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Leicester defeat Porto on glorious European night

Leicester City 1:0 FC Porto

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Leicester became the first English club to win their first two Champions League games on Tuesday night, with a 1-0 win against Porto thanks to a 26th minute Islam Slimani header…

The City fans headed to what was known for the night as ‘Leicester City Stadium’ under an appropriately dramatic sunset, as the club hosted its first ever Champions League game against the twice-European champions from Portugal.

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The side that lined up for the Champions League anthem saw two changes to the the starting XI at Old Trafford, with Schmeichel returning from injury and Hernández in for Simpson.
There was an early scare for City in the 3rd minute when Torres lobbed a ball forward to send Silva through and, although he beat the advancing Schmeichel to the ball, his first time effort towards an empty goal went wide.
However, City soon got a grip on proceedings and a spell of pressure followed with long throws from both Fuchs and Hernández, and a Mahrez corner testing the Porto defence.
Slimani then got a back header to an Albrighton freekick, but Casillas was well placed to save.

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There followed a fractious period in which the ref went card happy. Silva and Otavio  were booked for protesting a free-kick and then Vardy saw yellow for pushing Otavio in the wall, though hardly enough for him to fall flat on his face as he did.
After all the preamble Mahrez then sent his freekick straight into the wall.
But two minutes later City took the lead. Albrighton sent Mahrez in on the right with a fine pass,  and Porto didn’t have time to assign the usual three men to him. Mahrez’s cross eluded Vardy’s head at the near post, but Slimani stooped ahead of Felipe to head past Casillas from close in to the delight of the home crowd.

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City enjoyed another strong attacking spell, with Vardy flashing a cross over that was just too far ahead of Mahrez.
Slimani was then booked for a clumsy challenge and Porto appeared to change tactics at this point, throwing themselves to the ground whenever possible to break up play and try and induce more cards from the ref.
Porto’s best chance of the half came in the 36th minute when Layun curled a 25 yard freekick two inches wide of the left hand post.
Layun then hit the deck in an attempt to earn Slimani a second yellow, but thankfully the ref didn’t oblige.
Turkish referee Cakir then whistled a halt to the first half as Porto were about to take a corner and was surrounded by angry yellow shirts all the way to the tunnel.
Porto were rattled.

City started the second half well, putting pressure on  Casillas, and Danilo picked up the first booking after the break for a high kick that caught Slimani in the face.
A weak headed clearance from Morgan led to a Huth foul but Tells freekick sailed into the Family Stand.
A long-range Mahrez effort was tipped round the post by Casillas and then Mahrez and Drinkwater had fierce efforts blocked.

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As the half wore on City began to look a bit heavy-legged as Porto began to perform and the lead suddenly looked very slender. Substitute Jota fired a shot straight at Schmeichel while Filpe sent a header over. Schmeichel then got down well to a Herrera half-volley from outside the area as the pressure increased.
City were opened up by a Corona ball to Silva but his first touch deserted him at the vital moment.
With five minutes remaining there was another big let off for City when Corona met a Huth clearance on the volley but his shot took a slight deflection off Albrighton and smashed against the right hand post.
King, Gray and Musa replaced Slimani, Mahrez and Gray in separate substitutions to introduce fresh legs and eat up time, but there were still a few nervy moments around City’s goal with Huth especially putting in an immense display as Porto kept knocking on the door to the end.
The final whistle was a huge relief and saw City top of Group G with maximum points from the first two games.

Claudio Ranieri commented on an unforgettable and historic night: “We showed a very good attitude, character and personality during all of the match. Also during the last minutes when Porto tried to equalise, we were very calm, very attentive and closed all of the space. I am very happy. It’s the first Champions League match after 132 years for Leicester. Our fans gave us a lot of energy. It’s fantastic. All the matches they push behind us.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, Hernández, Huth, Morgan, Fuchs, Drinkwater, Amartey, Mahrez (Gray 88), Albrighton, Slimani (King 82), Vardy (Musa 90). Subs Not Used: Zieler, Simpson, Schlupp, Okazaki.
Porto: Casillas, Marcano, Silva, Lopez (Jota 63), Telles, Andre (Herrera 63), Layun, Danilo, Otavio, Felipe, Torres (Corona 77). Subs Not Used: Sa, Boly, Neves, Deportee.

Referee: C Cakir. Attendance: 31,805.

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber
———————————————

The FOX Summer Special 2016 is a 44 page, all-colour celebration of football’s greatest ever story… Leicester City’s Premier League title win of 2015-16…

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Here’s what people are saying about it… (and we haven’t made it up).

* “Page after page of smiles… fantastic.”

* “Every City fan should have one – it’s just amazing – I’ve not stopped smiling – and wishing it would happen again.”

* “Hard to think of £3 better spent in my life. “

* “It is a thing of beauty. “

* “Get one quick!! It’s brilliant!!!……Thanks Gary and Co.”

* “It’s the best issue ever – and I’ve been buying it for 25 years. Awesome stuff!”

* “Just got in and reading it, blubbing at your comment in the editorial about how your perception of life has altered, spot on. And the bit in 50 Something where it shows the framed photo of his Dad, max emosh, well played sirs.”

* “Summer Special is superb! Got something in my bloody eye again!!”

* “It will go in my souvenir box file, along with the Champions clapper, Vardy salted crisps and all the other gubbins that will forever convey a touch of immortality.”

——————————–

To get your copy you can pay online via Paypal.

Either subscribe to The FOX for the 2016-17 season HERE. (UK price)

Or you can just buy the Summer Special for £3 plus p&p on its own HERE. (UK Price)

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If you wish to purchase our commemorative set of cards then please make an additional payment of £3.95 HERE.

These are UK postal prices, for overseas prices please email:garysilke@sky.com 

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Leicester dismantled at Old Trafford

Manchester United 4:1 Leicester City

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A first half defensive horror show for City saw them trail 4-0 at half time at Old Trafford on Saturday…

Claudio Ranieri retained the same side that beat Burnley in the previous league game, though the team news was dominated by the fact that Jose Mourinho had dropped Wayne Rooney.
United enjoyed a good opening spell, probing at City’s defence without finding an opening, but then City had a good few minutes of their own.
A well worked corner saw Drinkwater teed up on the edge of the area. His shot, and then Amartey’s follow up were both blocked, before Huth fired well high and wide from a narrow angle.

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But City went a goal down in the 22nd minute. A Blind corner from the left was nodded in by Smalling who was barely marked at the far post.
If that goal had been against the run of play, the rest of the half was all United.
Ibrahimovic sent Rashford in on the right but the youngster miscued his shot.
Ibrahimovic then cut through the defence, took a ball from Pogba on his chest, but then fired over with the goal at his mercy.
City were now looking fragile at the back and Zieler had to move smartly to tip a 30 yarder from Pogba round the post.
A second looked almost inevitable for United, and it came in the 37th minute when Lingard set up Mata in the area and he steered home a precise half-volley.
Three minutes later City’s afternoon got worse when they were caught napping by a quickly taken Blind corner. Mata, completely unmarked at the near post, squared for Rashford to net from close in.
Two minutes after that it was 4-0 was City conceded their third goal from a left-sided corner, this time Pogba easily rose above Fuchs and directed a neat header beyond Zieler for his first United goal.
A shell-shocked City were pleased to hear the half-time whistle.

Fortunately the rout did not continue after the break, with Ranieri making changes that both rested his star players for Tuesday night, and tightened things up for damage limitation – King and Gray replacing Vardy and Mahrez.

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There were few incidents in a subdued second half, though City fans had something to cheer on the hour. Gray  looked to be well marked on the left, but cut inside Lingard and launched a superb long range shot across De Gea and into the far corner.
With Schlupp on for Albrighton, City pressed forward in search of a second goal.
It should have arrived in the 68th minute, when a Schlupp cutback found King in space, but he sent a tame shot straight at De Gea.
Gray then tried a repeat of his goal but this time De Gea clawed it away.
The match petered out with the result a forgone conclusion before half-time.
City showed some character to ‘win’ the second half, but the inability to defend corners needs to be addressed very quickly.

Claudio Ranieri commented: “It’s not possible to concede three goals from a corner, that means you are not concentrating, and that’s it, the match was gone in the first half. We are very solid on corners and free-kicks, it is very difficult to score against us, but today it was very, very strange for us.”

United: De Gea, Bailly, Pogba, Mata (Young 87), Ibrahimovic, Smalling, Lingard (Carrick 78), Blind, Rashford (Rooney 83), Herrera, Valencia. Subs Not Used: Rojo, Romero, Fosu-Mensah, Fellaini.
Leicester: Zieler, Simpson, Huth, Morgan, Fuchs, Drinkwater, Amartey, Mahrez (King 46), Albrighton (Schlupp 62), Vardy (Gray 46), Slimani. Subs Not Used: Hamer, Hernández, Ulloa, Okazaki.

Referee: M Dean. Attendance: 75,256.

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber
———————————————

The FOX Summer Special 2016 is a 44 page, all-colour celebration of football’s greatest ever story… Leicester City’s Premier League title win of 2015-16…

ss 2016

Here’s what people are saying about it… (and we haven’t made it up).

* “Page after page of smiles… fantastic.”

* “Every City fan should have one – it’s just amazing – I’ve not stopped smiling – and wishing it would happen again.”

* “Hard to think of £3 better spent in my life. “

* “It is a thing of beauty. “

* “Get one quick!! It’s brilliant!!!……Thanks Gary and Co.”

* “It’s the best issue ever – and I’ve been buying it for 25 years. Awesome stuff!”

* “Just got in and reading it, blubbing at your comment in the editorial about how your perception of life has altered, spot on. And the bit in 50 Something where it shows the framed photo of his Dad, max emosh, well played sirs.”

* “Summer Special is superb! Got something in my bloody eye again!!”

* “It will go in my souvenir box file, along with the Champions clapper, Vardy salted crisps and all the other gubbins that will forever convey a touch of immortality.”

——————————–

To get your copy you can pay online via Paypal.

Either subscribe to The FOX for the 2016-17 season HERE. (UK price)

Or you can just buy the Summer Special for £3 plus p&p on its own HERE. (UK Price)

champs stickers 2016

If you wish to purchase our commemorative set of cards then please make an additional payment of £3.95 HERE.

These are UK postal prices, for overseas prices please email:garysilke@sky.com 

 

 

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Leicester fall at the first after Chelsea comback

Leicester City 2:4 Chelsea

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A two goal lead against Chelsea wasn’t enough to see City into the next round of the League Cup on Tuesday night at the KPS…

Claudio Ranieri made 7 changes to his starting line-up for this third round tie with only Zieler, Simpson, Morgan and Drinkwater retaining their places.
Chelsea also started with four player from their last outing and were on the front foot in the early stages. They had the ball in the net in the 4th minute but Pedro fell foul of a tight offside decision.
Chelsea then had a penalty appeal turned down when Wasilewski appeared to handle a Pedro cross, with City looking stretched.
After a quarter of an hour City’s first opportunity came when a Cahill error saw Musa charging towards goal, but the defender managed to recover for a face-saving challenge.
For all Chelsea’s early pressure, it was City who took a 17th minute lead.
A Musa cross wasn’t dealt with by the visitors defence and Okazaki stole in at the right hand post to nod the ball home.

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City were running the show now and doubled their lead in the 34th minute. Okazaki struck again from the same place, this time with a clever finish, struck downwards and over Begovic.
Gray then went close with a rasping shot, but some of the good work was undone when Chelsea pulled a goal back just before the half-time whistle. Cahill headed home a Fabregas corner, the ball over the line before Drinkwater’s clearance rebounded in off Luiz.

Four minutes into the second half Chelsea were level when a half clearance fell for Azpilicueta, who lashed an unstoppable volley into the top  right hand corner.
As City pressed to regain their lead there were loud penalty appeals when Gray went over after an Azpilicueta challenge, but referee Bobby Madley waved play on.

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The game changed in the 67th minute when Antonio Conte brought Costa on, and he put himself about as only Costa can.
He soon had a golden chance, putting a shot beyond Zieler but also the post.
City then missed a couple of great chances of their own. The first saw Musa in on goal after a Luiz mistake, but Begovic produced a fine save to deny his lofted effort. The second saw King plant a header wide at the far post when it looked easier to score.
Claudio Ranieri made his first changes in the 75th minute,  bringing on Ulloa for Okazaki, and Vardy for Musa.
Costa then breached the centre of City’s defence but Zieler produced a good save.
The German keeper then denied an increasingly dangerous looking Costa with a double save moments later.
With extra-time looming City were reduced to ten men after a reckless barge by  Wasilewski on Costa. It was the Pole’s second yellow and City were now up against it.

The extra-time that no one wanted was made more annoying when a great move ended with a Fabregas goal two minutes after the restart.
It was then game over when Febregas made it 4-2 with another excellent strike two minutes later.
The rest of extra-time was played at a pedestrian pace, with both sides knowing that Chelsea were in the fourth round.

Although it was disappointing to lose after being two goals ahead, no one will mourn this extra burden on the fixture list for too long.

Leicester: Zieler, Simpson, Wasilewski, Morgan, Chilwell, Drinkwater, King, Gray (Amartey 90), Schlupp, Musa (Vardy 76), Okazaki (Ulloa 75). Subs Not Used: Hamer, Benalouane, Mahrez, Kapustka.
Chelsea: Begovic, Alonso, Fabregas, Pedro (Hazard 89), Loftus-Cheek (Costa 67), Moses, Matic, Batshuayi (Chalobah 80), Cahill, Azpilicueta, Luiz. Subs Not Used: Kante, Courtois, Willian, Aina.

Referee: R Madley. Attendance: 29,899.

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber
———————————————

The FOX Summer Special 2016 is a 44 page, all-colour celebration of football’s greatest ever story… Leicester City’s Premier League title win of 2015-16…

ss 2016

Here’s what people are saying about it… (and we haven’t made it up).

* “Page after page of smiles… fantastic.”

* “Every City fan should have one – it’s just amazing – I’ve not stopped smiling – and wishing it would happen again.”

* “Hard to think of £3 better spent in my life. “

* “It is a thing of beauty. “

* “Get one quick!! It’s brilliant!!!……Thanks Gary and Co.”

* “It’s the best issue ever – and I’ve been buying it for 25 years. Awesome stuff!”

* “Just got in and reading it, blubbing at your comment in the editorial about how your perception of life has altered, spot on. And the bit in 50 Something where it shows the framed photo of his Dad, max emosh, well played sirs.”

* “Summer Special is superb! Got something in my bloody eye again!!”

* “It will go in my souvenir box file, along with the Champions clapper, Vardy salted crisps and all the other gubbins that will forever convey a touch of immortality.”

——————————–

To get your copy you can pay online via Paypal.

Either subscribe to The FOX for the 2016-17 season HERE. (UK price)

Or you can just buy the Summer Special for £3 plus p&p on its own HERE. (UK Price)

champs stickers 2016

If you wish to purchase our commemorative set of cards then please make an additional payment of £3.95 HERE.

These are UK postal prices, for overseas prices please email:garysilke@sky.com 

 

 

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Slimani double as Leicester bury Burnley

Leicester City 3:0 Burnley

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City looked to be back to last season’s form with a convincing 3-0 win at home to Burnley on Saturday, with Islam Slimani scoring twice on his Premier League debut…

Claudio Ranieri made two changes to the side that started in Bruges, with Zieler in for Schmeichel (who had suffered concussion in training), and Simpson reclaiming the right-back berth.
Although City were in control of the game for long periods, the challenge was to get through a well organised Burnley defence.
There were early half chances for Albrighton and Vardy, before Mahrez went on a superb run down the right and cut in only to be denied by Heaton’s knee.
For all City’s dominance it was the Clarets who should have taken a 36th minute lead when an unmarked Defour had the goal at his mercy but directed his downward header straight into the arms of Zieler.
City turned up the heat towards the break. Fuchs found Mahrez with a cross from the left, but his header went narrowly wide of the post.
Then Vardy fed Slimani, in a new partnership that you could see clicking into gear, but the Algerian’s shot went straight at Heaton.
Just when it looked as though the teams would go down the tunnel on level terms, City took the lead in time added on.
Albrighton was fouled by Lowton on the left, Fuchs delivered a superb free-kick into the area and Slimani evaded his marker before sending a thumping header past Heaton.

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Sean Dyche’s side were to suffer another setback just two minutes after the restart.
The marauding Mahrez, in frightening form, delivered a cross from the right and Vardy produced a clever back-heeled flick to set up Slimani for another headed goal.
City, now in irresistible form pressed forward in search of a third.
Albrighton forced a save from Heaton and Mahrez had a shot deflected over.
City players were queuing up to fire in shots from the resulting corner with Mahrez, Armetey and Fuchs all having shots blocked or deflected.

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The third goal arrived in the 78th minute. Mahrez waltzed round Ward down the right and former-City defender Mee jabbed the cross into his own net at the near post.
With the game won, the under-employed Zieler then had to work to preserve City’s clean sheet. A deflected Berg-Gudmundsson free-kick saw the German keeper having to making a quick change of direction to save.

A week that had not started well at Liverpool ended with a second consecutive 3-0 win and a performance that suggested that City will be a force to be reckoned with once again this season.
Claudio Ranieri was pleased with his new striker: “It was good for Slimani and good for everyone. It was a very good performance but he also linked very well with his team-mates. Very well. He pressed so hard during all the match. We brought him for all these characteristics.”

Leicester: Zieler, Simpson, Huth, Morgan, Fuchs, Drinkwater (King 78), Amartey, Albrighton, Mahrez (Gray 85), Slimani, Vardy. Subs Not Used: Hamer, Hernández, Musa, Okazaki, Ulloa.
Burnley: Heaton, Lowton, Keane, Mee, Gray, Marney, Hendrick, Defour (Vokes 64), Boyd, Ward, Arfield (Berg-Gudmundsson 57). Subs Not Used: Flanagan, Kightly, Bamford, Robinson, Tarkowski.

Referee: Anthony Taylor. Attendance: 31,916.

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber
———————————————

The FOX Summer Special 2016 is a 44 page, all-colour celebration of football’s greatest ever story… Leicester City’s Premier League title win of 2015-16…

ss 2016

Here’s what people are saying about it… (and we haven’t made it up).

* “Page after page of smiles… fantastic.”

* “Every City fan should have one – it’s just amazing – I’ve not stopped smiling – and wishing it would happen again.”

* “Hard to think of £3 better spent in my life. “

* “It is a thing of beauty. “

* “Get one quick!! It’s brilliant!!!……Thanks Gary and Co.”

* “It’s the best issue ever – and I’ve been buying it for 25 years. Awesome stuff!”

* “Just got in and reading it, blubbing at your comment in the editorial about how your perception of life has altered, spot on. And the bit in 50 Something where it shows the framed photo of his Dad, max emosh, well played sirs.”

* “Summer Special is superb! Got something in my bloody eye again!!”

* “It will go in my souvenir box file, along with the Champions clapper, Vardy salted crisps and all the other gubbins that will forever convey a touch of immortality.”

——————————–

To get your copy you can pay online via Paypal.

Either subscribe to The FOX for the 2016-17 season HERE. (UK price)

Or you can just buy the Summer Special for £3 plus p&p on its own HERE. (UK Price)

champs stickers 2016

If you wish to purchase our commemorative set of cards then please make an additional payment of £3.95 HERE.

These are UK postal prices, for overseas prices please email:garysilke@sky.com 

 

 

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Spectacular Champions League debut for Leicester in Bruges

Club Brugge 0:3 Leicester City

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City kicked off their first ever Champions League campaign in fantastic style, beating Club Brugge 3-0 on Wednesday night at the Jan Breydel Stadium.

Thousands of City fans had descended on beautiful Bruges on a burning hot afternoon, and it was a shame that so many couldn’t get into a ground that was some 9,000 under capacity for such a landmark game in the club’s history.

Claudio Ranieri made two changes to his side with Slimani making his debut in place of Okazaki, and Hernández in for the injured Simpson.
The City boss revealed: “I said to the players when you hear the Champions League music it charges the battery and makes you fight.” and this turned out to be the case, after an early scare.
In the 3rd minute Vanaken sent a ball between Huth and Morgan,to Izquierdo who was one on one with Schmeichel but sent his shot narrowly wide.
Two minutes later it was City who went ahead: Butelle came out to claim a long throw from Hernandez on the right, but Vanaken’s slight touch with his head took the keeper out of the equation and Albrighton was beautifully placed to finish from close in.
Albrighton’s face was a picture as he celebrated scoring City first ever Champions League goal.
Having had a poor start to the season this seemed to knock the Belgian champions’ confidence. City dealt fairly comfortably with their attempts to level matters, while Morgan sent a header over the bar from a corner.
The highly fortified away corner was then in raptures as City extended their lead in the 29th minute. Simons brought down Vardy twenty yards out and Mahrez stepped up to deliver a perfect free-kick that had both curve and pace to beat Butelle and find the top left hand corner.

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Brugge were struggling to cope with Vardy, and Engels became the next player to go into the book for fouling him. Drinkwater’s 30 yard free-kick was on target, but straight at Butelle.
Moments later Drinkwater had another crack, connecting well with a half cleared corner, but this time the ball went a foot over the bar.

Neither side made a change at the break but Brugge were soon forced into one when Engels suffered a dislocated shoulder after a shove from Slimani that earned him a booking.
City then put the game beyond doubt with a third goal on the hour. Vardy pounced on a defensive error and charged through on goal, only to be brought crashing down by Butelle.
The keeper was booked and Mahrez didn’t seem to have let recent spot-kick misses affect his confidence, firing home his second of the game.

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With the game won, Ranieri began to withdraw players with thoughts of Burnley on Saturday, Slimani and Vardy making way for Ulloa and Musa.
Brugge enjoyed a decent spell which saw Izquierdo, beating Hernandez and firing in a shot that beat Schmeichel but not the foot of the far post.
Huth got his head to another Hernandez long throw but his effort was too close to Butelle, before a rampaging run from Musa almost set up Mahrez.
Mahrez then made way for Gray, receiving a great ovation on his exit, after an indifferent start to the domestic season he had stepped up on the European stage.
Huth sent a header wide, and Gray fired over after a good run before the ref brought an end to Brugge’s misery.

This was City’s first win in Europe in 55 years, but Claudio Ranieri’s caution echoed that of last season: “We’ve just played the first match; there’s another five to go. We have taken confidence. But let’s stay calm. It wasn’t easy. If they’d scored early it would have changed the match.”
The fans were in dreamland however, and after the long walk back into town the party was just beginning…

Brugge: Butelle, Van Rhijn, Simons, Engels (Poulain 53), Diaby (Vossen 62), Izquierdo (Gedoz 76), Pina, Vanaken, Densweil, Vormer, De Bock. Subs Not Used: Bruzzese, Claudemir, Cools, Bolingoli.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Hernández, Huth, Morgan, Fuchs, Drinkwater, Amartey, Mahrez (Gray 81), Albrighton, Slimani (Ulloa 62), Vardy (Musa 70). Subs Not Used: Zieler, Chilwell, Wasilewski, King.

Referee: T Sidiropoulos. Attendance: 20,970. 

———————————————

The FOX Summer Special 2016 is a 44 page, all-colour celebration of football’s greatest ever story… Leicester City’s Premier League title win of 2015-16…

ss 2016

Here’s what people are saying about it… (and we haven’t made it up).

* “Page after page of smiles… fantastic.”

* “Every City fan should have one – it’s just amazing – I’ve not stopped smiling – and wishing it would happen again.”

* “Hard to think of £3 better spent in my life. “

* “It is a thing of beauty. “

* “Get one quick!! It’s brilliant!!!……Thanks Gary and Co.”

* “It’s the best issue ever – and I’ve been buying it for 25 years. Awesome stuff!”

* “Just got in and reading it, blubbing at your comment in the editorial about how your perception of life has altered, spot on. And the bit in 50 Something where it shows the framed photo of his Dad, max emosh, well played sirs.”

* “Summer Special is superb! Got something in my bloody eye again!!”

* “It will go in my souvenir box file, along with the Champions clapper, Vardy salted crisps and all the other gubbins that will forever convey a touch of immortality.”

——————————–

To get your copy you can pay online via Paypal.

Either subscribe to The FOX for the 2016-17 season HERE. (UK price)

Or you can just buy the Summer Special for £3 plus p&p on its own HERE. (UK Price)

champs stickers 2016

If you wish to purchase our commemorative set of cards then please make an additional payment of £3.95 HERE.

These are UK postal prices, for overseas prices please email:garysilke@sky.com 

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Champions Leicester humbled at Anfield

Liverpool 4:1 Leicester City

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City were outplayed by Liverpool, suffering a 4-1 defeat at a new look Anfield on Saturday evening…

Claudio Ranieri names an unchanged starting line-up from the Swansea win, with Schmeichel having recovered from his hernia op and new record signing Slimani not yet featuring in the squad.
With the new main stand opened, this was Anfield’s biggest attendance since the late 70s, but City began the game on the front foot attacking the Kop end and winning a couple of early corners. The early spell of pressure ended with Okazaki firing a chance over the bar, and then the home side got a grip on the game that they rarely loosened for the remainder of the evening.
A series of slick passing moves left City’s back-line looking stretched and Liverpool were ahead by the 13th minute. Milner set up Firmino on the edge of the area and he neatly side-stepped the defence before firing  a low shot past Schmeichel.
The City defence were carved up again with another great display of passing and movement, but Schmeichel produced a good save to deny Sturridge.
Another moment of high quality saw the Reds go 2-0 up on the half hour – Firmino sent Sturridge in down the right, and a superb back-heel found Mane in the middle, the former Southampton man beating Schmeichel from close in.
Five minutes later City suffered another setback when Simpson had to go off, replaced by Hernandez.
However, three minutes after this change City were gifted a goal and were back in contention. Mignolet played a short ball out to Lucas, who tried to return it but presented it to Okazaki. Lucas’s challenge then saw the ball squared for an unmarked Vardy who had only to sidefoot it into an unguarded goal.
Lifted by this fortune, City went close to an equaliser before the break. Huth got his head to a long throw from Hernandez, but found the top of the crossbar.

City began the second half with Musa on for Okazaki and he had an early shot blocked by Matip. From the resulting corner Mignolet collided with Huth and suffered a nosebleed, which led to a long saga of three separate treatments from two physios.
Schmeichel then produced a fine save from a Sturridge effort in the 56th minute, but could do nothing about a Lallana rocket into the top left hand corner moments later.
City soon had a chance to reduce the deficit again, but Mignolet somehow managed to block a Vardy shot from close in.
After a couple of Liverpool moves were halted by the linesman’s flag, Huth nodded narrowly wide and Drinkwater had a fierce shot deflected for a corner.
Another fine Liverpool move ended with Henderson sending a shot sailing high into the Kop, but they were to increase their lead with a minute remaining.
With City pressing forward, Henderson’s long ball sent Mane racing down the left. Schmeichel was 40 yards out of his goal and failed to tackle him; Mane squared for the Firmino who picked his spot past back-pedalling blue shirts for his second goal and Liverpool’s fourth.

It was a comprehensive defeat for City, who looked way off the pace of last season’s performances, and now face the club’s first ever Champions league fixture on Wednesday.

Liverpool: Mignolet, Clyne, Matip, Milner, Wijnaldum (Stewart 76), Henderson, Lallana, Leiva, Mane (Moreno 90), Firmino, Sturridge (Coutinho 76). Subs Not Used: Karius, Grujic, Klavan, Origi.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson (Hernández 34), Huth, Morgan, Fuchs, Drinkwater, Amartey, Albrighton (Ulloa 65), Mahrez, Okazaki (Musa 46), Vardy. Subs Not Used: Zieler, Chilwell, King, Gray.
Referee: C Pawson. Attendance: 51,232.

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* “Page after page of smiles… fantastic.”

* “Every City fan should have one – it’s just amazing – I’ve not stopped smiling – and wishing it would happen again.”

* “Hard to think of £3 better spent in my life. “

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Mixed fortunes for Leicester’s internationals

Riyad Mahrez was the most successful of City’s internationals over the weekend, getting two goals in Algeria’s 6-0 win over Lesotho in the Africa Cup of Nations…

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His first was a stunning free-kick from 25 yards, which you can watch here.
City’s new record signing Islam Slimani also came on as sub and provided an assist.

Also on the scoresheet was Bartosz Kapustka who netted for Poland in their 2018 World Cup qualifying 2-2 draw with Kazakhstan at the Astana Arena.

Sadly, neither Jamie Vardy or Danny Drinkwater made it onto the field in Sam Allardyce’s first game in charge of England. An unimpressive performance eventually saw a late victory over 10-men Slovakia at the City Arena in Trnava.

On Saturday: Ahmed Musa played for Nigeria in their 1-0 win over Tanzania in the Africa Cup of Nations; Daniel Amartey was in the Ghana side that drew 1-1 with Rwanda; and Wes Morgan played in Jamaica’s 2-0 against Panama in a World Cup qualifier.

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The FOX Summer Special 2016 is a 44 page, all-colour celebration of football’s greatest ever story… Leicester City’s Premier League title win of 2015-16…

ss 2016

Here’s what people are saying about it… (and we haven’t made it up).

* “Page after page of smiles… fantastic.”

* “Every City fan should have one – it’s just amazing – I’ve not stopped smiling – and wishing it would happen again.”

* “Hard to think of £3 better spent in my life. “

* “It is a thing of beauty. “

* “Get one quick!! It’s brilliant!!!……Thanks Gary and Co.”

* “It’s the best issue ever – and I’ve been buying it for 25 years. Awesome stuff!”

* “Just got in and reading it, blubbing at your comment in the editorial about how your perception of life has altered, spot on. And the bit in 50 Something where it shows the framed photo of his Dad, max emosh, well played sirs.”

* “Summer Special is superb! Got something in my bloody eye again!!”

* “It will go in my souvenir box file, along with the Champions clapper, Vardy salted crisps and all the other gubbins that will forever convey a touch of immortality.”

——————————–

To get your copy you can pay online via Paypal.

Either subscribe to The FOX for the 2016-17 season HERE. (UK price)

Or you can just buy the Summer Special for £3 plus p&p on its own HERE. (UK Price)

champs stickers 2016

If you wish to purchase our commemorative set of cards then please make an additional payment of £3.95 HERE.

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