A University Football Team Will Be Playing European Football Next Season

Leicester City's fairytale Premier League triumph in 2015/16 might have just been ousted as the greatest achievement in sporting history.

That's because over in Wales, Cardiff Met University FC qualified for next season's Europa League yesterday after a thrilling play-off penalty shoot-out win over Bala Town.

The South Wales outfit, with their squad largely made up of students pursuing PHD and Masters degrees in various subjects such as sport psychology, sport coaching, performance analysis and more, lost their last two play-off finals prior to this one.

But after securing the final Welsh Premier League play-off spot and having beaten Caernarfon Town in the semi-finals, it was well and truly third time lucky for Cardiff.

Their heartbreak was replaced with complete euphoria this time around when goalkeeper Will Fuller saved three penalties in the shoot-out after a 1-1 draw.

Eliot Evans converted the winning penalty and sparked some quie incredible scenes amongst Christian Edward's side.

Although they will have to go through a series of play-off rounds, a student side who play for free will now participate in the same competition as the mighty Manchester United. Let that sink in.

To add to the incredible achievement, the women's team will play in next season's Champions League. It promises to be quite the European adventure for all those associated with Cardiff Met Uni.

Featured Image Credit: Twitter/@MLofthousePJ

Josh Lawless

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