Written by on May 25, 2023

Brighton and Hove Albion have qualified for Europe for the first time in their 122-year history, after holding league Champions, Manchester City to a thrilling one-all draw last night.

A club who were playing in League One, the English League third tier division 12 years ago have qualified for the 2023/24 UEFA Europa League, thanks to club manager Roberto de Zirbi’s managerial impetus that has seen a host of European clubs already eyeing the Italian.

The Seagulls have been soaring all season, and After six matches, they were fourth in the table but then lost manager Graham Potter to Chelsea, who paid in excess of £21m to secure his services, as well as his assistant Billy Reid and several other key members of the coaching staff.

Yet rather than this being a setback for the club, it proved to be a catalyst. In came ex-Shakhtar Donetsk boss Roberto de Zerbi and the club have not looked back since.

After the match on Wednesday, striker said:

It has been difficult, we’ve had a transition with a new manager coming in and everyone has responded in a brilliant way.

To get Europa League football is amazing. From top to bottom the club is outstanding. This club is on a rise and we can’t wait for the Europa League next season.

No doubt European football will for the very first time ever, be experienced at the American Express Community Stadium in East Sussex, otherwise known as the Amex, which is home ground of Brighton and Hove Albion.

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