Shinji Okazaki fuelled Japanese following of Leicester

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There might be a Leicester fiesta and a Vardy party going on but it’s not just the East Midlands city which is celebrating the crowning of the new Premier League champions.

Nearly 6,000 miles away from the King Power Stadium, a group of Tokyo-based Foxes fans have been meeting up to watch the historic season unfold – and have been duly rewarded.

Kazunori Komagata, an assistant professor at the University of Tokyo, got into after playing FIFA and the club’s badge reminding him of wild foxes in his native Hokkaido.

The 29-year-old said: “Before starting this season, almost all Japanese people didn’t know about Leicester City

“Japanese football fans thought Leicester is just a small club and they will struggle to stay up in the Premier League again.

“But after joined, Japanese TV decided to broadcast every Leicester match and due to Leicester’s success and Okazaki’s contribution, lots of Japanese noticed the team and supported them.”

Watching the games live has led to a number of sacrifices with kick-off times ranging from 10pm to 4am in .

Komagata said: “Most Japanese supporters go to their job or school with sleep deprivation the next morning.”

Via: Irishexamniner

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