Leeds United Football Club or LUFC is an English professional football team based out of Leeds in England. The club plays home matches at Elland road (but didn’t for a brief period in the recent past) and wears white colors. Leeds and Manchester United share a rivalry that goes decades back. Some of the derby matches include games against Bradford, Sheffield United, etc. The club is sponsored by SBOTOP, Adidas, and JD Sports.
Leeds United Football Club History
For most of the club’s history, Leeds has played in England’s top league. Leeds was never relegated for 18 straight seasons from the top tier of English football until the 1983 season. Leeds has won 3 Premier League trophies in the club’s history, 2 Community Shields, 2 Inter City cups, and 1 League Cup. Leeds reached the then Champions League finals in 1975 and lost the game due to mistakes on the official’s part. Following the game, the club’s supporters started a riot, and UEFA banned the club for four years (reduced to 2) from the Champions League tournament. It was tough for teams to come to Leeds and get a single point, let alone three. Alex Ferguson said Elland road is one of the most intimidating fixtures for any team, mainly because of the club’s atmosphere.
Leeds United Football Club Relegation
However, in early 2004, the club didn’t get a single promotion for over 16 seasons before qualifying for the 2020 Premier League season. During this time, the club was already struggling to make payments on loans and had to sell Rio Ferdinand to rivals Manchester United for a record transfer for a defender. They sold more players to Jonathan Woodgate, a player who also had problems with the club on and off the field. The club had to sell the stadium where the club plays and the training ground. Ken Bates, the ex-Chelsea club owner, bought Leeds for 10 million pounds. Leeds played in the Championship the following seasons signing players on free or on loan. In 2007, Leeds United was relegated again and was not playing in the first two tiers of English football for the first time. However, Leeds reached the Champions League semi-finals six seasons earlier and were now playing in the second division.
Leeds United Football Club Promotion
Over the last decade, Leeds spent considerable time rebuilding the right team and gained enormous success in the previous three years. The club gained a new owner in 2017 in the form of Radrizzani. The new owner also managed to buy back Elland road. In 2018, the club signed Marco Bielsa, indicating the club was making serious transfers and proper management, irrespective of the costs. As a result, Leeds managed to win the 2019-2020 season of the Championship and secure automatic promotion to the Premier League after 16 long seasons.
Marcelo Bielsa manages the squad at Leeds United Football Club. Some of the club’s current squad players include Illan Meslier, Luke Ayling, R. Kock, L. Cooper, Patrick Bamford, E. Alioski, H. Costa, Raphina, P. Hernandez, Rodrigo Moreno Machado, P. Struijk, and more.
In Leeds’s first season back in the Premier League, the club has re-established itself as a Premier League team and a fan-favorite. The club is on course to finish mid-table (between 7th and 11th), which is a good run since most clubs that gain promotion to the Premier League are most likely to get relegated the following season. Patrick Bamford leads the team in terms of goals. The club signed Bamford permanently from Chelsea for more than 20 million Pounds.
Leeds managed to pull off a draw against Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea, and wins against Leicester, Manchester City, Wolves, etc. The club has 14 wins and 14 losses, with three draw games in 31 games. The club usually never plays for a draw, and with Leeds’s attacking style of football, every game is in for many goals either for Leeds or against Leeds, a strategy that has been working well for them. In a couple of years, Leeds will be competing for a Champions League spot again and a dominant force to reckon with in English football.