Leicester City’s Soccer Underdog Story Rivals ‘Miracle on Ice’

LONDON — Britain looks set to witness the final chapter this weekend of an underdog story that arguably outshines even the 1980 “Miracle on Ice.”

Leicester City — a pro soccer team built on a shoestring budget, and hailing from an unfashionable city in central England — can clinch the British Premier League on Sunday with a win over 13-time champions Manchester United.

Before the season began, they were 5,000-to-1 longshots to win the title.

Within this fairy tale, there are remarkable undercurrents: The star goal-scorer who previously worked in a factory after being told he wasn’t good enough; the coach who returned to England after being unceremoniously dumped by a big-money rival; the team that built a title-winning side by spending a fraction of its Arab and Russian-backed challengers.

“The whole season has been absolutely unbelievable,” said 53-year-old Leicester fan Chris Seaton, who attended to his first game in 1974. “I don’t know what I would compare it to, but lots of people are calling it the greatest sporting story ever.”

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