Ranieri and Leicester owner Vichai Raksriaksornwith celebrate with players.
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At the start of the English football season last August, bookmakers in Britain were offering odds of 5,000-1 against Leicester City winning the Premier League.Leicester had been through more than a century of league football without winning the top-flight title.Yet, fantastically, Claudio Ranieri's motley crew have triumphed against the might and money of Manchester United and City, Chelsea and Arsenal, the quartet who had carved up the Premier League title for the previous 20 years.Which other sports teams have defied such odds month after month over an entire season?Perhaps the best comparison was when Italy boasted the strongest league in the world and, in 1985, modest little Hellas Verona, like Leicester a Cinderella club whose collective strength was greater than the sum of its modest parts, enchanted an entire nation by winning Serie A's "Scudetto".What Clough's Forest went on to achieve with back-to-back European Cup triumphs was one of sport's most monumental accomplishments but that 1978 league win still did not have the same miraculous feel of Leicester's as, at that time, they were the eighth different club in 12 seasons to lift the title.
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