Football’s Greatest Comebacks

Football is filled with fairy-tale stories, outrageous events and ridiculous comebacks, playing no small part in why we love the game so much. From Liverpool’s dramatic Champion’s League win to Leicester’s miraculous season, you can get some serious football betting odds if you can spot a comeback early.

So we’ve put together a list of footballs greatest ever comebacks to get you inspired. Take a look below.

    Leicester City – Premier League Champions

Leicester City’s emphatic rise to the top of English football was nothing short of a miracle, a truly once in a lifetime occurrence made even sweeter considering the turmoil they faced just a few months before.

Leicester’s 2014/15 Premier League campaign was abysmal. They scrapped at the bottom of the league and we’re almost hung out to dry with just 19 points from 29 games and 7 points adrift from safety. However, they managed to kick on and quite amazingly win seven of their final 9 games to secure safety and finish in 14th place. But they weren’t done there.

Sacking the manager that masterminded their great escape may not have been the greatest of ideas, but appointing Claudio Ranieri was a turning point. Leicester seemed to easily re-create their form that saw them survive relegation, and turn it into form that would win them the league. They we’re unstoppable for chunks of the season, showing that money isn’t always everything in football. It’s by far the greatest turnaround in football history, and will be unlikely to ever happen again.

    Tottenham 3 – Manchester United 5 (2001, Premier League)

Ever heard of the term ‘A game of two halves’? Well this is its very definition. Tottenham ran a mock during the first half of this encounter, with the premier league champions well and truly on the ropes. Glenn Hoddle’s Spurs found themselves 3-0 up at the break with goals coming from Ferdinand, Ziege and Richards.

Things took a turn for the worse for Spurs as after 15 minutes of hairdryer treatment Manchester united came out firing. Two half time substitutes saw United strike five times without reply, with goals coming from Cole, Blanc, van Nistelrooy, Veron and finally Beckham putting the cherry on the came three minutes from time.

    Tranmere 4 – Southampton 3 (2001, FA Cup 5th round replay)

Tranmere’s 2001 FA Cup campaign was one long giant killing spree, seeing them dump not 1, not 2 but 9 premier league sides out of the competition, but the Southampton match stands out from them all.

Walking down the tunnel at half time 3-0 down John Aldridge’s men were more than likely dreading a pasting. However, a second half hat-trick by striker Paul Rideout levelled the deficit with Stuart Barlow scoring the fourth to complete the inspired turnaround. Hysteria ensued with home fans invading the pitch at the final whistle to celebrate as Glenn Hoddle branded his Southampton team a disgrace.

    Newcastle 4 Arsenal 4 Premier League 2011

Four first half goals by an inform Arsenal saw them cruising into half time, with Walcott, Djourou and Van Persie (x2) all getting on the score sheet.

However, add the half time break, a sending off and Arsenal’s trademark mental brittleness and you get a scintillating second half of football. Joey Barton successfully wound Diaby up who lashed out and headed for an early bath. Barton topped his half off with two penalty kicks, whilst Leon Best brought the game to 4-3. Cheik Tiote also got in on the action with an 87th minute screamer to bring the game to 4 a piece.

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew wash chuffed with the performance, stating “I told the players I wanted aggression. They went out and played like lions”

    Liverpool 3 AC Milan 3 Champions League final 2005

Paolo Maldini struck in the very first minute of the 2005 Champions league final, quickly followed by a brace from Hernan Crespo seeing Liverpool head into half time with their tails between their legs at 3-0 down.

The game took a frantic turn seeing it completely turn on its head. Goals from Gerrard, Smicer and Alonso in the space of six minutes took the game to extra time and then penalties. Jerzy Dudek showcased his famous ‘spaghetti legs’ as he saved penalties form both Shevchenko and Pirlo seeing Liverpool win the tie 3-2 on penalties, and we’ve never stopped hearing about it since…

    Reading 5 Arsenal 7 Carling Cup fourth round 2012

Reading definitely earned their 4-1 score line at half time with a stunning first half performance. Arsenal however had a much brighter showing in the second period, with Giroud and Koscielny bringing the score to 4-3 before Walcott struck his second of the match deep into injury time.

Chamakh of all people gave Arsenal the lead at the start of extra time, only to be scratched off 12 minutes later by a Pavel Pogrebnyak header bringing it to 5 a piece. Theo Walcott struck again, securing his hat-trick before Chamakh put the nail in the coffin in the 120th minute.

Reading manager Brian McDermott stated “It was suicide what went on in the second half and extra time. It was kamizake.”

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