Quevilly’s place in the pantheon of cup giantkillers looks assured. As are all of the following.
Germany: TSV Vestenbergsgreuth vs. FC Bayern München 1-0 (1994/95)
Germany’s biggest cup upset involved the country’s biggest club, Bayern Munich, who were facing TSV Vestenbergsgreuth, a 3rd tier side from a village of 1,500 inhabitants.
Giovanni Trappatoni, in charge of his first match as Bayern coach, picked a strong team which included Oliver Kahn, Mehmet Scholl, Lothar Matthaus and the newly acquired French striker Jean Pierre Papin.
After 40 minutes, the amateurs put together their first attack of the game and a cross from the right hand side found Ronald Stein, a worker in a local tea factory, who nodded home from close range to score produce the biggest upset in DFB Pokal’s history.
A memorial stone to mark the occasion was placed outaide TSV’s clubhouse.
Spain: Mirandes 4-4 Espanyol (Mirandes won on away goals) 2011-12
Third-tier Mirandes pulled off one of the biggest upsets in Copa del Rey history when they scored in stoppage-time to earn a shock 2-1 victory over Espanyol to become only the second team from that division to reach the semi-finals.
“This is amazing,” captain Pablo Infante, a local bank employee who scored the equalizer, told Spanish television. “Tomorrow I have to go to work, but we are going to celebrate a bit first.”
And rightly so!
Italy: North Korea v Italy 1-0 1966
In Italy, the top 8 Serie A teams from the previous year’s season don’t enter the competition until the Round of 16. This helps ensure giantkilling acts are few and far between.
The most fanous cup upset in the history of Italian football was not a domestic match at all, but a World Cup encounter against North Korea in 1966.
At their first World Cup and faced with an Italian side that two years later would become European Champions, North Korea pulled off the greatest World Cup shock of all time, with Pak-Doo-Ik immortalising himself by scoring the only goal of the game.
England: Hereford United v Newcastle United 2-1 1971-72
In England, arguably the most famous FA Cup upset of all time came in 1971-72 when Southern League Hereford met Newcastle United, a club with a proud FA Cup tradition and a striker, Malcolm McDonald, who after the teams had drawn 2-2, said he would score 10 goals in the replay.
Trailing 1-0 with five minutes to go, up stepped Hereford’s Ronnie Radford to score one of the most famous goals in FA Cup history. The strike was followed by an equally memorable pitch invasion by thousands of youngsers, almost all of whom seemed to be wearing snorkel parkas.
It was the first time a non-league club had beaten a top-flight club in a competitive fixture since Yeovil Town’s victory over Sunderland in 1949.