Newcastle After Benfica Striker – VIDEO

There is news from Sky Sports this morning that Newcastle United may be interested in Benfica striker Oscar Cardozo.

Cardozo was Benfica’s hero in the recent UEFA Champions League victory over Celtic and it would appear his good performances have not gone unnoticed.

Newcastle, who now have a world-wide scouting team in place under Big Sam, have reportedly had the 24-year-old watched twice over the last few weeks, and the Newcastle scouts have sent Sam Allardyce some very favorable reports on the player.


Oscar Cardozo – 24 year-old Paraguay International has created lots of interest while at Benfica

Newcastle already have good strikers like Michael Owen, Obafemi Martins, Mark Viduka and Shola Ameobi vying for the two striking spots, but there is a view on Tyneside that another big striker is needed to support Mark Viduka in that role.

Cardozo fits the bill. He is a 6’5” striker from Paraguay and only joined Benfica from Newell’s Old Boys this year after making an electric start to the season in Argentina. Cardozo was voted the 2006 winner of the Paraguayan Footballer of the Year award.

The Paraguayan international started the 2007 season brilliantly and notched up 10 goals for Newell’s Old Boys and was crucial in the team escaping from the bottom of the league in Argentina. His recent success earned him a spot in the Paraguay national team that took part in the 2007 Copa America.

In June of this year Cardozo officially signed for Portuguese giants, SL Benfica, for an approximate amount of £6M, for 80% of his playing rights. This made Cardozo the second most expensive signing in the club’s history, only surpassed by former team star and captain, Simão Sabrosa, for whom Benfica paid £9M in 2001.

Cardozo has a phenomenal goal scoring record. He played 63 times for Club Nacional (Paraguay First Division) and scored 27 goals. He played 33 times for Newell’s (Argentina First Division) and scored 22 goals. He has scored 2 goals in 5 appearances for Benfica and so, in 101 first class games, he has scored 51 times. Not too shabby.

The reported interest in Cardozo from Newcastle United does not surprise his agent, Pedro Adage. (surprise, surprise). Adage accepts the Portuguese giants could be ready to cash in on their £6M rated hit-man. Adage told the Sun newspaper today:

“This is not a surprise,” “Benfica know they have a big player on their hands and could make money.”

Newcastle would seem to need another big striker in January and maybe Cardozo could be the ticket. What do you think? Let us know.

Here’s two video pieces on Oscar Cardozo – provided by one of our readers Dingo.

Oscar Cordozo First Video

Oscar Cordozo Second Video

Comments very welcome.

33 comments so far

  • George

    Oct 31, 2007 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #1

    Never heard of him. But any new striker will be welcome if he can hit the back of the net. Shola needs replacing and i do not think anyone would disagree. Obas going to the Africa Cup in january, Viduka should be fit. Owen hopfully should be fit. Only 2 strikers to take us through january, thats dangerous. Just hope rumour is true and that he is worth bagging.

  • Cyprus Toon

    Oct 31, 2007 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #2

    Well now its been written in ink, there’ll be other Prem clubs looking at the guy, so lets hope, if he’s any good, that we can get him before anoyone else does.
    Also never heard of him but we defo need to replace Ameoni with someone who can actually play football, instead of tiddlewinks on th bench!

  • Hammy

    Oct 31, 2007 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #3

    Looks like my window cleaner………
    As George says, we will be short on Strikers come winter and with Duke and Owens past fitness record you wouldn’t bank on them playing every game.

    No need to worry though as Shola will be available…….

    Hopefully we can improve the squad quality wise in January, get the numbers up and finally get rid of the deadwood that’s drifting round the training pitch.

  • Craig Allen

    Oct 31, 2007 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #4

    You forgot Smith, Ed.

  • Pouch13

    Oct 31, 2007 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #5

    The Magies could have Drogba in the team but if Big Sam fields a team like he did against Reading we still wouldn’t win, we need to select our best side and let the opposition worry. BSA has’nt adapted to the big club atmosphere yet!

  • MattyDread

    Oct 31, 2007 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #6

    I agree that another big striker wouldn’t go amiss; especially if he’s a good goal scorer. This is despite the fact that on paper we seem to be very strong up front. Looking at the facts, however: Martins is away for the ACON in January, Owen and Viduka can’t be expected to stay fit, Ameobi is rubbish and Carrol is away on loan and maybe isn’t quite good enough yet anyway.

    Signing someone like Cardozo definitely makes sense, as it gives us two good big men and two good little men. Factor in the fact that one of the big men and one of the little men are somewhat injury prone and you can see that it makes even more sense, plus, squad rotation wouldn’t be a problem.

    Alan Smith goes in as fifth choice, Ameobi finds another club and Carrol continues to learn his trade. Marvelous.

  • Leo

    Oct 31, 2007 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #7

    everyone remember how good luques goal scoring record was amazing before we signed him

    although at 6-8mil will not be such a big risk.

  • Leo

    Oct 31, 2007 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #8

    everyone remember how good luques goal scoring record was amazing before we signed him

    although at 6-8mil will not be such a big risk.

    big sam will find his best team though, he has been such a sucessful manager at bolton he can hardly fail, with the new backing nufc are getting from the board and owner

  • Ed Harrison

    Oct 31, 2007 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #11

    Craig – you’re right – Smith’s best position is up front.

  • col

    Oct 31, 2007 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #12

    shola is on his way out (thank goodness) …martins is off to african nations cup…owen and viduka are injury prone… just leaves smith. maybe 2 strikers are needed ?

  • Ed Harrison

    Oct 31, 2007 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #13

    Dingo – I put the videos into the report – thanks !!

  • Cockney Magpie

    Oct 31, 2007 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #14

    I just hope sam is given the time he needs to succed and that he is not jus thrown out at the 1st sign of defeat like the rest, we need to be ready for the bad times because every manager has them and when they do come just reember that really there isn’t many managers better then sam if any

  • Craig Allen

    Oct 31, 2007 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #15

    Couldn’t help but notice the service the wide players kept giving him from the one video I saw (didn’t watch both). Maybe we should look at some of the midfielders there? Cardoza does seem (on the basis of the clip) to know how to finish tho’.

  • Tom_Toon

    Oct 31, 2007 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #16

    Cant believe not many people have heard of him hes a pretty good striker good for what sam wants tall, strong also a very good finisher not just from headers for a man of his stature a good signing if we can get rid of a few of our strikers or simply just ameobi but i still think a RB, LB and a RM are more important than a striker.

  • Rich

    Oct 31, 2007 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #17

    Tom_Toon , totally agree mate LB, RB and RM top priorities and would rather see the big money spent on these areas. Striker would be the next choice for me, but only after we are covered in these other areas.

  • Tom_Toon

    Oct 31, 2007 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #18

    Darijo Srna – RM (Set piece and crossing specialist, strong and can play RB)
    Vanden Borre – RB (Young, lots of potential and already quite good)
    Diego Placente – LB (Experienced, but still half decent, also speaks spanish, good for Jose Enrique)
    Cardozo – ST (Young target man)

    These would be the 4 signings in my opinion in orde rof importance.

  • hadrian

    Oct 31, 2007 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #19

    great stuff , flog on shola and plonl some cash down on this lad .
    have a feeling toon fans are gonna be some happy supporters come transfer time . all these young prospects and lads who are establishing themselves .

  • Toon Chicken

    Oct 31, 2007 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #20

    Tom_Toon – are you Darijo Srna’s agent? If not then you probably should be. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a post from you where you haven’t mentioned his name.

  • Dingo

    Oct 31, 2007 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #21

    oeps… didnt see that ed sry… i needed coffee obviously!

  • Toon Al

    Oct 31, 2007 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #22

    Leo, you say 6-8 mil isnt a risk but luque cost us 9.5, if cordoza costs 8 n is a flop, in a season or so everyoes gonna be on out backs again for spendin big with no result…

    anyone else realise this lad only ever used his left foot? even one goal he was runnin across the box to get to the ballon the right side, jumped over it n put it the other way with his left, will he have time to only use his left in england? and if not can he actually use his right at all?

  • Toon Al

    Oct 31, 2007 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #23

    apologies for appauling typing there haha

  • Tom_Toon

    Oct 31, 2007 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #24

    Toon Chicken, sadly not, hes a great players and being linked with BSA many many times, he is also what we neeed, so why not. A great crosser, winger and set piece taker adding to that he can play at RB and is quite strong.

  • Hadji

    Oct 31, 2007 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #25

    Cardozo is a good choice for us,but like Tom Toon says we need RM and RB first.By the way Tom,how come i only heard from you about Srna coming to Newcastle.
    Don’t get me wrong mate,i would love to see him in the Black and White shirt is just i never heard that he’s coming to our club.
    Anyway,i hope you’re right.

  • Rich

    Oct 31, 2007 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #26

    Srna is a quality player and would love to have him as our right winger, ive heard as well that he has been linked frequently wi Newcastle just hope he signs.

  • Len

    Oct 31, 2007 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #27

    Based on the videos looks a fantastic player. Certainly knows where the goal is. Would probably score 30 a season for Arsenal or Manure. I think he would fail with us. Why? Looking at the videos he is an out and out goal scorer. I didnt see him head the ball once. Ran on to the ball every time, never played back to goal. Put him in a team with a footballing midfield he will look awesome. Put him in a team playing hoof ball and who want him to defend a clean sheet and he will be totally ineffective. He deserves better than that.

  • Jinal

    Oct 31, 2007 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #28

    Everytime I look at who we’re recruiting, it’s always an attacker. Am I the only one who thinks we should be targetting young midfielders who can run at the opposition, create chances as well as score some goals. Look at Fabregas or Ronaldo

  • Obafan

    Oct 31, 2007 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #29

    Tom_Toon: I just wanted to say that VandenBorre isn’t that good. He is overrated (just like that oher Belgian Kompany. He can play good 15 minutes in a game, but then he starts to do stupid things. Most of the time he is just awful in his passes, position and tackles. So please don’t mention his name again, because it would be a very bad transfer target for the Toon.

    I’m from Belgium so I’ve seen him play lots of times.

  • Tom_Toon

    Oct 31, 2007 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #30

    Ive also seen Vanden Borre and his youth gets the better of him alot of the time but im saying bring him in to learn from Beye but the only thing is he wants first team football all the time. Kompany is much better than Vanden Borre and in my opinion isnt overrated.

  • Tom_Toon

    Oct 31, 2007 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #31

    This signing is a battle between us and the mackems on who can get a better striker for 6 mil, Cardozo will come out the winger never the lesss jones is pretty damn good, dont let the mackems hear it

  • Tom_Toon

    Oct 31, 2007 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #32

    winner* 🙂

  • Tom from Aus

    Nov 1, 2007 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #33

    i agree tom toon vanden borre is a great up and coming player. It would be a good buy.
    Dario snra is also another good choice. Did you see his goal against the socceroos in the world cup. It was a great goal. Even though i was going for the socceroos i still have to admire it.


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