Leicester City F.C. : A real-life underdog story
There is no denial that Leicester City F.C.‘s accomplishment this year in the English Premier League is unprecedented.
We’re talking here about a team that just two seasons ago was fighting for survival in the Football League Championship, the second division league in the English football.
They finished an extremely successful 2013-2014 season in the Championship, placing first with a 102 points, earning an automatic promotion to the Premier League.
Their return to the premier league was the first in ten years, as their last season was the 2003-2004 season when they were relegated.
Since then, a lot has happened to the East Midlands team.
A took-over by Thai-based Duty Free company King Power saw the £25 million debt paid, and the stadium renamed “King Power Stadium”.
Leicester started their first season in the Premier League since 2004 with a good run of results in their first five league games, and on 21st of September, 2014, Leicester went on to produce one of the greatest comebacks in Premier League history to beat Manchester United 5–3 at the King Power Stadium after coming back from 3–1 down with 30 minutes left to score four goals.
It’s in moments like these that you know for certain that a team like that will be making headlines sooner rather than later.
They finished the season with a 5–1 thrashing of relegated Queens Park Rangers. This completed, mathematically, the best escape from relegation ever seen in the Premier League, as no team with fewer than 20 points from 29 games had previously stayed up. They also became only the third team in Premier League history to survive after being bottom at Christmas.
They debuted the 2015-2016 season by sacking coach James Pearson on background of numerous PR issues, and was replaced by Chelsea’s Claudio Ranieri.
Their start to the 2015-2016 season could not be better and on the 19th of December, Leicester defeated Everton 3–2 at Goodison Park to top the Premier League on Christmas Day having been bottom exactly 12 months earlier as well as a 2–0 victory at Sunderland on the 10th of April, coupled with Tottenham’s 3–0 win over Manchester United, ensured Leicester’s qualification for the Champions League for the first time in their history.
With just a win away from clenching their first ever Premier League title, and their Arab fantasmo claiming the first ever PFA Players’ Player of the Year award, the Leicestershire blues are surely on the way to make unforgettable history.