Leeds United lift the Sky Bet Championship trophy

Marcelo Bielsa and his players celebrate at Elland Road after 4-0 victory over Charlton

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Leeds United celebrate their Championship triumph as they lift the trophy after their 4-0 win against Charlton Athletic

Leeds have been presented with the Sky Bet Championship trophy at Elland Road following their 4-0 win over Charlton.

Leeds ended their 16-year wait to return to the Premier League on Friday night after Huddersfield beat West Brom, meaning the Yorkshire club secured promotion without kicking a ball.

They secured top spot on Saturday after Brentford lost 1-0 to Stoke and were presented with the trophy on Wednesday evening after comprehensively beating Charlton.

Marcelo Bielsa and the players celebrate winning the Sky Bet Championship.
Image: Marcelo Bielsa and the Leeds players celebrate winning the Sky Bet Championship

Leeds have enjoyed an impressive campaign after bouncing back from last season's play-off heartache to clinch promotion, returning to the top flight for the first time since 2004.

The club has endured several near misses and spent three years in League One between 2007 and 2010.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, supporters had to watch the trophy presentation live on Sky Sports with the Charlton game behind closed doors.

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Highlights from the Sky Bet Championship game between Leeds United and Charlton Athletic

In pictures: Leeds' title celebrations

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Recovering from heartache

LEEDS, ENGLAND - MAY 15:  of Leeds United of Derby County during the Sky Bet Championship Play-off Semi Final, second leg match between Leeds United and Derby County at Elland Road on May 15, 2019 in Leeds, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Image: Leeds' campaign ended in disappointment last season

For the majority of last season, it looked as though Marcelo Bielsa had masterminded a return to the Premier League at the first attempt. At times they looked unstoppable, with seven straight wins from November into December keeping them top of the pile throughout Christmas.

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But, to use the old cliche, their campaign truly was a game of two halves. Cracks began to appear with a 2-0 defeat to Hull on December 29 after which they started 2019 with three defeats from five games. Shortly afterwards they were toppled from the summit and though top-two hopes remained intact in the final few weeks, defeats to Wigan and Brentford across the Easter weekend resigned them to the play-offs.

Something of a rivalry with Derby was born in January 2019 when Leeds were accused of spying on the Rams' training sessions ahead of a meeting between the two. Leeds then went on to beat Frank Lampard's side 2-0 at Elland Road, but while it was written in the stars that they would be paired in the play-offs, Derby launched a stunning second-leg comeback to win 4-3 on aggregate.

They have learned from the mistakes of last year and certainly learned the hard way, but for Leeds fans this will taste all the sweeter.

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Liam Cooper has captained Leeds United to the Premier League
Image: Liam Cooper has captained Leeds United to the Premier League

Leeds United Football Club. Back to the promised land. They are a Premier League team for the first time in 16 years.

Marcelo Bielsa's boys secured promotion with two games still to play. Despite 17,000 cardboard cutouts blowing in the wind at Elland Road, thousands upon thousands of fans worldwide will be tearful, emotional, but relieved to see their team back in the top flight.

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