Championship: Cardiff City Secure Automatic Promotion To Premier League After Fulham Suffer Final Day Wobble And Drop Into Play-Offs

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Cardiff City will be playing Premier League football again next season after a goalless draw against Reading on the final day of the regular Championship season saw Neil Warnock and his side clinch automatic promotion.

With Wolves already crowned champions, Fulham could have secured second place by simply beating Birmingham in their last fixture, but instead fell to a shock 3-1 defeat at St.

Proper Geysers: Doncaster Turn Sprinklers On To Clear Invading Blackburn Fans From The Pitch (Video)

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After a year out, Blackburn Rovers came roaring back into the Championship on Tuesday night with a 0-1 win at Doncaster Rovers.

Charlie Mulgrew's late winner saw Tony Mowbray's side mathematically secure their place in the League One automatic promotion spots, capping off a fine season for Rovers in which they've lost in the league just once since mid-October.

Championship: Ruben Neves Scores Cracking 30-Yard Volley Against Derby As Wolves Close In On Promotion (Video)

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Ruben Neves scored yet another stunner on Wednesday night, this time a stunning 30-yard volley as Wolves beat Derby 2-0 to move within two points of promotion to the Premier League.

Diogo Jota had put Wolves a goal up after just six minutes at Molineux, courtesy of a fine lob.

Huddersfield Striker Collin Quaner Suffers Self-Inflicted Medal Injury During Promotion Celebrations (Video)

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Huddersfield wonpromotion to the Premier League without scoring a single goal in the play-offs, beating Reading on penalties in the final at Wembley on Bank Holiday Monday to secure themselves a berth in the promised land next season.

After a long and gruelling season, the Terriers celebrated long after the final whistle, withGerman forward Collin Quanerlikely to be nursing a sore head this morning as a result.

Football Art: Brighton Fan Paints Enormous Mural On House To Celebrate Team’s Promotion To Premier League (Photo)

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While the players themselves celebrated by playing silly buggers on the train home, one Brighton fan decided that the only fitting manner in which to mark his side's glorious ascension to the Premier League was in mural form.

As spotted by the Brighton Argus, one Seagulls supporter in Viaduct Road, Brighton, has turned his house into a giant, blue-and-white striped homage to his beloved football club.

Championship Snapshot: Brighton & Hove Albion All But Secure Promotion To The Premier League…

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Almost 20 years to the day that they were half-an-hour from slipping out of the Football League entirely, Brighton & Hove Albion have gone and all but secured themselves promotion to the Premier League.

With the result of Huddersfield's late kick-off still pending, Brighton's 2-1 win over Wigan saw them strengthentheir place at the top of the Championship and more importantly go 12 points clear of The Terriers in third place.

Championship stars of the season

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While the race for the Premier League title hots up, let's not forget there is plenty of football being played outside the top 20 teams in England.

Here are seven stand-out players from the Championship, all of whom could be playing in the top flight next season:

Albert Adomah

Despite making almost 200 league appearances for non league Harrow Borough and League Two side Barnet, Adomah was a largely unknown quantity when he arrived at Bristol City in the summer of 2010.

Who will win the Championship?

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When it comes down to it, there are several categories which are splitting the Championship equally. The resurgence of the newly promoted teams is wowing everybody and shows that you do not have to spend large sums to get success. Unlike their Premier League counterparts, they do not have millions to spare and could prove to be tricky.

Big Sam demands promotion

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West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce has called on his players to live up to their reputations and deliver an instant bounce-back to the Premier League. The Hammers were unlikely relegation victims last season, but are among the favorites for promotion as the new season kicks off this weekend.

"We are the favorites, the big boys in this league and I have told the players 'Everyone wants your scalp, you are going to have to live up to your reputation from day one because they are going to want to turn you over,'" said the former Bolton boss.

Seventh Time Lucky For Huddersfield?

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Off to Old Trafford - but will Huddersfield gain promotion?

Now it's not that I have anything against Peterborough – in fact I always enjoy going to their cosy little London Road ground and standing on one of the few remaining terraces in English football – but, along with many of the neutrals, I will be firmly backing Huddersfield Town in the League One play-off final this Sunday.

Make the most of what we’ve got

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In Canada the reports after the play-off first leg said that "Nottingham Forest is (sic) tieing zero-zero with Swan-sea City of Wales." So I arranged at my office in anticipation to watch the second leg "streaming live" and then sat there and became hugely angry and upset and disappointed and defiant during the game, and immediately afterwards I realised that ultimately I am happy that I am, have always been, will always be a Forest fan [.

Who Has The Bouncebackability?

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Will Ian Holloway still be smiling tomorrow?

The Premiership finally reaches its dramatic denouement tomorrow afternoon, with things unbelievably tight down the bottom of the league, five teams separated by only a point, desperate not to fill one of the two remaining relegation spots.


Non-League: Northern Premier Stalwarts Gainsborough Trinity Break Amazing 145-Year Record In Unfortunate Circumstances

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There were gloomy and historic scenes at Telford United's New Bucks Head ground on Saturday when a home win saw visiting Gainsborough Trinity dumped out of the Vanarama National League North.

The result, which also served to keep Telford up, meant that Trinity tasted relegation for the very first time since the grand old club was founded in 1873, some 145 years ago.

Homegrown – August 2015

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On this month's Homegrown with our hosts, Dan and Jay: We decided to see how good or bad our MLS preseason predictions with less than half the matches left to play. The summer transfer window has closed, what does the lack of US player movement mean to MLS? NASL Commissioner..

Resolutions for the 2013 MLS Season

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With Major League Soccer set to start the 2013 season this weekend, I felt it was time to suggest some resolutions for the forthcoming season. Some of these might not be acceptable to some (or maybe a large amount) of MLS fans, but I am of the opinion that trying to abide by these resolutions would result in the 2013 MLS season being an enjoyable season, for us all.

Resolutions for the 2013 MLS Season

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With Major League Soccer set to start the 2013 season this weekend, I felt it was time to suggest some resolutions for the forthcoming season. Some of these might not be acceptable to some (or maybe a large amount) of MLS fans, but I am of the opinion that trying to abide by these resolutions would result in the 2013 MLS season being an enjoyable season, for us all.

Resolutions for the 2013 MLS Season

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With Major League Soccer set to start the 2013 season this weekend, I felt it was time to suggest some resolutions for the forthcoming season. Some of these might not be acceptable to some (or maybe a large amount) of MLS fans, but I am of the opinion that trying to abide by these resolutions would result in the 2013 MLS season being an enjoyable season, for us all.

Some Random Thoughts on Promotion & Relegation in U.S. Soccer

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Earlier this spring, Ternana, a football club in Terni, Italy, mathematically qualified for promotion from Lega Pro Prima Divisione to Serie B for the first time since 2006. To give their fans a chance to fully celebrate this promotion, the club held a friendly earlier this month. The picture above and the videos below are from that friendly.

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It's not going to happen, so STOP TALKING ABOUT IT! LMA chief Richard Bevan is a bellend for even mentioning the subject. The fact of the matter is the FA can veto any motion that 14 Premier League chairmen clump together and try to ratify. So if foreign ownership in the Premier League does rise [...

Nuno Espirito Santo

Championship: Wolves Promoted Back To The Top-Flight After Fulham Succumb To Late Equaliser Against Brentford (Video)

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Wolves will return to the Premier League next season after Fulham could only draw with Brentford on Saturday.

Nuno Espirito Santo's side, who face Birmingham on Sunday, watched on TV as a last-gasp equaliser from Neal Maupay earned Brentford a point at Craven Cottage, a result which meant Wolves are now assured of top-flight football next season for the first time since 2012.

Wolves land early promotion race blow

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London (AFP) – Big-spending Wolves made a strong start to their promotion bid as Leo Bonatini’s debut goal sealed a 1-0 win over Middlesbrough on the opening weekend of the Championship on Saturday.

Brazilian striker Bonatini, signed on a season-long loan from Saudi Arabian club Al Hilal, punished a mistake from Boro defender Daniel Ayala to settle a tight encounter in the 33rd minute at Molineux.

Ligue 1

Ligue 2: Pandemonium Erupts As Amiens Score In Injury Time To Leap From 6th To 2nd And Clinch Promotion On Goal Difference (Video)

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With things balanced on a knife edge going in, the final Ligue 2 matchday of the season proved to be a bit of a thriller.

Thetop six were separated by just three points before Friday night's games and, sure enough, it was the team down in 6th place, Amiens SC, who ended up sneaking into the automatic promotion places in the most dramatic of circumstances.

Evian promoted to French top flight

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REIMS, France Evian won promotion from France's Ligue 2 following a 2-1 victory at 10-man Stade Reims. Evian, who now have 64 points with one match left, cannot finish outside the top three after a late Cedric Cambon strike gave them the three points. Evian, sponsored by fresh food group Danone, had won promotion [.

La Liga

Belated Holiday Gifts You Deserve

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Christmas is all about love and family and yultide greetings and adorable bandanas on dogs and snow and giving gifts to others. Now that Christmas has passed, though, it's time to revert to your selfish, materialist ways. And I have just the best auto-regalos for your stocking.

Of course, they revolve around football and smart writing.

Spanish Futbol Plus Excellent Journalism = Support!

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Hello friends,

as your trusted guardian of all that is cool and just and neat and worth reading, I would like to direct your attention to a really cool Spanish soccer journalism project. It is called "Los Demas", and here's the deal: a monthly long-form piece of journalism about teams in La Liga other than Real Madrid and Barcelona.

New, Snazzy eBook for your Summer Enjoyment

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Every year, I gather up my ten favorite pieces of soccer writing and deliver them to you at a delightful price of one dollar. This year, I kinda sorta maybe procrastinated, but, in reality, it was all a ploy to whet your appetite for my writing. I am 145% sexier and more readable in eInk format, Scout's honor.


Finally Back!

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As Julio Cesar himself said, we're back at the top!

(I cant help but appreciate Cesar's passion for this team, even after having left so many years ago)

Its been an eventful two years, and two years which really should have never happened. But it was inevitable, and I think in the long run we'll be better off because of the two years we spent away from the Superleague.

POTD : Delightful Photos Of Crystal Palace Fans As They Celebrate Promotion To Premier League

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It is certainly a fantastic moment for Crystal Palace fans who celebrated their side's victory in the Championship play-offs at Wembley last night There were tears and cheers in the stands as Kevin Phillips scored from the penalty spot in extra time to lead Palace to a 1-0 victory, who marked their return to top-flight football after a whopping eight years!

Spanish 2º Division


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Pardew’s double-edged “praise” for Hughton in patronising lecture to fans…

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With today's game against Norwich City seeing Alan Pardew's predecessor, Chris Hughton, returning to St James' Park for the first time since his sacking in December 2010, there has been far more of the usual pre match words from the managers on both sides. On the Pardew side, amongst other things, he has been anxious [.

Newcastle United 2011 accounts online.

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Newcastle United's annual accounts were finally released to the public today by Companies House. These, of course, are the accounts which cover last season, our first since being promoted back to the Premiership at the first attempt. As previously announced in a PR statement by the club's Managing Director, Derek Llambias, operating losses before player [.

Magical Magpie Memories: The 80s Part One (Promotion, Helicopters and Tearful Farewells)

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"Going Up" "Northern Life" special 1984. 30 minute Tyne Tees Television special programme from 1984, where David Burton reviews Newcastle United's 1983-4 promotion season. Featuring Arthur Cox, Kevin Keegan, and some classic Keegan, Waddle and Beardsley goals from the days when the club had a front three that I'm sure quite a few Toon [.

Barton reveals on “Ayatollah” Ashley, ultimatums, player’s committees, Hughton’s sacking and everything…

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Well, Joey Barton did promise on Twitta that he would "tell all when the time was right" and he's finally kept his word. Speaking in a long audio podcast interview for the Queen's Park Ranger's 'blog "Open All R's," he finally lifted the lid on his time at Newcastle United and his strained relationship with [.

The Championship

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With most teams having fifteen or fewer matches to play this season, it is far from certain which three teams from the Championship will be playing Premier League football next season. As it stands, the two most obvious candidates are the teams that have led the way for most of the season, current leaders, West [.

The betting man’s season preview

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With the season opener Hull v Blackpool commencing Friday evening (KO 19:45) LTLF's gambling column will look at the bookie's predictions for the season ahead as well as the best odds available for our upcoming home game against Barnsley [...]

The Rest

Let’s Hear It For… Accrington Stanley, Back From The Brink And Newly Promoted To League One!

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Last night was a big night for Accrington Stanley who, with a 2-0 win over Yeovil, formally secured their promotion to League One.

Accrington are currently perched atop the League Two table, four points clear of Luton in second with four games left to play, but the three points garnered on Tuesday evening saw the point-gap between themselves and the play-off spots become mathematically unassailable.

Der FC St. Pauli wünscht uns allen auch eine frohe Weihnacht…

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Weihnachten hier, Weihnachten da. Man kommt den vielen Weihnachtsgrüßen, egal ob über Facebook, Twitter, Youtube oder über ganz normale Internetseiten derzeit nicht mehr aus. Irgendwie gehört das diese Tage auch dazu. Spieler und Vereine haben nichts zu tun und daher können sie sich ganz normal auf diese weihnachtliche Art der Promotion (ja was anderes ist [.

The Carolina Railhawks. Past, Present and Possibilities of MLS

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Currently the Carolina RailHawks are the class of the NASL. They sit atop the table in the North American Soccer League after an impressive first half of the season which saw them go on a 10 game win streak and a record 13 unbeaten matches. Naturally, the questions begin to come about the future... Questions about the future of players, of coaches, management and ownership.

A summer of renewal

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Despite attempting desperately to resist the lures of writing the rather obvious pre-season transfer desires article, I have managed just one day of this battle with temptation and have succumbed to entertaining this very issue. Nottingham Forest's failure to reach the play-off final, and as such the promised land of the English Premier Division, will [.