Leeds United will play in the English top flight this weekend for the first time since 2004 – and it’s something we should all be excited about.
The Elland Road side’s 19th-placed finish in the 2003/04 English Premier League season marked the start of a 16-year period languishing in the Championship and League One.
In that time, they’ve seen 21 different managers take the helm – including current incumbent Marcelo Bielsa.
The English Premier League has changed dramatically since then too, with eye-watering sums of money invested to make it the most-watched league in the world, if not the most entertaining.
But there is one thing that’s stayed consistent and that’s the passion and dedication the Leeds fans give to their club.
So it’ll be great when Leeds suit up to face Liverpool on opening weekend.
You can bet on that and all the Premier League’s other opening weekend games via Irish betting site Betfree.ie.
If you watched Amazon Prime Video’s Take Us Home documentary you would have seen that.
Alongside Manchester United, Liverpool and Newcastle United, Leeds United are without doubt one of the biggest teams in the north of England.
They have shown that in the way their supporters pack out Elland Road week in week out.
And the club’s rich history shows just how successful they’ve been – both in English and European football.
Modern day fans may be unaware that Leeds were a European powerhouse.
Stopping short of actually winning the European Cup, they finished second in 1975 and reached the semi-final multiple times too.
Don Revie is one of English football’s greatest ever managers – and some of their former players are among the best to have ever graced the British game.
Billy Bremner, Peter Lorimer and Eddie Gray are among those club greats – and now there’s an opportunity for more to be created.
All under the watchful eye of Marcelo Bielsa, the Argentine manager who made his name with Athletic Bilbao, Marseille, Argentina and Chile.
His arrival to the Premier League adds additional intrigue given how well respected he is by his peers.
Pep Guardiola has been a vocal supporter of Bielsa throughout his career and their meeting should see two old friends combine for one of the best style match-ups in the whole league.Embed from Getty Images
And then there’s the talented team that Bielsa has built – the one which blitzed its way through the Championship last season to take the title.
Kalvin Phillips, Pablo Hernandez, Liam Cooper and Luke Ayling are the main men of the team and will be confident of impressing in the Premier League on their debut.
The recent signing of Spanish international Rodrigo signals the intent of Leeds too, as his stints with Benfica and Valencia have shown he’s a striker capable of scoring at the highest level.
And it’s champions Liverpool who they play in their first game – the perfect opportunity for Leeds to kick off their return to the top flight in style.
So buckle up and enjoy the ride as Leeds return to where they belong.