When Liverpool played Leicester City last February, the T.V. commentator pointed out that there were some movie execs at the King Power Stadium and they were looking closely at the Leicester City story as a potential movie. The movie script was already written on the football field and if Hollywood had produced a movie before all this unfolded, we would have all laughed at their ‘Naive Fantasy’.
Wait a minute, this is not a fantasy, this is real. Leicester City have just won the Barclays Premier League. They have done all this with a manager who was sacked from his previous eight jobs (would have been nine however he saw the writing on the wall at Valencia and quit just before getting sacked) and star players whose name don’t end with vowels. The whole Leicester City story has sparked interest even with people who normally don’t follow football, after CNN referred to the story as football’s greatest victory ever , I have had friends and colleagues all asking me about it. Greatest football victory ever? Well that is debatable however what is not debatable is what the Foxes have achieved.
When the Roman (Ranieri) was sacked by Roman (Abramovich) it started a new era in football where billionaires could come into a club and pump endless amount of money and win (buy) the trophies they wanted. This has been the ‘New World Order’ for the last twelve years with clubs like Chelsea, Manchester City and PSG rising from oblivion thanks to the multi-millions pumped in by the wealthy owners. U.E.F.A. tried to do something with their Financial Fair Play however it has been a joke and these clubs have found creative ways to get around the rules.
So along come Leicester and now they break this ‘New World Order’, before the start of the season they were favourites of being relegated this season. In terms of winning the league the bookies had the odds at 5000-1, in other words impossible. This makes me wonder what the best odds on Liverpool to win the Prem’ next season are, I can bet they are nowhere close to that. However what this season has proved is that nothing is impossible. You can bet that every single Premier League owner is calling their executives at their respective clubs and telling them to do a Leicester.
Once again congrats to Ranieri and the Foxes for their incredible achievement, for a football romantic like me it rekindles the childhood joy of what made me fall in love with this sport to begin with. I remember watching Brian Clough taking a provincial club like Nottingham Forest to the heights of Europe. However lest we forget what Bill Shankly and Bob Paisley did when they created a World Football Powerhouse called Liverpool F.C.