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Ranieri gets top Rome award for leading Leicester City to victory

He may have been sacked by Leicester City bosses less than a year after leading the British underdogs to victory in the Premier League, but Claudio Ranieri is still a hero in his home city.

Ranieri gets top Rome award for leading Leicester City to victory
Claudio Ranieri was sacked nine months after leading Leicester City to a miraculous victory. Photo: Jean Christophe Magnenet/AFP

The football coach was given Rome’s prestigious Capitoline Wolf award on Thursday by mayor Virginia Raggi in recognition of his incredible achievement during the short time he was with the club.

Raggi spoke of his “human qualities” and “charm”, as well as his sporting prowess, as she gave him the award.

“I thank you mayor because I didn't expect anything like this,” Ranieri was quoted by Ansa as saying.

“I'm very proud that my city remembered me. I have received many prizes, but there is something special about this.”

In a move that shocked the world of British football, the 65-year-old was sacked from the club in February due to the team’s poor form this season.

The dismissal came nine months after he was hailed ‘King Claudio’ for leading the team of 5000-1 outsiders to clinch the English Premier League title.

And as the people of Leicester went wild in celebrating their new hero, the first thing the humble Ranieri did was hop on a plane to Rome for lunch with his mum

In the entire history of the Premier League era, the trophy has only been won by five different teams, whose rise to success has been precluded by monstrous injections of cash by billionaire investors.

Ranieri's Leicester City was assembled for €68.8 million, which in football terms is not a lot.

He said after being sacked: “I have been through a lot in my long career, but never anything like this. It was a shock, but in the end these things are part of football.” 

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Body of missing American tourist found in Rome’s River Tiber

The body of a missing 21-year-old tourist was found in the River Tiber on Thursday morning, according to media reports.

Body of missing American tourist found in Rome's River Tiber

Elijah Oliphant, from Dallas, Texas, was on holiday with his family in Rome when he went missing several days ago.

Oliphant’s parents reported his disappearance after he left his hotel room shortly after midnight on May 24th and did not return.

Hotel security footage showed him leaving the premises wearing a white undershirt and pyjama bottoms, which he was wearing when he was found.

Oliphant’s corpse was reportedly spotted by passersby near the Ponte Sisto bridge in Rome’s Trastevere district around 10am on Thursday morning. His body was positively identified by his parents.

Members of the fire brigade and river police who recovered the body say there were no obvious signs of violence, but an autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death. Trastevere police are reportedly investigating the matter.

The Oliphant family had arrived in Rome for a holiday on May 23rd. When Elijah went missing the following day, his parents launched an urgent appeal to help find their son.

His disappearance was featured on the missing persons television show, Chi l’ha visto (‘Who’s seen them?’) on May 25th.

Several foreigners have been found drowned in the Tiber in recent years, though there are no indication that any of the incidents are linked.

In 2016, the body of 19-year-old American student Beau Solomon was recovered from the river.

Rough sleeper Massimo Galioto was charged involuntary manslaughter in the case, but was ultimately acquitted in 2020.

Prosecutors said that Galioto pushed Solomon in the course of a violent argument. Galioto’s defense team acknowledged that the two had argued but said the student had accidentally slipped.

In May 2019, 37-year-old Imen Chatbouri, a former athletics champion from Tunisia, was found dead in the Tiber after a night out. CCTV footage later showed she had been pushed from the Ponte Sisto bridge.

A then-26-year-old man whose advances she had rejected earlier that evening was convicted of her murder in November 2021.

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