pull off the greatest achievement in the history of team sport by winning the Premier League. Who would have thought Japan would beat two-time world champions South Africa at the 2015 Rugby World Cup to win their first Rugby World Cup game for almost 25 years? It’s true…you can’t write scripts like this.
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Jamaica is quite a hot country, and snowfall is probably pretty low so they don’t get much chance to participate in bobsleigh, but in 1988 Jamaica did compete at the Winter Olympics. Cool Runnings is a very fictionalised telling of this story, but it’s still a lot of fun.
Like the above film, Eddie the Eagle is about an underdog who competes at the 1988 Winter Olympics. Eddie may have finished dead last, but everyone loves a plucky underdog, and he even got a special mentioning at the closing ceremony…which was nice.
When this film was released, it was literally impossible to be bigger underdogs in the World Cup than the America Samoa National Football Team as they were ranked right at the bottom of the FIFA rankings. They’ve scored just twice in 17 years, and were yet to register a single compeitive win. However, as this wonderful documentary shows they didn’t lack spirit, pride or pluckiness as they tried in vain to restore credibility (the team were an international joke for losing 31-0 to Australia) and go for that first ever competitive win. Amazing stuff.