There are two big games that our fans will be watching today.
The first is the Championship playoff final between Fulham and Aston Villa at Wembley where the winner joins Wolves and Cardiff City in being promoted to the Premier League and all the big money.
We are hoping that Fulham win because they were unlucky last season and we are hoping Aleksandar Mitrovic – on loan in London – can score the winner for them.
He’s already helped them out this year by scoring 12 goals in just 19 appearances for Fulham.
Fulham’s talented Serbian manager Slavisa Jokanovic has already said he wants to sign his compatriot Mitrovic if the club gets promoted today and he is also interested in Dwight Gayle.
So we could even see two of our strikers move to Fulham if they can get promoted later this afternoon.
Aleksandar Mitrovic – Magpies’ striker on loan at Fulham
It’s going to depend on how the players react to the big occasion, and at least £100M is at stake for both teams – maybe Villa skipper John Terry can bring that patience and calmness to the Villa team?
Geordie Steve Bruce will lead out Aston Villa, and he’s done an excellent job since joining them as manager in October 2016 – this is his first full season in charge.
That’s one game we are really looking forward to, and it can affect some of our players being sold.
The second game is the Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid and will take place in the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine.
Liverpool have won the European Championship (Champions League now, previously the European Cup) five times in their history and the last time was back in 2005 in Istanbul, Turkey.
That’s when current Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez was the Reds manager in his first season on Merseyside – and he produced the “Miracle of Istanbul,” and Liverpool won the game on penalties after the Reds had been 3-0 down at halftime to Milan.
Rafa made one or two tactical changes at halftime.
Real Madrid have won the European Championship 12 times including three of the last four years, and they won the trophy the first 5 times it was held from 1956 through 1960.
The favorites are Real Madrid – but we wonder about that.
Jack Farish is currently studying for a Master’s degree in sport and exercise psychology at Northumbria University.
His thesis project looks at Premier League fans’ team identification – how well they support and identify with their team.
Jack has put together a relatively short questionnaire of team identification and satisfaction with life; it should take no longer than 10 minutes.
You can help Jack by filling out the survey here.