Viduka Wants European Nights At Newcastle

Former Leeds, Middlesbrough and Celtic striker, Mark Viduka, is looking forward to playing for Newcastle in European competition before he retires from football.


Mark Viduka – looking forward to more European nights

Training starts again for the Newcastle squad on 7th July, which is just a short 10 days away, and Mark talked to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle today:

“I have had great European nights in my career, but I would love to go back there with Newcastle.”

“To be involved in European games at St James’ Park would be something special.”

“I would love to play in front of the crowd here in Europe because the fans are so passionate.”

“It would really be something for me.”

“I would love it to happen and that will be the aim – to get back in there next season.”

Newcastle fans have not seen European football since we were knocked out of the UEFA Cup by AZ Alkmaar last year, and we again have no European competition next season.

In retrospect, the club has gone backwards since Freddy Shepherd decided to sack Bobby Robson in August of 2004, and then amazingly appoint Graeme Souness as the new manager, to the complete shock of many fans at the time.

The poor performance of the last two seasons is seemingly having a negative impact on our ability to attract top players to Tyneside, but hopefully we’ll have a much better season this coming year,  and be back in Europe again.

Viduka continued:

“This club is all set up for European football.”

“Hopefully, the results will keep going our way like they did at the end of last season.”

“If we play like we did in the last third of the season, the results will continue to come.”

Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan has been back at work this week, and is obviously working hard to add to the Newcastle squad for the forthcoming season.

It’s surprising we haven’t heard from Kevin yet, since his return, but getting new players to the club is the most important thing for the club right now.

And we have every confidence in Kevin getting the club back to some success in the coming season.

Comments very welcome.

69 comments so far

  • James

    Jun 26, 2008 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #1

    because he’s heard the Kababs taste better in Instanbul

  • gorskino10

    Jun 26, 2008 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #2

    Waste of time he is ive seen him alot and to be fair hes passed it i dont thin we will get into Europe this year so he feels he will play for another 3 years on you bike Viduka we need to get rid of his Wages now and buy a person like him, so Zigic etc…

  • Matthew

    Jun 26, 2008 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #3

    No way will Viduka get a contract extension.

  • yet_another_indian_toon

    Jun 26, 2008 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #4

    it will be at least 2 years before we can dream of europe…. (assuming things go ahead as they are, and stability is maintained)

  • NUFCAl

    Jun 26, 2008 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #5

    He’ll have retired by the time we get into bloody Europe.

    He’s not a waste of time either. Sure he can look lazy at times and he is slow, but he’s a fantastic player with special skills, massive strength and good balance. Hugely important player for Newcastle and we’ll see it next season if we don’t get a decent replacement.

    Can’t believe how many fools mindlessly slag off the Duke.

  • gorskino10

    Jun 26, 2008 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #6

    lazy he is the definition of this word, yes he has skill im not saying he doesnt but hes is not worth this one little bit of skill for a hole game or lazy workrate and i would of said well hes got skills and scores alot so we need him but he doesnt score that many he hardly scored that many so he is not worth the wages we pay for him so jus realese him.

  • staffsmag

    Jun 26, 2008 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #7

    NUFCA1 – well said I agree with you lets not slag him off he can still do a job for the team

  • Geordie Nick

    Jun 26, 2008 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #8

    we wud never of had our little run without dukes at end of last season, his hold up play and skill on the ball is fantastic, luk wat happened wen he didnt play last game of the season! we were hammered

  • Graeme

    Jun 26, 2008 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #9

    If he is our main CF by the time we qualify for Europe, I will be amazed. The guy has this season left in him, IF he’s lucky.

    We should be signing a PROPER CF this window to give us some options and to cover for the Duke, when he’s lame, sick, injured or just cant be arsed.

  • gorskino10

    Jun 26, 2008 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #10

    To me he was Struggling last season like what happened to Shearer i felt he went 1 season too many but atleast he got us lots of goals Viduka hasn’t and to be honest i dont see him being able to do well this season let alone another one on top of that.

  • big pea ov the weab

    Jun 26, 2008 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #11

    on ur bike fatty were no were nere that standered yet

  • nate dawg

    Jun 26, 2008 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #12

    i think viduka is adequate , 6 years ago would have been perfect for us but age has caught up with him

  • geordiegraham

    Jun 26, 2008 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #13

    his work rate is a disgrace he always looks tired hes FAT a dont rate him

  • Gateshead Mag.

    Jun 26, 2008 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #14

    He’s not as bad as everyone yabs on about.

  • John

    Jun 26, 2008 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #15

    off the subject a bit ..But how quite is it at the moment…I’m wondering have we gone through both Keegans and Wises list now and there is noone to sign…..

    I would love just one signing very soon just so i can start getting excited about next year

  • ObaFan2

    Jun 26, 2008 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #16

    Off topic 2,

    KK has been made favourite by bookies for the first manager for the chop !!!!!!!!!

    5/2 Kevin Keegan
    3/1 Alan Curbishley
    6/1 Gary Megson
    8/1 Roy Hodgson
    8/1 Gareth Southgate

    What a joke…………

  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 26, 2008 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #17

    Im amazed Mark Hughes isnt first. And Juande Ramos close behind.

  • ally

    Jun 26, 2008 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #18

    We all want that Mark!!!!

  • Frankieboy

    Jun 26, 2008 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #19

    Viduka is talking about having a “Geordie Night” in his local back home in Oz. Just assume that ‘s what he is intending cos no other possibility for a couple of years yet.

  • Frankieboy

    Jun 26, 2008 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #20

    Think KK will walk because of interference before he is sacked if things get that bad.

  • DAvies

    Jun 26, 2008 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #21


  • NUFCAl

    Jun 26, 2008 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #22

    The bookies are a bloody disgrace.

    I honestly can’t believe everyone’s slagging off Viduka. They clearly don’t know much about the game and the importance and art of hold up play.

    F*ck all the Duke haters, you’ll all see how important he is to our team if we start the season without a decent replacement and we get pumped because of our inability to string 5 passes together.

    EDIT: Agreed Frankieboy, the only chance Keegan will be the first manager gone is if he walks because the big cheeses are taking the smeg.

  • DURhamTOON

    Jun 26, 2008 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #23

    As Keegan said ‘For the 4-3-3 formation to work we need 2 strikers to run like hell for ninety minutes and one to stand about and hold the ball up and Mark Viduka is probably the best player in the world at standing about’ Mark Viduka is brilliant in our run of form at the end of the season Viduka was vital he set up a fair few for MO and OM and as someone said earlier in the last game he never played and we struggled badly against Everton. Still want a back up for him though as he is getting on a bit.


    Jun 26, 2008 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #24

    Well you have to give him 10 out of 10 for optimism. Like most of the other comments on this blog I would be very surprised if he is a first choice regular when (not if) we get back into Europe.
    I saw that bookies thing as well, there is such a fine line between battling for top ten spots and struggling at the bottom it could easily happen if MA isn’t happy. He has already proved his willingness to sack if things are going awry.
    I think we will at least be mid table next season but that might not be good enough.

  • craig chisholm

    Jun 26, 2008 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #25

    ha ha ha. what a wanka. the sooner we get shot of the lazy bloke the better. the amount of times i was hoarse last season along with everyone else around me shouting at him to move his fat arse…..he is way too lazy for my liking. Yes, he holds up the ball well and there are not many people around who are as danagerous as he is with his back to the goal, very good. but its just too few and far between.
    Somethin else that is doing my brain in a bit is how everyone (inc the players) keep going on about our great end to the season – if they think that was reat we are in trouble, really. We got some draws and some wins out of lower opposition but then lost to everton and chelski. we lost our last two games. this season we are straight into the thick of it and we really need to be playing better than we have played in years not to end up straight down the bottom fighting. Its a tough start. I do agree with terry mac though, the absoloute best time to play manure is the first game of the season, esp post ronaldo. we have a mega slim chance of getting something. i think if we play our best players for once we have a chance, zogs must play as must martins, they are our only speed. All the others we have are pedestrain in comparison.

  • NUFCAl

    Jun 26, 2008 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #26

    Why the hell do people buttf*ck N’Zogbia and Martins so much? Zog can’t cross a ball, is a moody little prick and is far FAR from the finished article. Martins while an explosive talent plays like a kid on the school yard, sometimes he looks like he doesn’t have a clue what’s going on. He’s a good impact player to have in the team, but he’s not good at centre foward play.

  • steve

    Jun 26, 2008 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #27

    Are people on this blog the biggest whingers in football – jeez you’re forever slagging off the players, back room staff, chairman, owner
    No wonder players won’t come to the toon

  • ScottyT

    Jun 26, 2008 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #28

    NUFCAl.. completely agree i still think vids got quality yes hes lazy and not very mobile but his close control, finishing and hold up play are quality and very important and imo hes still a gd player but evry1 has ther opinions a spose. also agree bwt zog nd martins altho a do think ther both gd exciting and unpredictable players.

  • craig chisholm

    Jun 26, 2008 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #29

    NUFCA1……….i presume you mean me when you say people buttf**ng zogs and martins all the time. Simple fact is, zogs is our most naturally girfted player and the only guy we have left that can run through defences – you must have seen the impact he had at everton. If he gets a run in the team he will shine and thats a fact. as for martins, the guy is great and a far better prospect than that fat lazy ozzie you rave on about thats for sure. I would flog him in a heart beat if we could sign crouch. He has no work rate at all. martins scored more goals last season than fat arse and zogs was only three behind, not a striker and never got a start hardly. Sorry dude, i give credit where its due, i said that no-one is more dangerous than him with his bak t othe goal, its just not enough at all. he has had his day. like so many others, he is getting one final big pay pack from the daft geordies.

  • Ashton

    Jun 26, 2008 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #30

    We should release this fat useless *&^%

  • oga

    Jun 26, 2008 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #31

    Viduka needs to go, end of.

    Old, lazy, greedy, inflammatory wage, poor attitude, permanently injured etc. There are many players that could do his job for less.

  • Kaler

    Jun 26, 2008 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #32

    Then why aren’t we signing one?

  • NUFCAl

    Jun 26, 2008 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #33


    Some of our so-called ‘fans’ are ignorant as f*ck. It completely mystifies me how people can continually slag off this man just because he’s heavy set and doesn’t have much pace.

    Sure at times he looks like he can’t be arsed which is a gripe I have about him, but not everyone’s perfect.

  • geordiegraham

    Jun 26, 2008 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #34

    i think viduka wud be top goalscorer if we had a greggs advertisin board behind the net. or next solution some1 get me a fishin line al hang a pasty on the end nd direct him 2 the net

  • benoz

    Jun 26, 2008 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #35

    Some of you people are retarded, Viduka creates 2 or 3 goals for everyone he scores and without him we would had had a damn hard look at relegation. You don’t actually need to run if you are in the right place to start with…

  • Chennai Toon

    Jun 26, 2008 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #36

    criticism on viduka is too harsh………..he really did his job in holding in front role………….he even scored some good goals……………he definitely has one good season left in him provided he keeps him fit…………………..

  • geordiegraham

    Jun 26, 2008 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #37

    wot does my nut with the duke is he always looks like he cant be arsed so hes lazy. fair enough he holds up the ball but he cud release it but tends to fanny on with it lose it or fall 2 the deck. i wud like him if he put in a graft every week like owen beye martins nd a few others

  • Frankieboy

    Jun 26, 2008 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #38

    I said last season that 4-3-3 is only effective with Viduka in the team. We had success with it late season and he is the reason why. If he is not available for whatever reason then KK should revert to 4-4-2 ( unless we bring in similar cover) with obviously 2 wide men. The system was tried a few times and failed miserably if Viduka was not playing.
    We need to be adaptable next season with the ability to alter systems to suit as games progress or appliy different system depending on tactics and opposition.All the successful teams have the squads available to do this.

  • The Entertainers

    Jun 26, 2008 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #39

    The Duke is a strange breed of player.

    He looks lazy and disinterested most of the game, however he can make quality defenders like Woodgate look less than average (remember his goal at Boro).

    Imo we look a better team with him in it, than not in it. This is part of my point in why we need a target man at the Toon. So he has competion and we have a man to fill in when Viduka is injured.

  • geordiegraham

    Jun 26, 2008 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #40

    a wud hav brought in ashton 2 replace viduka


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