It is not hyperbole to declare this the greatest upset in the history of the Champions League. Real Madrid is the most successful club in the history of the sport and, before their qualification of the Champions League this year, FC Sheriff was practically unknown outside of Moldova.
In fact, some fans of FC Sheriff would say the club isn’t even from Moldova. The club, located in the city of Tiraspol, plays in the unrecognized breakaway state of Transnistria. The small region between the Dniester river and Ukrainian border is considered a part of Moldova, but has special legal status.
Comparing Real Madrid and FC Sheriff
FC Sheriff was founded in 1997, and is the first team from Moldova to qualify for the Champions League. Real Madrid was founded in 1902 and has won a record number of La Ligas, Copa del Reys, and European Cup/Champion Leagues.