Sports Personality 2016: Leicester win Team of the Year, Claudio Ranieri top coach

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Leicester City win Team of the Year 2016

Leicester City have been honoured twice at the BBC Sports Personality awards for their shock Premier League triumph.

The Foxes took Team of the Year and their manager Claudio Ranieri was named top coach after overseeing the remarkable victory.

Leicester started the campaign as 5,000-1 outsiders for the title after almost being relegated in 2014-15.

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Michael Phelps – the most decorated Olympian of all time with 23 swimming gold medals – got his picture taken with Ranieri and his Leicester players at the SPOTY ceremony in Birmingham

They lost just three league games in 2015-16 and have gone on to reach the Champions League knockout stages.

At the start of April, Leicester were seven points clear at the top of the Premier League. Exactly one year earlier, they had been bottom of the table, seven points from safety.

The Foxes started the season among the favourites for relegation and only the three promoted sides – Watford, Norwich and Bournemouth – were longer odds for the league title.

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Ranieri, who took over from the sacked Nigel Pearson that summer, was seen as an uninspired choice by some fans and pundits after his predecessor had overseen a run of seven wins in nine games as Leicester escaped relegation in 2014-15.

The Italian’s previous job ended abruptly when his Greece side lost to European minnows Faroe Islands during Euro 2016 qualifying.

Yet the charismatic 64-year-old’s team – assembled for less than £30m and playing pacy, direct, counter-attacking football – confounded the experts.

Team spirit triumphs over money

Graphic showing cost of squad compared to league position. Man City &pound;415m. Man Utd &pound;395m. Chelsea &pound;280m. Liverpool &pound;260m. Arsenal &pound;231m. Tottenham &pound;159m. Newcastle &pound;145m. Southampton &pound;139m. Everton &pound;112m. Sunderland &pound;112m. West Ham &pound;106m. Aston Villa &pound;93m. Stoke &pound;73m. Crystal Palace &pound;72m. Leicester &pound;63m. West Brom &pound;62m. Swansea &pound;56m. Watford &pound;53m. Norwich &pound;55m. Bournemouth &pound;43m.<!–

Graphic showing teams' wages compared to their league position. Man Utd &pound;220m. Man City &pound;205m. Chelsea &pound;191m. Arsenal &pound;166m. Liverpool &pound;144m. Tottenham &pound;105m. Newcastle &pound;78m. Sunderland &pound;70m. Aston Villa &pound;69m. Everton &pound;69m. West Brom &pound;65m. West Ham &pound;64m. Swansea &pound;63m. Southampton &pound;63m. Stoke &pound;61m. Norwich &pound;54m. Palace &pound;46m. Leicester &pound;36m. Bournemouth &pound;17m. Watford &pound;12m.<!–

Note: Leicester, Bournemouth and Watford were Championship clubs when wage details were last published. Wage figures include all playing and non-playing staff

The moment Leicester players found out they’d won the league…

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Footage uploaded to Twitter shows the moment Leicester players watching the match at home celebrated winning the title

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