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Greatest international upset of all time

View Poll Results: Which is the greatest upset of all time?
1976 World Championships Poland - Soviet 6-4 7 7.07%
1980 Olympics USA - Soviet 4-3 54 54.55%
1984 Canada Cup Czechoslovakia - Germany 4-4 0 0%
1996 World Cup Czechoslovakia - Germany 1-7 2 2.02%
2000 World Championships Latvia-Russia 3-2 1 1.01%
2002 Olympics Belarus - Sweden 4-3 29 29.29%
2006 Olympics Switzerland - Czech Republic 3-2 1 1.01%
2006 Olympics Switzerland - Canada 2-0 5 5.05%
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03-06-2006, 10:39 PM
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I can understand that "Miracle on blahblahblah" gets the most votes, but the biggest upset ever... No fricken way!

The Soviets struggled all through the ´79-´80 season and Lake Placid was no exception. Does it need to be reminded that the "mighty" Finland was leading the game against the Russians 2-1 with just five and half minutes to go (ok, USSR rallied and won the game 4-2) and the Soviets barely beat the amateur Canada (one young Glenn Anderson does not a great team make).

Also, just prior to the Olympics, Buffalo Sabres had crushed Red Army 6-1 in an exhibition game and the Habs had an easy night with them also (a 4-2 win), so while the Soviets were awesome on paper, they clearly weren´t unbeatable in reality!

Of course they still should have won the USA game, but it just doesn´t qualify as the biggest upset ever, as far as I´m concerned. The Soviets were a "team in transition" (lots of older players going out and younger coming in) and that can sometimes create problems. BTW, Czechoslovakia had a similar situation and they fared even worse than the Soviets in LP!

All in all, I think the Sweden - Belarus game is a much bigger upset.

The Soviets also POUNDED the US team a few weeks before. The Swedish team was not the hands-on favorite to win the gold either.

A group of collge kids defeating one of the best teams in the world unbelievable. I remember the Belarus/Sweden game. It was a shocker, but it's hard to compare. Espescially when NHL players are in the mix.

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The Soviets also POUNDED the US team a few weeks before. The Swedish team was not the hands-on favorite to win the gold either.

A group of collge kids defeating one of the best teams in the world unbelievable. I remember the Belarus/Sweden game. It was a shocker, but it's hard to compare. Espescially when NHL players are in the mix.
Like I said, of course the Soviets should´ve won the game... hands down. I just think that with hindsight it is not such a huge upset... USA was playing very well in the tournament and the Soviets were struggling against opponents (ie. Finland and Canada) they would´ve probably killed just a year before (the ´78-´79 season was great for them). This seems to be often forgotten.

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96 Czechs against Germany. A bit biased perhaps.

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