Leeds to end 16-year absence from Premier League

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2020/21 Premier League 

29th Season

12 September 2020 – 23 May 2021
Leeds United are set to campaign in their first season in the English Premier League since 2004. 
The Peacocks secured their place in the top-flight league after clinching the 2019/20 English Championship title. 
After spending the season at or near the top of the league table, Leeds were promoted on 17 July 2020 when West Bromwich Albion lost 2-1 against Huddersfield Town.
Before their relegation to the Championship 16 years ago, most of the Peacocks' history has been spent playing in the first tier.
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Leeds had their longest continuous spell inside the first tier was a period of 18 years between 1964 and 1982, while their longest period outside of it spanned 16 years between 2004 and 2020. 
Patrick Bamford, the Leeds striker, reflected on the team's promotion to the elite league having joined the club in 2018.

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“Who would’ve thought we’d have ended up winning the league by 10 points in the end? It was so tight until the last couple of games," Bamford said. 
“It means so much to everyone, the fans, staff and the whole club as a family has done the city proud. I don’t think we realise just how much we’ve achieved.
"There have been 16 years of heartache and we’ve managed to bring Premier League football back and until we retire from playing," he added. 
"I don’t think we’ll realise what kind of feat we’ve achieved here. I’m proud and I know the lads are proud, it has been a long season, but we deserve it.”
The West Yorkshire side has won three English league titles, one FA Cup, one League Cup, two Charity/Community Shields and two Inter-Cities Fairs Cups. 
Luke Ayling of Leeds
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They reached the 1975 European Cup final, losing to Bayern Munich and they were runners-up in the European Cup Winners Cup final in 1973.
Leeds also reached the semi-finals of the tournament's successor, the UEFA Champions League in 2001 and they were eliminated by Spanish club Valencia. 
Also nicknamed the White Rose of York, Leeds share rivalries with former Premier League champions Manchester United and Chelsea.
The White Rose of York also share rivalries with local teams such as Huddersfield Town, Bradford City, Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday.
Leeds play their home matches at Elland Road which has been their home since the club's formation in 1919. 

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Published: 08/18/2020