And the underdogs claimed the Premier League crown

Published: May 4, 2016
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Leicester wins English title for 1st time in 132-year history. PHOTO: TWITTER

The beautiful game of football showcased yet another memorable entry in the books of history as Leicester City won the 2015/16 Barclays Premier League.

Some say,

“75 per cent of the earth is covered by water; the rest is covered by Leicester City’s N’Golo Kanté.”

They also say, you only need the right ingredients to stand out from a proportion of competition to bag a spectacular feat, and those ingredients are sportsmanship, integrity, character and daring to dream, with a mix of leadership initiated by the right leader.

Jamie Vardy celebrates the title at his home with team-mates.
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The 2015/16 Leicester season campaign will go down as one of the greatest football memories for fans around the globe. No one ever saw it coming; in fact the odds were as high as 5000:1. Yet, the club broke out of the stirred culture of recent years, where football found multimillion dollar acquisitions of clubs and lucrative signings of players and managers which ultimately opened the clearest possibility of future glory days for clubs.

The moment. #havingaparty #lcfc

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Jamie Vardy is #havingaparty! #lcfc

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Meanwhile Leicester, toiling in the second division of English football, managed to get promoted to the top tier. The challenge remained staying up and out of the relegation zone. Expectations entailed an ordinary success, but they ended up doing more than that.

Marcin Wasilewski, Riyad Mahrez, Ben Morgan, Danny Drinkwater, Shinji Okazaki and Leonardo Ulloa are jubilant after winning the Premier League.
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The 2014/15 season, under manager Nigel Pearson, witnessed periodic doldrums, stretching up until the final few games, where ‘the great escape’ from the relegation zone became the club’s ultimate fortune.

The Algerian slides on his knees in celebration as Claudio Ranieri’s side got off to the perfect start after just 10 minutes against Swansea.
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Nigel Pearson saw the exit at King Power stadium and former Chelsea manager, Claudio Ranieri, was appointed as the new head. The football pundits invalidated this particular decision since Ranieri’s past records were nothing to brag about, especially his failure at AS Monaco and his unsuccessful attempt with the Greece national football team.

GALLERY: All the sights from today's resounding 4-0 victory over Swansea. http://leic.it/LeiSwaGallery #LeiSwa

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It was only a matter of time that Ranieri’s impact started settling down. A few opening victories for Leicester set the temperament for the new season. The Foxes were still only expected to stay out of the relegation zone.

All eyes were focused on the top-flight clubs. Meanwhile, the Foxes were bagging certain victories that turned out to be their turning point of pulling off an incomparable season campaign and eventually winning the league in the most formidable fashion.

PICTURED: #lcfc skipper Wes Morgan celebrates his equaliser in front of the travelling Foxes fans. #MnuLei

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Striker Jamie Vardy shone through the tournament owing to the great number of goals he made. He went on to break former Manchester United forward Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record of scoring in 10 consecutive games in one season. Up until now, it was clear that the Foxes were galloping towards glory; a vision nobody else saw coming.

Jamie Vardy’s double against Sunderland ensured Leicester stayed seven points clear at the top of the table.
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Leicester City managed to win the league with the help of a manager who carved out a complete team. Claudio Ranieri’s efforts were a piece of art; he picked his side every week and put a remarkable piece of theatre before millions of spectators.

The Foxes witnessed Premier League giants biting their heels, trying to keep the competition alive and changing the top order week by week.

From Arsenal to Manchester City, securing top positions, Leicester coming through; Arsenal languishing, City widening the space and Leicester engraving their position on top of the table, it remained a nervous, exciting, frustrating and enjoyable sight.

ardy scored in his 10th consecutive Premier League game in Leicester’s 1-1 draw at Old Trafford last year.
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They began inching closer to victory day by day. At times, a notion of doubt would negate all possibilities of even thinking the Foxes would go so far. They were presumed to slump down, right? But did they ever?

Wes Morgan’s firm tenacity at the back four, denying every piece of attack by the opposition, Daniel Drinkwater’s ultimate long balls, Riyad Mahrez’s formidable runs down the flanks, Kanté orchestrating the midfield and Jamie Vardy scoring goals, goals and goals – it couldn’t  get any more beautiful than that. It couldn’t get any more striking than the story of Leicester. It couldn’t be led by any other man than Ranieri.