Leeds United superfans pay musical tribute to Marcelo Bielsa and his men

Leeds has hit the high note as the city continues to celebrate Leeds United’s long-awaited promotion with fans from across the world toasting the club’s monumental achievement.

By Joe Cooper
Sunday, 26th July 2020, 4:45 pm

Whites superfans Kaiser Chiefs paid a brilliant tribute to Marcelo Bielsa's men with a cover version of a Queen classic.

The Leeds indie heroes, fronted by singer Ricky Wilson, wearing a club top, sang We are the Champions, dedicated to the Championship-winning squad of their hometown.

Leeds United posted the video on social media.

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The band themselves are named after the former South African club of Leeds United legend Lucas Radebe, who played for the Whites from 1994 to 2005.

Bassist Simon Rix, who has described coach Marcelo Bielsa as a "long-awaited hero" in a YEP tribute, holds up a sign in the cover video saying 'Bielsa is God."

The five-piece band then went on to cover one of their most famous songs, I Predict a Riot, from 2004.

The Opera North orchestra also struck a chord, playing a rousing rendition of Marching on Together during their first week of socially distanced rehearsals at Leeds Town Hall.

Leeds United fans celebrate outside Elland Road (photo: Danny Lawson / PA Wire).

The Whites have many fans from the world of music, including James singer Tim Booth.

He posted on social media: "Congratulations Leeds United. The players who have given everything. Radrizzani’s brilliant navigation. Bielsa in the premier league, magnificent."

Closer to home, Leeds YouTube star Lewis Deighton, known as LUFC Lewis, has recorded a 'Leeds are Going up' cover version of the KC and The Sunshine Band classic, Give it Up.

Local hero Micky P Kerr has recorded new Bielsa tribute songs Getting Bielsa and Leeds Oddity as homage to the Whites' enigmatic coach.

The Kaiser Chiefs at Brudenell Social Club in Leeds.

From the world of acting, well known Leeds superfan and Game of Thrones actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau recorded a moving message for Bielsa from his native Denmark.

And legendary Aussie actor Russell Crowe simply posted: "Leeds United".

Elsewhere, Leeds-based North Brewing Co have teamed up with Leeds United fanzine, The Square Ball, to brew a Premier League return celebration beer.

The beer, a 4.5 per cent Californian-style pale ale, will be available on their webshop and at family of bars and bottle shops across Leeds on Wednesday, August 5.

There will also be 500 limited edition packs available, including a t-shirt and badge set.

The beer will also be available as single cans, which will initially be limited to four per person.

North Brewing Co is offering free shipping via the webshop on all orders over £20 within a three mile radius of the city centre brewery.