5 Unlikely European Sides Who Could Replicate Leicester City's 2016 Title Miracle

The 2015/2016 season was a rather incredible one for football, more specifically for Leicester City. Despite this being just their second season in the top flight of English Football after promotion from the Championship, and despite finishing on the border of the relegation zone in the previous campaign, The Foxes defied the laws of football and emerged as Premier League Champions. This fairy tale season spoke huge volumes to the rest of Europe as it showed that anyone can be champion if they...

Newcastle United

Perhaps once upon a time Newcastle United should have emerged as the Premier League champions, but that never came to fruition, and the club have languished in mid-table and Championship purgatory for years on end. Any advancement up the table is short-lived, whether it be because of the manager, the transfer policy or even the owners. 

The Magpies have always had the highest of expectations, and are a huge brand in their own right, but to establish themselves as a great club, a league title is needed. The squad and manager at their current disposal outmatches and outclasses much of Leicester's current side, which is filled with members of their title-winning triumph.

Emerging reports may have increased the chance of Newcastle heading towards the top of English football, with the club possibly set for a takeover. The prospect of a new club owner coupled with their promising start to the season in which the newly-promoted side currently sit in ninth position, makes Newcastle the most likely Premier League side to replicate Leicester's title miracle, and perhaps the most likely in the entirety of Europe.  

Real Sociedad

The La Liga side may not be a team that anyone pays much attention to, as teams such as Barcelona and Real Madrid take up the vast majority of the spotlight, however Real Sociedad have every chance of progressing to the top of Spain's top division in a similar way to Leicester, and their performances this season have shown glimpses of the side that won the Premier League just two years ago.

Despite sitting eighth in the league with not too much to shout about in terms of challenging for higher spots, the "White and Blues" can boast the second highest goal tally in La Liga thus far. A large part of Leicester's success was their ability to score more goals than the opposition, no matter how many goals that may be. However this is something Sociedad will have to work on further,

With former Real Madrid player Illarramendi at the heart of midfield and former Man Utd starlet Adnan Januzaj out wide, Sociedad have players with experience at large clubs. Headed up top by in-form Juanmi, they will have every chance of continuing their fantastic goal-scoring record this season, and in the seasons to come they have the potential to challenge for the league title. 

Tranmere Rovers

Unlike the other teams on this list, this entry doesn't concern the country's top flight division. In terms of Tranmere Rovers, their 'miracle' comes in the shape and form of three different divisions; the National League, League 2 and League 1. 

Tranmere are a team that have looked promising season in, season out, but don't ever manage to find a perfect formula. It was back in just 2009 that the club narrowly missed out on promotion to the Championship. But a conveyor belt of managers and back-to-back relegations has seen the team drop outside of the Football League, of which they were members for 94 years.

The Super White Army have such a huge following compared to other clubs in the National League, and out of all of the teams in League 1, League 2 and their own league, their ground Prenton Park is the eighth largest. 

Tranmere are favourites every single year, and expectations for the club are high from the fans. If Tranmere manage to find the right manager and formula, they could conceivably complete back-to-back-to-back promotions and league titles. 

They have a squad that works together brilliantly, and have all the makings for a league winning club.

Werder Bremen

The German side currently sit treacherously in the relegation zone of the Bundesliga with no wins yet to their name this season, but this hasn't always been the case for the club. It was back in just 2008 when the club finished second place in the top division, and 2009 when they last won the DFB-Pokal. 

Bremen are a side that have travelled up and down the Bundesliga table in recent years, but they have league success in their DNA - being crowned champions back in the 2003/2004 season.

They have a very talented squad at their disposal, with midfielder Max Kruse being highly sought after during the summer transfer window. Whilst not being victorious yet this season, they are unbeaten in the last three league matches and an upswing of good fortune and form could see the former Champions League side shoot back up the table. Current champions Bayern Munich sit in a vulnerable position, losing manager Carlo Ancelotti, so for the first time in years Bundesliga sides should capitalise on this, and take the challenge to the champions. 

Whether it be this season or next, Werder Bremen can fully be expected to shoot to the top of the topsy-turvy division if the right opportunity comes.  

Spezia Calcio

Your first instinct is probably - who?! But Spezia Calcio are a side brimming with potential in Italy's second division. The team from the Liguria region of Italy have been bordering on promotion to the Italian top flight for quite a few years now, and have missed out only marginally in the play-offs on countless occasions. 

The squad is packed with potential, with young stars in the form of Gennaro Acampora and Patrick Ciurria on the rise year after year. Notable Spezia alumni comes in the shape of Watford striker Stefano Okaka, who helped Spezia rise up the ranks following their declaration of bankruptcy in 2008. Since then, the club have climbed Italy's divisions and year after year are potential favourites for the Serie B. 

The fans of the Curva Ferrovia are some of the most passionate and dedicated in the entirety of European football, and the cult following has the chance of being a true driving force to the rise of the club. It is just a matter of time before the side make it to Serie A, and when they do, expect them to make a huge impact with their team of boundless potential, and a future Serie A crown could be in their midst. 

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