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This is used to describe something or someone that fails to achieve or reach their potential. In football we use this expression when a player or team does not do as well as expected beforehand; maybe the team was seen by many as favourites and expected to achieve great things but in realisty they fail to do so meaning they are seen as underachievers.
- Example: Spain finally shook off the term underachievers when they won the European Championship in 2008
- PSG are yet to win the Champions League and can be seen as a team of underachievers.
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