The odd cou­ple

Act that has got ASA McCOY on the un­likely dou­ble di­rec­tion Le­ices­ter City mov­ing in the right

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Foxes’ Vardy and Cam­bi­asso

MAY 22, 2010 – The Bern­abeu, Madrid. Este­ban Cam­bi­asso, un­der the guid­ance of Jose Mour­inho, sits there in the blue and black of In­ter Mi­lan, ready to com­pete for Europe’s big­gest prize in the Cham­pi­ons League fi­nal.

He goes through his last minute prepa­ra­tions with only Ger­man gi­ants Bay­ern Mu­nich stand­ing be­tween him and a Cham­pi­ons League win­ners’ medal.

The Ar­gen­tine gets the bet­ter of Mark van Bom­mel and Bas­tian Sch­we­in­steiger on the day whilst com­pa­triot Diego Mil­ito scores a brace to give Cam­bi­asso the ti­tle of Euro­pean cham­pion.

Mean­while, in South York­shire, Jamie Vardy has just com­pleted his fi­nal sea­son with Stocks­bridge Park Steels. He has just turned down short-term con­tract of­fers from Crewe Alexan­dra and Rother­ham United and is on the verge of sign­ing for FC Hal­i­fax Town. The Sh­effield-born striker’s ca­reer is about to take off more than he ever imag­ined and in a cou­ple of years he will end up with Cam­bi­asso at Le­ices­ter City, al­beit via very dif­fer­ent routes.

Fe­bru­ary 22, 2015, Good­i­son Park, Liver­pool – 1,737 days af­ter Cam­bi­asso be­came a Euro­pean cham­pion.

Danny Simp­son’s deep cross was spilt by Tof­fees keeper Tim Howard and the ball landed at the feet of Vardy.

Af­ter wait­ing for the right mo­ment, his ball was swept home by an ad­vanc­ing Cam­bi­asso to put City 2-1 up in a vi­tal clash which even­tu­ally ended 2-2.

Cam­bi­asso’s pas­sion­ate cel­e­bra­tion in­cluded an em­brace with Vardy – quite in­cred­i­ble given their dif­fer­ing cir­cum­stances five years ear­lier.

The two now play side by side at the King Power Sta­dium and un­der­took a key role in at­tempt­ing to pre­serve Le­ices­ter’s Pre­mier League sta­tus.

Over the past two sea­sons,Vardy has built him­self a cult fol­low­ing amongst City fans. His work-rate will al­ways go down well with a team strug­gling at the bot­tom.

Nigel Pear­son agrees – with Vardy cur­rently keep­ing ‘the saviour’ An­drej Kra­maric out of the side.

Vardy has of­ten been over­looked this sea­son, prob­a­bly due to bet­ter tech­ni­cal for­wards be­ing avail­able to Pear­son.

But later, with City in a per­ilous po­si­tion in the Pre­mier League, Pear­son re­alised that the Foxes had to start play­ing to their strengths.

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