Leicester City crowned 2015-16 Premier League champions
Leicester City have won the 2015-16 Premier League title.
I’ll repeat it again: Leicester City have won the 2015-16 Premier League.
One of the greatest fairytales in sporting history is complete. The Cinderella story actually happened.
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With nearest rivals Tottenham Hotspur drawing 2-2 at Chelsea on Monday, the Foxes become just the sixth team in history to win the Premier League as they won their first-ever top-flight title in their 132-year history.
They have a seven-point lead at the top of the table and Tottenham have just two games remaining, meaning Leicester cannot be caught and won the title while watching the game on TV from the comfort of their own home. Videos of the players reacted to the win have since come out, while manager Claudio Ranieri is somewhere on a plane as he flew home to Italy to spend time with his elderly mother.
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In a season which has defied belief, Leicester has shrugged off the challenge of Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and Manchester City to become the most unlikely champion in PL history and probably English soccer history. They are the first new champions of England in 38 years since Nottingham Forest won the title back in 1978.
Italian manager Ranieri has masterminded the success in his first season in charge at the King Power Stadium with the veteran boss moved to tears at the final whistle. He took over last summer after Leicester City survived relegation in the final weeks of last season under Nigel Pearson. They were only promoted back to the PL for the 2014-15 season and have kept a large number of the players who led them from the third tier in 2009.
Now, they’ve gone from 5000-1 outsiders and among the favorites for relegation to PL champions. This is one of the most remarkable stories in sporting history. Period. Maybe even the most remarkable.
Their journey has inspired every other team around the globe and with Jamie Vardy’s goals, Riyad Mahrez’s magic, N’Golo Kante’s running and a defiant defensive unit led by captain Wes Morgan, the Foxes have ridden an incredible wave of euphoria in recent months to get over the line.
In truth, every single Leicester player must be lauded and they will go down in history, their names never forgotten in Leicester and further afield.
With streets set to be named after them, calls for Raineri to be knighted and a first-ever appearance in the UEFA Champions League coming up next season, the Foxes have become the biggest sporting story on the planet.
I’ll say it again one more time just in case you don’t believe me: Leicester City are the 2015-16 Premier League champions.
Never in my life did I think I’d be typing those words. This is the greatest sporting upset of all time. Period.