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Back from the brink - Laudrup steers Swans into Europe

Swansea will represent England in next season's Europa League - their eighth appearance in Europe - after winning the Capital One Cup.

The Welsh club were almost relegated from the Football League status 10 years ago. A 4-2 win over Hull City on the final day of the 2002-03 season saw them beat the drop.

Michael Laudrup has described Swansea's Capital One Cup win as the greatest achievement of his career.

Nathan Dyer (2), Jonathan de Guzman (2) and Michu were on target as Laudrup's side beat League Two Bradford City 5-0 at Wembley.

"It's the most important trophy I've won," said the Swans boss. "You will win trophies with big clubs. With smaller clubs it's very rare you go into finals, and when you do you normally play one of the big teams."

Cup success

Laudrup had already won three cup competitions as manager of Brondby in his native Denmark.

He added: "Swansea is not the biggest team in the Premier League but we are here winning a trophy and that is fantastic. To win a trophy with a smaller club is outstanding."

Swansea had beaten Liverpool and Chelsea on their way to the final.

"This final and this competition this season will be remembered for what Bradford has achieved and a bit for we have done.

"We can be proud of this. It was a little strange being a major favourite in the final and we had to win this.

"The players did great, played with a lot of confidence, patience. Winning was the most important thing, but the way we did it was a great performance."

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