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Leicester City

Leicester City

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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!

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Activity 1: In this activity, you have to match Leicester's manager, top scorer, stadium, stadium capacity, and club colours.
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englishman
20/06/2016
DZ
1026
points

it's good for me


englishman
20/06/2016 15:48
Algeria
Chelsea
1026

it's good for me

Jane Lost
05/07/2016
RU
90
points

Leicester's story is amazing and fantastic somewhat.That's the club that does prove there's nothing impossible in football,and probably the main sensation of football world.They have shocked the whole world,won the PL after they barely survived and finished 14th in season 2014/2015.Still can't work out how Leicester have done it.


Jane Lost
05/07/2016 13:28
Russia
Arsenal
90

Leicester's story is amazing and fantastic somewhat.That's the club that does prove there's nothing impossible in football,and probably the main sensation of football world.They have shocked the whole world,won the PL after they barely survived and finished 14th in season 2014/2015.Still can't work out how Leicester have done it.

Jane Lost
05/07/2016
RU
90
points

Sure,Jamie Vardy's been absolutely magnificent this season,but I think it is anothet separate story of him and his way as a football player.I'll be glad if Leicester finish Top 5 next season.But it's gonna be much harder.


Jane Lost
05/07/2016 13:35
Russia
Arsenal
90

Sure,Jamie Vardy's been absolutely magnificent this season,but I think it is anothet separate story of him and his way as a football player.I'll be glad if Leicester finish Top 5 next season.But it's gonna be much harder.

davilillons
10/07/2016
ES
934
points

Great new!! Congratulations


davilillons
10/07/2016 18:28
Spain
Arsenal
934

Great new!! Congratulations

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emad moussa
15/07/2016
EG
225
points

Struggle to win


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emad moussa
15/07/2016 20:04
Egypt
Arsenal
225

Struggle to win

assemjuve
27/07/2016
PS
3433
points

There is a mistake,Leicester finished 10 points ahead of Arsenal,not Totenham.


assemjuve
27/07/2016 12:53
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3433

There is a mistake,Leicester finished 10 points ahead of Arsenal,not Totenham.

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PACOSAEZ
31/10/2016
ES
226
points

It was fantastic that Leicester City won the Permier League last season.


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PACOSAEZ
31/10/2016 11:06
Spain
Manchester United
226

It was fantastic that Leicester City won the Permier League last season.

LiamLiverpool
06/11/2016
VN
242
points

Riyad Mahrez is the best player in The foxes.


LiamLiverpool
06/11/2016 08:21
Vietnam
Burnley FC
242

Riyad Mahrez is the best player in The foxes.

sabanoleg
18/11/2016
UA
470
points

My prediction 2016/17:7th


sabanoleg
18/11/2016 08:56
Ukraine
Arsenal
470

My prediction 2016/17:7th

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SKoshen11
17/12/2016
KZ
80
points

This will be the story, i gonna tell my grandsons


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SKoshen11
17/12/2016 14:51
Kazakhstan
Chelsea
80

This will be the story, i gonna tell my grandsons

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Ahmed_Abdel_Moniem
25/12/2016
EG
22
points

i think everyone is watching premier league last season, absolutely impressed from the style of Leicester city . they were fighters in the bitch and were offensive.
the team work was the reason of winning the title plus the Italian manger and the fans but i think that the french midfielder Kante was the most effective player in the team.
Hope they make surprise again in champions league
and win the FA cup .
It will be difficult for them to win the premier league again but it will be good to be in the promotion area to champions league


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Ahmed_Abdel_Moniem
25/12/2016 21:37
Egypt
Chelsea
22

i think everyone is watching premier league last season, absolutely impressed from the style of Leicester city . they were fighters in the bitch and were offensive.
the team work was the reason of winning the title plus the Italian manger and the fans but i think that the french midfielder Kante was the most effective player in the team.
Hope they make surprise again in champions league
and win the FA cup .
It will be difficult for them to win the premier league again but it will be good to be in the promotion area to champions league

raugarr
07/01/2017
MX
36
points

I am not a Leicester City Fan, but I was very happy last season when The Foxes won the Premier League. Actually, I know them recently. This team are not popular two years ago in my country, Mexico. But in May, everyone talks avout them. Obviusly, Riyad Mahrez is my favorite player of Leicester City. He is a creative player, his left foot is very educated; he is a top class player. I have seen some Foxes's matches last season and I do not think they can repeat the title or to be in top league table. This season Ranieri's team will be in middle table. I think so.


raugarr
07/01/2017 16:13
Mexico
Liverpool
36

I am not a Leicester City Fan, but I was very happy last season when The Foxes won the Premier League. Actually, I know them recently. This team are not popular two years ago in my country, Mexico. But in May, everyone talks avout them. Obviusly, Riyad Mahrez is my favorite player of Leicester City. He is a creative player, his left foot is very educated; he is a top class player. I have seen some Foxes's matches last season and I do not think they can repeat the title or to be in top league table. This season Ranieri's team will be in middle table. I think so.

Almir10
24/01/2017
BA
100
points

Leicester City


Almir10
24/01/2017 20:54
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Manchester City
100

Leicester City

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leichester city
27/01/2017
AL
5
points

i like that


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leichester city
27/01/2017 17:12
Albania
Liverpool
5

i like that

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Caco
29/01/2017
MK
140
points

:)


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Caco
29/01/2017 14:32
Macedonia
Arsenal
140

:)

daki439
23/02/2017
RS
112
points

OMG!!!


daki439
23/02/2017 23:09
Serbia
Chelsea
112

OMG!!!

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1Ukraine25130
2Serbia23261
3Albania23000
4Macedonia19390
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1Manchester United68111
2Arsenal53605
3Liverpool50588
4Chelsea40538
5Manchester City15203
6Leicester City11076
7Watford4893
8Tottenham Hotspur4148
9West Ham United3677
10Everton1549

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