Wednesday 28 September 2016

Eight reasons why Leicester City shouldn't celebrate prematurely

Published 05/04/2016 | 10:07

Leicester City 'Premier League Champions 2016' scarves on sale outside the King Power stadium on Saturday
Leicester City 'Premier League Champions 2016' scarves on sale outside the King Power stadium on Saturday

With Leicester City seven points clear at the top of the table with just six games left to play, some are so convinced the title's in the bag that "Premier League champions" scarves are on sale. (As well as 'Premiership champions' on there just to reinforce the point).

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The presumptuous merchandise was available outside the King Power stadium before City's 1-0 win over Southampton on Sunday.

Are Leicester fans counting their chickens before they've hatched? We take a look at some of the celebrations which came back to bite their cock-sure victims

1. Man United announce Aaron Ramsey deal

Manchester United's official website jumped the gun slightly in 2008 when they ran an article announcing a deal for the Welshman had been agreed. As it turned out, the 17-year-old Ramsey chose to join Arsenal in a £5 million deal and Manchester United were forced to quietly pretend the error occurred.

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2. Nike jinxes England's Grand Slam dream

England went into their final Six Nations game of 2011 needing a victory to complete their first grand slam since 2003. England's shirt makers Nike created a video paying homage to the champions in waiting with the final shot reading "Grand Slam Champions 2011." England went on to lose at Lansdowne Road, and the Irish press had a field day.

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3. Man City fan's Champions League tattoo

Kirk Bradley, 25 (allegedly), was challenged by a friend to get this tattoo after he claimed Manchester City would win the Champions League. “He was obviously joking, so you can imagine his face when I turned around and said ‘OK then!'” said Bradley. Unfortunately for Kirk, City crashed out in the group stages.

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4. Liverpool's bus heads for the scrap heap

After famously beating AC Milan in 2005 to lift the Champions League trophy, Liverpool were confident history would repeat itself as the two teams faced off again, this time in Athens in 2007. Liverpool bought a 49ft bus for the inevitable winner's parade, complete with 'Champions of Europe' printed on the side. In the end Milan ran out 2-1 winners and the bus was never seen again.

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5. Chelsea cash in on Robinho

Robinho's move to Chelsea in August 2008 seemed an absolute certainty. The Brazilian playmaker's contract had expired at Real Madrid. Chelsea chairman, Peter Kenyon, was confident a deal to bring him to Stamford Bridge would be done. As deadline day approached, Chelsea marked the impending transfer by selling replica shirts with the 24-year-old's name on the back. In a devastating development for Chelsea's megastore sales, Manchester City hijacked Chelsea's bid on the last day of the summer window.

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6. Liverpool bus blunder: mark II

With Liverpool clear of Manchester City at the summit of the Premier League table, a first title win in over 20 years was within touching distance. To mark the historic event, Liverpool City council organised an open-top bus parade for May 12. Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson, said: “We know many people are superstitious and don’t want to think about a victory parade until the title is in the bag, but unfortunately that isn’t an option for those involved in organising an event of this scale." In case you've forgotten how one of the most thrilling climaxes in Premier League history ended, Liverpool dropped points at Crystal Palace and Chelsea to hand the title to Manchester City.

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7. From Newcastle hero to traitor

68 goals in 87 games for Newcastle United had turned Andy Cole into an honorary Geordie. His form in front of goal in the first half of the 1994-1995 Premier League season saw Kevin Keegan's side in contention to become league champions for the first time ever. However Newcastle's season was derailed by a shock £7m move to Old Trafford. The move was no more a surprise to anyone than one loyal Magpie who got the striker tattooed onto his left thigh. Andy Cole went on to become a pivotal part of Manchester United's dynasty under Sir Alex Ferguson and Newcastle fans were left ruing what might have been.

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8. Super Bowl-sized error

Even though his side were still one win away from reaching the Super Bowl, New England Patriots fan Burke O'Connell was so convinced his team would win the biggest prize in American sport, that he got a commemorative tattoo celebrating the Pats triumph at Super Bowl 50 a full two weeks before the game was even due to take place.

A 24-30 defeat to the Denver Broncos in the NFC Championship final means O'Connell is now left with a permanent - and painful - reminder of his team's failure.

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