The Curse Of Champions

There is no greater glory for a football team than lifting a trophy. Most football analysts, pundits and fans will argue that there are grades to the trophies won. For example, in the English Premier League, the ranking is Community Shield < EFL Cup < FA Cup < Premier League Trophy.

Regular champions have contended and won trophies, new champions have emerged, and even strange and “How did this happen” teams have also lifted great trophies. But no one has noticed the curse that seems to affect the teams that win 2 particular trophies.

Let’s start with the greatest, The World Cup!

Spain, World Champions 2010
Spain, World Champions 2010

When Spain won the 2010 world cup in South Africa, many believed it was inevitable, as the other two teams who could have posed a great enough threat (Brazil and Germany) were eliminated in the knockout stages.

Spain. Crashed out of 2014 World Cup without making it past the group stage
Spain. Crashed out of 2014 World Cup without making it past the group stage

However. 2014 World Cup in Brazil showed a side of the then defending champions that we were shocked to see. Losing 5-1 to the Netherlands, and not qualifying out of their group was a phenomenon that no one could have ever predicted. The same thing happened to Germany after winning the 2014 World Cup, only to have a very disastrous outing in the 2018 edition.

Down to England!

Sir Alex Fergie kissing the EPL trophy for the last time before his retirement in 2013
Sir Alex Fergie kissing the EPL trophy for the last time before his retirement in 2013

Sir Alex Ferguson retired from Manchester United in style by winning the Premier League, and the next year saw the rise of David Moyes from managing an average club to a world-class club. and the fall of Manchester United out of the Top

2014, Manchester United finished 7th.
2014, Manchester United finished 7th.

A rise which began the terrible fall of Manchester United out of the Top 4. The Red Devils finished 7th.

Chelsea, EPL 2014 Champions.
Chelsea, EPL 2014 Champions.

Mourinho beat his chest with pride when Chelsea FC won the EPL trophy in his second year back managing the blues.

Chelsea Finished 9th in the EPL in 2015/16 season.
Chelsea Finished 9th in the EPL in 2015/16 season.

However, the following season was a real disaster for the Champions as they barely made the top half of the table.

Leicester City, Champons of EPL 2015/2016
Leicester City, Champions of EPL 2015/2016

2016 was the most shocking season in the English Premier League in recent times when Claudio Ranieri’s Leicester City lifted the English Premier League Trophy. It still feels like a dream and an unbelievable feat, especially when the season before, they were desperately fighting relegation.

Leicester desperately trying to avoid the relegation zone at the moment.
Leicester desperately trying to avoid the relegation zone at the moment.

The following season, however, saw them go back to the position they were two seasons ago. Although they tried in Europe’s elite tournament – The Champions League, their foothold in the local league was more like that of a man standing in sinking sand.

I wonder if there is really a curse or it’s just a series of strange coincidences.

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