What is a “White Card” in a football match?

What is a “White Card” in a football match? 

Football is a sport that has a huge fan base all around the world. However, with time, there has been a need for changes to be introduced within the sport to make it more entertaining and to attract a new audience. The introduction of the white card is one of the few innovations that football has incorporated thus far. In this article, we will delve deeper into the topic of the white card, trying to understand what it is and how it works.

White Card: What is it and What is it For?

For some time now, there has been talk of the white card in football. But what exactly is it? First and foremost, when we see it, we must forget the term “penalty.” Unlike a yellow or red card, a white card does not want to punish the player who receives it. Instead, its purpose is to underline a nice gesture of fair play within the match.

For instance, imagine if Diego Armando Maradona had admitted on the pitch in 1986 that he had scored with his hand against England in the quarterfinals of the World Cup. In that scenario, the referee could have drawn the white card against him.

But what do players get for receiving a white card? Nothing, at least not at the moment. There are currently no bonuses for those who see the new card waved in front of their eyes, except for some applause and the respect of many people. The idea of FIFA and UEFA is to reward gestures that help football become more fair and positive. Football, especially, is always surrounded by toxic attitudes, which, consequently, cause unpleasant moments. Perhaps, in this way, the will of the protagonists on the field to be more inclined to fair play will increase.

The White Card in Football: The Idea Behind It

So how did the idea of the white card come about? The first to propose it was Michel Platini, who wanted to introduce a mini-penalty similar to the one seen in sports such as water polo within football. The white card had to be a temporary expulsion (about 5–10 minutes), which would have penalized an entire team for a fraction of the game. But how would one choose when to extract it? What is the meeting point between the yellow card and the red card? All unsportsmanlike gestures. Platini, in fact, would have used the color white to punish gestures such as wasting time, simulations, protests against the referee, etc.

When Was the White Card Used in Football?

The white card has already been used once, in the women’s football super derby between Benfica and Sporting Lisbon. The match referee, Catarina Campos, waved it on two occasions during the ninety minutes of play, both towards the benches of the two teams. The doctors of the two teams were the ones to be rewarded because, during the match, they left the playing field to go and help a fan who had fallen ill in the stands. A nice gesture that, in a tense atmosphere like that of a derby, was appreciated and underlined by the white card.


In conclusion, the white card represents an interesting innovation within football, a sport that is always in search of new tools to increase fairness and sportsmanship. While it is not yet clear how the white card will be used in the future, it is an encouraging sign that the highest authorities in football are thinking about ways to encourage good behavior on and off the field. Hopefully, the use of the white card will inspire players, coaches, and fans alike to strive for a cleaner, more positive version of the game.







  1. Lazio Vs Lecce (Yes) Friday

Both struggling to fulfill their seasonal ambitions, 3rd placed Lazio still has a chance to finish second as 16th placed Lecce are just 3 points out of relegation. I do expect both sides to attack and at least score a goal. 8/10 last H2H meetings have seen both teams score

  1. Leeds Vs Newcastle (O2.5) Saturday

Leeds are battling relegation as Newcastle is aiming to secure their qualification in Champions League football next season. I do expect an end to end game with a minimum of 3 goals since teams do less of defending yet both want the 3 points in this fixture.

  1. Chelsea Vs Nottingham (1) Saturday

Chelsea have really had a long season with lots of poor performances and would like to end the season as good as possible following their multi-million spending in January. Chelsea have won 4/5 last H2H meetings with Nottingham Forest and I do not see them failing to win this following their win against Bournemouth away from home.

  1. Real Madrid Vs Getafe (1) Saturday

Real Madrid are currently 3rd placed with a point behind Atletico and would at least want to finish the season 2nd following Barcelona’s big margin on top of the league. At the Bernebue, let us move with Real Madrid

  1. Zenit Vs Krasnodar (1) Saturday

Zenit lead the log and a win today will have increased their chances to win the league. They have also won 4/5 last H2H with Krasnodar who currently sit 6th on the log. Sure win for Zenit today

  1. Osasuna Vs Almeria (1X&U2.5) Saturday

Osasuna currently 10th placed have won 4/5 last H2H with 14th placed Almeria and 4/5 of these meetings have still seen U2.5

  1. Arsenal Vs Brighton (O2.5) Sunday

After being thumped 5:1 by Everton, 7th placed Brighton are away at Emirates today against Arsenal who want to attain maximum points from the remaining games  if they are to have any chances of taking the league. I do anticipate an end to end tactically forward going game with a minimum of 3 goals. All their last 3 meetings have seen O2.5

  1. Juventus Vs Cremonese (1) Sunday

With 4 games to the end of the season, Juventus in 2nd place needs a few points to confirm their Champions League qualification next season. Cremonese 19th on the log, game at Allianz stadium, bo chance for them at all

  1. PSV Vs Sittard (1&O1.5) Sunday

With 5 games to go in Eredivisie, 2nd placed PSV are still pushing to catch up with leaders Feyenoord as the Netherlands top tier proceeds. PSV are unbeaten in their last 19 games in all competitions and have won 4/5 last H2H with 12th placed Sittard all making Over 1.5

  1. Espanyol Vs Barcelona (Yes) Sunday

It’s the Barcelona derby as the league continues and here comes Espanyol one of the sides that give Barcelona the hardest times to win ever. Barcelona have only defeated the hosts twice from their last 5 H2H meetings 3 of these encounters seeing both teams score. I do believe Espanyol will at least score a home goal however much table leaders BArcelonaare the favorites to win tis game.


Everything You Need to Know About the 2023 Copa Libertadores

Everything You Need to Know About the 2023 Copa Libertadores

The draw for the group stage of the Copa Libertadores 2023 took place on March 27. This competition is widely regarded as the most prestigious club football tournament played in South America. The current stage of the competition involves 32 teams from various locations around the continent, with each of the eight groups consisting of a total of four teams. The top two teams in each group will advance to the knockout stage, which is expected to begin in the month of August.

Here’s a breakdown of the groups for the Copa Libertadores 2023:

  • Group A: Flamengo, Racing Avellaneda, Aucas, Nublense
  • Group B: Nacional Montevideo, Internacional Porto Alegre, Independiente Medellin, Metropolitanos
  • Group C: Palmeiras, Barcelona Quito, Bolivar, Cerro Porteño
  • Group D: The Strongest, Fluminense, Sporting Cristal, River Plate
  • Group E: Argentinos Juniors, Corinthians, Liverpool Montevideo, Independiente Del Valle
  • Group F: Boca Juniors, Colo Colo, Monagas, Deportivo Pereira
  • Group G: Athletico Paranaense, Alianza Lima, Atletico Mineiro, Libertad
  • Group H: Olimpia Asuncion, Atletico Nacional Medellin, Melgar, Patronato

At GSB, we are closely following the Copa Libertadores 2023 and providing updated live odds to ensure you do not miss out on any action. This competition is the South American equivalent of the UEFA Champions League, with teams battling it out to be crowned the best on the continent.

Favorites for the Copa Libertadores 2023

Flamengo and Palmeiras, two teams from Brazil, have won two of the previous four editions of the Copa Libertadores, making Brazil’s teams the undisputed champions of the competition in recent years. However, in order to find the most recent winner that was not from Brazil, we have to go all the way back to 2018, when River Plate defeated Boca Juniors in a historic championship game to take home the trophy. The team that reached the finals in 2022, Palmeiras, is the favorite to win the competition this year. The defending champions, Flamengo, are still formidable opponents in this competition despite losing to Independiente del Valle in the South American Super Cup. Other teams from Brazil to keep an eye on are River Plate, Boca Juniors, Fluminense, Atletico Mineiro, and Corinthians. Nevertheless, Palmeiras and Flamengo are the two teams that stand out as clear favorites to win the trophy at the moment.

Hall of Fame of the Copa Libertadores

Argentina has won a total of 25 Copa Libertadores matches, which is the most in the competition’s history. Independiente Avellaneda has the most triumphs, with seven. However, 1984 marks the year of their most recent victory. Boca Juniors is in second place with six championships, one more than the Uruguayan team Pearol, which has five. River Plate and Estudiantes La Plata are two other Argentine teams, both of which have won four matches so far. The Brazilian teams Sao Paulo, Palmeiras, Santos, Gremio, and Flamengo all have three victories, making them the most successful in the country. Peñarol and Nacional Montevideo have combined to win the competition a total of eight times for Uruguay, while Olimpia Asuncion has brought victory to Paraguay three times for the national team. Additionally, Colombia has won the tournament three times, twice with Atletico Nacional Medellin and once with Once Caldas. Chile (Colo Colo) and Ecuador (LDU Quito) each have one victory to their names in this competition. There have been no previous winners of the Copa Libertadores from the countries of Peru, Venezuela, or Bolivia.

In conclusion, the Copa Libertadores 2023 indicates that it will be an entertaining event because it will have a number of top clubs competing for the coveted prize.



Favorites to win the 2023 Tour de France

Favorites to win the 2023 Tour de France

Fans, as is customary, are looking forward with eagerness to the beginning of the race on July 1, 2023, which will mark the beginning of the 2023 Tour de France. The journey, which will take place over a period of three weeks and cover a total distance of 3,404 kilometers, promises to be amazing. The cyclists will compete in a total of 21 stages, one of which is a time trial, while seven stages will be sprints. On the other hand, everyone’s talking about who will come out on top and claim the coveted yellow jersey. Let’s have a look at the contenders that are likely to win the Tour de France in 2023.

Pogačar vs. Vingegaard

According to the latest odds from GSB, Tadej Pogačar is the big favorite to win the race. The Slovenian of Team UAE Emirates had an excellent 2022 season, and his 2023 season is bordering on perfection. Pogačar has achieved twelve victories in just eighteen days of racing, winning prestigious races such as Paris-Nice, the Tour of Flanders, the Amstel Gold Race, and the Freccia Wallonne. He is the big favorite for the scheduled Liège-Bastogne-Liège on April 23rd. Pogačar has the ability to go strong on all terrains, and year after year, he is proving that he can get close to the legend Eddy Merckx.

On the other hand, Jonas Vingegaard, the winner of the 2022 Tour de France, is following a preparation path studied in every detail in order to be able to replicate last year’s feat. He won the tough Tour of the Basque Country in early April, and with his team, Jumbo-Visma, he is confident that he can win the yellow jersey again. His teammate, Primoz Roglic, will compete in the Giro d’Italia as captain and will be at the start of the Grande Boucle as Vingegaard’s main standard-bearer, as will Wout Van Aert, ready to showcase his unlimited talent. The supporters will be fundamental in trying to undermine Pogačar’s resistance, which, at least from the start, seems difficult to beat. It must be said that this year the two have already crossed paths at Paris-Nice, clearly won by Pogacar, but in July the values in the field could change.

Can Remco Evenepoel Win?

According to GSB, Remco Evenepoel, the road world champion and the winner of the Vuelta a España 2023, is the third favorite. The Belgian rider with Soudal-QuickStep is yet another of the great talents that have emerged from cycling’s golden generation. However, it is uncertain whether he will compete in the Tour de France in 2023; it is more likely that he will concentrate on the Giro d’Italia  instead. Fans are anxiously anticipating a battle between him, Pogacar, and Vingegaard, but it is likely that they will have to wait until next year to see it.

Alternative Favorites

There is a possibility that Enric Mas, the captain of the Movistar Team, will play the role of the primary outsider. This season, he has been in good shape, and with his experience and endurance, he might be a serious contender for the yellow jersey. Jai Hindley, who rides for the BORA-hansgrohe team, is another racer you should keep an eye on. In the early part of the season, he has been displaying some excellent form, and going into the Tour de France, he will be eager to build on this success and continue his strong performance.



5th, 6th & 7th MAY 2023

1. Vipers Vs Kampala City (U2.5) Friday

Vipers are currently 3rd placed host 2nd placed KCCA as the race for the Ugandan Premier league continues. With a game in hand, the hosts are just 3 points behind KCCA and I do expect an exciting game at St. Mary’s stadium as both sides will not want to lose the 3 points. I do anticipate an U2.5 due to respect from each side for the other

2. Zamalek Vs Al Ahly (O2.5) Friday

It’s the final of the Egyptian Super Cup as two titans of Egyptian and African football at large meet in a big one today. Just expect an end to end going football game as both feel they are better than the other and they are both currently in high flying form. Of course it’s a neutral ground expect fire. 4/5 last H2H meetings have seen Over 2.5 goals.

3. Perugia Vs Cagliari (HT Over 0.5) Friday

With 3 games to go, Cagliari currently 6th placed still have a chance to enter Serie A promotion play off semifinals with just 4 points behind 4th placed Sudtirol. Perugia are 18th placed fighting relegation to Serie c making them badly need at least a result in this game. Both sides badly need this game and I do see a goal before the end of half time

4. Belshina Vs Bate (2) Saturday

Belshina have not won a game from their last 7 competitive games losing 5 and drawing twice. Well they are home but I do not see them stopping 4th placed Bate basing on the fact that they are sitting at the bottom of the log and have also lost 4/5 last H2H meetings with the guests.

5. St. Liege Vs Gent (O2.5) Saturday

At stade Maurice Dufrasne St. Liege host Gent as the Belgian top tier continues. It’s the conference league group as both sides have so far played one game with the former drawing and the latter winning. I do anticipate an over 2.5 as both sides have a forward going tactical game approach as 3/5 of their last H2H meetings have seen O2.5

6. Victoria Plzen Vs Slovaco (1) Saturday

At the Doosan Arena, Plzen host Slovacko as the race for European spots continues in the Czech top tier. Being home I do see Plzen edging the guests as 3 points will get them to 60 points edging their gap with 2nd placed Slavia Prague. 4/5 last H2H meetings have seen Plzen win.

7. St. Gallen Vs Young Boys (2&O2.5) Saturday

At Kybunpark, struggling St. Gallen host Young boys as the Switzerland Super League continues. St. Gallen have not won a game from their last 10 fixtures and have conceded in each of these 10 games. Young Boys ar already comfirmed as champions but I do see them winning this with an Over as they continue to try set a new record of points in the league. 7/7 last H2H meetings between the two sides have made 2.5 over.

8. Olympiacos Vs Panathinaikos (X2&U3.5) Sunday

Panathinaikos are 2nd placed on the log with equal points (77) with leaders AEK Athens as the race for who takes it in Greece continues. Olympiacos have not won a game against Panathinaikos in their last 5 H2H meetings and given the fact that the guests are chasing the league, I do not see them losing. Still 4/5 last H2H meetings saw U2.5

9. Cartagena Vs Burgos (O1.5) Sunday

Cartagen 7th and Burgos 8th placed are both pushing hard to enter the top 6 so as to play in La Liga promotion play offs. I do anticipate an end to end game approach from both sides since the 3 points are so vital for either side. Over 2+ goals is the safest odd youwill ever find in this fixture

10. Malmo Vs AIK (1) Sunday

Malmo currently 2nd placed with equal points with log leaders Hacken will badly seek for these 3 points today as they host 14th placed AIK at Eleda stadion in Malmo. Malmo have won all their last 5 games and I do not see struggling AIK stopping them this afternoon.



Five managers with the most Champions League semi-final appearances

The UEFA Champions League is one of the most prestigious club competitions in the world of football. With its rich history, the tournament has seen many great teams and managers grace its stages. As the competition, progresses, the stakes get higher, and only the best teams and managers make it to the semi-finals. In this article, we will take a closer look at the five managers with the most Champions League semi-final appearances.


  • Louis Van Gaal: 5 semi-finals (Ajax, Barcelona, Bayern Munich)

The only manager capable of doing it five times is Louis Van Gaal. For him, there were three semifinals: one with Ajax, one with Barcelona, and one with Bayern Munich. As for those with the Dutch team, two led to the final while one led to elimination: the two victories came in 1995 and 1996, against Bayern Munich and Panathinaikos; the one lost in 1997 against Juventus. He also lost that of 2000 at the helm of Barcelona, which had to surrender to Valencia. Positive outcome instead for the only semi-final with Bayern Munich, that of 2010 against Lyon.

  • Sir Alex Ferguson: 7 semi-finals (Manchester United)

Historic Manchester United manager, who, since his farewell, seems to have completely transformed into another team. Sir Alex Ferguson has reached seven Champions League semi-finals at the helm of the Red Devils. Slightly positive booty, with four wins and three defeats. The four victories are dated 1999 (against Juventus), 2008 (against Barcelona), 2009 (against Arsenal), and 2011 (against Schalke 04). The three defeats instead were 1997 (against Borussia Dortmund), 2001 (against Bayer Leverkusen), and 2007 (against Milan).

  • José Mourinho: 8 semi-finals (Porto, Inter Milan, Real Madrid)

The Special One is placed on the lowest step of the podium. The last coach to have brought the Champions League to Italy was that of 2010 at the helm of Inter. In total, he has made eight semi-finals: one with Porto, one with Inter Milan, three with Chelsea, and three with Real Madrid. Won just two: in 2004 with Porto against Chelsea and in 2010 with Inter against Barcelona. The six defeats are instead divided into three at the helm of Chelsea and three at the helm of Real Madrid. With the Blues in 2005 and 2007 against Liverpool and in 2014 against Atletico Madrid. With the merengues in 2011 against Barcelona, in 2012 against Bayern Munich, and in 2013 against Borussia Dortmund.

  • Carlo Ancelotti: 9 semi-finals (Juventus, Milan, Real Madrid)

Carlo Ancelotti has just risen to second position thanks to yet another semi-final at the helm of Real Madrid. Of the nine in his career, there are four with Real Madrid, four with Milan, and one with Juventus. Let’s start with the one he achieved at the helm of the Black and Whites, the first ever in his career, which ended with a defeat against Manchester United in 1999. Of the four with Milan, three won and only one lost. The victories in 2003 against Inter Milan, in 2005 against PSV Eindhoven, and in 2007 against Manchester United; the only defeat in 2006 against Barcelona With Real, the record for now reads two victories and one defeat. The victories in 2014 against Bayern Munich and in 2022 against Manchester City; the only defeat in 2015 against Juventus However, there is still this year’s match to play, in which Real Madrid will once again meet Manchester City.

  • Pep Guardiola: 10 semi-finals (Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Manchester City)

The coach with the most Champions League semi-finals in history is Pep Guardiola, who has just reached ten thanks to the one he won with Manchester City. Specifically, four came from Barcelona, three from Bayern Munich, and three from Manchester City. Managing Barcelona, he achieved two victories (in 2009 against Chelsea and in 2011 against Real Madrid) and two defeats (in 2010 against Inter and in 2013 against Chelsea). Managing Bayern Munich, he suffered three defeats out of three: in 2014 against Real Madrid, in 2015 against Barcelona, and in 2016 against Atletico Madrid. One victory and one defeat for now with City: the victory in 2021 against PSG, the defeat in 2022 against Real Madrid.


Carlos Sainz Jr: A rising star in Formula 1

Carlos Sainz Jr, the Spanish driver who started his career in Formula 1 with Toro Rosso in 2015, has now become a force to be reckoned with. With consistent performances and impressive results, Sainz is slowly but surely making his mark in the world of F1. In this article, we will take a closer look at Sainz’s career so far and what the future holds for this talented driver.

The pair of drivers from Maranello

At Ferrari, however, it happens quite often that the duo who take to the track do not have well-defined hierarchies. It would be enough to think of the substantial equality of treatment and results of the Vettel-Leclerc duo in recent years, as well as famous pairings of the past such as the one made up of Berger and Alesi.

Moreover, the situation is repeating itself even now, because if it is true that the main driver is Charles Leclerc, it is still difficult to declassify Carlos Sainz as a “simple” second driver.

Sainz’s Career So Far

Carlos Sainz junior, not to be confused with his father, Carlos “El Matador” Sainz, winner of three Paris-Dakar Rallies and two world rally championships, after starting his Formula 1 career with Toro Rosso, Sainz moved to Renault in 2017 but failed to achieve any memorable results. However, he found his footing with McLaren, where he spent two years and achieved his first podium in Brazil in 2019. His performance at McLaren was impressive, with him beating his teammate Lando Norris in the drivers’ standings for two years in a row.

In 2021, Sainz moved to Ferrari and had a successful first season with the team. He finished the season in fifth place, beating his teammate Charles Leclerc in the drivers’ standings. He also achieved four podiums during the season, including a second-place finish in Monaco.

In 2022, Sainz continued his good form and finished the season in fifth place again. He achieved his first-ever Grand Prix win at the British Grand Prix in Silverstone, a major highlight of the season. Although he was unable to overtake his teammate Leclerc in the standings, Sainz’s performances were crucial in securing Ferrari’s second place in the constructors’ championship.


What the Future Holds for Sainz

Sainz’s contract with Ferrari runs until 2024, which means he will have at least another season with the team. However, with both drivers’ contracts expiring in those months, Ferrari will have to consider their options for the future. The Red Bull team has expressed interest in Sainz, and if they don’t extend Sergio Perez’s contract, Sainz could potentially join Max Verstappen at Red Bull. Another possibility could be Mercedes, where Sainz could replace Lewis Hamilton, who is set to leave. However, Mercedes has a reputation for favoring a clear hierarchy between drivers, which could be an obstacle for Sainz.

Sainz’s impressive driving skills have also brought him some lucrative sponsorship deals. When he signed with Ferrari, he had the Spanish bank, Banca Santander, as his principal sponsor. Estrella Galicia, a Spanish brewery, and other personal sponsors such as Playstation and Shiseido also sponsor him. His annual sponsorship income is approximately 3 million euros.



Carlos Sainz Jr has shown great promise in his career so far, and his performances at McLaren and Ferrari have solidified his position as a talented driver in Formula 1. With a Grand Prix win under his belt and several podium finishes, Sainz’s future looks bright.

It will be interesting to see where he ends up next and how he continues to perform in the upcoming seasons.




28th, 29th & 30th APRIL

  1. Altach Vs Wolfsberger (O2.5) Friday

As the Austrian league enter match day 26, the relegation battle between 2 famous sides goes underway. It is the relegation group and 11th placed Altach host 9th Wolfsberger to try secure Bundesliga promotion playoff spots. I do anticipate aggressiveness from both sides to go all way for goals to secure 3 points. 4/5 last H2H saw O2.5

  1. Gent Vs Westerlo (1) Friday

The Belgium league returns today with Match day one as Gent host Westerlo at the Ghelamco Arena. I do see the hosts trying to go all way for a win since the league commences today. I do not see Gent losing at home. Odd 1.58 is the real deal

  1. Coritiba Vs Sao Paolo (Yes) Saturday

Coritiba currently 19th placed fighting relegation host 8th placed Sao Paolo as the Brazillian top tier league continues. Both sides really need 3 points in this fixture to keep their league hope alive and I do see both sides at least scoring a goal.  All their last 5 H2H matches have seen both teams scoring.

  1. Kalju Vs Levadia (2.5 U) Saturday

Estonian league leaders Levadia host 4th placed Kalju as the battle of Titans goes down today at Hiiu stadium in Tallin. 2 competetive sides at a crucial moment when 7 points is the gap between them, I do anticipate a reserved game each side respecting the other with fear of not losing the 3 points. 5/5 last H2H have seen Under 2.5

  1. Maccabi Tel Aviv Vs Hapoel Jerusalem (1) Saturday

It’s the Championship group and here comes round 33 in the Israel Ligat Ha’al. I do see Maccabi Tel Aviv doing the needful to win this fixture at home though it will be with a minimal margin of 1 or 2 goals. 3rd and 4th placed respectively, a tight one but we trust the home side to edge the guests slightly

  1. NAC Breda Vs Roda (1) Saturday

7th placed Breda host 13th placed  Roda as the Holland 2nd tier continues. Roda have not won a single game from their last 5 outings and being away from away from home today, I do not give them a chance against high flying Breda


  1. Bodo Glimit Vs Brann (O2.5) Saturday

Bodo are topping the Norwegian league as Brann sit 2nd from the first 3 games played so far. Bodo so far have 100% record after winning 3/3 games played so far and Brann have only won 2 meaning 3 points separate the 2 sides. I do anticipate a forward going game resulting into multiple goals from either side easily leading to 2.5 over. 4/5 last H2H meetings have seen O2.5

  1. Petrocub Vs Sherrif Tiraspol (U2.5) Sunday

Two top sides in the Moldovan top league meet today as 2nd placed Petrocub host table leaders Sherrif in match day 7. The difference between 2 sides is 5 points and I do anticipate a reserved game as both sides do not easily concede goals. Both are solid at the back and 4/5 last H2H meetings have seen under 2.5

  1. Sporting CP Vs Famalicao (1) Sunday

Sporting CP is currently 4th placed as they continue their pursuit for Champions league football next season. Famalicao are 6th placed and a bit stubborn but I do see the hosts winning it basing on Pedigree. Sporting have won all their last 3 H2H meetings with Famalicao

  1. Rangers Vs Celtic (2) Sunday

It’s the Old firm derby as Rangers host Celtic at Hampden park a neutral ground. It the semifinals of the Scottish cup. Celtic have won3/5 last H2H meetings with Rangers and I do see Celtic coming out as victors today at Fultime. Why? They have a better set of players, pedigree and form.


Does the winner of the Champions League qualify for the next Champions League automatically?

There is no doubt that every single football team in Europe has as their top priority the achievement of winning either the Champions League or the Europa League. These desired cups are the key to success and acclaim, which is why every club, regardless of how big or small, strives to win them. However, in addition to the joy that comes with winning these cups, there is also the added strain of being able to compete in the subsequent edition. Does the winner of the Champions League qualify for the next Champions League automatically? The answer to this question is a resounding yes.

The winner of the Champions League qualifies for the following year: the rule

It is true that the champion of the Champions League is granted automatic entry into the next season’s competition. This ensures that the squad will not be required to compete in any of the qualifying rounds for the Champions League and will instead advance directly to the group stage. Having said that, there are certain exceptions to this rule. If the champion team has previously qualified for the Champions League through their ranking in their league, they will not be granted automatic entry into the subsequent competition if they win that competition.

Let’s take the example of a German team winning the Champions League without being among the top four teams in the standings. In this case, Germany will have five teams qualified for the Champions League in the next edition. However, if a German team wins the Champions League and is already among the top four teams in the standings, the fifth spot will go to the team that finishes fifth in the league. In other words, the winning team does not “free up” a spot for another team.

Whoever wins the Europa League qualifies for the next Champions League

In the Europa League, the rule is the same as it was in the Champions League. The champion of the Europa League will be granted automatic qualification for the next season’s Champions League competition. This is a fantastic opportunity for teams that are not placed very well in the general classification of their respective leagues to snag a pass for the Champions League. For example, Juventus, who are presently competing in the quarterfinals of the Europa League, may not end up being one of the top four clubs in the Serie A table, but they still have a chance to qualify for the Champions League if they win the Europa League.

A team wins the Champions League or Europa League but is relegated: how does it work?

But what happens if a team that wins the Champions League or the Europa League is relegated? In such a scenario, the team will still gain access to the next edition of the Champions League, regardless of their league placement. This rule ensures that the winners of these cups are not punished for their league performance and are given the opportunity to defend their title the following season.

In conclusion, the winners of the Champions League and the Europa League both qualify for the next edition of the Champions League. However, this rule only applies if the winning team has not already qualified for the competition through their league placement. In such cases, the extra spot does not “free up” for another team. The thrill of winning these cups is undeniable, and with the added incentive of automatic qualification for the next edition of the Champions League, teams will undoubtedly give it their all to achieve their goals.




21st, 22nd and 23rd APRIL

  1. Arsenal Vs Southampton (1) Friday

After 2 consistent draws, Arsenal are now just 4 points with a game more ahead of Man City. I do see them using all possible ways to grab the 3 points in this fixture given they are the hosts. Southampton have not won a game from their last 5 fixtures

  1. Angers Vs PSG (2) Friday

PSG are 8 points clear at the top and we have seen them regain their winning form after a few sloppy performances. PSG have won 5/5 last H2H meetings with Angers

  1. Leicester Vs Wolves (1X) Saturday

Leicester are 19th placed and all they are fighting for is to avoid relegation. Being home at King Power stadium, I do expect a hostile environment for the guest and the best they will get is a draw from this fixture

  1. Liverpool Vs Nottingham (1) Saturday

After thumping Leeds 6:1, Liverpool are still 8th placed and if they are to have any chances of Champions league football next season, they have to push for a win in each of their remaining fixture. Sure win at home

  1. Mainz Vs Bayern (2) Saturday

With just 2 points ahead of Dortmund, I do see Bayern pushing for 3 points in this fixture as the race to this seasons triumph continues. Bayern at odd 1.60, Its worth a risk when they need to stretch their log lead

  1. Dortmund Vs Frankfurt (O2.5) Saturday

Dortmundjust 2 points behind Bayern does not want to lose any points if they are to have any chance sof winning the league. Frankfurt 7th placed wants to qualify for champions league next season with 8 points behind top 4. Expect an end to end game with plenty of goals from either side. 4/5 last H2H have seen O2.5

  1. Real Madrid Vs Celta Vigo (HC 1) Saturday

With 9 points behind Barcelona on top of the league, Real Madrid will try as much as possible to create more hope of reclaiming the league however hard it looks. Madrid have won 5/5 last H2H meetings with Celta and being at the Bernabeu today, expect a confortable win for the hosts.

  1. Newcastle Vs Tottenham (Yes & O2.5) Sunday

Newcastle 4th place host Tottenham 5th placed with 3 points separating the two as the race for top 4 continues. 5/5 last H2H meetings have seen both teams scoring and 4 of those made O2.5.

Expect a forward going game approach from either side.

  1. Brighton Vs Manchester United (Yes) Sunday

Here we come at Wembley in the semifinal of FA Cup as united looks set to proceed to their second final of the season. 2 exciting sides this season meet at a neutral ground but of course Man United has a pedigree as they have played more games at Wembley than Brighton however no one can ever rule out Brighton this season following their well-coordinated squad. I do not expect Brighton to respect United and this will make us witness a minimum of one goal from each side.

  1. Juventus Vs Napoli (1) Sunday

Napoli have just been knocked out of Champions League by AC Milan and we have all witnessed their high flying form decline to the worst that they have lost twice and drawn once in their last 5 outings. Juventus chasing their UCL dream next season, I do see them fighting hard to come out as victors in this fixture given Napoli’s morale is a bit down following their painful UCL exit.