Leicester get heroes’ welcome in Bangkok

18 May


From left: player Kasper Schmeichel, manager Claudio Ranieri, and player Shinji Okazaki put their hands together in a traditional Thai "wai" greeting gesture, on a press stage in Bangkok's main international airport (18 May 2016)Image copyright
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Players and staff greeted fans and press at the airport, as they began their Thai visit

Newly-crowned English Premier League champions Leicester City have arrived in Bangkok for a celebratory tour.

Leicester City, who rose from likely relegation to league champions in just one season, are owned by Thai billionaire Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who arranged their visit.

Players and staff were welcomed to Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport by cheering supporters.

They also held a parade in their home town on Monday.

Leicester won the league 10 points above nearest rivals Arsenal, and will contest next season’s Champions League competition against the best clubs in Europe.

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AFP

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The club had few fans in Thailand until their fairytale season

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EPA

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Many Thai fans of Leicester either switched Premier League team allegiances, or now support two teams

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Reuters

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Team manager Claudio Ranieri and players shook hands with ecstatic supporters at the airport

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