What makes competitive sports so great is those moments of immortality where things happen that are unexpected. People change the landscape of the sporting universe and achieve jaw-dropping success stories from the brink of defeat. These are the moments that inspire so many people, and that really makes the spectacle of sport what it is.
It’s hard to truly capture the single greatest comeback in sporting history. It largely depends on your favorite sport, as well as your sporting persuasion and affiliation. But, we have decided to come up with some of the greatest moments in the history of sport that, no matter your interest, will light a fire inside you. These are, without question, the best and most memorable sporting comebacks of all time.
Liverpool Football Club – European Champions League final (2005)
Istanbul, 2005. English side Liverpool were the unlikely finalists against Italian giants A.C. Milan, at the time the best team in the world. The match started off completely one-sided, with Milan scoring three goals in the first half, and they could have had many more. At halftime Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez made the decision to bring on veteran midfielder Didi Hamann, even as some Liverpool fans were heading home. The decision was inspired, and Liverpool scored 3 goals in 4 second-half minutes to send the match into extra time, before winning on penalties on a historic night dubbed The Miracle of Istanbul.
New England Patriots – Super Bowl LI (2017)
The Pats already had a reputation for being the Kings of the Super Bowl when Tom Brady led them out to last seasons final in February of this year. What happened, however, would be a staggering accomplishment by even their standards. The Patriots were 28-9 down to Atlanta Falcons going into the 4th quarter of the match, and they then scored 19 points without reply to take the game into overtime. Running back James White then scored a 2-yard touchdown to clinch the victory in overtime. Wow!
Red Rum – The Grand National (1973)
Red Rum is arguably the most famous thoroughbred horse in the world, except for possible Seabiscuit. He made his name in the iconic 1973 Grand National race when he secured an unprecedented victory. Coming from 30 lengths behind to beat Crisp and seal one of the most iconic wins in the history of horse racing. Red Rum was carrying less weight than Crisp that day and managed to pip the favorite to the post cementing his legend and changing the face of horse racing forever.
Stephen Hendry – World Snooker Championship final (1992)
Jimmy White was always the people’s champion, and always the underdog. He made 6 World Championship snooker finals and lost them all, but we reckon this is the one that hurt the most. In 1992, while playing a young Stephen Hendry, White was 14-8 up, needing just 4 more frames for victory. But, the 23-year-old Scotsman was having none of it, and he secured 10 consecutive frames to win his second (of 7) World Championship titles, and a legend of the game was born,.
Everyone has their own great story about the best sporting moment of their life. For sports fans, these are the times that make you love being a fan, and the iconic moments are ones that live long in the memory. These iconic moments are just a collection of some of the best sporting comebacks in history.