Who are Leeds United?
Leeds United are an English football club from Leeds, West Yorkshire. The club were formed back in 1919 as a successor to Leeds City, a side that was forcibly broken up because of having salaried their players (which was against the rules at this time).
In addition to retaining the name, the newly established club continued to play their home games at Elland Road, a home ground that has remained their home to this day.
The next year, when the Football League was expanded, Leeds United were elected to the Second Division of the Football League. The club that started in the second league were promoted to the first division for the first time in 1924.
Not long after clinching promotion to the First Division in 1964, the team started dominating the local competition.
During the next 10 years, they claimed both English cups and two League titles while finishing runners-up to AC Milan in the Cup Winners’ Cup.
Leeds’ biggest loss would come in 1975, however, when the club were defeated by the German giants Bayern Munich in a controversially refereed European Cup final.
Leeds United re-emerged as a contender in the early 90s, under the management of Howard Wilkinson.
They claimed their third League title, the last First Division title before the competition was renamed as the Premier League.
Leeds’ time in the spotlight turned out to be brief, however; following a massive financial meltdown at the turn of the century, they were relegated to the Championship in 2004.
Currently, the Whites compete in the English top-flight under the leadership of the Argentine tactician Marcelo Bielsa.
What are the predictions for next season?
A specialised left-back, cover for the England international Kalvin Phillips and a marquee signing playmaker, are likely to be high on Leeds United’s senior figure Victor Orta’s shopping list.
Their most important signing this summer will be tying down the manager to a new one-year deal, and promising developments hint that it is a matter of time.
Marcelo Bielsa’s team always surprises football fans, and next campaign should not be an exception.
While it will be difficult to shock everyone and become the champions of England, finishing the 2021/22 season close to the Top 6 teams will be a very good result for them.
Leeds United – 2021/22 season (odds)
According to bookmakers, here are the chances of Leeds United winning the PL title or going down: Title – 100/1, Relegation – 11/1.