Il più incredibile successo nella storia moderna del calcio inglese

Res publica   02.05.16  

Una cenerentola del calcio ha vinto uno dei campionati più competitivi d'Europa.

What convinced Leicester to appoint Claudio Ranieri? Why are injured players pitchside at training on exercise bikes? And what have been the keys to a remarkable Premier League success? Stuart James reveals how the Foxes have stunned the world.

Per inquadrare l'incredibile successo del Leicester (si pronuncia Lester) City in Premier League bisogna tenere conto delle quote dei bookmaker a inizio stagione. 5.000 a 1.

Last summer, having moved to New York to work for Bloomberg, I missed making my routine bet; the odds being offered on Leicester winning the title were 5,000-1, but, somewhere deep down, I assumed it was 20 pounds ($29) saved. A huge mistake. With three matches to go, Leicester stands seven points clear at the top of the Premier League. If I had bet on Leicester, I would need to keep the ticket in a bank vault: it will be worth 100,000 pounds.

Breve comparazione con le quote di altre assurde scommesse. Per i bookmaker era più probabile ritrovare quest'anno Elvis vivo rispetto al trionfo del Leicester City in Premier League.

Bookmakers Ladbrokes had [Simon Cowell] the X Factor judge down as 500/1 to become prime minister - that's 10 times more likely than the Foxes topping the table...
- Many people believed this picture proved that the Loch Ness monster existed and last year Paddy Power had odds on its discovery at 500/1...
- Bookmakers thought it was more likely that Elvis, who died in 1977, was found alive and well in 2016 than Leicester City winning the Premier League.

E considerare l'esiguo budget del Leicester. Il 17esimo tra quelli delle 20 squadre della Premier League.

Per concludere con la storia di un altro outsider; quella del bomber Jamie Vardy.

Five years ago, Vardy was playing amateur football for Stocksbridge Park Steels in England's seventh tier and working part-time at a factory making medical splints. Now he is an England international whose 13 goals have taken him clear of Sergio Aguero, Diego Costa and Wayne Rooney in the Premier League scoring charts and propelled Leicester to the top of the table.

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