Tag: leicester

Leicester City and the impossible dream

At odds of 5000/1, Leicester, for most, needed a miracle to lift the 2016 Premier League title – but the stars aligned and the world rejoiced

Shinji Okazaki: the modest one

THE SUCCESS OF any organisation is rarely down to just a few contributors, much like how a jigsaw is deemed incomplete even if a single piece is lost. As a result of that,…

Paulo Sousa and the path through purgatory

“TO BE SACKED after being told that there was a long-term strategy at the club is something that I find very surprising.” These were the words of former Portuguese international Paulo Sousa after…

Neil Lennon and the art of survival

FOOTBALL DOESN’T CARE WHERE YOU’VE COME FROM. It doesn’t care how hard you’ve worked, or how much you deserve a break. It’s a brutal business, unsuited to the weak of spirit and brittle…

A journey through time: the career of Esteban Cambiasso

ON THE HILLY COUNTRYSIDE of Serra Riccò, deep inside the bowels of a parish church, Don Stefano Vassallo cracked a wry smile. After days of painstaking research, scrolling through copious archived documents,…

“Why wake up?” The Leicester dream in 2016-17

The look on Nathan Dyer’s face said it all. With Leicester City captain Wes Morgan and manager Claudio Ranieri standing to his right, Premier League title lifted proudly above their heads, Dyer’s…

Is Riyad Mahrez a new Premier League great?

RIYAD MAHREZ IS HAVING THE TIME OF HIS LIFE in the Premier League this season and has already surpassed Eden Hazard’s tally from last season of goals and assists. With just under a…

The Tinkerman’s odd history in the Premier League

A LOT OF MANAGERS WHO’VE MADE THE ROUNDS in European football have relatively concrete reputations. A given title run might stick out as a crowning achievement, a particularly rough sacking can leave a…