Leeds United celebrated their promotion to the Premier League by tweeting “Vamos Leeds Carajo” but what is the translation and meaning of the phrase?

After a 16-year wait, Leeds United are returning to the top division of English football, the Premier League.

Leeds’ promotion was confirmed on July 17th after West Brom lost away to Huddersfield.

On July 22nd, the team celebrated their league success with the long-awaited trophy presentation and an open-top bus celebration which has come in for criticism due to the ongoing pandemic.

As part of Leeds’ title-winning celebrations, the club’s official Twitter account tweeted out a message that read “Vamos Leeds Carajo!” which is a saying that has become hugely popular since Marcelo Bielsa took charge at Elland Road.

But just what is the translation of ‘Vamos Leeds Carajo’ and why have Leeds adopted it?

Leeds celebrate Championship title win

Leeds confirmed their place back in the Premier League in style on Wednesday (July 22nd) as they convincingly disposed on Charlton 4-0, relegating Charlton down to League One in the process.

Since Marcelo Bielsa took over at Leeds in 2018, the Yorkshire club has been on a prolonged offensive with the aim of finally winning promotion back to the Premier League.

And after a season of ups and downs, United finished 10 points ahead of their nearest rivals, West Brom.

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What does “Vamos Leeds Carajo” mean?

Vamos Leeds Carajo is a term that has become hugely popular among Leeds fans since Marcelo Bielsa became manager in 2018.

  • “Vamos Leeds Carajo” roughly translated, means “f***ing come on Leeds.”

The expletive term has been used as a motivational shout and was even painted as a mural on a power box in Leeds by a fan dubbed the Burley Banksy who also sells artwork of the saying.

Where did the phrase originate?

“Vamos Leeds Carajo” dates back to Marcelo Bielsa’s time as the manager of Argentinian side Newell’s Old Boys.

After winning the league title in the 1990/91 season, his first in charge of the club, Bielsa could be heard yelling “¡Newell’s, carajo!” as his players raised him onto their shoulders in celebration.

In 2009, Newell’s even went as far as naming their stadium, Estadio Marcelo Bielsa, after their former manager.

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The heroic, albeit expletive phrase has since been adopted as a war cry by Leeds fans and the club has even used the term themselves, both in celebrating promotion to the Premier League as well as teasing Bielsa’s contract renewal in May 2019.

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