The Immortals is the fairy-tale account of Leicester City, who rose from the very bottom of the English Premier Leaguethe world’s toughest soccer leagueto triumph against all odds (5,0001) and finish as champions.
Ending up in League One (third level) for the first time in 200809, the team stormed through the season to win the league and was promoted back up to the League Championship (second league). After four seasons as a middle-of-the-pack team, Leicester won the league in 201314, being promoted to the EPL for the first time in a decade. After a strong start the following season, the team quickly faded and looked to be facing relegation. But after winning seven out of their last nine games, they avoided the demotion and finished in fourteenth place.
Under the calm and wise management of Claudio Ranieriwho was named as manager to start the 201516 seasonthe East Midlands club stunned football supporters by winning despite not having a recognizable superstar on the team.
With massive team spirit and a never-say-die attitude, the team kept Tottenham, Arsenal, and Manchester City at bay to secure their first ever Premier League trophy in their 132-year history. In the process, journeyman players such as Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez, N’Golo Kante, and Kasper Schmeichel became household names and added to the team’s growing lore.
Written by legendary soccer writer Harry Harris, with seventy-six books to his name, The Immortals is a must-read for all fans of the sport, as well as those who adopted Leicester City and the Foxes during their dramatic run.
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About the Author
Harry Harris is considered one of the most prolific writers of bestselling soccer books of his generation. He has won multiple awards throughout his career, including Sports Story of the Year (twice) and the British Variety Club of Great Britain Silver Heart for “Contribution to Sports Journalism,” and he was named the British Sports Journalist of the Year (twice). Harris is the author of more than seventy-five books, including Pele: His Life and Times and All the Way Jose. He lives in London, England.
Gordon Taylor, OBE, is the chief executive of the Professional Footballers’ Association. A former winger for Bolton, Birmingham, Blackburn, and Bury, Taylor was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 2008 New Year Honors.
Richard Bevan is the chief executive of the League Managers Association since 2007, in which the LMA represents the opinions and interests of the managers of ninety-two separate club teams. Bevan is also a trustee of the Team England Player Partnership, and has been since 1998.
Table of Contents
Foreword Gordon Taylor 3
Foreword Richard Sevan 4
Chapter 1 The Immortals 17
Chapter 2 July 2015 17
Chapter 3 August 2015 25
Chapter 4 September 2015 36
Chapter 5 October 2015 41
Chapter 6 November 2015 46
Chapter 7 December 2015 55
Chapter 8 January 2016 66
Chapter 9 February 2016 78
Chapter 10 March 2016 92
Chapter 11 April 2016 116
Chapter 12 May 2016 186
Chapter 13 2015-16 Season Results & Stats 244