Rozehnal Keen to Win Trophies at Newcastle


David Rozehnal seems to be settling in quite well at Newcastle and he will play his second game for Newcastle this afternoon at Carlisle.

Turns out that the 27-year-old Czech Republic international (born July 5th, 1980) won honors with both Bruges and Paris St Germain, and is determined to help Newcastle win a trophy as soon as possible.

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David Rozehnal

Rozehnal said today:

“I have already won some trophies with Bruges and Paris St Germain, and that is a nice time for the players and the supporters, and it’s the best for the people who work for the team.”

“I hope we will do our best and move on this season and try to win something.”

Rozehnal has had to get used to different cultures in both Belgium and France since leaving his native country, but appears to have quickly settled into life on Tyneside since he already speaks English.

He continued:

“It should be a little bit easier for us because my wife and I speak English.”

“That will help because when we moved to Belgium, they spoke just Flemish, then in France, nobody spoke English, which was a disaster for me.”

“My wife learned French in four months, but for me, it was a little bit of a problem. “But I feel really good here.

We have already found a house and my wife is pregnant and we have already found a doctor and all the important things for living here, so I am really happy.”

It’s good that David has settled in quickly with his wife being pregnant – and that’s one thing Sam is always keen on – to make sure the players are helped as much as possible to quickly settle in and have everything they need. It’s important that the wife is happy and certainly happy players play well for the team.

As fans will have noticed David speaks very good English so that will help him settle in at Newcastle. Sam has said David is a quiet lad – but as long as he isn’t quiet on the field – as one of our failings in defense (until Steven Taylor came along) was nobody would talk at the back. That didn’t help with the communication between players. The back four next season will probably contain 3 new players with Steven Taylor the only one to keep his position from last season.

We also don’t know where Sam will play Nobby Solano – but since Sam wants to spread the goals around – he may play Nobby in his more accustomed role on the right wing – although James Milner will very likely be the starter in that position.

We think Rozehnal can turn out to be an excellent buy for around £3M – and can help form the backbone of the very strong team Sam is building. Winning trophies of course is what it’s all about in the end – but David already knows that.

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9 comments so far

  • Obafan

    Jul 21, 2007 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #1

    I know Rozehnal from his time at Bruge, because I’m from Belgium and I’m glad that he signed for the toon.

    I am sure that within a couple of months the toon fans will love their new CB. I’m 200% sure of that. In his time at Bruges he was a solid and good defender, who made little mistakes. He was also the leader of the Bruges defence. When he went to PSG, the results of Bruges went straight down. He played 2 seasons at PSG, and those 2 seasons were a disaster for Bruges. They just were able to qualify for the UEAF without challenging ANderlecht for the title.

    Now, the departure of Rozehnal is not the only reason that the level of Burges went down, but it certainly is one of the reasons.

    And I’ve heard that his level at PSG was getting better. SO I’m really looking forward to see him succeed in the EPL.

    God luck Roz!!!

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 21, 2007 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #2

    Obafan – good information – thanks.

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  • Obafan

    Jul 21, 2007 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #3

    Ed – You’re welcome. I’m glad that I can add info about a new player, who is unknown for a big part of the toon fans.

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  • Kash

    Jul 21, 2007 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #4

    Obafan – Would you say he is a consistent performer?

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  • Cockney Magpie

    Jul 21, 2007 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #5

    can anybody tell me if the match today is on setanta or not? because i know most of our friendlys are like celtic, juve, sampdoria but didnt know if carlisle would be?

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 21, 2007 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #6

    Obafan – will have another article on Roz tomorrow – assume it’s OK to use a little of your comments above ….. since it gives some first hand information.

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  • Cockney Magpie

    Jul 21, 2007 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #7

    anybody???

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  • Obafan

    Jul 21, 2007 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #8

    Kash – In his days at Bruges he played consistently and as a younger player (he played with Phillippe Clement, former Coventry player; aged 30+) he was the leader of that defence. He was already a good defender at Bruges and in PSG he got better overall (position, solid, …). So yes, for me YES!!!

    Ed – Off course you can use some information of my article. No problemo.

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  • TOON1

    Jul 21, 2007 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #9

    Obafan-hope you are right about Rozer.Ive seen him a few times for the czechs and have been very impressed with him.At 2.9m seems to be a bargain if he lives up to the pace of the premiership.He is at a good age and will hopefully help in grooming Taylor into one of the best cb around!

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