Swansea City: Premier League

What with all the terrible things surrounding Fifa over the last few days, it would be easy to think that football was broken and that wasn’t worth caring about. However yesterday afternoon’s Championship play-off final put paid to that notion, serving up an absolute feast of football, and giving the Premier League its first ever Welsh team – Swansea City.

The Swans won their place at domestic football’s top table after a dramatic 4-2 win over Reading at Wembley. They were 3-0 up inside 40 minutes after a blistering start, but Reading battled on, and fought back to 3-2 before just missing out on the equaliser, hitting the post. Swansea then went up the other end and got a penalty, sealing their win and giving the Premier League a flamboyant new addition to its ranks.

‘I'm so happy for the people of Swansea, south Wales and Wales as a whole,’ said Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers. ‘They are wonderful passionate people. There is absolutely no doubt the Premier League will be a better place having Swansea in it.

‘I think some people think Wales stops at Cardiff but if you keep going an hour down the road there's a great city, one of the most beautiful places in the world.

‘We're going to places like Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge so it will be tough, but we'll try to maintain the way we play. We said before this game we must maintain the identity of the team under pressure, with millions watching. You've seen a clear demonstration of how we play today.’

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