If this were any other year, West Ham would be one of the biggest stories in the Premier League. Here’s a club playing some of the prettiest soccer in the league, paced by hidden diamond Dimitri Payet, and has performed so well so consistently that they are still pressing for a Champions League spot. And yet, because…
Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri is one of the most endearing figures in all of soccer. His players—current and former—love him, the fans of his teams—current and former—love him, and even the often catty and suspicious British media loves him. Ranieri is relaxed, charming, funny, open, honest, confident,…
While absolutely no one can reasonably claim they saw Leicester’s impossible yet now real Premier League title season coming, that didn’t prevent some exceedingly optimistic fans from putting down a few bucks in the off-off-off-off chance (their preseason title odds were 5,000-1) that Leicester would win the league.…
Okay, imagine what it must feel like to be a Leicester City player—against all odds one result away from shocking the world by winning the Premier League title—and watching the game that does in fact seal the trophy with all of your teammates. You’d probably freak out, right? So did they:
Eden Hazard was the best player on the Premier League title-winning team last season, and he just scored a goal that clinched the Premier League title ... for Leicester City.
During yesterday’s Manchester United-Leicester City match, professional agitators Marouane Fellaini and Robert Huth got into the little tiff you see above. Huth grabbed a handful of Fellaini’s ‘fro and gave it a yank, which Fellaini responded to by throwing an elbow and a slap toward Huth’s head.
No, it hasn’t happened yet. In their first crack at wrapping up their miracle season as Premier League champions, Leicester City couldn’t nab the win they needed and drew against Manchester United, 1-1. Which was no surprise. And now the nervy times begin.
The very thing that everyone at Leicester City has studiously avoided looking at is now inches away and is staring them right in the face.
The English Football Association has handed Tottenham’s Dele Alli a three-match suspension for the punch (seen above) Alli threw into Claudio Yacob’s gut in the first half of Spurs’ 1-1 draw against West Brom on Monday.
Claudio Ranieri is impossible to hate. Not only has he masterminded Leicester City’s miracle year, one of the most improbable underdog seasons in the history of sports, but he’s done so with such easy-going charm, shrugging off pressure and always deflecting credit to his players. It’s won him as many fans as has the…
It’s a difficult thing to pin down, which English team is better than the rest. That’s because the defining characteristic of this remarkable season has been complete chaos.
Nobody who showed up to the stadium or tuned in to watch Leicester play Swansea this weekend would’ve come away overly impressed by the quality of the game itself. Leicester did play well, dominating from the first whistle until the last, and sent four goals past the Swans’ keeper. But what made this match such a…
“I write to Villa supporters,” Aston Villa’s widely detested owner (and the Cleveland Browns’ widely detested former owner) Randy Lerner says in an open letter to fans today, “to make clear that this relegation lies at my feet and no one else’s.” Well, you don’t say!
Check this out. In today’s Merseyside Derby, Liverpool beat Everton 4-0. Now, that scoreline by itself is bad. But to really get a semblance of how resounding the Pool Boys’ win was, look at these astoundingly one-sided stats:
In case you’re wondering whether Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino’s reaction here, where you can see him going through two of the Five Stages of Grief in about as many seconds, was justified by the play he had just witnessed, the answer is yeah, pretty much:
It only took two minutes into Leicester City’s touchy clash against West Ham for God himself to remove all doubt about who He intends to crown Premier League champions next month.
West Ham United took a 2-1 lead against Crystal Palace into the intermission after a Dimitri Payet free kick that rendered Wayne Hennessey completely useless. Payet’s been on fire of late; he had an even more sick free kick earlier this week against Russia.