Why the Championship Playoffs Is the Greatest Tournament in Football

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Why the Championship Playoffs Is the Greatest Tournament in Football
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Everyone has their favorite time of year.

For some, it’s Christmas.

For some, it’s the summer.

For some, it's Ashley Cole's bi-annual public meltdown on Twitter.

But there are people for whom those times of year do nothing. There are people in this world who count down the days in their calendar to the Championship playoffs.

And after the dramatic finish to this weekend's Watford vs. Leicester City game, you can see why.

Four teams from English football's second tier battle it out in a knockout tournament, with the winner gaining promotion to the Premier League. And it doesn't get any better than that.

Fans desperately want their team to play on one of world football's biggest stages, and players with dreams of making their name want themselves in the shop window in one of sport's most lucrative shopping centers.

This year Watford, Brighton & Hove Albion, Crystal Palace and Leicester City have all been competing for an elevator pass to the most watched league in the world.

So you can stuff your World Cups, throw your Champions Leagues down a well, and put the FA Cup in a rocket ship and fire it over a rainbow.

This is our love letter to the greatest tournament in football: the Championship playoffs.

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