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Monday, 28 March 2016

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Grass: football's played on it

Leicester City, the team who spent almost the whole of the 2014/15 season battling against relegation from the Premier League, and who have taken the country by storm this time around, are on the verge of something spectacular.

The Foxes are about to be crowned champions of the very same league they struggled to survive in last year!

A miracle, some say.

But over in football-mad Thailand, where the people really know a thing or two about football, the fans have faith in Leicester.

Until recently, Chelsea were the team favoured by most Thai 'fans', and, before them, Manchester City. Going back even further, Manchester United and Liverpool attracted Thais in their millions, but it's now the Midlands-based club who are closest to Thai hearts. The reason: they are the moment's top team.

Following a winning team is what it's all about in Thailand, and those who were quick to buy Manchester City or Chelsea shirts have been quick to discard them in the nearest bin. Those teams are no longer 'winners', and so no longer worth supporting, if you can follow the 'logic'.

Leicester shirts have sold out in Bangkok. People everywhere in the capital have become 'overnight Foxes', even though they have extreme difficulty just pronouncing Leicester's nickname.

A squat, fat kid of about ten years old I encountered yesterday, looked so fat, that he had probably never been able to raise the energy to kick a football in his life, but this didn't stop him chanting the name of his favourite team when I asked him about it:

"Lie-ses-DER!"

he beamed, as he held up two thumbs, indicating how many times he'd changed his mind since first Chelsea, and then Man City had slumped this season.

Another 'fan', who said his name was Somchai, said:

"People in Thailand know a thing or two about football. The ball is round, and it can play on grass."

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