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Interesting things about the legendary football team from York (Part 2)

In the 2000/01 season, Leeds entered the Champions League semi-final round. Their turnover in 2000 was £ 83 million, minus all expenses and debt payments, they earned £ 10 million. That revenue came from a 33% increase in admission ticket sales, and 40% in brand name sales. Gambling looks good and bright.

In the 2000/01 season, Leeds entered the Champions League semi-final round

However, losing to Valencia in the semifinal ended all hope. The revenue dropped immediately. Meanwhile, the cost is too high. Leeds spent sporadically as if such a waste showed it deserved to be on the same tray as the big guys in Europe.

It was a Leeds player that told that day, just about the plane traveling to the Champions League, Leeds also played brand names. While Liverpool itself, at the 2005 championship, only flew with a Boeing 737 with so narrow space that the trophy had to sit in one seat like a regular passenger.

The difficulties

After that failure is the situation that was charged with debt. Leeds owed a total of £ 83 million, paying one million pounds a month in debt. Salary funds were still suffocating, and they began to cut it down by selling their stars. The more you sell the weaker. The weaker the more broken.

And one day in the early summer of 2004, they were relegated to start the tragedy. They were controlled, penalized, sent to 3rd place. From a rich traditional team, winning England three times, they became number 0.

Leeds United faced many difficulties in the past

President Peter Ridsdale’s mistake in building overly naive business that day is still a great reference today. Simply the story of the social gap due to the Covid-19 translation, causing the pitch to have no audience, has caused many clubs to struggle.

A club cannot rely solely on commercial revenue. At this point, people can see the value of television rights, investment owners hiding under the name of a sports company, or some football investment fund.

Coincidentally, at the very moment of the Covid-19 pandemic that could turn some clubs into Leeds’ situation nearly 20 years ago, Leeds returned to the Premier League, with the sole investor owner, Italian billionaire Andrea Radrizzani. After three years of buying a 100% stake in Leeds, he brought the club back to where it belongs.

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The pride of Yorkshire football is coming back

West Brom’s unexpected 1-2 defeat at Huddersfield Town in the early match of the 45th round of the British First Division (The Championship) on July 18 officially helped Leeds United rank up. Coach Marcelo Bielsa’s army has firmly grasped the ticket to return to the Premier League before 2 rounds and full of chances to win the championship.

Leeds United now has 87 points after 44 games, more than the two behind-the-scenes, West Brom and Brentford, 5 and 6 points respectively. But the stats probably aren’t so important to The Whites fans anymore. Immediately after the defeat of West Brom, celebrations began to erupt across the city.

Leeds fans flocked to the streets around the Ellan Road Stadium celebrating the promotion ticket.

Leeds United was once considered the first flag, the pride of Yorkshire football with 3 English championships, 5 runners-up, 1 FA cup, 1 League Cup, 2 British Super Cups, 2 arrival times. Champions League final and C2 Cup (Europa League).

In the memory of many fans of the English Premier League, which began to be broadcast live in the S-shaped strip, Leeds always ranked in the top of the most popular teams thanks to its devoted and bloody play. with a cast of talented young players.

The legendary football players

Alan Smith, Harry Kewell, Ian Hart, Lee Bowyer, Jonathan Woodgate, Michael Bridges … have captivated many hearts and always become a challenger in every arena participating. But then after a successful 5-year cycle, always in the top 5 of the Premier League and advancing in the Champions League, Leeds started to plunge because of financial difficulties that sometimes seemed bankrupt.

In the 2003/2004 season, Leeds could not restrain himself and had to relegate when he finished in 19th place. Three seasons later, the pride of the Yorkshire region even experienced the darkest days in history. Club when falling to the Second Division (League One).