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Swansea wins first title in a century

  • Bloomberg, Monday, February 25, 2013 1:26 PM

Welsh English Premier League club Swansea City beat English fourth division Bradford City, 5-0, in England's League Cup final -- the Capital One Cup -- to claim its first major trophy in its 101-year history.

Bradford, the first fourth-tier club to appear in a major Wembley final, had goalkeeper Matt Duke red-carded while 3-0 down. Nathan Dyer and Jonathan de Guzman scored two goals each and Michu struck once. The victory comes with a berth in next season's Europa League -- a decade after the Welsh club nearly folded because of financial problems.

“It was a great performance,” Swansea coach Michael Laudrup. “As a manager it’s absolutely at the top, winning a trophy for the first time in 100 years. The first trophy is always special, and now next year in Europe. It’s a nice experience.”

Swansea almost went out of business and narrowly avoided dropping out of the Football League in 2003, surviving with a win over Hull City on the final day of the season of fourth division play.

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