May 6, 2016

Leicester City FC – the unlikely champions of England in 2016: chart of Best Eleven/primary squad (the 11 primary starters + 4 other player-options (15 players profiled/with 2015-16 league stats & international stats/ plus, manager Claudio Ranieri, with his CV).

Filed under: 2015-16 English football — admin @ 2:07 pm

By Bill Turianski on 6 May 2016;

    Leicester City FC – the unlikely champions of England in 2016 (at 5000-to-1 odds)…

Question: where is Leicester? Answer: As you can see in the small map below, Leicester is near the centre of England – in Leicestershire – which is in the East Midlands. Leicester is 144 km (89 mi) NW of London, by road. Leicester’s nearest major city is Nottingham (which is also in the East Midlands)…Leicester is 44 km (27 mi) S of Nottingham, by road. Also, Leicester is nearby another major city – Birmingham (which is in the West Midlands)… Leicester is 53 km (33 mi) ENE of Birmingham, by road. {Source:} There is something which makes Leicester stand out from other British cities..”This is the first city in the United Kingdom with less than 50 percent of the population identifying as “white British”…” {quote from We’ve Come to Win the League, by Wright Thompson at}.

With about 755,000 people residing in Greater Leicester, Leicester is the 16th-largest metropolitan-area in the United Kingdom, and the 12th-largest metro-area in England. {Source/2011 figures: List of metropolitan areas in the United Kingdom (}
Photo and Image credits above -
Aerial view of King Power Stadium (home of Leicester City FC), with the city of Leicester in the background, photo by Plumb Images via Leicester City 2015/16 home jersey, photo by Aerial view of Leicester city centre, photo by at Blank map of the UK [segment], by Daniel Dalet at[UK]. Shot of Eden Hazard scoring goal against Tottenham (which evened up the score 2-2 and thus clinched the title for Leicester City), photo by Reuters via Shot of Leicester City fans who were watching, in a pub, celebrating their club’s title-win, photo by Eddie Keough/Reuters via The Leicester City Premier League winners bus parade (16 May 2016), photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images Europe via Title-winners LCFC banner, photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images via Bus with Ranieri and squad at victory parade, photo by Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images via

-From 2 May 2016, from the New York Times, by Sam Borden, The Remarkable Rise of Leicester City – A year after narrowly avoiding relegation, the Foxes beat 5,000-to-1 odds to win the Premier League title (

-From 29 April 2016, from Guardian/football, by Paolo Bandini, Claudio Ranieri: a gentle and principled man on the verge of immortality (

-From 2 May 2016, from Guardian/football-blog, by Barney Ronay, The Leicester Supremacy – a triumph that was never supposed to happen
Champions have vaulted an impassable gulf of finance and privilege in modern‑day Big Football to re‑energise the most inspiring sporting principle of open competition (

-From 4 May 2016, from Sky Sports, by Nick Wright, Leicester’s N’Golo Kante the signing of the season after stellar campaign (

-Recommended (cool animation + informative)…From ESPN, with illustrations by Martin Laksman • Animation by Rich Hinchcliff, Leicester’s heroes [animated article profiling Leicester players] (

    Leicester City FC – the unlikely 2015-16 English champions: chart of primary squad (Best Eleven)
    (11 primary starters + 4 other player-options (15 players profiled/with 2015-16 Premier League stats & international stats/ plus, manager Claudio Ranieri, with his CV)…


Photo and Image credits above -
Leicester players (Okazaki, Mahrez, Drinkwater) celebrate Wes Morgan’s goal versus Southampton at King Power Stadium [1-0 final score, on 3 April 2016], photo by Reuters via
Manager, Claudio Ranieri, photo of Ranieri discussing tactics with Morgan, Okazaki, and Vardy during game-break [22 Aug. 2015 vs Spurs], photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images Europe via Squad listening to Ranieri on touch line, photo by AP via
LCFC stats leaders, Vardy, photo by Action Photos via Mahrez, photo by PA via Kanté, photo unattributed at
Leicester City 2015/16 home jersey, photo by
Player photos,
Goalkeeper, Kasper Schmeichel (GK), photo is a Getty Images photo unattributed at, here,
Danny Simpson (RB), photo unattributed at, here. Wes Morgan (CB), photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images Europe via Robert Huth (CB), photo unattributed at Christian Fuchs (LB/LMF), photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images Europe via
Riyad Mahrez (RW/LW/AMF), photo by Rex Features via Danny Drinkwater (CMF/RMF/DMF), photo unattributed at, here. N’Golo Kanté (CMF/DMF), photo unattributed at
Marc Albrighton (MF/MF/CMF), photo by
Shinji Okazaki (FW/LW/RW), photo by Plumb Images via Jamie Vardy (FW/LW/RW), photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images Europe via
Other player-options…
Nathan Dyer (RW/LW), photo by Getty Images via Andy King (CMF/AMF/DMF), photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images Europe via Leonardo Ulloa (CF), photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images Europe via Jeffrey Schlupp (LB/LMF/LW), photo by Ross Kinniard/Getty Images at

Thanks to all contributors at the following sites…
-Wikipedia page of Leicester City FC… Leicester City F.C. (
-Squad, with stats, incl. assists… Leicester, Squad [2015-16] (
-Squad, with stats, incl. player-positions & market value… (
Sites where I found stats which I used on the chart,
Interceptions: [2015-16 PL];
Assists, appearances: [2015-16 PL].

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