N’Zogbia, Xisco and Krul in Action For Under-21s

Charles N’Zogbia played for the France Under-21 side last night, when they finally qualified for the finals of  next summer’s European Championships.

Charles N’Zogbia – in France’s 1-0 win against Bosnia-Herzegovina

The French won 1-0 in Sarajevo last night against Bosnia-Herzegovina.

France has to seal the win to stand any chance of qualifying for the Finals next summer in Sweden, and Eintracht Frankfurt’s Habib Bellaid scored the winner following a corner in the 68th minute.

The French finished second in their group behind Wales and secured a play-off position as one of the best four runners-up. England have already qualified for the finals after their fine 2-0 win last week against Portugal, and Steven Taylor will be expected to captain the side in those finals next summer.

Newcastle new boy Xisco, who walked into controversy at Newcastle after Kevin Keegan resigned just a few days after he joined the club, played for Spain as they defeated Russia 2-0 to top their group with maximum points.

However, in a real upset, Tim Krul’s Holland will not be at the finals next summer to defend their crown, as Switzerland won 1-0 to take top spot from the Dutch.

But the Dutch also failed to qualify as one fo the best four runners-up, as Denmark beat them to the fourth best runners-up spot on goal difference.

Comments welcome.

51 comments so far

  • broon ale

    Sep 10, 2008 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #1

    8 different ads on this one page

  • craigtoon

    Sep 10, 2008 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #2

    didnt tim krul get sold in this transfer window?

  • davey

    Sep 10, 2008 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #3

    keep the tits on. their lovely

  • SwedEric

    Sep 10, 2008 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #4

    Ey Ed, or someone. Were in Sweden is they will play? You know? Can´t find any info about it? Would be nice if it´s in Stockholm, since I live there during most of the summer…

  • Chris

    Sep 10, 2008 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #5

    Why are all the ads duplicated as well? I don’t mind the boobs mind you!!! lol!

  • Greg

    Sep 10, 2008 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #6

    Why are most of them australian ads?

  • Bosck

    Sep 10, 2008 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #7

    greg – do you work for an aussie company? cos i work for a french company and all the ads on mine are in french!

  • Oleg G

    Sep 10, 2008 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #8

    wow, you people forget so fast.

    already I see u all talking about the new manager.

    already Ashley is out of the fire of anger and pain of the fans.

    I think that in 1 month everybody will give Ashley another chance if he will bring some good manager (coach) and say that he plans to bring a WOW siging in Jan.

    You people have such a short memory.

    And to those who dosn’t understand the difference between India and Arabic countries, GO READ !!!

    too bad I don’t live in Newcastle, well, not even in the UK, because I would’ve never forgoten so fast, and u would’ve saw me everyday outside protesting !

    Those people who forget so fast are the real muppets thatashley plays with, not his staff.

    I am very dissapointed to see how fast you all forget and move on.

  • Oleg G

    Sep 10, 2008 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #9

    oh, and I am sorry Ed, My comments wasn’t on the article.

  • Oleg G

    Sep 10, 2008 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #10

    about the ads, I see in Hebrew so… hh…

  • Micky Toon

    Sep 10, 2008 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #11

    To get rid of the adds, see my post in the article about Money taking over the first team.

  • Davies

    Sep 10, 2008 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #12

    I counted 11. I like the Snorgtees ones though.

  • AndyNUFC

    Sep 10, 2008 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #13

    I don’t see any ads.

  • Davies

    Sep 10, 2008 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #14

    Some of the same, but I mistakenly included Tiger Technologies. Make that 10.

  • Bill F Ash Didn't Splash :(

    Sep 10, 2008 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #15

    Trouble with the games ads is that they do not connect when you click on them. Having said that having googled some of them they aren’t actually free, they only give a free trial period. I don’t know if they are all like that though.

    Glad to see football and our players being discussed in an editorial, although I may have missed some articles as I tended to avoid the current angst ridden period. Its been to depressing.

  • AndyNUFC

    Sep 10, 2008 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #16

    I have to say lads, ever since Keegan has been sacked, my love for Newcastle has almost gone. I just don’t even know why I pay to watch them anymore. When other teams are preparing to get into the season after the transfer market, we’re trying to find a replacement for arguably one of our best manager in recent years. It’s not that i’ll ‘jump back on the bandwagon’ if we’re winning again or something… Just I don’t feel like I can support the club freely with as much passion as I used to.

  • jez

    Sep 10, 2008 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #17

    I don’t think the Breast enlargement is quite targetted at the right market…

  • Stardust

    Sep 10, 2008 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #18


    Youre an objective poster so I will ask and objective question.

    Do you attribute your feeling (kind of grieving) to Keegans decision to walk out and letting us down again when there was no real reason to do so.

    He had the best squad we have had in a decade – albeit it a bit thin – if he had used the weight of his media power correctly could have been used to great effect on the board and improved his situation over time.

    I recognise the misatkes on both sides, but I think it is the feeling of loss we all feel that we are angry, and in my opinion, Keegan let all the fans down the day he walked. Im not sure I would want him back – and I never thought I would hear myself say that.

  • Punk Skunk

    Sep 10, 2008 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #19

    i think people mostly support the team not the board…It’s not that they’re forgetting anything, they just want the team do kick ass mate, regardless of who owns the club!..

    …After all we’re a football team 1st!..

  • SwedEric

    Sep 10, 2008 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #20

    People need to understand that lods of clubs is being run like this!

    I am as upset as you guys that Keegan has left. But don´t forgett it´s not like this is a way of running the club that Ashley has made up him self! You people just lack the knowledge!

    And from what has come out that Ashley wants to run the club like Arsenal, is truly fine by me! Good in the long run, and don´t think anyone disagree with that? But to buy like City have done and all that is just out of question, but people seems do dream about that, and will not be happy before that happens.

    When you here they say we should buy up coming big players and stop buying like we did before, witch put us in a financial crisis, and then Keegan want´s to do it in another way…

    Ok, you have to lissten to you manager, but people seems to forget that it was Keegan who left, not Ashley who wanted him out!

    And like someone said before, that we forget to fast, and that we move on so fast.

    My god! What should we do? Should we give up and forget about the PL and newcastle, just because the board doesn´t do exactly as Keegan wants and therefore leaves? Even if bad things happens, you just have to move on and look to the feature!

    Sounded on some people we should not go to SJP on saturday and suport the team, and some even said we should loose so Ashley saw what a bad team we had?

    Come on lads. Be angry… But move on and get over it and hope a new manager comes in and do a great job! Sick of coming in here, wanting to read what people think about stuff, and all you get to read is stuff like Ashley out, ashley is a fat bastard, sack the board! Sick of it, move on!

  • Charlie

    Sep 10, 2008 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #21

    Disappointed I’m not getting any boobs down under. I think we need to deal with it though. Keep going to the games because we support the team not the owner. I’d give my left nut to be able to see a game live at St James so everyone go just dont put anything extra in their pockets

  • WesToon

    Sep 10, 2008 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #22

    C’MON young Lads get IN!!!!!!
    Ho’way NUFC 4EVA 🙂

  • AdamCF

    Sep 10, 2008 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #23

    Is anyone interested in how our new signings will go? Let’s get back to the footer.

  • Punk Skunk

    Sep 10, 2008 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #24

    Aye, i’m looking forward to seeing how Xisco & Nacho do!..

    …Ho’way the Lads!..

  • sweendog

    Sep 10, 2008 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #25

    SwedEric, Stardust Keegan left ………

    If you open you’re eyes you’d see it ..
    The director of football argument isn’t valid as Dennis Wises capacity wasn’t just director of football (who guides decisions), he was selling players without Keegans say so.. and buying players without his say so .. ask David Pleat(director of football at west ham) etc what the director of footballs title is.

    Now seeing as this happened .. Keegan was pushed by someone … so who was it .. well the buck always stops with the owner .. he had the choices to make .. tell Wise what his role is or risk Keegan walking … HE and ONLY HE chose wrongly.

    So for anybody to think Keegan left us in the lurch .. yes he did .. did he have a choice seing as he was not a “Manager” anymore .. myself and alot of respected managers in football agree the same .. he was forced ..

    So not to bang on about it …. Dennis Wise is to blame and the Owner .. and one incredulous money grabbing one at that.

  • Stardust

    Sep 10, 2008 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #26


    Keegan was the one with the real power – the power of the mob – we hang on his every word.

    He had options – he chose to run instead of using that power – thats my opinion – obviously you would run when times are tough – I would chose the most important thing to me – that would be the club and the fans – but everyones different

  • ilkkatoon

    Sep 10, 2008 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #27

    stardust is actually derek llambias in disguise!!!!!!!!!!

  • sweendog

    Sep 10, 2008 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #28

    Stardust .. everyone makes their stand a different way .. KK’s stand made it obvious to everyone that there were rotten elements in the NUFC/Sports direct board… this ultimate decisions would affect the team and KK’s management … MA made some forgiveable but unwelcome decisions .. ie not putting his hand in his pocket .. but by not standing by his manager and siding with Wise etc he made a fatal mistake ..

  • totsy

    Sep 10, 2008 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #29

    does anyone know if xisco is any good

  • sweendog

    Sep 10, 2008 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #30

    Stardust .. I have to question your support of the club if you think siding with MA is the answer .. can you not see the blatant fundamental problems they have caused the club .. KK’s stance has brought this to a wider audience and I actually respect him more for doing it .. as some fans still have a blinkered view of an owner .. the real owner of the club is the fans .. you (I think) and me .. we have the best interests of the club at heart ..

  • sweendog

    Sep 10, 2008 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #31

    totsy .. I hope so .. heard mixed reports but if he can play like he’s described .. chases the ball upfront and holds the ball up well .. then we have a vital element to the team thats been missing since Viduka’s been injured.

  • Punk Skunk

    Sep 10, 2008 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #32

    Well by all accounts,
    all KK had to do was put forward his own ideas of how to work this out, but didn’t do it!..
    …I’m only goin’ on what’s been written & i don’t buy rags, but, KK has also kept his own council…I really thought he woulda jumped at the chance to have his say once he’d left, but he hasn’t…Which leads me to suspect that he walked & didn’t wanna try & sort it…Sad!..

    …He’s not really known for keeping his mouth shut…So, very strange!..

  • Lloydie780

    Sep 10, 2008 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #33

    Compltely agree with Stardust, he ahd the chance to stay and use his power-US!!!!! But instead as is usual with Keegan he bottled it when in reality he could have fought. People stating he was forced out are wrong. Sure he didn’t have life his way but who does, and to me the players forced upon him aint exactly been poor signings, jsut not enough. I still stand firm Ashley has to go and also the manager should sign ‘his men’ but still lets face it Keegan bottled it yet AGAIN when we needed him…..we had new players, new season and now 2 games in and its F****d already…….not what we needed, nopt what we wanted and if Keegan had bitten his lip and fought back through results and our power we would have been fine.
    Thanks alot Ashley + Keegan
    ps not Dennis Wise fault, he is employed by Ashley, not like he deliberately is destroying us but he is being told to….though i don’t like him, its true, not his fault

  • Stardust

    Sep 10, 2008 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #34


    MA is aware of all of the facts, in light of those facts he chose to support the structure and personnel. Therefore he has judged the things that upset Keegan were either beyond his/their control or simply a brutal fact that we all have to live with.

    The only other counter would be that Ashley had hoodwinked Keegan and I guess we will neevr know as that would be based on speculation.

    Similarly in light of those facts KK walked, although I have never seen a statement accepting it yet. Therefore the only assumption is that both thought they were right – my only point being that had KK not walked a solution would have been worked out long term.

  • sweendog

    Sep 10, 2008 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #35

    Lloydie780, Stardust ..

    can’t believe anyone can’t see the blatantly obvious ..

    Think of it this way…. Everything is currently going legal so Keegan can’t say anything..

    Now ask yourself these questions

    Does Keegan LOVE newcastle
    Did Keegan have the capacity to work as a Manager
    Did Wise undermine him as Director of football
    Are the current management treating us like Mugs .. ie its a fact etc lines
    Has the management described what had happened.
    Did the management team back the manager .. if not why not …

    If you don’t see pro Keegan answers to these statements you’ve obviously been brainwashed or you can’t read a Black n white situation…

  • Stardust

    Sep 10, 2008 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #36

    sweendog – talk about brainwashed

    Does Keegan LOVE newcastle – YES
    Did Keegan have the capacity to work as a Manager – YES
    Did Wise undermine him as Director of football
    Are the current management treating us like Mugs .. ie its a fact etc lines. UNDERMINE OR FAIL IN HIS TASK?
    Has the management described what had happened.NO
    Did the management team back the manager. YES KEEGAN WALKED OUT

    right and wrong both sides fella

  • sweendog

    Sep 10, 2008 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #37


    “Did the management team back the manager. YES KEEGAN WALKED OUT ”

    No they backed wise and the current structure which doesn’t work .. ie a director of football who undermines the manager .. ask Curbishly etc about this one..

  • sweendog

    Sep 10, 2008 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #38

    Stardust .. if you can’t see what alot of premiership managers have quoted as being unworkable, to use examples Roy Keane,Curbishly,Phil Brown ..etc .. then how on gods earth can you say Keegan had the capacity to work as a Manager .. beggars belief ..

  • Lloydie780

    Sep 10, 2008 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #39

    I see sense on both sides but still point the finger at our ‘messiah’ like stardust, he should ahve held the flag high and got us to flock to him for support and aid the team, not walk when a letter was sent that didn’t match his plans. Sure i blame Ashley, Wise and Keegan, though Wise/Lambias are Ashley’s puppets. So at the end of the day, Keegan could have stood up and said what was happening and got the geordie support but instead like the rest of his life ran away. I loved Keegan but this has blown it, i don’t want the chairmen of the messiah. I wnat a fresh start, a new Newcastle

  • sweendog

    Sep 10, 2008 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #40

    stardust .. now this is an honest question and not a dig ..
    Are you a newcastle supporter?


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