Georgia hope to overcome impostor syndrome and cause major upset against Spain

Willy Sagnol’s daring team – 74th in the world – have become the neutrals’ choice with hopes of making more history

On the outskirts of Velbert, a plain town south of the Ruhr renowned for manufacturing locks and hinges, something remarkable is stirring. Georgia are preparing for the biggest game in their country’s history, getting acquainted with their newfound fame as everyone’s favourite underdog.

The IMS Arena, home to the local fifth-tier side, is off Industriestrasse, an iron foundry and recycling centre in view from the main stand as Willy Sagnol runs through a passing drill. “Short and intense,” he stresses, and those who have admired Georgia attack their first major tournament know the latter is them down to a T.

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