Against The Odds: Kasper Schmeichel’s eye opening documentary

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Kasper Schmeichel of Leicester City (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Leicester City fans can now watch an all-new ITV documentary starring Foxes legend Kasper Schmeichel. First televised on Tuesday evening, the show is now available to watch on the ITV hub for free.

Against All The Odds shines a light on Kasper’s life, from living under the shadow of his father to his present-day position as Leicester City number one. Throughout the show we are taken on a journey through his football career, starting at Manchester City. At this time a young keeper, Schmeichel found himself in the cold and out of the picture. From then he recalls his loan spells at Notts County and Darlington before his move to Leeds United. These seasons are attributed as being important building blocks in his footballing journey, despite the various difficulties he experienced.

By the halfway point, Kasper was playing in Leicester City colours and we move onto his long and illustrious journey at Leicester City that has included the highs of winning the Championship, Premier League and FA Cup and the lows of the Khun Vichai tragedy.

We can see the role of Nigel Pearson as being key in his development, as well as the personal relationship he had with Khun Vichai. This makes the recollection of the helicopter tragedy even more poignant to watch. Brendan Rodgers is also given credit for being a positive influence on both the club and Kasper.

Finally, the spotlight examines Kasper’s role as vice-captain in Denmark’s heroic Euro 2021 campaign. The character shown to bounce back from Christian Eriksen’s heart attack and a costly mistake on the opening game to nearly helping Denmark to a final is quite frankly, incredible.

What this story means to the Leicester City faithful

As a Leicester City fan, watching this show was eye-opening and emotional, capturing the highs and lows of Kasper’s career as well as demonstrating his enduring resilience and mental strength. Having to deal with not just one but two tragedies to those close to him could have broken him, yet Schmeichel demonstrated time and time again that he is able to use this to motivate himself.

There were also so many highlights and spectacular events that didn’t even make the cut, such as his ‘ghost goal’ against Yeovil or his stunning save against Burnley during the Great Escape. Without the latter especially, the history of the club could have been very different indeed. Now, when you consider how long Kasper has been at the club, he is now almost synonymous with the word Leicester City and a testimonial will hopefully occur in the not-too-distant future.

Finally, never refer to Kasper Schmeichel as Peter Schmeichel’s son, he’s an equally good keeper in his own right, as shown against Liverpool recently (Just sort out your distribution Kasper!).