Leicester City

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Leicester City
Basic data
Surname Leicester City Football Club
Seat Leicester , England
founding 1884
Owner King Power International Group
president Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha
Board Susan Whelan
Website lcfc.com
First soccer team
Head coach Brendan Rodgers
Venue King Power Stadium
Places 32,273
league Premier League
2019/20 5th place

Leicester City (officially Leicester City Football Club ) - also known as The Foxes - is a football club based in Leicester . In April 2014, the club rose ten years after relegation back to the Premier League . The greatest successes in the club's history so far are winning the English championship in the 2015/16 season and winning the English Cup in 2021 .

Leicester City has played its games at King Power Stadium since the 2002/03 season .


The club was founded in 1884 with reference to its former stadium on Fosse Road as Leicester Fosse and joined the English Football Association in 1890 . Starting in 1891, the Foxes played at the Filbert Street Stadium continuously for nearly 111 years . In 1908 they rose to the First Division for the first time . The name was changed to Leicester City in 1919, as the old club had dissolved due to financial difficulties and Leicester had been promoted from the district to the city at the same time. During the 20th century, the team shuttled back and forth between the top two divisions without achieving great success. She reached the FA Cup final four times without winning (1949: 1: 3 against Wolverhampton Wanderers , 1961: 0: 2 against Tottenham Hotspur , 1963: 1: 3 against Manchester United , 1969: 0: 1 against Manchester City ). In 1929 Leicester City was runner-up in England.

The O'Neill Era (1995 to 2001)

The years 1995 to 2001 are considered to be a relatively successful era. During this time, the team, headed by Northern Irish coach Martin O'Neill, first beat Crystal Palace 2-1 in the 1996 play-off games and thus reached the top English division, the Premier League . In 1997 and 2000, the Foxes won the League Cup (they finished second in 1999), which brought the club in 1998 (after 36 years' absence) and 2001 qualification for the UEFA Cup . Both times, however, they were eliminated in the preliminary round; 1998 1: 2 and 0: 2 against Atlético Madrid , 2001 1: 1 and 1: 3 against Red Star Belgrade .

Crash into third class (2001 to 2008)

After Leicester City had finished the 2000/01 season only in 13th place, the club's relegation followed in 2002 with only five wins from 38 games. The club was on the verge of bankruptcy with a £ 30 million debt burden. During this difficult time, Leicester City was led by a consortium of 55 shareholders, with Gary Lineker at the helm. The Serbian-American multimillionaire Milan Mandarić , former owner of Portsmouth FC , had already announced his interest in a takeover in October 2006 and, according to plans, should head the club from January 2007. After several unforeseen delays - caused by legal problems, opposition from the shareholder base and incorrect financial disclosure by former club officials - the sale was officially announced on February 13, 2007. The transfer investments should be in the range of nine million pounds (around 13.3 million euros) - spread over the next 15 months. As a result of the takeover, Mandarić became the majority shareholder with slightly over 75 percent shares. His investment plan was to bring the club to the Premier League within the next three years.

Mandarić was noticed by his (already known from Portsmouth) high coach wear. After interim coach Rob Kelly followed towards the end of the 2006/07 season due to poor results of the Northern Irish Nigel Worthington . Then Martin Allen (formerly Milton Keynes Dons ), Gary Megson and the duo Frank Burrows / Gerry Taggart were allowed to try their hand at team managers in the following season . However, their duration of action was again short-lived.

From November 2007 signed Ian Holloway , who came from Plymouth Argyle , but was unable to save the club from relegation to the third highest English league, Football League One . He was accused from many sides of having acted tactically negligent. On the final day of the Football League Championship 2007/08 season, Leicester City needed at least one draw while losing Southampton FC . City achieved this goal with a 0-0, but since Southampton had won 3-2 at the last minute against Sheffield United , relegation to the third division was certain. At the end of the 2007-08 season, head coach Holloway was sacked.

From third division to the Premier League (2008 to 2014)

As of the end of June 2008, the former English defender Nigel Pearson , who had previously coached Newcastle United (as Caretaker Manager ) and (at short notice) Southampton FC , was the new hope . Pearson's attitude as well as his previous transfer policy had a positive effect on the team and the results. With only ten remaining games still outstanding in the first League One season, Leicester City was in first place in the table with 78 points from 36 games. One of the reasons for this was a long series without defeat in the league, which began in October 2008 (after the 2: 3 in the home game against Brighton & Hove Albion ) and after 23 games only on March 11, 2009 with a 0: 2 at Tranmere Rovers came to an end. The team equalized with a 1-0 away win at the Bristol Rovers on February 21, 2009 the old club record from the 1970/71 season and exceeded it for the first time in the following game at the Milton Keynes Dons , as Max Gradel in the 97th minute a free kick goal ensured the 2-2 final score. The return to the second highest English league celebrated Leicester City following a 2-0 away win against Southend United on April 18, 2009.

The club was on a play-off course for much of the championship season, which indirectly allows promotion to the Premier League. Towards the end of the regular 46 games of the season, the team lost four games in a row, including a 0-1 at local rivals Derby County , when goalkeeper Chris Weale could not stop a back pass and owed an own goal. The team fought their way back and won the last five league games in a row, including a 2-0 win against relegated Premier League FC Middlesbrough in the last home game of the regular season. In the end, the team finished fifth in the league and then played, in May 2010, over two rounds, against Welsh co - promotion rivals Cardiff City , who ended the season in fourth place, to get into the play-off final at the new Wembley Stadium , which took place on May 22nd. Leicester City lost against Cardiff City 0-1, 3-2 (3-4 on penalties) and thus missed promotion.

In 2010 the club was taken over by the Thai consortium Asian Football Investments under the leadership of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha , the founder and then CEO of King Power International Group , who also became president of the club the following year.

After finishing eleven and nine in the 2010/11 and 2011/12 seasons, Leicester City finished sixth in the Football League Championship at the end of the 2012/2013 season and thus returned to the play-offs for promotion to the Premier League . When it was 2-2 on aggregate at Watford FC shortly before the end of the second leg and extra time was imminent, Leicester City was awarded a penalty. Anthony Knockaert , however, failed in the seventh minute of stoppage time in a shot and margin on the opposing goalkeeper, Watford FC scored a goal in direct return. Leicester City had again failed to rise in the play-offs.

On April 5, 2014, Leicester City was promoted directly to the Premier League , after the leap from third to first place on matchday 40 thanks to defeats by competitors for promotion, Queens Park Rangers and Derby County .

First year in the Premier League 2014/15 and winning the championship in 2015/16

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Most frequent line-up in the 2015/16 championship season

In the first Premier League season after relegation, it looked long after relegation; On the 30th match day the club was knocked out last. After a series of seven wins and a draw from the last eight games, the season ended in 14th place and relegation was prevented. Despite the dismissal of head coach Nigel Pearson in the summer because of a racism incident on a promotional tour along with three young players through Thailand (among the players and his son was James Pearson ) This trend was in the following season 2015/16 the new coach Claudio Ranieri continued . The team got off to a strong start into the season and climbed to the top of the table for the first time on matchday 13. Only after a 3-1 away win against direct rivals Manchester City on February 6, 2016, Leicester City was considered a serious candidate for the title. At this point the 'Foxes' were already first again and should not give up this position from the 23rd matchday on. On matchday 36, Leicester City finally secured the first championship title in club history. After a 1-1 draw at Manchester United on May 1, 2016, pursuers Tottenham Hotspur did not get past a draw against Chelsea a day later, which meant that Claudio Ranieri's team could no longer mathematically be ousted from the top of the table and as English champions was certain. Ranieri almost always relied on the following starting XI throughout the season in a 4-4-2 system : Kasper Schmeichel (38 games / 38 times starting XI / 0 goals) - Danny Simpson (30/30/0), Wes Morgan (38 / 38/2), Robert Huth (35/35/3), Christian Fuchs (32/30/0) - Riyad Mahrez (37/36/17), Danny Drinkwater (35/35/3), N'Golo Kanté ( 37/33/1), Marc Albrighton (38/34/2) - Jamie Vardy (36/36/24), Shinji Okazaki (36/28/5). Vardy was named second top scorer and Premier League Player of the Season ; Mahrez was the fifth best assists this season. (C)Captain of the crew

Before the 2016/17 season , Ranieri extended his contract until 2020. N'Golo Kanté, however, left the championship team for Chelsea . On February 23, 2017, Ranieri was relieved of his position as a coach.

On the evening of October 27, 2018, the club president's private helicopter, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, crashed near the stadium. The helicopter had taken off from the center circle of the field shortly before . All five inmates died.

Relationships with other clubs

Leicester City's local rivals for fans are Nottingham Forest , Derby County and Coventry City (in that order). A fan friendship connects Leicester with the oldest still existing professional football club Notts County , the city rivals of Nottingham Forest. At the international level, some of the supporters of Leicester maintain a fan friendship with the German second division club VfL Bochum .

titles and achievements

  • English champion : 2016
  • English runner-up: 1929
  • FA Cup winners: 2021 (1-0 against Chelsea)
  • FA Cup finalist: 1949 (1-3 against Wolverhampton Wanderers), 1961 (0-2 against Tottenham Hotspur), 1963 (1-3 against Manchester United) and 1969 (0-1 against Manchester City)
  • League Cup winners: 1964 (1: 1 and 3: 2 against Stoke City), 1997 (1: 1 and 1: 0 against FC Middlesbrough) and 2000 (2: 1 against Tranmere Rovers)
  • League Cup finalist: 1965 (2: 3 and 0: 0 against Chelsea) and 1999 (0: 1 against Tottenham Hotspur)
  • Charity Shield winner: 1971 (1-0 against Liverpool)


The Italian sports newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport voted the football club “ World Team of the Year ” in 2016 .


Leicester City, along with Sunderland AFC, holds the record for the most championships in Division Two (now known as the Football League Championship ) since the end of World War II .

The highest victory dates from the 1894/95 season, when they beat Notts Olympic 13-0 in qualifying for the FA Cup . The team suffered the biggest defeat in the 1908/09 season against the unloved competitor Nottingham Forest, when it set a 0:12.

The record attendance of 47,298 was reached on February 18, 1928 in the FA Cup against Tottenham Hotspur.

On October 25, 2019, Leicester won 9-0 at Southampton FC , the highest away win in the history of the Premier League.

Squad of the 2020/21 season

As of May 15, 2021

No. Nat. Surname birthday in the team since Contract until
01 DenmarkDenmark Kasper Schmeichel 05/11/1986 2011 2023
12th WalesFlag of Wales (1959 – present) .svg Danny Ward 06/22/1993 2018 2025
35 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Eldin Jakupović 10/02/1984 2017 2021
02 EnglandEngland James Justin 02/23/1998 2019 2024
04th TurkeyTurkey Çağlar Söyüncü 05/23/1996 2018 2023
05 JamaicaJamaica Wes Morgan (C)Captain of the crew 01/21/1984 2012 2021
06th Northern IrelandNorthern Ireland Jonny Evans 03/01/1988 2018 2023
18th GhanaGhana Daniel Amartey December 21, 1994 2016 2022
21 PortugalPortugal Ricardo Pereira 10/06/1993 2018 2023
27 BelgiumBelgium Timothy Castagne 05.12.1995 2020 2025
28 AustriaAustria Christian Fuchs 04/07/1986 2015 2021
33 EnglandEngland Luke Thomas 06/10/2001 2019 2024
08th BelgiumBelgium Youri Tielemans 05/07/1997 2019 2023
10 EnglandEngland James Maddison 11/23/1996 2018 2024
11 EnglandEngland Marc Albrighton 11/18/1989 2014 2022
15th EnglandEngland Harvey Barnes 12/09/1997 2017 2024
20th EnglandEngland Hamza Choudhury 10/01/1997 2018 2023
22nd EnglandEngland Matty James 07/22/1991 2012 2022
23 PortugalPortugal Adrien Silva 03/15/1989 2017 2021
24 FranceFrance Nampalys Mendy 06/23/1992 2016 2023
25th NigeriaNigeria Wilfred Ndidi 12/16/1996 2017 2024
26 BelgiumBelgium Dennis Praet 05/14/1994 2018 2024
09 EnglandEngland Jamie Vardy 01/11/1987 2012 2023
13th AlgeriaAlgeria Islam Slimani 06/18/1988 2016 2021
14th NigeriaNigeria Kelechi Iheanacho 10/03/1996 2017 2024
17th SpainSpain Ayoze Perez 07/29/1993 2019 2023
27 MaliMali Fousseni Diabaté 10/18/1995 2018 2022
TurkeyTurkey Cengiz Ünder 07/14/1997 2020 2021

Former players

Gary Lineker scored 95 goals in 194 league games for Leicester City

Leicester City has produced a number of internationally known players, including England goalkeepers Gordon Banks and Peter Shilton, and nationally known strikers Gary Lineker and Emile Heskey , who both played for England.

Manager (trainer)

Under the coach Claudio Ranieri , Leicester City became English champions for the first time in 2016 .
Period Trainer
1919-1926 ScotlandScotland Peter Hodge
1926-1932 ScotlandScotland Willie Orr
1932-1934 ScotlandScotland Peter Hodge
1934-1936 ScotlandScotland Arthur Lochhead
1936-1939 EnglandEngland Frank Womack
1946-1949 ScotlandScotland Johnny Duncan
1949-1955 EnglandEngland Norman Bullock
1955-1958 ScotlandScotland David Halliday
1958-1968 ScotlandScotland Matt Gillies
1968-1971 IrelandIreland Frank O'Farrell
1971-1977 EnglandEngland Jimmy Bloomfield
1977-1988 ScotlandScotland Frank McLintock
1978-1982 EnglandEngland Jock Wallace
1982-1986 EnglandEngland Gordon Milne
1986-1987 Northern IrelandNorthern Ireland Bryan Hamilton
1987-1991 EnglandEngland David Pleat
1991 EnglandEngland Gordon Lee
1991-1994 EnglandEngland Brian Little
1994-1995 ScotlandScotland Mark McGhee
1995-2000 Northern IrelandNorthern Ireland Martin O'Neill
2000-2001 EnglandEngland Peter Taylor
2001-2002 EnglandEngland Dave Bassett
2002-2004 EnglandEngland Micky Adams
2004-2006 ScotlandScotland Craig Levein
2006-2007 EnglandEngland Rob Kelly
2007 EnglandEngland Martin Allen
2007 EnglandEngland Gary Megson
2007-2008 EnglandEngland Ian Holloway
2008-2010 EnglandEngland Nigel Pearson
2010 PortugalPortugal Paulo Sousa
2010-2011 SwedenSweden Sven-Göran Eriksson
2011-2015 EnglandEngland Nigel Pearson
2015-2017 ItalyItaly Claudio Ranieri
2017 EnglandEngland Craig Shakespeare
2017-2019 FranceFrance Claude Puel
2019 EnglandEngland Mike Stowell (interim)
2019– Northern IrelandNorthern Ireland Brendan Rodgers

League affiliation

  • 1891-1894: Midland League
  • 1894-1908: Football League Second Division
  • 1908/09: Football League First Division
  • 1909–1925: Football League Second Division
  • 1925-1935: Football League First Division
  • 1935–1937: Football League Second Division
  • 1937-1939: Football League First Division
  • 1946–1954: Football League Second Division
  • 1954/55: Football League First Division
  • 1955–1957: Football League Second Division
  • 1957-1969: Football League First Division
  • 1969–1971: Football League Second Division
  • 1971–1978: Football League First Division
  • 1978–1980: Football League Second Division
  • 1980/81: Football League First Division
  • 1981–1983: Football League Second Division
  • 1983–1987: Football League First Division
  • 1987-1992: Football League Second Division
  • 1992–1994: Football League First Division
  • 1994/95: Premier League
  • 1995/96: Football League First Division
  • 1996-2002: Premier League
  • 2002/03: Football League First Division
  • 2003/04: Premier League
  • 2004–2008: Football League Championship
  • 2008-2009: Football League One
  • 2009-2014: Football League Championship
  • since 2014: Premier League

European Cup balance sheet

season competition round opponent total To Back
1961/62 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1 round Northern IrelandNorthern Ireland Glenavon FC 7: 2 4: 1 (A) 3: 1 (H)
2nd round Spain 1945Spain Atlético Madrid 1: 3 1: 1 (H) 0: 2 (A)
1997/98 Uefa cup 1 round SpainSpain Atlético Madrid 1: 4 1: 2 (A) 0: 2 (H)
2000/01 Uefa cup 1 round Yugoslavia Socialist Federal RepublicYugoslavia Red Star Belgrade 2: 4 1: 1 (H) 1: 3 (A)
2016/17 UEFA Champions League Group stage BelgiumBelgium Club Bruges 5: 1 3: 0 (A) 2: 1 (H)
PortugalPortugal FC Porto 1: 5 1: 0 (H) 0: 5 (A)
DenmarkDenmark FC Copenhagen 1-0 1: 0 (H) 0: 0 (A)
Round of 16 SpainSpain Sevilla FC 3: 2 1: 2 (A) 2: 0 (H)
Quarter finals SpainSpain Atlético Madrid 1: 2 0: 1 (A) 1: 1 (H)
2020/21 UEFA Europa League Group stage UkraineUkraine Zorya Luhansk 3: 1 3: 0 (H) 0: 1 (A)
GreeceGreece AEK Athens 4: 1 2: 1 (A) 2: 0 (H)
PortugalPortugal Sporting Braga 7: 3 4: 0 (H) 3: 3 (A)
Round of 16 Czech RepublicCzech Republic Slavia Prague 0: 2 0: 0 (A) 0: 2 (H)
Legend: (H) - home game, (A) - away game, (N) - neutral place, (a) - away goal rule , (i. E.) - on penalties , (n. V.) - after extra time

Overall record: 26 games, 11 wins, 6 draws, 9 defeats, 36:30 goals (goal difference +6)

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ History. Leicester City Football Club, accessed May 16, 2021 .
  2. Nigel Pearson sacked by Leicester 'amid fallout over axing of son' following racist Thai orgy video. Daily Mirror , July 1, 2015, accessed April 4, 2016 .
  3. Barclays Premier League - Matchday / Table. kicker-Sportmagazin , April 27, 2016, accessed on April 27, 2016 .
  4. Tottenham gambled away the victory - Leicester are champions - football. In: L'essentiel in German. Retrieved May 2, 2016 .
  5. ^ Claudio Ranieri: Leicester City boss signs new deal after title win. BBC Sport, August 10, 2016, accessed August 10, 2016 .
  6. ^ Leicester City: Club Statement: Leicester City And Claudio Ranieri Part Company . ( lcfc.com [accessed February 25, 2017]).
  7. ^ Accident after Premier League game: Leicester City owner dies in helicopter crash . In: Spiegel Online . October 28, 2018 ( spiegel.de [accessed October 28, 2018]).
  8. Visit to Anne Castroper - friendship between fans: VfL Bochum and Leicester City celebrate together. (No longer available online.) Westline.de, February 16, 2015, archived from the original on April 30, 2016 ; Retrieved April 27, 2016 . Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.westline.de
  9. Squad on the Premier League side