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Leicester City

Leicester City

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Leicester City will always be remembered for their shock title win in 2015/16. 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 were 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 2016/17, Leicester City finished 12th after a disappointing defence of their Premier league title won the previous season. However, they were stronger in Europe and reached the Champions League quarter-finals.With no European distractions, the Foxes will be hoping to recapture the form that saw them lift the Premier League trophy. Goals from Jamie Vardy will be important for Leicester this season and they will hope not to lose Riyad Mahrez before the transfer window closes. Leicester have made a few big signings this summer. They have bought Kelechi Iheanacho from Manchester City (£25M) and Vicente Iborra from Sevilla (£12M) amongst others. Can Leicester rise again under their new manager, Craig Shakespeare?

Prediction 2016/17: 8th

Key player: Riyad Mahrez

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

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haydi's picture
haydi
30/04/2017
TN
3189
points

Why is it Jamie Vardy the top scorer last season? The text says : "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, etc." It's so clear that Riyadh Mahrez was the best scorer last season, according the article.


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haydi
30/04/2017 19:30
Tunisia
Newcastle United
3189

Why is it Jamie Vardy the top scorer last season? The text says : "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, etc." It's so clear that Riyadh Mahrez was the best scorer last season, according the article.

daki439
23/02/2017
RS
112
points

OMG!!!


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

OMG!!!

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Caco
29/01/2017
MK
140
points

:)


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

:)

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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

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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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.


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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.

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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

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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

sabanoleg
18/11/2016
UA
471
points

My prediction 2016/17:7th


sabanoleg
18/11/2016 08:56
Ukraine
Arsenal
471

My prediction 2016/17:7th

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.

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PACOSAEZ
31/10/2016
ES
263
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
263

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

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assemjuve
27/07/2016
PS
3557
points

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


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assemjuve
27/07/2016 12:53
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3557

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

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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

davilillons
10/07/2016
ES
946
points

Great new!! Congratulations


davilillons
10/07/2016 18:28
Spain
Arsenal
946

Great new!! Congratulations

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.

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.

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

englishman
20/06/2016
DZ
1026
points

really no comment


englishman
20/06/2016 15:47
Algeria
Chelsea
1026

really no comment

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kwesimanifest
18/06/2016
GH
3912
points

I love leicester city because they are resilient


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kwesimanifest
18/06/2016 10:52
Ghana
Manchester United
3912

I love leicester city because they are resilient

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
18/06/2016
GH
3912
points

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


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kwesimanifest
18/06/2016 10:18
Ghana
Manchester United
3912

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

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kwesimanifest
18/06/2016
GH
3912
points

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


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kwesimanifest
18/06/2016 10:16
Ghana
Manchester United
3912

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

haydi's picture
haydi
07/06/2016
TN
3189
points

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


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haydi
07/06/2016 22:05
Tunisia
Newcastle United
3189

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

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jeol99
04/06/2016
KR
21
points

Vardy is complete forward.. omg XD


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jeol99
04/06/2016 17:18
South Korea
Tottenham Hotspur
21

Vardy is complete forward.. omg XD

haydi's picture
haydi
30/05/2016
TN
3189
points

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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haydi
30/05/2016 00:37
Tunisia
Newcastle United
3189

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."

Tempestsoul
24/05/2016
GB
5
points

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


Tempestsoul
24/05/2016 10:47
United Kingdom
West Ham United
5

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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kwesimanifest
19/05/2016
GH
3912
points

I love leicester because they are determined


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kwesimanifest
19/05/2016 13:19
Ghana
Manchester United
3912

I love leicester because they are determined

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assemjuve
06/04/2016
PS
3557
points

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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assemjuve
06/04/2016 18:47
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3557

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.

nikosonris
24/03/2016
UA
2453
points

5 points clear with 7 games to go - amazing!


nikosonris
24/03/2016 08:43
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

5 points clear with 7 games to go - amazing!

nikosonris
07/03/2016
UA
2453
points

All neutral fans are now supporting Leicester))


nikosonris
07/03/2016 12:27
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

All neutral fans are now supporting Leicester))

nikosonris
07/03/2016
UA
2453
points

One step up for the trophy! Just amazing!


nikosonris
07/03/2016 12:14
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

One step up for the trophy! Just amazing!

joto
02/03/2016
AT
271
points

omg


joto
02/03/2016 15:54
Austria
Stoke City
271

omg

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HakanUslu1881
29/02/2016
TR
1761
points

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


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HakanUslu1881
29/02/2016 00:38
Turkey
Leicester City
1761

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

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davidcusco56
16/02/2016
EC
97
points

nice


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davidcusco56
16/02/2016 17:29
Ecuador
Arsenal
97

nice

nikosonris
16/02/2016
UA
2453
points

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.


nikosonris
16/02/2016 08:06
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

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.

SalvaGH
11/02/2016
ES
841
points

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.


SalvaGH
11/02/2016 20:50
Spain
Manchester City
841

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.

nikosonris
16/02/2016
UA
2453
points

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


nikosonris
16/02/2016 08:03
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

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

nikosonris
08/02/2016
UA
2453
points

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


nikosonris
08/02/2016 08:33
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

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

nikosonris
03/02/2016
UA
2453
points

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.


nikosonris
03/02/2016 09:23
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

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.

Tigrann
02/02/2016
AM
328
points

the champions of the season 15/16


Tigrann
02/02/2016 10:04
Armenia
Southampton
328

the champions of the season 15/16

nikosonris
25/01/2016
UA
2453
points

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


nikosonris
25/01/2016 08:15
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

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

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aragorn1986
24/01/2016
ME
3527
points

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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aragorn1986
24/01/2016 14:15
Montenegro
Arsenal
3527

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

Abdallah
30/12/2015
KW
1813
points

I really do wish Leicester win the title they deserve it


Abdallah
30/12/2015 09:33
Kuwait
Chelsea
1813

I really do wish Leicester win the title they deserve it

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elghoul
23/12/2015
DZ
1540
points

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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elghoul
23/12/2015 10:51
Algeria
Arsenal
1540

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.

nikosonris
28/12/2015
UA
2453
points

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


nikosonris
28/12/2015 09:44
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

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

Abdallah
19/12/2015
KW
1813
points

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


Abdallah
19/12/2015 19:11
Kuwait
Chelsea
1813

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

nikosonris
21/12/2015
UA
2453
points

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


nikosonris
21/12/2015 16:35
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

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

nikosonris
16/12/2015
UA
2453
points

Leicester seems to be unstoppable)


nikosonris
16/12/2015 15:06
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

Leicester seems to be unstoppable)

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aragorn1986
07/12/2015
ME
3527
points

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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aragorn1986
07/12/2015 22:02
Montenegro
Arsenal
3527

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
07/12/2015
ES
178
points

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


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Rich
07/12/2015 22:11
Spain
Liverpool
178

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

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haydi
07/06/2016
TN
3189
points

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


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haydi
07/06/2016 22:00
Tunisia
Newcastle United
3189

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

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Top Scorers
RankNameScore
1kwesimanifest3912
2assemjuve3557
3aragorn19863527
4haydi3189
5Alex_from_Ukraine2676
6nikosonris2453
7MUGEMANYI2320
8Ahmed Adam Mamado1982
9Abdallah1813
10HakanUslu18811761
Country ranking
RankNameScore
1Serbia23426
2Albania21085
3Ukraine19585
4Macedonia19390
5Bosnia and Herzegovina16070
6Kosovo13542
7Armenia13362
8Georgia12551
9Montenegro8140
10Azerbaijan7844
Club ranking
RankNameScore
1Manchester United70470
2Arsenal51118
3Liverpool48721
4Chelsea41867
5Manchester City15438
6Leicester City7630
7Tottenham Hotspur4514
8Newcastle United4125
9West Ham United3694
10Watford1647

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Average: 3 (1 vote)

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