Viduka To Continue Playing For Australia


It seems from today’s news that Mark Viduka has agreed to play on for Australia as he tries to qualify again for another World Cup in 2010.

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Mark Viduka – will continue to play for Australia

Australian Coach Verbeek said today.

“Mark wants to go to the World Cup,” “It’s two ways of course. He said the moment he was fit he would be there, but there will be games where I need different strikers.”

“That’s very much okay with him. He wants to be part of the group. He absolutely doesn’t want to say he will only come if he is a starting member.”

“The only condition he made, which I understand well, is he must be 100% fit and so far this season he has not been.”

“Still he is not, but he had to play a few weeks ago and every game since because Newcastle were in a difficult situation.”

The Australians will have to play a total of 14 games to reach the finals in South Africa and half these games will b e in Australia, that’s a lot of travelling there. But Verbeek accepts his team will be more than capable of winning some without Viduka as he continued:

“I’m very pleased with Josh Kennedy at the moment, he is playing very well, and Scott McDonald – plus we have some young players coming up, and Archie Thompson,”

“But in the end, Mark Viduka is Mark Viduka, and he has very specific qualities.”

Viduka has started just 15 Premier games since he signed for Newcastle last summer and he seems very prone to niggling injuries, particularly with his hamstrings. Things are hardly going to get better as he gets older, and we think this decision will disappoint the powers that be at Newcastle United.

There’s two things about Mark – he’s a great player when he’s interested in playing, and Kevin has him more interested than he’s ever been, maybe in his whole career, but he doesn’t play much because of injuries.

Australia are due to play four qualifiers in June, but we think it unlikely that Viduka will be asked to feature in those games. The final round of qualifiers take place between October 2008 and November 2009.

Viduka played in the Asia Cup last summer and when he arrived back at Newcastle Sam often said Mark was exhausted by the games and all the travelling. It’s hard to fault a player because he wants to represent his country and we admire Mark a lot since he’s come back and played so well for our club.

But on a selfish viewpoint we had hoped Mark would end his International career, and concentrate on playing for Newcastle United, who let’s face it, seen to be going places next season.

Comments welcome.



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22 comments so far

  • Leo

    Apr 11, 2008 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #1

    well if he does well for newcastle then just like oba owen and the rest of them deserve to play for their country no matter how old he is getting

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  • Vitorbarbosa

    Apr 11, 2008 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #2

    Hi guys,

    I hope he continue playing for his country. It’s nothing wrong with that. For me, if you are a footballer, it’s not all about earning the weekly wages that the club pay to you. It’s about play as good as you can in club level so that you will be chosen to represent your country.

    I do not want a NUFC player who only wants to play for the club. It’s so much pride playing for your country. Every single people in your home will support you. What’s the meaning of living if the world is without family, home and country?

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  • Leo

    Apr 11, 2008 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #3

    anyone help me?

    its my 21st on tuesday and ma rents need idea’s for stuff to get me, im not to interested in the latest computer, but they want to spend about 250-300 quid on me, they already got me a watch, and im all out of good idea’s…

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  • Hammy

    Apr 11, 2008 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #4

    Hi Leo

    try this number

    0845 7986543

    Her name is Maria F**kalot
    She might be able to help you out…….

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  • Kieran hatten

    Apr 11, 2008 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #5

    SEASON TICKET TO ST JAMES PARK!!!!

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  • Hammy

    Apr 11, 2008 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #6

    Hi Leo

    Try this number

    o845 755 3224

    Girl’s name is

    Vagina Comeallover

    She should be able to help you out with your dilema.

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  • Punk Skunk

    Apr 11, 2008 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #7

    Leo, a guitar!..

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  • Punk Skunk

    Apr 11, 2008 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #8

    with a guitar, you can caress her curves, finger her fretboard, plug her in, turn her on & she won’t talk back!..

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  • Punk Skunk

    Apr 11, 2008 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #9

    if it’s semi-acoustic, she’ll have f-holes!..
    …Pump up the volume!..

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  • JJ

    Apr 11, 2008 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #10

    Anyone notice MA shirt now says King Kev instead of Smith!!!
    By the way, watching the Rangers vs Sporting highlights.
    Moutinho dont look like he would cut it in the Prem league but Cuellor really looks good, at the least would be great addition to our squad.

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  • Steve

    Apr 11, 2008 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #11

    haha.. My 21st on Wednesday. Long sleeve home kit on the way from the club shop. New set of golf clubs also. I live in Australia, which qualifies me to comment on this article.

    I live in Melbourne, which is where both Josh Kennedy and Viduka were born. I used to watch Viduka when I was a kid down at the local stadium in Sunshine. He was disturbingly good as a youngster. Melbourne Kinights answer to Alan Shearer.

    Anyhow, Josh Kennedy is a very promising tall Striker, about 196 I think. Comparisons made between him and Crouch, but Kennedy is a much better finisher. Wouldn’t be a bad shot on the transfer market. 2 – 4m I suspect from Karlsruhe in Germany.

    Archie Thompson, the other striker mentioned here plays for our A-League side, Melbourne Victory. Excitement machine. 5 goals in the grand final (our equivalent of the FA Cup Final, except ours decides the league winner). Worth youtubing. Can be horrendously frustrating on his day.

    Scott McDonald – Quite simply not good enough. Championship at best.

    Good on Viduka, I’m glad he qualified it by demanding he be 100% fit at the time.

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  • Punk Skunk

    Apr 11, 2008 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #12

    Aye, Moutinho looked a bit light & easily pushed off the ball, didn’t he?..

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  • Toonlad

    Apr 11, 2008 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #13

    Agree with your comments about Archie Thompson, Steve. I live in Perth WA and have watched him on the TV.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 11, 2008 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #14

    Always been saying Moutinho would be awesome in la liga but isnt up for the fight and is to light for the prem.

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  • Leo

    Apr 11, 2008 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #15

    hammy thats wrotten haha.

    keiran, i dont think i mentioned im spoilt, and have had a season ticket for 13 years haha
    had a gitar also, a bass and i couldnt get into it. still have it though, when its worth lots in years time i might sell it haha

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  • Leo

    Apr 11, 2008 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #16

    happy birthday for wednesday steve

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  • Punk Skunk

    Apr 11, 2008 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #17

    Leo, you are indeed spoilt mate, i’d kill for a season ticket!..Tell y’what…i’ll teach you guitar & you give me your season ticket, is that fair?..

    …Happy birthday anyway bro’, have a good ‘un!..

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  • Leo

    Apr 11, 2008 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #18

    haha, i wish i cud play the guitar like, ma dad has countless fenders, empiphone and a gibson les paul(i think thats the name, either that or he names his guitars haha), cant remember the name ive got a bass.

    wouldnt give my seat up for the world mate, even when family visited i gave my seat up and went and bought a seat elseware in the stadium.

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  • m.

    Apr 11, 2008 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #19

    Leo, get a tattoo!

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  • Whoopie Goldberg

    Apr 11, 2008 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #20

    Buy some property in the States! Maybe a nice condo somewhere. 😉

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  • Leo

    Apr 11, 2008 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #21

    tatoo- dont like needles. haha- what a wimp eh

    whoopie goldberg, i dont think that my rents can stretch that far haha

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  • Leo

    Apr 11, 2008 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #22

    especially as the only two places in america i think i would want to live would be atlanta or new york, atlanta because i love the place new york for obvious reasons

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