Just a year ago, Leicester City were sitting in the relegation zone, fighting for survival to stay in the Barclays Premier League. Things were not looking good for the Thai owned side and it took nothing short of a miracle to keep them from the drop.
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Fast forward to today and we see the same team - Leicester City, as Champions of England with two games to spare. Before the start of this season, the odds of Leicester City winning the title were set at 5000/1. What makes it even more amazing is that since the inception of the Premier League in 1992, only 5 different teams have ever won it.
The Leicester City story is considered by many as the greatest footballing story of all time. Before this, Claudio Ranieri was known as the ‘nearly man’. Having just fallen short of glory on numerous occasions. Many even doubted his appointment when it was announced that he was to be the manager of Leicester City. The ever humble Ranieri proved all doubters wrong by leading Leicester City to the Premier League title this year. Watching him brings a welcome change from the egocentric managers that have filled up footballing headlines in recent years.
Leicester City started the season flying with their main man Jamie Vardy breaking the Premier League’s scoring record by scoring in 11 straight premier league games. They quickly found themselves sitting atop the table and it was great for Leicester fans and neutrals alike to see them there though few would even imagine them keeping the momentum and eventually capturing the title. Looking at it from a financial perspective, it is impressive to see what Leicester City have achieved with a squad costing less than what Manchester United paid for Angel Di Maria the previous season.
They have shown that football is indeed a team game and a team playing together as a unit counts for a lot more than a squad made up of big name superstars. Even when it seemed that the Vardy’s goals had started to dry up, other players in the team would step up and score crucial goals that would earn them victories and eventually bring them the championship.
Leicester City’s victory has definitely gone a long way in promoting Thailand with many tourists coming to Thailand to visit the Thai monk Phra Prommangkalachan that often flew up to the team’s games to bless the players and even predicted before the season that Leicester City would be crowned champions.
As the season draws to a close and we continue celebrating Leicester City’s achievement, we certainly hope that they will be able to keep going and reach greater heights next season. What a season it has been!
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