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Meet the global Leicesters: Ranieri’s fantastic Foxes aren’t the only fairytale

Date Posted,December 21, 2016

If a week is a long time in politics, seven months is an eternity in football. Things change and change quickly.

Just ask Leicester City . In May they were lifting the Premier League trophy. Now, as we prepare to bid farewell to 2016, they’re languishing in 15th place in the Premier League, just three points off the relegation zone.

European adventures notwithstanding, it’s shaping up to be a tricky old season at the King Power Stadium.

Not that their achievements in 2015/16 are in danger of fading into sepia tones any time soon.

Claudio Ranieri with the Premier League trophy (Photo: Laurence Griffiths)
Jamie Vardy celebrates with Riyad Mahrez after scoring the first goal for Leicester City during their English Premier League soccer match against Newcastle United at St James' Park in Newcastle
Jamie Vardy celebrates with Riyad Mahrez (Photo: Reuters)

The end-of-year retrospectives are likely to be fairly Leicester-heavy, for a start, and there’s always the chance that Claudio Ranieri’s men will shake off the dust in the new year and play the greatest hits like they did against Manchester City earlier this month.

Beyond that, there is the possibility that, thanks to to one of the most thrilling sporting triumphs in recent memory, the Foxes have staked out a permanent spot in the footballing lexicon.

Over the last year, “doing a Leicester” has become shorthand for all manner of achievements – both real and hoped-for – defined by romance, underdog spirit and sheer unlikelihood.

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