Leicester City’s Title: Unlikeliest Success Story In English History
For the first time in its 132-year history, Leicester City nabbed the Premier League title, an unthinkable yet remarkable feat of what was considered as arguably the greatest underdog in English soccer history.Advertisement
The fairy tale victory stunned the soccer community, as reported by BBC Sports. The team went past challengers including Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City and Manchester United. The online sports portal described it as the “most unlikely triumph in the history of team sport.”
What’s even more far-fetched is the inability of Chelsea, last year’s champions, to match the consistency of Leicester City across the season. The Tottenham Hotspur’s 2-2 draw with Chelsea on Monday sealed the Foxes’ Cinderella story, making them the sixth team in history to win the Premier League, as per NBC Sports.
CBS Sports put into perspective the improbability of the season-ending success for the little soccer club somewhere in the East Midlands. In 2008-09, Leicester City was relegated to the third tier English Football system where they played in League One.
Before they were given the PL status this season, odds of them winning the league were a 5,000-to-1 shot. That would be like a 200-to-1 odds in terms of the presidential victory of Donald Trump way back in November 2012.
But it doesn’t even come close when you compare the rags-to-riches win to the 5000-to-1 improbabilities that Elvis is still alive, Bigfoot is actually real, or that Christmas is the hottest day of the year.
Having a seven-point lead at the top of the table means that even Tottenham, with its last two remaining games in the season, won’t be able to defeat the Foxes. They clinched the title when Tottenham drew with Chelsea at the comfort of their own home in what former Newcastle United, Blackburn Rovers and England striker Alan Shearer described as “the biggest thing ever in football,” as per BBC Sports.
The Foxes’ highest PL finish was at eighth place in 2000 with former manager Martin O’Neill, who described their 2015-16 Premier League title as a brilliant story. “It gives everyone that little bit of hope again that romance has not left football,” he said.