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Perfect and unforgettable: Italian press rave about Leeds United's Elland Road

A team in the doldrums, Leeds United as a club are still capable of inspiring.

Leeds United fans may have been worn down over the years and even the rollercoaster of this season, but there is still a magic about the club.

Italian journalist Marco Macca of GianlucadiMarzio.com was at Elland Road for the midweek match with Norwich City, and despite a fourth successive loss for the team, he was left spellbound by the experience.

He noted: "Elland Road was an evening of unforgettable football. (The) Field perfect, overwhelming atmosphere, engaging.

"I can only say that it will be a moral duty to come back here. At Elland Road I lived a magical evening of true football."

It is easy to get caught up in the constant off field shenanigans at Leeds, which distract from the potential the club has, and what once made it great.

Leeds still play at a fantastic stadium and have one of the most committed and vociferous fanbases around. It makes the years of frustration outside the top flight all the more difficult to take in.

The Whites have a host of Italian players at the club which were bought after Massimo Cellino took over, creating extra interest in the club in the country.

Italy's top teams are no strangers to dropping down the divisions in recent years, with Juventus forced to play in Serie B due to a match fixing scandal, and Fiorentina going bust and starting again from the lower leagues under new management.

Both teams have long since bounced back to the top flight, but despite Leeds' impressive infrastructure, they remain stuck in neutral as another middle of the road, if eventful season comes to a conclusion.

Fans should not be dispirited in the knowledge that their club remains a fantastic one, regardless of the soap opera-like shenanigans which have surrounded it over the past decade.

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