Leicester City: Defying the Odds


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Leicester City became the sixth club to be crowned the English Premier League Champions on 2nd May 2016 with 2 games to spare; they not solely won the league but all our hearts.

Premier League Winners

No. Club Premier League Wins
1 Manchester United 13
2 Chelsea 4
3 Arsenal 3
4 Manchester City 2
5 Blackburn Rovers 1
6 Leicester City 1

 

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It has been no less than a fairy-tale finish for Leicester City who were battling relegation this time last year. Considered to be a small club with less money beating the heavy spenders to lift the crown is a revelation in itself. Leicester City’s wage bill for 15/16 season was £48.2M, putting them in 17th position for the highest wages. Chelsea dominating the highest wage bill with £215.6M (Currently 9th in the League).

Here’s looking at the team behind the Glory!

  1. Goalkeeper – Kasper Schmeichel #1

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The Danish goalkeeper has started all games for Leicester this season in the premier league. Having 15 clean sheets to his name, the homegrown talent and son of former Manchester United goal-keeper Peter Schmeichel, Kasper has proved his value in between goal this season. Like father, like son!

  1. Defense – Robert Huth #6

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The giant German defender has been an inspiration at the back for the Foxes. The 31 year old has stepped up his game started 35 matches this season and netting 3 goals for the club.

  1. Defense – Wes Morgan #5

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The Leicester City captain has been the foxes guide throughout the season. Having played all the matches this season, the Jamaican defender was an absolute rock at the heart of the Leicester defense. He also bagged 2 goals in the league.

  1. Defense – Christian Fuchs #28

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The Austrian Left-back started 29 games, providing 4 assists to lift the trophy in his first season for the club.

  1. Defense – Danny Simpson #17

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The Irish right back has played 29 matches for the club this season. His energy and aggressive nature kept Leicester’s game spirited. He picked up a red card against Arsenal which eventually resulted in a 2-1 loss for the foxes.

  1. Midfield – Marc Albrighton #11

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One of the fastest players in Leicester’s roster, Marc has been an important player for the team with his vision and ability to pick out a pass. The Englishman started 34 games for the club this season in this premier league with 6 assists and 2 goals to his name.

  1. Midfield – Daniel Drinkwater #4

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Former Manchester United player started 34 matches for the foxes providing 7 assists and 2 goals.

  1. Midfield – Riyad Mahrez #26

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25 year old Algerian has been Leicester’s star of the season. Having started 35 matches, he scored 17 goals and provided 11 assists. He was named Algerian footballer of the year, Premier League Team of the Year, PFA Player’s Player of the year, Leicester City’s player of the year & Facebook’s Football awards player of the year all for 15/16 season.

  1. Attack – Shinji Okazaki #20

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The Japanese attacker was bought for fee believed to be in the region of £7m from FSV Mainz 05 in 2015. He scored 5 goals and picked the premier league medal in his first season for the club.

  1. Attack – Jose Leonardo Ulloa #23

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The Argentine scored 6 goals and provided 2 assists to get the winners medal in his second year at the club.

  1. Attack – Jamie Vardy #9

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24 Goals and 6 Assists this season, Vardy has been Leicester City’s main goal-getter. He broke Ruud Van Nistelrooy’s Guinness World Record this season with the Most consecutive premier league goals (11).

The Manager – Claudio Ranieri

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The main man behind the rise of Leicester City; the 61 year old Italian Manager has managed top European teams like Napoli, Atlético Madrid, Chelsea, Juventus, and Roma etc. He’s proved that one doesn’t need a team full of superstars and big-money buys to win the league.

Leicester City in brief:

No one would have bet on Leicester to beat the big guns of English Football to take the crown and it has been an absolute joy to watch them in action. We can’t wait for the consequent season to start and see if Leicester can continue this form and defy all the odds of modern day football.

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