Who are you, Leicester City?

Coming in as the underdog, Leicester City made history when they won the English Premier League.

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JOHANNESBURG - In case you've been living under a rock, on some island, somewhere - you'll be interested to know that Leicester City have done what no one, not even their own fans, coach or players, could have predicted - they've won the English Premier League (EPL).

You may not know or care about what this actually means, but this is arguably the greatest sporting achievement in history (yes, in history) and something that may never happen again.

To put things into perspective, let's look at Leicester's recent history and what makes their success such an unbelievable feat.

In 2008, the Foxes were relegated to the English League One that's the league two levels below the premier division, but their stay down there didn't last, as they quickly shot back up to the Football Championship the next season.

They spent the next four campaigns in the Championship, until they eventually clawed their way back to the top flight of English football - the EPL - in 2014.

Nigel Pearson was the man tasked with ensuring that this gutsy team remained in the EPL for as long as possible, but as is always the case with the so-called "minnow" teams, the Foxes found it tough against some of the best sides in Europe.

They found themselves floating in the premiership's relegation area, some two months before the end of the season and by some miracle produced outstanding performances to cement their place at the highest level … at least for another season.

This brings us to the 2015/2016 campaign - the year the unthinkable happened.

After firing Pearson, the man responsible for almost getting them relegated from the premier league and then for turning the ship around to make sure they survive, Leicester began life under new manager Claudio 'Tinkerman' Ranieri, an endearing Italian, who's last claim to fame was managing Chelsea, before Chelsea became the Chelsea we know today.

At this point it's worth noting that before Monday night Ranieri had never won a major league championship and was actually sacked by Greece after suffering a humiliating loss to the Faroe Islands.

He began his tenure by setting off an impeccable fireworks display; his side beat Sunderland in the opening round of the season by four goals to two.

Usually, no one reads too much into this, as it's only just the first game and there are still 37 more to go, but then, it seemed the once relegation-threatened Foxes, could not stop performing out of their fancy boots.

Fast-forward to December 2015 - a crucial time in English football, where "the men get separated from the boys".

Leicester were sitting at the summit of the league table at Christmas, a spot, at that point of the campaign, usually reserved for the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool, and according to history, the team in that position tends to go on to lift the league trophy.

But, most of us who follow football and have done so all our lives thought, "It's still Christmas, this little team won't go too far in the new year" but we were never ready for what would follow.

Weekend in and weekend out, Ranieri's men upset the big boys, went on lengthy winning streaks, strengthened their place at the top of English football and slowly, but surely, made us realise that they may in fact do win the league. Jamie Vardy, an unfancied grafter before the starter of the season, was setting goal-scoring records and putting Germany to the sword at Wembley with England's Three Lions on his chest, while Riyad Mahrez was carving defences apart with his silky skills.

By March, the race for the championship was down to two horses - Leicester (who some still believed would not do it) and Tottenham Hotspur, who many hoped would not do it.

Spurs, at one point, trailed by 10 points and then by seven and then again by 10 and eventually, after a string of great results, trailed by five.

It seemed the North London outfit would snatch Leicester's glory from under their happy feet, but the underdogs plugged away and held on for dear life.

It then came down to one last roll of the dice for Mauricio Pochettino and his Spurs soldiers; beat Chelsea and push Leicester, or concede the league…and in spectacular fashion, the league was conceded.

Chelsea fought back from a 2-0 deficit to hold Spurs to a 2-2 draw on Monday, 2 May and hand their former manager and his underdog side the league title.

When the season began on the 8 August 2015, bookmakers had Leicester at odds of 5000-1 to win the title - how this team, that was once given no chance of even staying in the top flight, defied all those odds is beyond human comprehension, but here we are, facing that very reality.

Whether we will ever see something this outrageous again, is unknown, but this is definitely a story that will be told for decades and probably centuries to come.

Congratulations Leicester City, the fairytale is complete.