Leicester's Premier League fairytale makes papers worldwide

Tue May 3, 2016 9:17am EDT
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(Reuters) - Leicester City's remarkable Premier League triumph after starting the season as 5,000-1 outsiders to win the title made the pages of the press around the world on Tuesday.

Leicester clinched the English league title for the first time in their 132-year history on Monday night when second-placed Tottenham Hotspur drew with Chelsea, leaving them too far behind the leaders with only two games left to play.

Praise poured in around the world for Leicester, who were on the brink of relegation last season.

France Football led with the news that "Leicester has achieved the impossible," while Germany's Bild said: "Europe's biggest football sensation - Leicester's title miracle is real."

Major U.S. newspaper the New York Times' article, "Leicester City Completes Rise by Clinching Premier League Title," drew attention to their meteoric rise after flirting with a drop to the Championship last year.

The Sydney Morning Herald said in an article "Leicester City's Premier League win much more than a miracle" that the gruelling, "miracle-proof" league schedule makes the team's victory all the more impressive.

Norway paper VG answered the question of "What Does the Fox Say?", a Norwegian number one single by Ylvis, by saying "Cha-Cha-Cha Champions".

The British press reports were no less glowing. From "Zeroes into heroes" (Metro) to "history makers" (Daily Mirror), Claudio Ranieri's men were lauded all round, with the Sun and Daily Star highlighting the end to Leicester's anxious wait with a simple "Blue done it".

The Foxes' dream run was given a Shakespearean touch by the Guardian, who declared the side "Kings of England" with a picture of Richard III, whose bones are buried in Leicester.   Continued...

A man cycles past an advert on a bus stop in Leicester, Britain April 21, 2016. REUTERS/Darren Staples