Paddy Power have created a fine graphic parody rendering of The Avengers film poster to represent Newcastle United as ‘The Contenders’!

Carrying the tagline “Coming to a Champions League near you soon… maybe”, The Contenders represents The Geordie’s quest for a return to Europe’s elite competition for the first time in a decade as they are currently sitting in fourth place, three points ahead of Tottenham Hotspur with four games left to play.

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is Iron Man, Yohan Cabaye takes aim as Hawkeye, Cheick Tiote is commanding as Nick Fury, Fabricio Coloccini’s curly locks fit Thor like a glove (or a hammer?), Tim Krul is standing proud as Captain America, Gazza is raging as The Incredible Hulk and Cheryl Cole cuts a nice figure as Black Window.

Kevin Keegan has seen The Contenders for himself and has told us “You’ll Love It, Love It”.

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This article was first posted on April 26, 2012