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The English Football League Championship is the highest division of the English Football League (EFL) and second-highest overall in the English football league system after the Premier League. The league is contested by 24 clubs. Each season, the two top-finishing teams in the Championship are automatically promoted to the Premier League. The teams that finish the season in 3rd to 6th place enter a playoff tournament, with the winner also gaining promotion to the Premier League. The three lowest-finishing teams in the Championship are relegated to League One.
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Bristol City maintain 100% start with win at StokeBristol City maintain their winning start to the new Championship season with victory at Stoke.
Southampton 0-2 Brentford: Championship side spring Carabao Cup shockA near full-strength Southampton side is knocked out of the Carabao Cup by Championship Brentford.
Debut Fraser goal sends Newcastle through in EFL CupNewcastle reach the third round of the Carabao Cup with a narrow win over Blackburn Rovers of the Championship.
Carabao Cup: Newcastle 1-0 BlackburnNewcastle reach the third round of the Carabao Cup with a narrow win over Blackburn Rovers of the Championship.
Watford beat Middlesbrough in Championship openerWatford mark their first game back in the Championship with a hard-fought victory over Middlesbrough.
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Wycombe Wanderers: The 'rejects' behind their rise to the ChampionshipA vision from god, an arthritic centre-back and a reformed character - the players behind Wycombe's rise to the Championship.
Championship fixtures 2020-21: Wycombe Wanderers host Rotherham United in openerWycombe will host Rotherham in their first ever match in the Championship on the opening weekend of the 2020-21 season.
EFL fixtures 2020-21: Your club-by-club guide to the new seasonFind out your team's fixtures in the Championship, League One and League Two during the 2020-21 season.
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Vladimir Ivic: Watford confirm appointment of new head coachChampionship club Watford confirm the appointment of Vladimir Ivic as their new head coach.
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Championship play-off final: Brentford 1-2 Fulham (AET)Fulham beat Brentford to secure an immediate return to the Premier League as Joe Bryan scores two extra-time goals in the Championship play-off final.
Wigan relegated from Championship after losing appeal against 12-point penaltyWigan's relegation to League One is confirmed after they lose their appeal against a 12-point deduction for going into administration.
Aitor Karanka: Birmingham City confirm Spaniard as new head coachEx-Middlesbrough and Nottingham Forest boss Aitor Karanka is named head coach of Championship club Birmingham City.
Fulham into Championship play-off final despite Cardiff defeatFulham withstand a Cardiff fightback to reach the Championship play-off final despite losing the second leg at Craven Cottage.
Brentford beat Swansea to reach Championship play-off finalBrentford beat Swansea in the final ever game at Griffin Park to reach the Championship play-off final.
Griffin Park: Can Brentford give ground perfect send-off by winning promotion through the play-offs?Brentford bid to give Griffin Park the perfect send-off in the Championship play-offs, even if their fans cannot join them.
Challenge Cup: Sheffield Eagles withdraw with player welfare 'overriding factor'Championship club Sheffield Eagles withdraw from this season's Challenge Cup, citing player welfare concerns.
Thomas Frank: Brentford boss wants VAR in Championship after play-off lossBrentford head coach Thomas Frank calls on video assistant referees to be used in the Championship after his side had a player sent off at Swansea.
Coventry City: Championship-bound club to stay at Birmingham's St Andrew's groundCoventry City agree to groundshare at Birmingham City's St Andrew's Stadium for the 2020-21 campaign.
Leeds United defend open-top bus celebration after stay home pleaThe club has been criticised for parading the Championship trophy after telling fans to stay home.
How did a remarkable finish to the Championship season pan out?On a dramatic final night of the 2019-20 Championship season, here's a round up of what happened.
Brentford 1-2 Barnsley: Tykes grab late winner to secure Championship survivalBarnsley grab an injury-time winner at Brentford to secure Championship survival and condemn the Bees to the play-offs.
Wigan Athletic: Preferred bidder chosen, says administrator Gerald KrasnerA preferred buyer for Championship club Wigan Athletic has been chosen, says administrator Gerald Krasner.
'The prize is the Premier League' - all to play for as Championship concludesWhat is still to be decided when the 2019-20 Championship season finishes on Wednesday?
Danny Cowley: Huddersfield Town sack manager after 10 months in chargeHuddersfield Town sack manager Danny Cowley after 10 months in charge of the Championship club.
Leeds win Championship title after Brentford defeat hits their automatic promotion hopesBrentford miss the chance to put Championship promotion in their own hands by falling to defeat at Stoke City.
Brentford miss chance to go second as Leeds confirmed as championsBrentford miss the chance to put Championship promotion in their own hands by falling to defeat at Stoke City.
Brentford 1-0 Preston North End: Ollie Watkins hits winner as Bees close gap on Championship leadersAn Ollie Watkins goal earns Brentford victory over Preston and keeps the pressure on the top two in the automatic promotion race.
Wigan Athletic 8-0 Hull City: Wigan score seven goals in first halfWigan Athletic score seven first-half goals to stun relegation-threatened Hull City before equalling the biggest victory in Championship history.
Wycombe edge past Oxford to secure historic promotion to ChampionshipWycombe win promotion to the Championship after beating Oxford in the League One play-off final at Wembley.
Fulham 2-0 Cardiff City: Mitrovic and Onomah goals boost top-two hopesGoals from Aleksandar Mitrovic and Josh Onomah give Fulham victory over Championship promotion rivals Cardiff City.
Fulham beat Cardiff to keep alive automatic promotion hopesGoals from Aleksandar Mitrovic and Josh Onomah give Fulham victory over Championship promotion rivals Cardiff City.
Middlesbrough 0-1 Queens Park Rangers: Jordan Hugill goal dents Boro's survival hopesJordan Hugill hurts both himself and Middlesbrough's hopes of Championship survival with a brilliantly lobbed winner for QPR.
Leeds beat Blackburn to stretch led at top of ChampionshipLeeds United strengthen their position at the top of the Championship table with a resounding victory at Blackburn Rovers.
Millwall beat lowly Charlton to boost play-off bidMillwall boost their Championship play-off hopes with a late winner against rivals Charlton which dents the Addicks' survival hopes.
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Hull City 2-1 Middlesbrough: Mallik Wilks goal gives Tigers dramatic winHull move out of the Championship drop zone as Mallik Wilks' stoppage-time strike gives them a dramatic win over Middlesbrough.
Wigan Athletic: Administrator says there is plenty of interest in buying clubOne of Wigan Athletic's administrators says there have been 10 different expressions of interest in taking over the Championship side.
Forest up to fourth with win over lowly HuddersfieldLewis Grabban scores twice as Championship promotion hopefuls Nottingham Forest beat struggling Huddersfield Town.
Bristol City 1-2 Sheffield Wednesday: Connor Wickham & Massimo Luongo give Owls winBristol City's fading Championship play-off hopes are dealt another blow with defeat by Sheffield Wednesday at Ashton Gate.
Leeds United 3-0 Fulham: Marcelo Bielsa's side go top of Championship, Aleksandar Mitrovic faces retrospective actionLeeds go back to the top of the Championship with victory over Fulham, whose topscorer Aleksandar Mitrovic could face a ban for an off-the-ball elbow.
Brentford beat West Brom to boost promotion bidOllie Watkins scores the only goal as Brentford beat leaders West Brom to hot up the Championship automatic promotion race.
Brentford boost promotion hopes with win over leaders West BromOllie Watkins scores the only goal as Brentford beat leaders West Brom to hot up the Championship automatic promotion race.