Posted: 5/9/2016
Title: THE HAPPIEST PLACE ON EARTH

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           Move on over The Magic Kingdom in Orlando FL and make way for the City of Leicester in England's East Midlands and home of The Foxes of Leicester City, first time EPL Champions  after 132 years of history and the new HAPPIEST PLACE ON EARTH.

           The whole world seems to be rejoicing over this fairy tale 5,000 to 1 miracle at the King Power Stadium. The brutal 2-2 draw between Chelsea, the defending champions, and pretenders Tottenham Hotspur  at Stamford Bridge was full of excitement, drama and thuggery at Stamford Bridge and meant that The Foxes were champions. Contrast that with the joyful presentation in Leicester as they hosted the hapless Toffees of Everton.  The pre game love-in between manager Claudio Ranieri...his first championship anywhere, and his Puccini inspired Italian mate Andrea Bocelli, the blind tenor who was magnificent.. He started out serenading the fans with NESSUN DORMA, (We shall Sleep') and when the maestro took off his hooded top to reveal a blue City jersey with BOCELLI on the back,  the fans raised the roof and sang along karaoke style.

         In 2006 Vichel Srivaddhanaprabha and his family took Box No. 8 at Stamford Bridge and began their love affair with The Beautiful Game. No. 8 is a lucky numbet.  They own one of the world's biggest duty free businesses and have homes in London and Bangkok and a polo pony  farm in the Berkshire countryside.  Son 'Top', now VP of City is an accomplished polo player and his team are defending Queens Cup and Gold Cup champions.  In August 2011 they bought Leicester City from Milan Mandaric. 

          From the third tier to The Championship and then a record breaking points total took them to The Promised Land of the Barclays EPL. They almost went back down a year ago until a late, late winning spurt, but they were favourites for the drop this season. The full house drank the free Thai beer, plus pizza and special Walkers Salt & Victory bag of crisps.  Bocelli followed up with CON TE PARTIRO ' (Time to Say Goodbye)' and the whole world was thrilled. Expert camera work and production from Sky Sports.  The fans waved the giant blue or white flags that had been handed out, and they were ready for some football.

           The billionaire Chinese-Thai owner Chairman Vichel Srivaddhanaprabha and his eisier to remeber son called 'Top', had been regulars at Box No 8 at Stamford Bridge for many years (a lucky number)  until he bought Leicester City from Milan Mandaric in August 2011.  They own one of the world's biggest duty free companies and besides homes in London and Bangkok they own a stable of polo ponies  in the Berkshire countryside. 'Top' is an accomplished polo player and their team are defending champions of The Queens Cup and Gold Cup.

     The Foxes came up from the third tier of English football to win The Championship with a record points total and join the elite in the Barclays EPL under manager Nigel Pearson.  They were almost demoted a year ago and were rock bottom until they 'escaped' the drop by winning their last eight matches. A post season tour to Thailand a year ago saw Pearson's son James, plus two other players Tom Hopper and Adam Smith involved in a racist sex orgy film. All three had their contracts terminated which eventuall led to manager Pearson leaving.

       A year ago they embarked on a post season tour to Thailand. Pearson's son James and two other players, Tom Hopper and Adam Smith, made a racial sex romp video which made the newspapers and social media. They were all fired and this eventually that led to manager Pearson leaving City.  It was not until July 2015 that Claudio Ranieri, who had been sacked by Greece after losing to Faroe Islands, was hired with the job of keeing them up.

        In May 2012 Jamie Vardy was signed from Fleetwood FC, then a non league club for a record £1 million plus fee. I remember watching him play at the town's Highbury Stadium.  French Algerian Riyan Mahrez was signed from Ligue 2 Le Havre in June 2014 for £400,000.  June 25, 2015 Shinjo Okazak was signed for £7 million plus Robert Huth from Stoke City and Christian Fuchs from Schalke 04.

        The actual match last Saturday was a love fest with Vardy opening the scoring in the 5th minute and a penalty in the 65th with King scoring after 33 minutes. The awards ceremony was also brilliantly presented with captain Wes Morgan received the giantic and heavy trophy from a fan who had won a contest. Then the pitch was flooded by players and management families. Brilliant keeper Kasper Schmeichel and his wife and two young kids were joined by dad Man United legend Peter, who won his first EPL medal at the same age of 29. We have all seen the photos of Peter and pre teen Kasper in United uniforms from years ago.

    If you are not into classical singing from a maestro we always have DILLY DING DILLY DONG. Next season will see Champions League football in the King Power Stadium and hopefully some interesting foreign travels for their faithful fans.

 

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