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Leicester City

Leicester City are the current Premier League Champions. Leicester's title success was one of the biggest ever surprises in the history of football, when they became only the sixth team to win the Premier League title. Leicester CIty are also the first first-time winners of a top division title since 1978, when Leicester's local rivals, Nottingham Forest, won the title. Leicester City only returned to the Premier League in May 2014, after a ten-year absence, when they won the Championship (level 2 of English football).

Where is Leicester?

Riyad Mahrez celebrates with his Leicester teammates.

Leicester is in the middle of England, in an area called the East Midlands and has a population of about 330,000, which makes it the tenth largest city in the UK. It has the highest ethnic minority population of any city in the UK. Leicester also has two very popular universities (The University of Leicester and De Montford University). Gary Lineker - the winner of the Golden Boot at the 1986 World Cup is from Leicester and probably Leicester's most famous fan.

"I just think it's generally the biggest sporting shock. I can't think of anything that beats it."  Ex-Leicester and England striker Gary Lineker.

How do you say Leicester?

Leicester is a difficult word to say because it sounds very different to how it's written. If you know your phonetics, then we say Leicester like this: \ˈles-tər\. If you are still not sure, then it rhymes with 'jester' or 'Manchester'. It's probably easier to call Leicester by their nickname: The Foxes. You can see a picture of a fox in the club badge and they have this nickname because the area around Leicester was very well-known for fox hunting.

Is Leicester City a new club?

Leicester's owners are from Thailand.

No, the club was founded in 1884 and the Foxes jointly hold the record for the most second division titles in English football, they have seven titles - the same as Manchester City. Despite winning the second division title a record number of times, Leicester had never won a first division title until this season. The highest they ever finished was second in 1928-29! Leicester have reached four FA Cup finals in their history, but have never won! This is the most FA Cup finals any team have played without winning! But they have won the League Cup three times, in 1967, 1997 and 2000. Throughout their long history, Leicester have only ever played outside the top two divisions for one season, in 2008-09, and that season they won the League One title.

Who are Leicester's rivals?

Traditionally, the Foxes' biggest rivals are Nottingham Forest and Derby County because they Nottingham and Derby are the closest cities to Leicester. However, both these teams currently play in the Championship, so after Leicester's Premier League win they might start to think about Manchester Utd, Arsenal and Tottenham as their main rivals! There is only one football team in Leicester but one of their biggest rivals for support in the city is Leicester Tigers Rugby Club! Leicester is very famous for rugby and when Riyad Mahrez joined Leicester City the only club that he knew in the Leicester was the rugby one!

"I didn't know Leicester. In France we didn't really [know them] because they were in the Championship. I thought they were a rugby club." Riyad Mahrez, Leicester forward.

Where do Leicester play?

Leicester City fans had an amazing season last year.

Leicester City play at The King Power Stadium, which has a capacity of 32,262. The record attendance at the stadium was 32,488 for a rugby match in 2006, between Leicester Tigers and Bath. The rugby team in Leicester is the most supported rugby club in the UK and the two teams shared the ground for a short time while the rugby teams ground was renovated. The King Power Stadium has also hosted international football matches and rugby World Cup matches. Leicester City have played at The King Power Stadium since 2002, before this time Leicester’s stadium had been Filbert Street, where they had played since 1891! Leicester City play in blue shirts and socks with white shorts, their nickname is The Foxes, and you can see a picture of a fox in the club badge. The area around Leicester was very well-known for fox hunting.Leicester City play in blue shirts and socks with white shorts, their nickname is The Foxes, and you can see a picture of a fox in the club badge. The area around Leicester was very well-known for fox hunting.

What will happen next season?

In 2015/16, Leicester City won the Premier League after an absolutely fantastic season. They only lost three times all season and finished the season an amazing 10 points in front of their nearest challengers (Tottenham Hotspur). All the players played extremely well but the star players were probably; Riyad Mahrez from Algeria who assisted and scored more goals than any other Premier League player last season, Jamie Vardy who scored 24 Premier League goals, and N'Golo Kante who seemed to win every tackle all season! If the Leicester manager, Claudio Ranieri, can keep these three players together and add a few more players to the club, then maybe we will see Leicester at the top of the table again?

Prediction 2016/17: 4th

Key player: Riyad Mahrez

Did you know.......?

Leicester is one of the oldest cities in England, with a history going back over 2,000 years!

Learn about Leicester City

The following activities will help you learn about Leicester City football club. 

The first activity is a matching activity. If you're not sure of an answer, go back to the Read section.

Activity 1: In this activity, you have to match Leicester's manager, top scorer, stadium, stadium capacity, and club colours.
Can you match the facts and figures?

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neuro11 Thu, 23/04/2015 - 13:21


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Abdallah Wed, 23/09/2015 - 20:56

I like the article

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aragorn1986 Sat, 24/10/2015 - 20:27

The way the Foxes finished last season was absolutely stunning! And that's not all. They are way better this season. They play untill the end with huge effort and at the moment they are one of the best teams in the Pr.League. Can they qualify for the Europe League I wonder?? Such a nice mascot!

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Josuè Wed, 04/05/2016 - 15:18

hello aragorn
my name is josue I like to live in Spain FC Barcelona , Bayern Munich and man united and city .
My favorite player is Messi after Lewandowski after kevin de bruyne

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Josuè Wed, 04/05/2016 - 15:24

hello my name is josue I l to live in Spain i like FC Barcelona , Bayern Munich and man united and city .
My favorite player is Messi and Lewandowski after kevin de bruyne.
my fauvorit goalkeeper is courtois after neuer after ter stegen

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nyinyi Thu, 12/11/2015 - 05:49

Leicester City performed well last season.
I hope this club will be better this season.

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Rich Thu, 12/11/2015 - 08:09

Leicester are in 3rd place at the moment. They are doing really, really well!

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nikosonris Fri, 13/11/2015 - 13:13

They are in form! I wish Jamie Vardy could repeat the record of goal-scoring in 10 consecutive matches)

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MUGEMANYI Fri, 20/11/2015 - 06:09

They will finish at 8th place on the table

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nikosonris Fri, 20/11/2015 - 16:19

If they carry on playing like they do and with a bit of luck, they will have a chance to fight for the TOP 6.

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nikosonris Mon, 23/11/2015 - 09:35

The Foxes are leading the League! That's what I'm talking about! Next fixture vs Man Utd. will be very interesting.

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AleksandarR Wed, 02/12/2015 - 18:47

Well done Vardy :D

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nikosonris Fri, 04/12/2015 - 16:57

I can only imagine how many people will be watching this weekend's game in Wales when Vardy is going to score another goal)

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nikosonris Mon, 07/12/2015 - 10:16

A little bit disappointed about Jamie's record run coming to an end, but impressed with Leicester's overall team achievement and Riyad's individual performance.

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aragorn1986 Mon, 07/12/2015 - 22:02

What a revelation..Leicester City has drew attention of all the european football fans. They are giving 100% and the team spirit is very strong. Vardy and Mahrez grew up in the real football stars. I wish them all the best and to ensure the place in the CL.

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Rich Mon, 07/12/2015 - 22:11

It would be an amazing achievement if Leicester finished in the top 4. I really hope they do!

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nikosonris Wed, 09/12/2015 - 12:56

Me too)) but I don't think Man City, Man Utd, Arsenal, Spurs and Liverpool would agree with us.

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haydi Tue, 07/06/2016 - 22:00

Yes, it's an amazing achievement, and your hope becomes a reality Rich!

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nikosonris Wed, 16/12/2015 - 15:06

Leicester seems to be unstoppable)

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Abdallah Sat, 19/12/2015 - 19:11

What a performance !!! I really hope this team wins the league . They really deserve it .

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nikosonris Mon, 21/12/2015 - 16:35

No way, even though I do like this team)) This season Arsenal will claim the title!

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elghoul Wed, 23/12/2015 - 10:51

Mahrez is the best player and Vardy is his equivalent. I have seen them against Chelsea at home and against Everton outdoor.They won the two but the most exciting was beating Mourinho which is very famous in Algeria. I saw the Everton match in a coffee shop for persons with disabilities (don't speak or listen) but they were all enjoying looking Mahrez playing.

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nikosonris Mon, 28/12/2015 - 09:44

I would probably agree with you @elghoul. Mahrez is currently even better than Vardy.

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Abdallah Wed, 30/12/2015 - 09:33

I really do wish Leicester win the title they deserve it

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aragorn1986 Sun, 24/01/2016 - 14:15

This team is amazing! They just don't stop winning..They are stable, solid in defense and determined to endure all 90 min.!

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nikosonris Mon, 25/01/2016 - 08:15

Leicester's fairy-tale goes on! Let's see where it will end.

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Tigrann Tue, 02/02/2016 - 10:04

the champions of the season 15/16

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nikosonris Wed, 03/02/2016 - 09:23

What a sensational performance by the Foxes with a goal of the season created by their two best players! They have shown their class of the champions. Next two games will be crucial for the title race.

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nikosonris Mon, 08/02/2016 - 08:33

The underdog turned out to be the title contender! Splendid performance from Leicester!

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SalvaGH Thu, 11/02/2016 - 20:50

Everybody was really impressed by Leicester's win over Man.City last weekend. They have a good chance to win the Premier League but I still think that Man.City will finally win it though. It's going to be an exciting final.

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nikosonris Tue, 16/02/2016 - 08:03

@SalvaGH, their chances of wining the title this season reduced after this weekend's defeat by the Spurs.

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nikosonris Tue, 16/02/2016 - 08:06

In 12 matches left this season Leicester are not playing against current TOP 4. Pretty nice chances to lift the trophy, I must say. But the beauty of the PL is that everyone can beat everyone and you never know who's going to shine on next gameweek.

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HakanUslu1881 Mon, 29/02/2016 - 00:38

Yes,I am.
Because fans of the club are fantastic,Jamie Vardy,Arsenal vs Leicester City.

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nikosonris Mon, 07/03/2016 - 12:14

One step up for the trophy! Just amazing!

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nikosonris Mon, 07/03/2016 - 12:27

All neutral fans are now supporting Leicester))

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nikosonris Thu, 24/03/2016 - 08:43

5 points clear with 7 games to go - amazing!

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assemjuve Wed, 06/04/2016 - 18:47

No i am not,but i would like Leicester to win the premier league this season because they are really playing well and have a lot of passion.

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kwesimanifest Thu, 19/05/2016 - 13:19

I love leicester because they are determined

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Tempestsoul Tue, 24/05/2016 - 10:47

i love leicester city because i grown up there and most of my family supports them ive seen three matches leicester 5 v 3 bolton leicester 0 v 2 nottigham leicester 2 v 1 blackburn rovers they were good i went last in the 2013/14 schmicheal because i like to play in goal second is vardy because im slim and skinny like him/ also have an attitude in leicester city v bolton it was my first match i thought it would of beeen rubish put it was asome because it was sunny and i had a steak and kidney pie at half time it wasso pact i missedthe first two mins of second half because i was scuffing it down

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haydi Mon, 30/05/2016 - 00:37

I like this sentence: "Despite winning the second division title a record number of times, Leicester had never won a first division title until this season."

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jeol99 Sat, 04/06/2016 - 17:18

Vardy is complete forward.. omg XD

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haydi Tue, 07/06/2016 - 22:05

Ryadh Mahrez and Jamie Vardy are my favourite Leicester players. They worked hard to deserve their awards.

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kwesimanifest Sat, 18/06/2016 - 10:16

Nolo Kante, vardy and Mahrez are my favourite players in leicester city

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kwesimanifest Sat, 18/06/2016 - 10:18

Not a Leicester fan but sympathise with them because of Jeffrey schlupp and Daniel Amartey

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kwesimanifest Sat, 18/06/2016 - 10:52

I love leicester city because they are resilient

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englishman Mon, 20/06/2016 - 15:47

really no comment


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