This season of EPL was simply magical. To be honest it reinforced my faith in football as a whole, featuring if not the most shocking, one of the most shocking season surprises ever. Football had come to a time when it was falling short of miracles and it seemed to lack the charm it once possessed. In a time of supremacy of some teams and huge funds for already established ones it seemed as though football had become corrupt, a game played out on dollar bills as its turf. A game which lies in essence in the true sense of teamwork, big names have deployed hands backed with deep pockets who picked up new talent from any small club that produced it and it seemed the teams ye t to prove their metal were only fighting it out for a place away from the relegation zone. However amongst the ashes rising from out of nowhere came along Leicester City, who have countered the argument once and for all.
Leicester City: Winner of Premier League
A club which was battling relegation just a season back, a club that played in the Championship only a couple years back, a club with the chances of winning 5000-1 against them, with almost no funds managed to do something that happened only once in a few decades. And as their very own coach said exasperated by the news, “It happens every once in a while when a team manages to win, against all the big names out there”. The night Leicester City were announced winners was a moment of joy for every true football fab out there who managed to witness this magical moment. Some might call it a fluke but the format of the top flight of English football rules that option out, a team has to be consistent for 38 games, fight for their place amongst the other teams etched on the Barclays’ iconic champions’ title.
The fact that Leicester did not just defeat and stun a couple of big names but went on to win the title, goes on to show just how much more football and its silverware means then money. You can’t buy trophies! Football is a game where all it takes is one dream, the passion to light the spark, and the persistence to keep it going, which is exactly what Leicester City, did! Leicester City’s entire first choice team was acquired through funds less than 55 million pounds, where else Manchester City, one of the unseated title contenders brought the services of their latest poster boy- Kevin De Bruyne for little more than 54 million pounds! That stat alone goes on to say where Leicester City fell short in terms of funds they more than made up with mere, hard work, dedication and relentlessness.
Leicester played as a team
Leicester played as a team with every player playing his role no matter what background he was from no matter what the price. Leicester showed fearlessness and consistency, but more on that a never giving up attitude that got them awarded a victory through late winners, or a draw from a late equalizer. No matter how dire the situation was for Leicester in a match they went in for each tackle, made exhausting runs, ignored bruises and cuts, with only one thing in their minds; to get the three points to put them through the week of endless footy battles. Their victory was hard-earned and came through struggles, but they always looked strong and matched up against the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal and Manchester City. Not once did they lose to cushion themselves with the fact that they lacked funds, rather they looked up and kept dreaming, they like true footballers and fans knew; if there is passion and a goal for which you strive for, no amount of money can put off the fire that you light, and when you decide to put all excuses behind you and play to win, your roar will ignite the night. What Leicester City pulled of this season reminds us of old times, and keeps the heart of football beating.
The day that Leicester City won the English Premier League was not only a victory for them but the victory of passion over money, the victory of soccer over many. Leicester will not be remembered for the players they had or the teams thy upset, but the dream they brought to life and the trophy that they didn’t buy; the trophy that they won.