Breaking News: Brazilian Cacapa Joining Newcastle


News today that Brazilian Claudio Cacapa who we profiled on Monday with the headline Newcastle Too Late for Brazilian Claudio Cacapa? will in fact be signing for the club and he is St. James’ Park right now.

Some comments at the time suggested Claudio had just signed for a club in Qatar – but obviously he didn’t – but it will be interesting to look back on those.

But wait – it’s an Alan Oliver story! 

Relax,  Sam says it’s true and is quoted here talking about Cacapa in the Evening Chronicle and the story has also been posted on the Newcastle official web site.  Sam thinks Newcastle supporters will not know much about the player.  He may be wrong about that   😀

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Brazilian Claudio Cacapa – smiling because he’s becoming a Newcastle player

We know a bit about Cacapa and think he’s another excellent signing by Big Sam – as long as he’s fit. Turns out that Sam has been checking him out this week – and Claudio has come through it fine. This must have been the center-back Alan Oliver has been saying we would sign later this week but that he would not excite Newcastle fans. We’re not sure about that – he’s a typically solid Sam Allardcye signing.

This is what Sam told the Evening Chronicle today:

“Our fans should not be put off by the fact they may not have heard of Cacapa because he has certainly been heard of in Brazil and France.”

“He has been captain of Lyon for the past five years and for every one of those five years they won the French title, so obviously he has a lot of Champions League experience.”

“That’s why we are hoping that everything goes OK with his medical and that we can agree a deal with his people because we believe he would be a terrific capture for us.

“Unfortunately, he has been back in Brazil and he has had no pre-season work, and in normal circumstances we would not consider him for our opening game at Bolton Wanderers a week on Saturday, but it all depends on what type of injuries we have.”

Cacapa watched Sunday’s game with Juventus from the St James’ Park stand and has been at the training ground every day this week.  This is obviously how Alan Oliver and the local press got to know about the deal. Credit goes to Alan for keeping the deal secret in case other clubs were alerted.

Allardyce has had all our medical people and backroom staff take a close look at the Brazilian-born player and it looks like he has come through the very closest of scrutinies as far as his overall fitness is concerned.

It’s interesting that just last year Arsenal were considering a move for Cacapa when last July (2006) Wenger admitted he was in the market for a new defender and that 30 year-old Cacapa fitted the bill. That says a lot about his quality. The Brazilian was to be a replacement for just released veteran Sol Campbell who finally ended up at Portsmouth – although we hoped he would end up at Newcastle. At the time Arsenal thought Lyon were asking too much (₤6M – ₤8M) for the then 30 year-old Cacapa.

Cacapa was Lyons’ club captain but was injured for most of last season starting only 9 games for the French Champions.  He is 5′ 11” tall and was at Lyon since 2001 and saw out his contract at the club. He started 113 games for Lyon with 10 substitute appearances and scored 9 goals and won six French Championships with the club. Claudio is obviously used to be successful which is also good since we need that mindset at Newcastle.

Cacapa was born in May 1976 so for a Sam Allardyce player he is not that old and has lots of experience in the European Champions league. It’s interesting in our article last Friday we had a sentence at the end -  Why didn’t we jump at the chance for this player?

Well the good news is we did – even though we left it a bit late. But as the saying goes – better late than never.

Here’s the article we put out on June 3rd this year that Claudio Cacapa was available on a free transfer – so guess Sam at least at that time wasn’t interested for whatever reason.   Cacapa Available on Free Transfer

 Thanks to one of our technical readers Rick Collins here’s what Claudio will look like in his Newcastle strip   😀

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Claudio Cacapa -shown in action for Newcastle some time in the future

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94 comments so far

  • Aussie geordie

    Aug 2, 2007 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #1

    If smith is happy in the midfield get him. A defender with five years champions league experience sounds like exactly what we need.

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  • e

    Aug 2, 2007 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #2

    so is he sigining or does that last bit mean that we have missed out on him? sorry my understandment isnt so good

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  • ToonKing

    Aug 2, 2007 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #3

    Sam is the MAN, i like Lyon and watched them play many times, although Cacapa is not that tall he’s a world class defender.

    Sam got Geremi, Viduka and Cacapa for FREE, incredible.

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  • toon girl 4eva

    Aug 2, 2007 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #4

    he’s a big strong defender exactlly wot we need…he’ll help taylor and get loads experience from him…if he joins it will be an excellent signing for big sam and the georidie faithfull

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  • Ben

    Aug 2, 2007 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #5

    agree with him ^^….on the dyer affiar…im disgusted to be associated with newcastle after what the fans have been giving him….i dont blame him for wanting to move…

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  • Darren

    Aug 2, 2007 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #6

    Yeah its a bit mixed up the last bit.

    So is the front picture where it says he’s smiling as he’s signing for Newcastle – he’s not wearing our top!

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  • Darren

    Aug 2, 2007 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #7

    Ben – I am disgusted that Dyer has been associated with Newcastle – refusing to play, fighting teammates, out on the drink all the time, etc etc.

    He’s lucky he is still in one piece.

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  • Gallacher the Horse

    Aug 2, 2007 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #8

    I think the ‘smiling’ comment is meant to make us laugh – who wouldn’t smile when they find out they are signing for us? Where else could they possibly want to play?!

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  • joel gledhill

    Aug 2, 2007 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #9

    just read the first bit (e) and you will get it,do not read last bit it will make you confused (so he is signing today and having medical at st james park)

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  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 2, 2007 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #10

    joel – i was putting it together as i went but it should read fine now!!!
    It all reads fine now.

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  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 2, 2007 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #11

    Apologies to those who were first to read it – hadn’t quite completed it.
    The article is OK now – you people were too quick for me 😀

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  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 2, 2007 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #12

    Gallacher – thought you’d like that 😀

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  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 2, 2007 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #13

    Darren – anyone technicall skilled out there – if they can put a B?W shirt on him we’ll replace the picture with.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Aug 2, 2007 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #14

    Brilliant signing, quality defender seem him play many times.
    Smith will play in Dyers position yes? I saw him play there for Man Utd and his passings and link up play was special, i think he is a much better attacking midfielder than striker.

    Hangeland, Dragutinovic to go? 😀 Things are looking up especially after that article. Finally our concerns have been explained.

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  • joel gledhill

    Aug 2, 2007 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #15

    sorry ed.harrison i was pointing out too (e) so that he would understand it
    (i understood it)

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  • Mick G

    Aug 2, 2007 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #16

    Good news at last . Cacapa seems like another good signing for NUFC althogh I don’t know a lot about him I,like many people trust Big Sams Judgement.Regarding Alan Smith I once saw him playing left midfield for the under 21’s and he was magnificent,maybe if there is any truth in the N’zogbia story he could do a job there.

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  • nightfall

    Aug 2, 2007 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #17

    cacapa…good signing…
    as for smith…anyone but him…-> average striker and midfielder with huge ego…i know he’s a “fighter”, but we don’t need such arrogant player…

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  • joel gledhill

    Aug 2, 2007 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #18

    tom-tom we have not signed him yet,dont build your hopes up yet you might get diapointed because i know i did last time when i herd about edier gudjohnsson then all of a sudden he did not want to come to newcastle.w/b

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  • Tom_Toon

    Aug 2, 2007 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #19

    I just read from the PSG website that Mario Yepes is available for 1.5 mil, he is a brilliant defender, definitely one for BS to look at.

    Also i do believe we have money BS just wants to pick his players wisely

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  • Tom_Toon

    Aug 2, 2007 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #20

    I did want Gudjohnsen he is a waste of space compared to at least 3 of our other strikers.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Aug 2, 2007 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #21

    didnt*

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  • jeff

    Aug 2, 2007 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #22

    Im pleased dyer is away in 8 years you can probably count 15 games if you are lucky where he played a good game…so 15 games in 8 years is crap……..fast player with no final ball dyer all over………..cheers to west ham for taking him off our hands at last………………as for cacapa………sounds the quality we need….smith has the passion the fans love come on the toon

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  • Darren

    Aug 2, 2007 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #23

    I’m suprised Smith would agree to come as a midfielder, he said he wasn’t happy playing their for Man U as he wanted back in the England squad (he hasn’t got a chance in midfield).

    This could yet involve Martins…..

    That Da Silva bloke is having his work permit appeal today & Arsenal have said they will cancel his contract if he is refused. Which means they would need another striker & Arsene does like Martins.

    Just a thought

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  • malaysian youngster

    Aug 2, 2007 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #24

    hooray.. im glad we signed big sam. he is the most quality.lolx. we dont really need Smith. did you guys miss Jenas?

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  • e

    Aug 2, 2007 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #25

    get smith! http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=w1PGnvUVgi4&mode=related&search= hes way underrated, first touch and passing, tackeling, he will bring somthing diffrent to the sqaud and depth, face it, if its anything like last season we will need him, its will jsut make us that big better

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  • e

    Aug 2, 2007 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #26

    bit* not big

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  • Rich

    Aug 2, 2007 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #27

    This is great news cacapa is a top player iv watched him a few times for lyon and is solid at the back. Im glad we are getting a top central defender and not just one to make up the numbers what everyone else think? a good left back and a replacement for dyer and we will be fine! hats the news on smith signing ed? some good news at last!

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  • StevieA

    Aug 2, 2007 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #28

    Martins won’t go to Arsenal. He is happy here and can fulfill all his ambitions here too.

    It looks as though we will have Smith and Cacapa and possibly Dragutinovic by the end of the week from what I have heard. Although I won’t believe it 100% until I see a press conference! 😀

    If we play Smith in the Paul Scholes role then I think he will be brilliant for us. That also pretty much covers the centre midfield and attack too because he can play both positions equally well. He isn’t prolific but he’s tenacious and creative, I really think the move could give him a new lease of life much like Geremi.

    I would be happy if we signed Dioup too because he is a terrific player. The priority has to be the defence though.

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  • SAM

    Aug 2, 2007 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #29

    Hadn’t heard about this guy Cacapa before. So tried google and guess what – Wikipedia (spelling?) lists his career and has him as a newcastle player already!!!!
    Somebody out there (probably some agent) is quick.

    Everybody says he is a ‘defender’. But is this CB or fullback? Also at 5’11” he is not tall. I’m honestly more worried about our fullback positions than CB were people like Geremi can always fill-in.

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  • Kash

    Aug 2, 2007 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #30

    I told you’s he hadn’t signed for Al-Rayyad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Steely

    Aug 2, 2007 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #31

    Great news this! I’ve been slating Anal Oliver recently, but if he’s kept schtum on this one all week then he’s done us a favour, as I’m sure someone else would have tried to muscle in on him!!
    Not such a gloomy week now! lol
    Dragutinovic to come in and we’re almost there! If we can get another LB in before the window closes then I reckon we’ll be looking a pretty good bet to be challening for 6th spot this year!!

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  • Steely

    Aug 2, 2007 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #32

    SAM! Wikipedia is great…I can’t believe someone out there is so quick off the mark. The Dragutinovic story was his Wiki page about 2 mins after the rumour was on the Sky website!

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  • ToonKing

    Aug 2, 2007 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #33

    Also there are 2 great articles with Chris Mort on Newcastle World.

    http://www.nufc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10278~1083434,00.html

    http://www.nufc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10278~1083417,00.html

    My spirits are lifted and i’m positive again.
    Gotta love football and HOWAY THE LADS!!!!!!!

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  • ToonKing

    Aug 2, 2007 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #34

    @Sam : Cacapa is a CB , he doesn’t play either fullback role. He’s not that tall , but strong as a horse and has great positioning.

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  • StevieA

    Aug 2, 2007 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #35

    5’11 is still pretty tall for a centre back. I know he’s not a giant but neither was Alan Shearer or Les Ferdinand but they still won a lot of balls in the air! 😀

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  • e

    Aug 2, 2007 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #36

    dont forget martins lol

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  • Tom_Toon

    Aug 2, 2007 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #37

    Wikipedia is updated by ppl, i update newcastle stories.

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  • Midjew

    Aug 2, 2007 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #38

    REALLY?? People update wikipedia??

    but surely people could write what they want? not fact?

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  • Tom_Toon

    Aug 2, 2007 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #39

    They do, i looked on the Celtic page and some Rangers fans had written ‘nob’ next to most of the players 🙂

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  • Steely

    Aug 2, 2007 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #40

    The whole of wikipedia is created/updated by “normal” people. You can amend any of the information on any of the pages, but if you put incorrect information on there (or write nob next to people’s names!!) anyone can also report the information and the administrators will remove it.

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