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Leeds United A.F.C.

Leeds United AFC
Football club information
Full nameLeeds United Association Football Club
NicknameThe Whites, United, The Peacocks
Founded1919(age 97)
StadiumElland Road (capacity : 39460)
ChairmanKen Bates
ManagerSimon Grayson
LeagueThe Championship
2010 11The Championship, 7th
Current season2011 12 Leeds United A.F.C. season

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Leeds United Association Football Club are an English professional association football club based in Beeston, Leeds, West Yorkshire, who play in the Football League Championship, the second tier of the English football league system. The club's home ground is Elland Road.

The club's most common nicknames are "The Whites", "United" and "The Peacocks", the latter stemming from the former name of Elland Road, The Old Peacock Ground. Although the club's name includes "AFC", the current badge reads "LUFC".

The club have competed at the top level of English football for the majority of their existence, following the disbanding of predecessor Leeds City in 1919. Under the management of Don Revie during the 1960s and 1970s, Leeds won two First Division titles, the FA Cup, the League Cup and the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup twice. After Revie's departure to manage the England team, Leeds were relegated to the Second Division in 1982, not returning to the top flight until 1990, when they were managed by Howard Wilkinson. Leeds were league champions two seasons later, in 1992. During the 1990s and early 2000s Leeds competed for places in Europe, reaching the semi-finals of the UEFA Cup and the UEFA Champions League in consecutive seasons. However, after severe financial difficulties and a mass sale of players, Leeds were relegated from the Premier League and subsequently from The Championship three years later. After three seasons in League One they were promoted back to the Championship on the last day of the 2009 10 season.

Being the city's only professional football team, Leeds United are associated with a large, passionate fan base. Recent online research indicates that they are in the top five most supported clubs in England.

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