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The Greatest Underdog Sports Stories That Won’t Get The Disney Treatment

Occasionally sport coughs up the sort of matchup that you cannot tear your eyes from — not so much a David vs. Goliath battle as it is a 50-car pileup on the highway. We’re talking “how the hell did they find themselves here?” sort of situations. 

These were the games that stayed with you, the games that meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. 

The Best Underdog Stories In Sports History 

The Korea women’s ice hockey team at the 2018 Winter Olympics

What’s In A Name? The Giovanni In Gio Reyna

Names in and of themselves are not all that interesting. It’s the meaning behind a name, bestowed upon a child at birth, that makes it special. When Giovanni Alejandro Reyna was born in Sunderland, England, to a pair of U.S. soccer players in 2002, the future Borussia Dortmund star was given a name that proved prophetic for his footballing prowess. 

The Volatile And Complex History Of The ‘Don’t Tread On Me’ Flag

Flown by many protesters at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, the Gadsden flag has a design that is simple and graphic: a coiled rattlesnake on a yellow field with the text “Don’t Tread On Me.” But that simple design hides some important complexities, both historically and today, as it appears in rallies demanding President Donald Trump be allowed to remain in office.

Second-Place Manchester United To Take On Revitalized Aston Villa

Ole Gunnar Solskjær's Manchester United has the opportunity to pull even with Liverpool on Friday, but the Norwegian and his side will have no easy task. 

Inspired By Sam Allardyce, We Look At Some Of The Best Defensive Performances Of Our Time

Manager Sam Allardyce brought his West Brom side to Anfield on Sunday as massive underdogs. His Baggies had just one win all season and were on the road against league leaders Liverpool. 

Big Sam brought out his big guns: the rarely seen 6-4-0 formation, which West Brom stuck to despite conceding an early Sadio Mane goal. 

Soccer’s Most Rowdy Fanbases

There is no doubt the beautiful game is packed with passion, adrenaline and euphoria. But when emotions get out of control and fans get rowdy, things can turn deadly violent.

From starting wars, setting stadiums on fire to dozens of deaths, fanbases worldwide have shown the ugly side of the sport. Let's see who made the list as the world's most violent ultras. 

The Most Unforgettable Goals From Every World Cup

More than any other sporting event, the World Cup captures the imagination through unforgettable moments: goals that make you leap out of your seat in celebration, anger or confusion. The best World Cup goals are those you remember years later, if not decades.

The18's Complete 2021 Soccer Calendar

No one can argue that 2020 has been an awful year that we all want to put behind us. But before we look ahead 2021, we have to take a minute to appreciate how sports have provided something resembling normality in recent months.

Considering the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been incredibly lucky to have soccer leagues playing regularly since June.

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