Leeds United return to Premier League for the 1st time since 2004

Leeds United return to Premier League for the 1st time since 2004

- Leeds United are back in the Premier League for the first time since 2004

- The Whites defeated Barnsley on Thursday, July 16 but their promotion was confirmed by West Brom's defeat to Huddersfield

- Marcelo Bielsa ended Leeds' 16 years wait for topflight football in his second year in charge of the club

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Leeds United have returned to the Premier League for the first time since 2004.

The Peacocks confirmed their promotion after second-place team West Bromwich Albion suffered a 2-1 defeat to Huddersfield at the John Smith Stadium.

Marcelo Bielsa's men could be crowned champions early if Brentford fail to beat Stoke on Saturday, July 18, while a point against Derby County in Sunday's encounter will go along way.

The Argentine-born tactician leads the Yorkshire side back to the English topflight in his second season in charge of the club.

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They got their campaign off to a bright start in a bid to avoid mistakes of past seasons and the coronavirus break did not affect them one bit.

Leeds never stepped out of the top two on the Championship table since November last year despite finishing third on the log in 2018.

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United narrowly missed out of qualification at the end of last season but one year after, they have amassed a club 87 points from 44 games.

Leeds United return to Premier League for the 1st time since 2004

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa and assistant Pablo Quiroga during one of their games - Getty Images
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Since they relegated 16 years ago, they have watched 28 different clubs gain promotion to play in the Premier League.

Legit.ng earlier reported that Wycombe Wanderers striker Adebayo Akinfenwa got a surprise after helping his side promote to the Championship for the first time in their 133 years of existence.

Premier League winning manager Jurgen Klopp gave the English star of Nigerian descent a call to celebrate their triumph with him.

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Their promotion was secured following their 2-1 victory at Wembley Stadium on Monday, July 13th.

A goal each from Anthony Stewart and Joe Jacobson rendered Mark Sykes' effort a mere consolation as The Chairboys progressed to the England second-tier competition.

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