Fulham is one game away from returning to the English Premier League after the historic London club outlasted fellow second-tier side Cardiff City over two legs Thursday, advancing on aggregate 3-2.
The Cottagers will now take on west London rival Brentford on Tuesday at Wembley Stadium in the English Championship final, with a place in the big-money Prem on the line. The annual match has been called the most lucrative in international soccer, with media rights for the world’s most popular sports circuit worth more than $100 million to each of England’s 20 top-flight clubs.
Fulham has spent most of the 21st century in the Premier League, but played five of its last six seasons in the grueling Championship division, widely regarded as the toughest second-tier league in the global game. The humble club — which operates in a city that boats European titans Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham and has a long history of fielding players from the United States — returned to the Prem for the 2018-19 campaign but were relegated again at the end of that season.