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  • Writer's pictureJoe Murray

Newcastle finally secure UCL football after 20 years

Newcastle United have brought Champions League football back to St James' Park for the first time since the 2003/04 season, as the Magpies continue to impress under Eddie Howe. Newcastle have been the feel-good story of the season, with the likes of Alexander Isak, Callum Wilson and Bruno Guimaraes being key reasons for the teams' success.

With an already ambitious squad, as well as an owner that's willing to spend, Newcastle could see Champions League as a regular occurrence at St James' Park. United's entry into the Champions League serves as an attractive proposition for players seeking to showcase their abilities on the grandest stage. The lure of playing against Europe's elite, coupled with the club's ambitious project, can help attract top-tier talent to Newcastle. This influx of quality players will not only bolster the team's chances of success but will also enhance the league's overall reputation, making it an enticing destination for aspiring footballers worldwide.

Beyond the confines of the football pitch, Newcastle United's Champions League qualification has a profound impact on the city and its identity. Football has always held a special place in the hearts of Newcastle residents, and this achievement further solidifies the club's cultural significance. The joy and pride experienced by the local community create a sense of unity, strengthening the city's bond with its beloved club.

Newcastle United's qualification for the UEFA Champions League transcends the boundaries of the club and league, resonating as a momentous occasion that reverberates throughout the footballing world. It showcases the league's growing stature, breaks the hegemony of established powerhouses, and opens up new possibilities for both the club and its league counterparts. As Newcastle United prepares to embark on their maiden Champions League campaign under Eddie Howe, the impact of this achievement will be felt for years to come, fuelling dreams and aspirations of clubs and fans alike.

As for Leicester City, their final fixture is against West Ham and is a must-win game; the magnitude of the situation cannot be overstated. Victory will guarantee their survival in the Premier League, allowing them to breathe a collective sigh of relief. However, any other result, be it a draw or a defeat, could see them fall victim to the perils of relegation. Relegation would have far-reaching consequences for Leicester City.

Financially, the club would face a significant setback due to the loss of Premier League revenue and potential sponsorships. It could also impact the ability to attract and retain top-tier players, potentially leading to a dismantling of the squad. Moreover, relegation would be a blow to the club's reputation and ambitions, necessitating a rebuild in the lower division. After all, losing the likes of James Maddison and Harvey Barnes for cheap would be a huge hit for the club. We will have to see how the upcoming weeks impact Leicester, but as for the Magpies, they can now celebrate a long-awaited and monumental achievement - even on a Monday!

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