Category: EFL Championship

The English Football League Championship (often referred to as the Championship for short or the Sky Bet Championship for sponsorship reasons)[1] is the highest division of the English Football League and second-highest overall in the English football league system, after the Premier League. Each year, the top finishing teams in the Championship are promoted to the Premier League, and the lowest finishing teams are relegated to League One.

The Football League Championship, which was introduced for the 2004–05 season, was previously known as the Football League First Division (1992–2004), and before that was known as Division Two (1892–1992). The winners of the Championship receive the Football League Championship trophy, the same trophy as the old First Division champions were handed prior to the Premier League’s inception in 1992.

The Championship is the wealthiest non-top flight football division in the world and the seventh richest division in Europe.[2] With an average match attendance for the 2015-16 season of 17,578, the Championship ranked second after the German 2. Bundesliga as the most-watched secondary league in the world.

In the 2015–16 season, Burnley were the division champions, Middlesbrough were the runners up, and Hull City were promoted via the play-offs. At present, Ipswich Town hold the longest tenure in the Championship, last being out of the division in the 2001–02 season when they were relegated from the Premier League.

Tottenham ‘leading the race’ for 22-year-old playmaker who is ‘ready to quit’ club

According to the Mirror, Tottenham Hotspur are ‘leading the race’ for playmaker Jack Grealish who is ‘ready to quit Aston Villa’ this summer. The 22-year-old wants a return to the Premier League and is waiting for Spurs to make an official bid to take him to White Hart Lane. After Villa lost in the Championship […]

Southampton lead Wolves in the race for Manchester City outcast

Joe Hart might be surplus to requirements at Manchester City under Pep Guardiola, but he is still a wanted man, with The Times reporting that Southampton and Wolverhampton Wanderers are both keen on the 31-year-old. It’s been a bad season for Hart, with the experienced goalkeeper left out of Gareth Southgate‘s England squad for the […]

Fulham and Aston Villa battling to sign £4.4m-rated centre-forward

Hannover's Niclas Füllkrug

Fulham and Aston Villa are said to be keen on Hannover striker Niclas Füllkrug, according to reports from German outlet Bild. The promotion-hopefuls are preparing for this season’s Championship play-offs as they bid to reach the Premier League and have already identified a target to strengthen their attack.  Cardiff City, who are already promoted to […]

Celtic among five teams keen to agree deal with Rubin Kazan for 23-year-old

Leicester City, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Everton, Fulham and Celtic are interested in Rubin Kazan striker Sardar Azmoun and could battle it out for his signature this summer, reports the Daily Star. The 23-year-old joined Rubin from FK Rostov last summer and has scored and created 10 goals in 25 games in all competitions for his new […]

Bad news as Celtic may not agree deal with Yeovil Town for 21-year-old

Celtic had been linked with Yeovil Town defender Tom James since March, but Bristol Post have revealed the Hoops have competition from Bristol City for his signature. The 21-year-old joined Yeovil from Cardiff City in January 2017 and has gone on to make 48 appearances in all competition for the Glovers. James, a Welsh u19 […]