Newcastle Target Gomis In France Euro 2008 Squad

Djibril Cisse has again been dropped from France’s 23 man squad for the upcoming Euro 2008 tournament, but Newcastle target Bafe Gomis, has been included, following his excellent two goal debut for France last night.


Bafe Gomis – included in 23 man squad for France in Euro 2008

Former Liverpool forward Cisse also missed the 2006 World Cup after breaking his leg in a warm-up game.

Gomis has forced his way into the squad at the expense of two experienced strikers in Cisse and David Trezeguet, despite the fact the 22-year-old Gomis had his first cap for France last night against Ecuador in Paris.

Of course Gomis celebrated his first cap with two goals to earn France a 2-0 win over Ecuador, in a Euro 2008 warm-up in Paris.

Marseilles youngster Samir Nasri, who will move to Arsenal this summer, has been preferred to Lyon protege Hatem Ben Arfa, and still uncapped goalkeeper Steve Mandanda, Nasri’s club team-mate, is picked ahead of Paris St Germain’s Mickael Landreau.

Newcastle fans will be interested to see that former Newcastle center-back Jean-Alain Boumsong, and his Lyon team-mate Sebastien Squillaci have both been included ahead of Julien Escude and the injured Philippe Mexes.

Lilian Thurman, the 36 year-old veteran French defender, who is now at Barcelona, and has played 136 times for his country, is also included in the 23 man squad.

France squad

Goalkeepers: Gregory Coupet (Lyon), Sebastien Frey (Fiorentina/ITA), Steve Mandanda (Marseille)

Defenders: Eric Abidal (Barcelona/ESP), Patrice Evra (Manchester United/ENG), William Gallas (Arsenal/ENG), Willy Sagnol (Bayern Munich/GER), Lilian Thuram (Barcelona/ESP), Francois Clerc (Lyon), Sebastien Squillaci (Lyon), Jean-Alain Boumsong (Lyon)

Midfielders: Lassana Diarra (Portsmouth/ENG), Claude Makelele (Chelsea/ENG), Jeremy Toulalan (Lyon), Patrick Vieira (Inter Milan/ITA)

Forwards: Nicolas Anelka (Chelsea/ENG), Thierry Henry (Barcelona/ESP), Florent Malouda (Chelsea/ENG), Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich/GER), Samir Nasri (Marseille), Karim Benzema (Lyon), Sidney Govou (Lyon), Bafetimbi Gomis (St Etienne)


Comments welcome.

38 comments so far

  • Ian

    May 28, 2008 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #1

    Now is our chance to buy Cisse for a good price.

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 28, 2008 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #2

    no way, much prefer gomis or gomez or even ashton over cisse

  • drh

    May 28, 2008 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #3

    after his goals this week it’s good night on Gomis, we don’t stand a chance!

  • Ben_BKK

    May 28, 2008 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #4

    My first choice would have to be Gomez, he’ll be incredible in a few years. Then probably Ashton, simply for the fact that he’s proven in the Premier League, whereas Gomis, who admittedly looks good, has only ever been played in the French League, and granted his goals were good, they were against Ecuador, not the best team in the world…

  • Faustino

    May 28, 2008 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #5

    Simple fact is boys we have a three hopes of getting Gomis or Gomez. Westerhope, Bob Hope and Nee hope!

  • broon ale

    May 28, 2008 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #6

    were we (are we) ever after gomis. it was speculated in the papers. No official word from the club. or keegan for that matter.

  • broon ale

    May 28, 2008 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #7

    the transfer window isnt even open and we have fans on this forum growing more and more frustrated with each day passing that we still have not signed anyone.

  • Luke

    May 28, 2008 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #8

    Good night Gomis deal!

  • Rich

    May 28, 2008 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #9

    TOM_TOON- I was just thinking of midfield targets for us and i remember last year watching a guy called KHALENBERG from auxerre who was brilliant and we were supposedly chasing him, i remember you used to rave about him too.

    Wheres he now and is he still as good?

  • broon ale

    May 28, 2008 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #10

    luke, what gomis deal? is that the deal alan oliver got every one talking about?

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 28, 2008 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #11

    kahlenberg is poooooo

  • chuck

    May 28, 2008 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #12

    Every thing is negotiable, even first cap French strikers, its simply a matter of cash!

  • Hadrian

    May 28, 2008 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #13

    cisse will have a point to prove and want back in the france team , great time to buy him .
    ill not be happy till i see some quality brought into the midfield .
    cheeky diego bid 😛
    hey broon ale , tranfer window start date isnt stopping spurs and chelsea is it .

  • richie

    May 28, 2008 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #14

    delighted to see small piece in irish paper sayin newcastle ready to bid for owen garven of ipswich..

  • Laurie

    May 28, 2008 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #15

    Not to nitpick (except that I am), 🙂 but Mandanda got his first cap yesterday in the Ecuador friendly.

    And after that game, everybody and his dog is going to be after Gomis. And with luck, moreso after Euros. I like Newcastle, so I hope you can afford him!

  • Tom_Toon

    May 28, 2008 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #16

    Still at auxerre, kahlenberg is better than any of our midfielders.

    Domenech is a total mug, who picks Boumsong over the immense Escude. Fair enough Mexes is injured butEscude is better than Boumsong and Squillaci.

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 28, 2008 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #17

    hes also left out flamini

  • moomfan

    May 28, 2008 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #18

    did someone say gomis is better than owen and or martins? OH! that would be a big NOT. so, why does everyone on this site seem to have no faith in the strength of newcastle and keegan. i know the silence is killing us all, but we have been in this league for 15 years and we are the talk of the media… always, regardless of our business on or off the field. newcastle, liverpool and mu have been the pilars of the epl and only for the media to slander, libel and verbally sabotage our beloved club, so badly, that now some supports are jumping ship and talking shite about who we can or cannot get. mu , arsenal, chelsea and liverpool doesn’t always get their targets either. but they spend alot of money to buy trophies that are not earned. i don’t know about you lot, but it would be nice for us to add 4 or 5 quality lads to our current squad and bust the top four arses next term. i’m sure mr. keegan is thinking the same and that would be the ultimate embarassment just like we did 5-1 maybe even 8-0 to all the top four f**ers. so if gomis is as stupid as modric, then so be it. remember what henry VIII said,”can’t trust the french”…look what anelka just did to chelsea…i just love it, just love it.

  • Marat18

    May 28, 2008 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #19

    Tom Toon,
    what do you think about Martin Fenin? he is in czech squad for euro.

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 28, 2008 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #20

    we want big bafe

  • Tom_Toon

    May 28, 2008 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #21

    Not seen enough, looked good, for u-20 though, an all round striker, blue collar striker, good at most things special at nothing.

  • Kash2

    May 28, 2008 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #22

    “Blue Collar” – I like it!!! I’m gonna use that saying from now on!

  • Marat18

    May 28, 2008 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #23

    “blue collar” – i like it too! i heard “white collar”, but never blue one!
    but honestly I expect this lad to shine one day. (also not seen enough tho).

    Big Bafe to the Toon!
    Super Mario to the Toon!

  • Tom_Toon

    May 28, 2008 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #24

    blue collar just means a hard worker basically.

  • Spyro

    May 28, 2008 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #25

    “good at most things special at nothing.”

    sounds like Milner


    May 28, 2008 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #26


    What do you think of Ron Jeremy the American lad from LA

    I think he could give us some extra penetration down the middle.

    Great at coming in the box late.

  • Tom_Toon

    May 28, 2008 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #27

    Dont rate the short fat c***

  • Toon_Ksk

    May 28, 2008 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #28

    It’s funny how Domenech included Boumsong at the expense of Mexes.

    Flamini is excluded as well. I thought he is better than Diarra in many ways.

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 28, 2008 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #29

    mexes is injured, but the flamini one baffles me.

    also montolivo has been left out of the italians sqaud

  • irish_al

    May 28, 2008 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #30

    Hi Ed, just thought i’d let you know Mandanda cam on at half time same as Gomis

    Good story though

  • Andy1

    May 28, 2008 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #31

    I can understand how Flamini is left out when they have 4 top holding midfielders like Toulalan, Makelele, Diarra and Paddy V. For the older two its probably their last major tournament and I have always rated Lassana higher than Flamini. Strange how he never got a kick for Arsenal, and I am so gutted we missed out on him because of the change of manager in January.

    Best Player in the World – Full Stop.

  • toonoholic

    May 28, 2008 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #32

    No clichy
    No sagna


    May 28, 2008 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #33


  • sparetheman

    May 29, 2008 at 1:09 AM

    Comment #34

    Maybe Raymond Domenech just doesn’t like Arsenal? Clichy, Sagna and Flamini should all be in the first team for me, forget the 23 man squad!

    Not seen enough of this Gomis guy, but I wouldn’t mind seeing anyone sign right now! I fear the silence could go on for a while yet.

  • Leo

    May 29, 2008 at 1:19 AM

    Comment #35

    im tired of the links but still love reading them lol

  • Ian

    May 29, 2008 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #36

    I really dont understand why people think this is the player we should buy.

    We have a superb striking force however it is prone to injury and needs replacements and at least one reliable player to rotate with.

    Gomis has scored well this and last year only, and is definately a striker of the future, however let us put his scoring and price in perspective, in the same league as Cisse he has scored the same amount of goals and Cisse’s early part of the season was a shocker by his standards, that is all, and is around double the price. He hasnt played in the premiership and may take a season or two to settle in, even though he may one day be one of the best premiership scorers if he arrived here.

    So let us stop and think a moment, do we have one or two seasons to wait for him to settle in to the premiership? By then we may have lost two or three of our other front line up, Gomis cant do it on his own, can we spend an extra £6-7m on a striker when we have identified our main weakness is our midfield and we need extra defenders?

    Why not just buy a strong proven scoring striker to strengthen the front, buy really well, then even if it does cost an extra £10m altogether in the midfield, strengthen the defense THEN move up the table, that brings in extra revenue, automatically attracts the interest of better players and no doubt some of our players will have their heads turned by other clubs and leave, then buy the likes of Gomis when they are already premiership proven and up to the Drogba standard or Torres, the main most expensive players in our team should already be proven when a club such as ours has a small squad.

    Gomis has earned his place in Euro 2008, however 50% of that is due to his age and France looking towards the future, there is an element of gamble.

    I say buy Cisse and look to move up next season, we dont have a couple of years, spend heavily in midfield as we will have to spend over the top to drag people to the NE, the quality midfield will make the difference, Cisse would only ensure we dont slip down due to striker injuries, move up five places then broaden the squad again with youngsters.

    One player will not turn the whole fortune of the club, he will just cost a fortune and it will always be a case of if only he had the supply, we will settle him in the premiership then he will leave and show what he can do with a quality midfield behind him.

    Buy Cisse and spend the additional money saved in midfield, if our strikers remained fit all season and Cisse never played with a good midfield and strengthened defense we would still move up the table a number of places. We will not make one jump to the top in one transfer window, anyone who thinks that is a dreamer.
    That has always been our problem in the past buy one big name and it will all turn out ok, it wont, it just blows the budget in one area and assures we never win anything.
    Blackburn will try to buy Cisse as he is one of the few managers in the premiership with the nouse to be high up the table without following the popular press and spending fortunes on one name, he has a team which is the difference and why we are lower than them.

  • Mson

    May 29, 2008 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #37

    Agree with Ian, we need to spend HEAVY in midfield not in the forward line. i Would say spending to be something like thing:

    MIDFIELD: 60% of budget
    DEFENCE: 25% (1 CB + use geremi as RB/LB cover)
    STRIKERS: 15% (target man)

  • Ian

    May 29, 2008 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #38

    Mson spot on % if we are serious about winning something in the next three years.


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