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Underdog Leicester shocks the world, wins Premier League title

Posted by Betonline team on 5/27/2016 3:22:39 AM
Underdog Leicester shocks the world, wins Premier League title

Imagine a 15th seed winning the NCAA men’s basketball tournament or Eastern Michigan beating Alabama in a football game.

That about sums up the long odds that Leicester City overcame in winning the Premier League title this year. The odds were an astonishing 5,000-1. Nobody could believe this run would be completed even as this unlikely club chugged along to victories against bigger clubs with more pay roll and more fame.

It usually works that way here. In the last 20 years only Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City have won titles. That’s it. Then along came Leicester City, which was picked to finish at the bottom of the pack. Their goal was simply to survive one more year in the Premier instead of being sent down to the Champions League.

This team of unlikely heroes have overcome long odds. Danny Simpson, who bounced around several clubs, was more likely to be in a tabloid headline than on the soccer pitch. Christian Fuchs is loved around this city but last year he was a disaster at Schalke.

There is the glue guy Danny Drinkwater who played 13 years with Manchester United. When Manchester accepted an offer from Leicester, he called it the low point of his career. Now look at him. The glue guy is on top of the world.

In addition, let’s not forget the Silent Knight, defender Robert Huth from Germany, who barely speaks to the media. He is a big man with a big heart who would rather see somebody else get the credit.

No one could be prouder than manager Claudio Ranieri. It took him 28 years to win a championship. Now they chant his name in this multi-cultural city where 240,000 came to celebrate their triumph.

“Credit to Claudio,” said Chelsea veteran player John Terry. “He’s a great manager and a great person.” Ranieri might be the King of England but he is also praised in his native country of Italy where he gets much love and respect. He sure didn’t get it in his last job as manager of the Greek national team. He was fired after Greece lost to Faroe Islands.

“I want to congratulate everyone connected to LCFC, players, staff owners and fans,” wrote Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho. “I lost my title to Claudio Ranieri and it is with incredible emotion that I love this magic moment in his career.”

Things are a little different in the Premier League. There are no playoffs. The 20 teams play each other once home and away. After 38 games, whichever team has the most points is crowned champion. Imagine Golden State winning its record 73 games and having a parade to celebrate.

That is what Leicester did.

Along the way, soccer fans saw why Leicester was a poor club. Teams often dominated ball possession and kept Leicester on its heels. However, the team counter punched and won with quick precise runs and good passing. Sometimes wins were as simple as smacking the ball downfield and watching Jamie Vardy score. Was this a big story? You bet. Forget Golden State and LeBron James and Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. Many consider this the most important story in sports.

And who can argue?

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