Leicester City clinches first Premier League title after Tottenham-Chelsea draw

In this photo taken Saturday, March 19, 2016, English Premier League side Leicester City fans Phil and Steph Jastrzebski arrive for the English Premier League soccer match between Crystal Palace and Leicester City at Selhurst Park stadium in London. Leicester fans never expected to see their modest team have a shot at winning the Premier League this season. Phil Jastrzebski is amazed at how Leicester has soared up the standings while relying on players like Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez, who collectively cost about $2 million. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

LONDON (KRON and Wire Reports) — Leicester has clinched their first English Premier League championship in the club’s 132-year-history after Tottenham failed to win at Chelsea — where the Spurs have not come away with a victory since 1990.

Second-place Tottenham, playing on the road, had hopes of catching Leicester at the top of the table.  Their run got a strong start Monday as they jumped to 2-0 lead in the first half against Chelsea. But home team rallied in the closing minutes to score the equalizer and end Tottenham’s bid to win the club’s first title since 1961.

Now for the first time in their 132-year history Leicester is champion of England after establishing an insurmountable seven-point lead over Tottenham with two games remaining.

 

Improbable Champions

On the list of improbabilities, just behind hell freezing over and pigs taking to the air was Leicester winning the Barclays Premier League.

That, at least, is how things seemed nine months ago, at the start of the most unlikely championship charge in English football history.

By dethroning richer giants, Leicester’s motley crew of players, none of them super-stars before they started working miracles, have shown that an established order isn’t immune to change. Being on the bottom rung of a ladder, as Leicester was last season, doesn’t have to be a permanent state; by surpassing oneself, upward mobility is possible.

Leicester’s Jamie Vardy wins English player of year award

LONDON (AP) — Leicester forward Jamie Vardy has won England’s Footballer of the Year award on the day his team could clinch an unlikely Premier League title.

The Football Writers’ Association said Leicester players swept the top three places and seven in total got votes for the award seen as the most prestigious individual prize in England.

Vardy won 36 percent of journalists’ votes “making him a clear winner” ahead of teammates Riyad Mahrez and N’Golo Kante, the writers’ organization said Monday.

“It’s been an amazing season for all of us at Leicester, based on the teamwork not individuals, which you can see in the voting,” Vardy said in a statement. The 29-year-old forward gets the honor just four years after playing in the fifth-tier division.

His 22 Premier League goals include a streak of scoring in 11 consecutive early-season matches, which launched Leicester’s historic title challenge after being a 5,000-1 outsider.

Vardy also scored his first goals for England, against Germany and the Netherlands, in March.

Leicester will win the league with two rounds to spare if second-placed Tottenham fails to win at Chelsea later Monday. Victory for Leicester at home to Everton on Saturday would also secure the title.

Leicester swept the main individual awards, after 17-goal Mahrez won the players’ vote last week.

Coach Claudio Ranieri is near-certain to win the manager of the year award later this month.

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