Leicester to visit later this month

Leicester to visit later this month

Leicester City's Thai owner and chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha is cheered by crowds of waiting fans as he arrives for lunch at an Italian restaurant in the centre of Leicester on May 3, 2016, the day after Leicester City won the English Premier League title. Thousands celebrated and millions around the world watched in wonder as 5,000-1 underdogs Leicester City completed arguably the greatest fairytale in sporting history by becoming English Premier League champions. / AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS
Leicester City's Thai owner and chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha is cheered by crowds of waiting fans as he arrives for lunch at an Italian restaurant in the centre of Leicester on May 3, 2016, the day after Leicester City won the English Premier League title. Thousands celebrated and millions around the world watched in wonder as 5,000-1 underdogs Leicester City completed arguably the greatest fairytale in sporting history by becoming English Premier League champions. / AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS

English Premier League champions Leicester City will visit Thailand, the country of their owners, later this month. 30 player are reported to be receiving Mercedes cars from owner Vichai.

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Champs Foxes due in town this month

Vichai faces big payout as players get rewarded

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English Premier League champions Leicester City will visit Thailand, the country of their owners, later this month.

Leicester won England's top-flight title for the first time in their 132-year history with two games to spare after Spurs' 2-2 draw at Chelsea on Monday.

Leicester vice-chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha said yesterday that the club's visit was to show its gratitude to its Thai fans.

"We have scheduled to bring over the full Leicester City squad led by their top striker Jamie Vardy, star Riyad Mahrez and team manager Claudio Ranieri to Thailand for two days of vacation on May 18-19.

"This is to thank the Thai people for their support which played a role in the team winning the Premier League this season."

Leicester visited Thailand twice in 2014 after winning the second-tier Championship title and last year. They also played Everton in a friendly in Bangkok in 2014.

Leicester host Everton in their penultimate game and last home match of the season tomorrow when the Foxes will be presented with the Premier League trophy.

Leicester City's Algerian midfielder Riyad Mahrez (C) is helped to a car as he makes his way through crowds of fans after having lunch with team-mates at the Italian restaurant. / AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS

All Leicester players will each receive a Mercedes from club chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, according to reports.

British tabloid Daily Mail claimed that each of the 30 players will get a Mercedes worth £32,670 (about 1.6 million baht), and Vichai will have to pay a total of about £1 million.

Meanwhile, Hollywood star Tom Hanks is indeed not one of the lucky bettors who took home a nice payday from 5,000-to-1 longshots Leicester City winning the Premier League title.

Hanks' publicist, Michelle Margolis, confirmed to ESPN that Hanks was joking when he told a reporter last week that he wasn't as upset that his favourite team, Aston Villa, will be relegated at the end of this season because he had placed a £100 bet (US$145) on Leicester City.

When the reporter asked Hanks, on the red carpet for his film A Hologram For The King, if he was telling the truth at the time, he simply replied, "Maybe I did, maybe I didn't."

The largest known bet at the 5,000-to-1 odds was £50 ($72). That bettor settled with bookmaker Ladbrokes for $106,000 a month before Leicester won it all.

Had he waited, he would have made $362,000.

Representatives for three British sports bookmakers – Ladbrokes, William Hill and BetFred – told ESPN that Leicester City winning the title collectively cost them $11.4 million.

No single event in sports betting history that had odds as low as Leicester City's 5,000-to-1 had ever come through. 

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Vocabulary

  • bet (noun): an arrangement to risk money, etc. on the result of a particular event; the money that you risk in this way - เงินพนัน, การพนัน, วางเดิมพัน
  • bettor (noun): a person who bets on a race or other sports event, especially someone who does this regularly - นักพนัน
  • bookmaker: a person whose job is to take bets and pay out money to people who win - เจ้ามือรับแทง(ม้า)
  • chairman: the person in charge of a committee, a company, etc - ประธาน
  • claim: to say that something is true although it has not been proved and other people may not believe it - อ้าง
  • collectively: involving all the members of a group - โดยรวม
  • draw: a game that ends with both teams or players having the same number of points - เสมอกัน
  • due: expected to happen or should happen; expected to arrive; scheduled - มีกำหนด
  • favourite (adj): something/someone you like the best of all similar things - ที่ชอบมากที่สุด, ที่โปรดปราน, ของโปรด
  • gratitude: a feeling of being grateful to someone because they have given you something or have done something for you - ความรู้สึกขอบคุณ
  • longshot (noun): something/someone very unlikely to win a competition -
  • meanwhile: at the same time - ในเวลาเดียวกัน
  • midfielder (noun): a football player whose position is mainly in the central part of a sports field - ผู้เล่นกองกลาง
  • odds: the connection between two numbers that shows how much money somebody will receive if they win a bet - ความเป็นต่อในการพนัน
  • payday (noun): the day or days of the month that workers get paid by their company for their work - วันจ่ายเงินเดือน,วันจ่ายเงิน,ค่าจ้าง
  • payout: a large amount of money that is given to somebody - การจ่ายเงิน
  • penultimate (adj.): the next to the last, one before the last one - ก่อนลำดับหลังสุด
  • publicist: a person whose job is to make something known to the public, for example a new product, singer, actor, etc - นักประชาสัมพันธ์
  • red carpet: long carpet whose color is a deep red that is rolled out in honor of the arrival of a VIP - พรมแดง
  • relegate: to move someone or something to a less important position - ลดตำแหน่ง, ลดขั้น
  • reporter: someone whose job is to write articles or make broadcasts about events in the news - ผู้สื่อข่าว, นักข่าว
  • representative: someone who has been chosen or elected by a person or group to vote, give opinions, or make decisions for them - ผู้แทน
  • rewarded: receiving something given in exchange for good behaviour or good work, etc - ได้รับรางวัล
  • role: the purpose or influence of someone or something in a particular situation - บทบาท
  • schedule: to arrange for something to happen at a particular time - ทำตารางเวลา, ทำกำหนดการ, กำหนดรายการ
  • season (noun): sports season; the time during the year that teams play a sport, competing for the top spot in a sports league - ฤดูกาล
  • settle for: to accept someone or something that is not exactly what you wanted because you cannot have what you wanted - ยอมรับ
  • squad: a team in sports from which the players for a match are chosen - ทีม
  • striker: a football player whose job is to stay near the opponent’s goal and to score goals - ศูนย์หน้าตัวเป้า
  • tabloid: a type of popular newspaper with small pages which has many pictures and short simple reports - หนังสือพิมพ์ขนาดเล็กที่รวมเรื่องสั้นต่างๆ ไว้
  • tier (noun): a row or layer of something - ระดับชั้น
  • title (noun): the position of a winner in a sports or other competition - ตำแหน่งแชมป์
  • to spare: having already achieved what you need; having more than enough of something - มีมากเกินพอ
  • top-flight: of the highest skill or quality - ชั้นเยี่ยม
  • trophy: a large silver cup or similar object given as a prize to the winner of a competition - ถ้วยรางวัล
  • truth: what is actually the situation; not lies or misrepresentations - ความจริง
  • upset: unhappy or disappointed because of something unpleasant that has happened - ว้าวุ่นใจ, กังวลใจ, ไม่สบายใจ, สับสน
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