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Leeds United Promoted to English Premier League After 16-Year Wait

by Zablon Ondari
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Championship side Leeds United was promoted to the English Premier League on Friday, 17th July, after West Bromwich Albion’s 2-1 defeat against Huddersfield at John Smith’s Stadium.

The defeat means that the Baggies can no longer catch the Whites in the Sky Bet Championship and thus automatic promotion is now secured.

Leeds United will return to the top-flight next season, ending a 16-year wait following relegation back in 2004.

Argentine manager Marcelo Bielsa’s side has had a fantastic campaign on the pitch, setting a new club record points tally of 87, with two games still left to play.

“We are back. Leeds United are Premier League,” the club said on their Twitter account.

“It’s unbelievable and it’s still not sunk in,” Leeds captain Liam Cooper was quoted as saying by Times Live.

“Our club, our fans and our players have sacrificed so much. We’ve been in the doldrums for 16 years. To lead this team to promotion back to where we know we’ve always belonged is unbelievable. We deserve it. We’ve been the best team all season.”

The win against Barnsley on Thursday, 16th July, was Leeds’s 26th in the division this season, with the 1-0 win, ultimately securing the club’s package back to the top-flight.

Leeds went through 14 different managers following their 2004 relegation from the Premier League, until the sleeping giant was awakened by former Lazio and Marseille boss Bielsa.

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