May 05, 2016

    Celebratory lunch for Ranieri and team


    LEICESTER City's heroes celebrated with lunch at an Italian restaurant on Tuesday after achieving one of the biggest upsets in sporting history by winning the English Premier League.

    Thousands danced in the city's streets waving blue and white flags while millions around the world watched in wonder as the one-time 5,000-1 underdogs sealed the title on Monday night.

    After players and fans celebrated late into the night, the team, including Italian manager Claudio Ranieri and top scorer Jamie Vardy, dined out at the city's San Carlo restaurant on Tuesday to celebrate becoming champions for the first time.

    "I don't know the secret. The players, the heart, the soul and how they play," said Ranieri.

    Last season, Thai-owned Leicester narrowly escaped relegation and were rated as no-hopers this time around.

    But in the event, the east Midlands club outshone some of world football's most glamorous teams.

    Their record of 22 wins in 36 games with just three defeats was enough to make them champions ahead of Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea.

    The Foxes are England's first first-time champions since Brian Clough's Nottingham Forest in 1978.

    British Prime Minister David Cameron sent his congratulations to Leicester, calling it an "extraordinary, thoroughly deserved" title.

    Gianni Infantino, president of football's world governing body Fifa, said: "It's one of these beautiful football stories that only football can write.

    "This is the magic of football."