and Nottingham Forest F.C. Leicester have played outside the top two tiers only once in their history to date; during the 2008–09 season they played in League One, the third tier of English football, after relegation from the Championship the season prior. Sevilla travel to Leicester with a 2-1 lead but having struggled to finish chances of late. [43] The Foxes then claimed their first Premier League win since May 2004, with a 0–1 win at Stoke City. As of 4 October 2020[update][129][130][131][132][133][134], Leicester City's Player of the Year award is voted for by the club's supporters at the end of every season.[114]. 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Since their election to the Football League in 1894, Leicester have spent much of their history within the top two tiers of English football. The club produced another record for the most consecutive wins in the top flight, each coming against Watford, Newcastle United, Crystal Palace, Southampton and Sunderland. The stint was ended by West Bromwich Albion on 6 November 2016 in a 1–2 defeat.[125][126]. Reacting to City winning the Premier League, Executive chairman Richard Scudamore said: If this was a once in every 5,000-year event, then we've effectively got another 5,000 years of hope ahead of us. Barcelona capped a perfect weekend for the UEFA Champions League quarter-finalists as all eight posted wins, Lionel Messi scoring twice after Bayern moved further clear in Germany. Lineker helped Leicester maintain their place in the First Division but was sold to Everton in 1985 and two years later Leicester were relegated, having failed to find a suitable replacement to partner Alan Smith, who was sold to Arsenal after Leicester went down. The club mascot is a character called "Filbert Fox". Since 1992, the club's badge has featured a fox's head overlaid onto a Cinquefoil; the Cinquefoil is similar to the one used on the coat of arms of Leicester. The club have never played lower than England's third tier. The club competes in the Premier League, the top division of England's football league system, and plays its home matches at the King Power Stadium. Bayern München's players seem up for their tie with Real Madrid (the jury is out on their coach), Pavel Nedvěd comes out fighting, but there's no pleasing Gary Lineker. [120] (This was their only ever season in the third tier of English football). For the second round running, Leicester face a deficit after an away first leg against Spanish opponents, and Atlético Madrid will be wary of going the same way as Sevilla. In March 2017, the club became the 50th team to reach the Champions League quarter-finals. The takeover was formally announced on 13 February 2007. Leicester and Chelsea face off tonight in a big game for both at the top of the Premier League table. Their upturn in results was described as one of the Premier League's greatest ever escapes from relegation. As Saúl Ñíguez prepares for Atlético's second leg against Leicester, the midfielder reveals the injury that almost ended it all. Gordon Lee was put in charge of the club until the end of the season. The club since replaced it with a modern version, which is now played as teams emerge for the second half. ... 2015/16 Champions. [27] Unfortunately, Wallace was unable to keep Leicester in Division One, but they reached the FA Cup semi-final in 1982. Football Premier League Leicester City. Formed in 1884 by a group of old boys of Wyggeston School as "Leicester Fosse", the club joined The Football Association (FA) in 1890. Leicester started their first season in the Premier League since 2004 with a good run of results in their first five league matches, starting with a 2–2 draw on the opening day against Everton. Prediction: Leicester City 1-2 Southampton Published 14 Jan 2021, 17:23 IST McGhee left the club unexpectedly in December 1995 while Leicester were top of the First Division to take charge of Wolverhampton Wanderers. The following players have been named the best player in their division in the Football League Awards while at Leicester: The following managers have been named the LMA Manager of the Year or won their division award while at Leicester: The following players have been shortlisted for The Best FIFA Men's Player award, while playing for Leicester: The following managers have been shortlisted and won, The Best FIFA Men's Coach award while managing Leicester: The following goalkeepers have been shortlisted for The Best FIFA Goalkeeper award, while playing for Leicester: The following players have been shortlisted for the FIFA FIFPro World11, while playing for Leicester: The following players have been named in the PFA Team of the Year while at Leicester: This article is about the men's football club based in England. [5] Other sponsors have included John Bull (1986–87),[85] LG (2001–03),[85] Alliance & Leicester (2003–07),[85] Topps Tiles (2007–09),[85] Jessops (2009–10),[citation needed] and Loros (2009–10). Leicester City have broken to the top of the Premier League table through their victory over Chelsea on Tuesday, but manager Brendan Rodgers believes the title has been talked about too much throughout the season. [118], The record transfer fee paid by Leicester for a player was around £40 million for Monaco midfielder Youri Tielemans. A nominal role of secretary/manager was employed, though the board and the selection committee took control of most team affairs. Leicester reached the FA Cup semi-final in 1973–74.[26]. League Position 1st Manager Claudio Ranieri. The Saints are also buoyed by their recent win against reigning Premier League champions Liverpool. O'Neill was replaced by former England under-21 coach Peter Taylor. Their 2–1 home win over Sheffield Wednesday, combined with losses by Queens Park Rangers and Derby County, allowed Leicester City to clinch promotion to the Premier League after a ten-year absence. [92] Previous manufacturers have included Bukta (1962–64, 1990–92), Admiral (1976–79, 1983–88), Umbro (1979–83), Scoreline (1988–90), Fox Leisure (1992–2000), Le Coq Sportif (2000–05), JJB (2005–07), Jako (2007–09), Joma (2009–10), Burrda (2010–12),[93] and Puma (2012–18). Hear from Carlo Ancelotti and Thomas Tuchel as our panel review a week that brought joy for the city of Madrid in the official UEFA Champions League podcast. The game between the two clubs has become known as the M69 derby, named after the M69 motorway which connects the two cities together. In 2014, Leicester's march up the league system hit a breakthrough. Is it an open draw or are there restrictions? The Northern Irishman’s side lie third in the table after beating Newcastle 2-1 on Sunday. [44] On 21 September 2014, Leicester went on to produce one of the greatest comebacks in Premier League history to beat Manchester United 5–3 at the King Power Stadium after coming back from 3–1 down with 30 minutes left to score four goals. [10] However the 1930s saw a downturn in fortunes, with the club relegated in 1934–35[15] and, after promotion in 1936–37,[16] another relegation in 1938–39 would see them finish the decade in Division Two.[3][17]. They moved from there to Victoria Park, and subsequently to Belgrave Road. [102] The first match hosted at Walkers was a 1–1 friendly draw against Athletic Bilbao, with Bilbao's Tiko being the first scorer at the stadium and Jordan Stewart being the first Leicester player to score. City reached the FA Cup final for the first time in their history in 1949,[3][18] losing 3–1 to Wolverhampton Wanderers. They finished the season with a 5–1 thrashing of relegated Queens Park Rangers. [55] A 2–0 victory at Sunderland on 10 April, coupled with Tottenham Hotspur's 3–0 win over Manchester United, ensured Leicester's qualification for the UEFA Champions League for the first time in their history. The shock Premier League champions have made a mockery of their domestic problems in an impressive debut campaign. Current players in bold.[114][141][142]. Frank McLintock, a noted player for seven years for Leicester in a successful period from the late Fifties to the mid Sixties, succeeded Jimmy Bloomfield in 1977. It featured in their 2016–17 UEFA Champions League campaign, and was also in use for Leicester's debut match in the competition. [106] The club announced in 2018 it would be moving away from its current training ground Belvoir Drive to a new state-of-the-art training facility. View Leicester City FC statistics from previous seasons, including league position and top goalscorer, on the official website of the Premier League. At the end of the season, Pearson left Leicester to become the manager of Hull City, claiming he felt the club seemed reluctant to keep him, and that Paulo Sousa had been the club's guest at both play-off games, hinting at a possible replacement. [67] Players were often praised for their work ethic and togetherness which was apparent throughout the squad. Watch NFL NHL NBA MLB Soccer NASCAR Motors … Gillies guided Leicester to their first piece of silverware in 1964, when Leicester beat Stoke City 4–3 on aggregate to win the League Cup for the first time. No use for commercial purposes may be made of such trademarks. [62][63] The Economist declared it would be "pored over for management lessons". [citation needed] On 10 February 2011, Vichai Raksriaksorn, part of the Thai-based Asia Football Investments consortium, was appointed new chairman of the club after Mandarić left in November to take over Sheffield Wednesday. The number of goals the quarter-finalists have scored; the players who got them; how many were headers, right foot or left foot; how many were from inside the box and out. Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel says playing like they did last season is the key to their success after they beat Sevilla to reach the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals. [38] On 1 October 2010, after a poor start that saw Leicester bottom of the Championship with only one win out of the first nine league matches, Paulo Sousa was sacked by the club with immediate effect. 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In 1993–94 City were promoted from the playoffs, beating Derby County 2–1 in the final. How have the eight remaining sides fared in their previous European Cup quarter-finals? In the 1962–63 season, the club led the First Division during the winter, thanks to a sensational run of form on icy and frozen pitches the club became nicknamed the "Ice Kings" eventually placed fourth, the club's best post-war finish. [114][116], Includes competitive appearances only. [30] In October 2002, the club went into administration with debts of £30 million. The club became the third English team to win on their Champions League debut, after Manchester United in 1994 and Newcastle United in 1997. The stadium has been used to host the Heineken Cup European Rugby semi-finals for the Leicester Tigers rugby club, itself based within a mile of the King Power Stadium. [citation needed], The club's record attendance is 47,298 against Tottenham Hotspur at Filbert Street, in a fifth round FA Cup clash in 1928. Test your knowledge! [81] Despite being in the top 4 for most of the season, Leicester finished the season in 5th - their second highest Premier League finish in their history in addition to securing a Europa League place for the following season. Leicester City Football Club is a professional football club based in Leicester in the East Midlands, England. Bevan, David "The Unbelievables: The Amazing Story of Leicester's 2015/16 Season", 30 June 2016. joint largest win in Premier League history, largest away win in English top flight history, Learn how and when to remove this template message, Leicester City F.C. However, the team suffered a poor run of games in 2019 which saw Leicester suffer 4 successive home defeats, and following a 4–1 home defeat to Crystal Palace, Puel was sacked on 24 February 2019 with the club in 12th place. The following have played for Leicester and have been inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame: The Football League 100 Legends is a list of "100 legendary football players" produced by The Football League in 1998, to celebrate the 100th season of League football. The stand was impressive while the rest of the ground was untouched since at least the 1920s; this led manager Martin O'Neill to say he used to "lead new signings out backwards" so they only saw the Carling Stand.[100]. Milne left in 1986 and was replaced in 1987 by David Pleat, who was sacked in January 1991 with Leicester in danger of relegation to the Third Division. Leicester were placed in Group G of the 2016–17 UEFA Champions League, alongside Porto, Copenhagen and Club Brugge. Mission accomplished, says Richard Martin. Leicester became known for their counterattacking style of play, "incredible pace in the areas it is most essential" and defensive solidarity. [52] Despite an initially sceptical reaction to Ranieri's appointment, the club made an exceptional start to the season. Beautifully coached by Brendan Rodgers, the 2016 champions sit top of the Premier League for the second time this season. There are also secondary characters "Vickie Vixen" and "Cousin Dennis." In doing so they also tied the record for the highest margin of victory in Premier League history, equalling Manchester United's 9–0 home victory over Ipswich Town in 1995.[127]. [69] However, on 23 February 2017, Ranieri was sacked due to the club's continuing poor form, resulting in them being only one point above the relegation zone. [56], Leicester won the Premier League on 2 May 2016 after Tottenham threw away a 2–0 lead against Chelsea, drawing 2–2 at the "Battle of Stamford Bridge". Taylor was sacked after a poor start to the 2001–02 season, and his successor Dave Bassett lasted just six months before being succeeded by his assistant Micky Adams, the change of management being announced just before relegation was confirmed. The UEFA word, the UEFA logo and all marks related to UEFA competitions, are protected by trademarks and/or copyright of UEFA. Leicester are top of the Premier League after Tuesday night’s home victory against Chelsea. Players listed in bold are current Leicester City players. Holloway left by mutual consent after less than a season at the club, being replaced by Nigel Pearson. Scott Murray was watching. [10] The most goals managed in a single season for the club is 44 by Arthur Rowley, in the 1956–57 season. [99], Some improvements by noted football architect Archibald Leitch occurred in the Edwardian era, and in 1927 a new two tier stand was built,[99] named the Double Decker, a name it would keep till the ground's closure in 2002. As an increasingly unpredictable race for the title unfolds, the PA news agency takes a look at Brendan Rodgers’ team and asks if a repeat of the club’s 2015/16 success is a real possibility. In June 2000, O'Neill left Leicester City to take over as manager of Celtic. City were relegated at the end of the 1977–78 season and McLintock resigned. The club secured the use of an area of ground by Filbert Street, and moved there in 1891. Upon turning professional the club moved to Mill Lane. Gonzalo Higuaín, Isco, Lionel Messi and Yannick Carrasco each scored twice in victories for their respective teams on a day when Dortmund and Monaco also won and Bayern München and Leicester drew. Since 2018, Leicester City's kit has been manufactured by German sportswear companyAdidas. In December 2016, Ranieri was awarded coach of the year and Leicester team of the year at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year. UEFA.com delves into the record books to see how each of the quarter-finalists have fared in the past against their prospective opponents ahead of potential last-eight reunions this year. Thus, the club qualified for the UEFA Cup in 1997–98 and 2000–01, the club's first European competition since 1961. Following the name change, the club enjoyed moderate success in the 1920s; under the management of Peter Hodge, who left in May 1926 to be replaced two months later by Willie Orr, and with record goalscorer Arthur Chandler in the side,[13] they won the Division Two title in 1924–25[14] and recorded their second-highest league finish in 1928–29 as runners-up by a single point to The Wednesday. [110], Leicester also have a rivalry with Coventry City, 24 miles away. On 25 October 2019, Leicester City set the record for the highest margin of away victory in the English top tier, defeating Southampton 9–0 at St Mary's Stadium. By Christmas, Leicester were in 8th position in the Premier League and went on to finish one place lower in 9th at the end of the season. [97] For the 2018–19 and 2019–20 seasons, the sleeve sponsor was Bia Saigon. Who takes Bayern's penalties? During the 2014–15 season, a dismal run of form saw the team slip to the bottom of the league table with only 19 points from 29 matches. [78] He was replaced with former Southampton boss Claude Puel on 25 October 2017. If they keep key players fit, Leicester … Season Stats. They had the fewest away defeats in any top flight season, as they were defeated only twice on their travels. [103] The first competitive match was a 2–0 victory against Watford. John Hutchinson, Neil Plumb, Rob O'Donnell, This page was last edited on 24 January 2021, at 01:10. Leicester can leapfrog league leaders Manchester United and claim top spot with a … UEFA.com takes a closer look ahead of Friday's draw. UEFA.com gives Fantasy Football managers a helping hand by predicting all the line-ups for this week's first legs. Real Madrid remain two points clear of Barcelona after both won on a day when Juventus drew at Napoli, following a big win for Bayern and Monaco's French League Cup final misery. Barcelona may have been edged in the race for Liga honours, but once again there was personal glory for Lionel Messi after he ended Europe-wide top scorer. However, Megson left on 24 October 2007 after only six weeks in charge, following an approach made for his services by Bolton Wanderers. Only three of this season's quarter-finalists can no longer win a treble of league, domestic cup and UEFA Champions League – UEFA.com looks how well placed those five still in the hunt are. [59][60][61] The scale of the surprise attracted global attention for the club and the city of Leicester. Need a Barcelona bargain? "The Foxes" is the most common nickname for the club. During the season, Leicester participated in the Premier League for the second consecutive season, as well as the FA Cup and League Cup. [3] Leicester also reached the League Cup final the following year, but lost 3–2 on aggregate to Chelsea. Despite rumours that Puel would leave, he remained at the club for the next season and performed well. The highest league record at their current home, the King Power Stadium, was 32,242 for a competitive match against Sunderland on 8 August 2015. Though coming from 2–0 down on aggregate, away to Cardiff City, to briefly lead 3–2, they eventually lost to a penalty shoot-out in the play-off semi-final. No period since Bloomfield has seen the club remain in the top division for so long. Bruno Fernandes scored the winner for Manchester United at Leicester in the Premier League. [24] After a bad start to the season, Matt Gillies resigned in November 1968. [88] Siam Commercial Bank became their first sleeve sponsor. Leicester moved top of the Premier League table by beating Chelsea on Tuesday night and they have only one point less than they did at the same stage in their 2015-16 title-winning season. O'Neill ended Leicester's 33-year wait for a major trophy, winning the League Cup twice, in 1997 and 2000, and Leicester were runners-up in 1999. Leicester moved into the new 32,314-seat Walkers Stadium at the start of the 2002–03 season, ending 111 years at Filbert Street. Leicester's first ever Football League game was a 4–3 defeat at Grimsby Town, with a first League win the following week, against Rotherham United at Filbert Street. The winners of UEFA's annual awards for best goalkeeper, defender, midfielder and forward in the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Women's Champions League, and best player in the UEFA Europa League. [25] Jimmy Bloomfield was appointed for the new season, and his team remained in the First Division for his tenure. However, Leicester lasted only one season in the top flight and were relegated to the newly labelled Championship, previously known as Division One. Atalanta have made the last eight on their competition debut: here's who came before. They also recorded the fewest losses in any of the club's Premier League seasons, losing just three matches throughout their entire campaign. [6][7][8] As a result, the team was dubbed "The Unbelievables", a spin-off harking back to Arsenal's undefeated team "The Invincibles". The number of caps won whilst at the club are given, along with the date of the first cap being won while with Leicester City. For the first half, the post horn has been played live on pitch by Paul Hing since 2009. On 30 June 2015, Pearson was sacked, with the club stating, "The working relationship between Nigel and the Board is no longer viable." Who is suspended for their team's UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg and who could miss the return? [3] Adams guided Leicester to the runners-up spot in Division One and automatic promotion back to the Premier League with more than 90 points. and Leicester City F.C. Vardy is also the ninth player to score 20 top-flight goals in a season, following Arthur Chandler, Ernie Hine, Arthur Rowley, Jimmy Walsh, Ken Keyworth, Jackie Sinclair, Frank Worthington and Gary Lineker. Real Madrid and Barcelona have dominated, while the outlook is more mixed for Atlético and Bayern. [117], Jamie Vardy broke the Premier League record for scoring 13 goals in 11 consecutive league games, in the 2015–16 Premier League season. Current players in bold. Brian Little took over in 1991 and by the end of the 1991–92 season Leicester had reached the playoff final for a place in the new FA Premier League, but lost to Blackburn Rovers and a penalty from former Leicester striker Mike Newell. Leicester City are at the top of the Premier League while Chelsea are floundering. UEFA Champions League hopefuls Leicester City have announced that Craig Shakespeare will remain in charge of the Foxes' first team until the end of the season. In their inaugural Champions League campaign, they went undefeated in their first five matches to progress to the knockout stages as group winners. Leicester City have won the Premier League title in one of the greatest sporting stories of all time. [19][20] Leicester won the Division Two championship in 1954,[21] with the help of Arthur Rowley, one of the club's most prolific strikers. Dave Bassett also had a second spell as caretaker manager after his spell as permanent manager. [90] "Foxes Never Quit" is the club's motto, which is placed above the tunnel entrance as the teams head out onto the pitch. "[108] It is one of two large-scale projects Leicester City are working on, with plans in place to develop the club's King Power Stadium.

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