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Leicester City Football Club is an English professional football club based in Leicester. The club competes in the Premier League, England's top division of football, and plays its home games at the King Power Stadium.

The club was founded in 1884 as Leicester Fosse FC, playing on a field near Fosse Road. They moved to Filbert Street in 1891, were elected to the Football League in 1894 and adopted the name Leicester City in 1919. They moved to the nearby Walkers Stadium in 2002, which was renamed the King Power Stadium in 2011.

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The club's home colours of royal blue shirts, white shorts, and either white or royal blue socks have been used for the team's kits throughout most of its history.

An image of a fox was first incorporated into the club crest in 1948, as Leicestershire is known for foxes and fox hunting. This is the origin of the nickname "The Foxes". 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.

Some Leicester fans consider Nottingham Forest to be their main rivals. The club's other rivals are Derby County. An East Midlands Derby is any match involving two of these three clubs.

Leicester also have a rivalry with Coventry City, 24 miles away. The game between the two clubs has become known as the M69 derby, named after the M69 motorway which connects the two cities together.

  • First Division / Premier Leagues: 2015–16
  • Second Division / Football League Championship: 1924–25, 1936–37, 1953–54, 1956–57, 1970–71, 1979–80, 2013–14. Play-off winners: 1993–94, 1995–96
  • Football League One (Third tier): 2008–09
  • Football League Cup: 1963–64, 1996–97, 1999–2000
  • FA Charity Shield / FA Community Shield: 1971
  • War League South: 1942
  • Football League War Cup: 1941
  • Leicester won the 2015–16 Premier League, their first top-level football championship. They are one of only six clubs to have won the Premier League since its inception in 1992. A number of newspapers described their title win as the greatest sporting shock ever, considering at the start of the season they were favourites to face relegation.
  • Jamie Vardy broke the Premier League record for scoring 13 goals in 11 consecutive league games, in the 2015–16 Premier League season. Vardy is also the ninth player to score 20 top-flight goals in a season. Vardy's goal at Sunderland on 10 April 2016 saw him become the first player since Gary Lineker in 1984–85 to score 20 top flight goals for the club, having already become Leicester's highest Premier League scorer in a single season.
  • The record transfer fee paid by Leicester for a player was around £29 million for Sporting CP striker Islam Slimani.
  • The highest transfer fee received for a Leicester player was approximately £60 million from Manchester City for midfielder Riyad Mahrez.
  • The club's record attendance is 47,298 against Tottenham Hotspur at Filbert Street, in a fifth round FA Cup clash in 1928.
  • 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.
  • The highest ever attendance for a non-competitive football match of 32,188, was seen at a pre-season friendly against Spanish giants Real Madrid on 30 July 2011.
  • Leicester's highest ever league finish is first in the Premier League in 2015–16.
  • Their lowest ever league finish was first in League One in 2008–09.
  • Leicester are joint equal with Manchester City for having won the most English second tier titles.
  • The club has reached four FA Cup finals, yet lost them all. This is the record for the most FA Cup final appearances without winning the trophy.
  • Leicester's longest ever unbeaten run in the league was between 1 November 2008 and 7 March 2009, to which they remained unbeaten for 23 games on their way to the League One title. (This was their only ever season in the third tier of English football).
  • Their longest run of consecutive victories in the league is nine, which they achieved between 21 December 2013 and 1 February 2014 (in the Championship).
  • In the 2015–16 season, Leicester won what The Daily Telegraph described as "one of the most astonishing league titles of all-time" and achieved many new historical, club records. They had the fewest away defeats in any top-flight season, as they were defeated only twice on their travels. They also recorded the fewest losses in any of the club's Premier League seasons, losing just three matches throughout their entire campaign. 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. Coincidentally, they kept a record of five-straight clean sheets all set against each of the same five opponents. The King Power Stadium home crowd in 2015–16 saw City beaten just once in the Premier League all season.
  • Leicester made their UEFA Champions League debut in the 2016–17 season, their fourth appearance in European football.
  • The club became the third English team to win on their Champions League debut, after Manchester United in 1994 and Newcastle United in 1997.
  • They are also the first English team to win away on their Champions League debut, and win all three of their opening games in the competition.
  • They are the first team in Champions League history to keep clean sheets in each of their opening four games in the competition.
  • In the club's 2015–16 Premier League title winning season, between September 2015 and November 2016 the team went 20 league games unbeaten at home. The stint was ended by West Bromwich Albion on 6 November 2016 in a 1–2 defeat.
  • In March 2017, the club became the 50th team to reach the Champions League quarter-finals.
  • Gary Winston Lineker OBE (born 30 November 1960) is an English former professional footballer and current sports broadcaster. He holds England's record for goals in FIFA World Cup finals, with 10 scored. Lineker began his football career at Leicester City in 1978, and finished as the First Division's joint top goal scorer in 1984–85. He then moved to League Champions Everton where he developed as a clinical finisher, scoring 30 goals in 41 games. Lineker made his England debut in 1984, earning 80 caps and scoring 48 goals over an eight-year international career, and is England's third highest scorer, behind Bobby Charlton and Wayne Rooney. A keen supporter of Leicester City, he led a consortium that invested in his old club, saving it from bankruptcy, and was appointed honorary vice-president.

  • Jamie Richard Vardy (born 11 January 1987) is an English professional footballer who plays as a striker for Premier League club Leicester City and the England national team. After being released by Sheffield Wednesday at the age of sixteen, Vardy began his senior career with Stocksbridge Park Steels, breaking into the first team in 2007 and spending three seasons before joining Northern Premier League club F.C. Halifax Town in 2010. In May 2012, Vardy signed for Leicester City in the Championship for a non-League record transfer fee of £1 million, and helped the team win the Championship in 2014. In the 2015–16 Premier League season, he scored in eleven consecutive Premier League matches, breaking Ruud van Nistelrooy's record, and was voted the Premier League Player of the Season and FWA Footballer of the Year as outsiders Leicester won the title.



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