Surprising football (soccer) results since the 2000s

Do you know these teams which have achieved these surprising results of association football?
Both club and national teams are included
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Last updated: June 28, 2022
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Year / Season
Competition
Achievement
Team name
Side note / hint
2022
FIFA World Cup
Did not qualify
Italy
Won the UEFA Euro the year before
2021-2022
UEFA Champions League
Semi-finals
Villarreal
Qualified through the UEFA Europa League
2020-2021
Ligue 1
Champion
Lille
 
2019
AFC Asian Cup
Champion
Qatar
 
2018-2019
UEFA Champions League
Semi-finals
Ajax
Conceded a goal against Tottenham in the last second of the second semi-final
2018-2019
Premier League
Runners-up
Liverpool
97 points still wasn't enough to win
2018
FIFA World Cup
Runners-up
Croatia
 
2018
FIFA World Cup
Out in group stage
Germany
Was the reigning champion
2017-2018
UEFA Champions League
Semi-finals
Roma
Wasn't far away from beating Liverpool in the semi-finals
2016
UEFA Euro
Quarter-finals
Iceland
The first international tournament ever for this small football nation of only 300 000 citizens
2016
UEFA Euro
Did not qualify
Netherlands
Came in the top 4 in both previous FIFA World Cups
2015-2016
Premier League
Champion
Leicester City
Odds for this team being champions, were 5000-to-1 before the season started
2014
FIFA World Cup
Quarter-finals
Costa Rica
1st in group stage ahead of Uruguay, Italy and England
2014
FIFA World Cup
Out in group stage
Spain
Was the reigning champion
2013-2014
La Liga
Champion
Atletico Madrid
Champion was decided on the last matchday. Won against Barcelona at the Camp Nou
2011-2012
Ligue 1
Champion
Montpellier
 
2011-2012
Premier League
Champion
Manchester City
Won on goal difference and a goal in the extra time in last game of the season. This was also their first time being champions
2004
UEFA Euro
Champion
Greece
Won the final against the host nation Portugal
2003-2004
UEFA Champions League
Champion
Porto
Made manager Jose Mourinho call himself "The Special One"
1999-2000
La Liga
Champion
Deportivo de La Coruña
Barcelona, Real Madrid and Valencia were the three big favorites before the season
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Level 53
Jun 28, 2022
Correct the spelling for Villarreal please, else a nice little quiz for some football trivia! Got them all right :D
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Level 54
Jun 28, 2022
Oh damn, didn't realize that :P Fixed now, thanks!