Newcastle Stars Back Argentina – Get Out Of Here!!

Argentine star Jonas Gutierrez has said something this week that’s a little hard to believe.

Fabio Capello – great manager

Jonas says that his Newcastle team-mates want Argentina to win the World Cup – because Fabio Capello, the current and outstanding England manager is not English.

But neither was our last manager, the Swede Sven Eriksson – so what’s the point?  The only player we expect to be supporting the South American country is – well – who else – Fabricio Coloccini.

In fact England’s last full time English manager was Kevin Keegan, come to think of it, and he didn’t fare too well in the job and walked out on England after Germany had beaten England 1-0 at Wembley in World Cup qualifying on Saturday 7th October 2000 – as we recall.

Former Newcastle midfielder Didi Hamann scoring the winning goal in that game.

This is what Jonas said yesterday:

“My team-mates from Newcastle tell me Argentina is a big candidate to win the World Cup.   “They want Argentina to win it because they don’t like Fabio Capello – because he is Italian.”

“They want to have an English boss and that’s why they want Argentina to win the title.”   “Although it’s strange, because they don’t forget the World Cup in 1986!”

“They respect us and our history – but they still want to beat us all the time.”

How can we forget the World Cup in 1986, when our very own Bobby Robson was England manager and current Argentine manager Diego Maradona cheated by punching the ball into the net – and he got away with it.

Or was it God that punched the ball in the net?

Now, our memory is not as good as it used to be, but we seem to remember that in the old days if you were English and didn’t support England during the World Cup, that used to be an act of treason, and a hanging offense too – as we recall.

How  things have changed over the last 40 years. 😀

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • bojous

    May 29, 2010 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #1

    I don’t know how much I believe the story, I would understand it if the lads support Argentina for Jonas’ sake but to not support England (especially the english lads, José your off the hook) just because of Fabio’s nationality seems pretty shallow.

  • Chris F

    May 29, 2010 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #2

    er, Ed, our last English manager was McClaren, not Keeegan…

  • geordie_india

    May 29, 2010 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #3

    Calm down Ed 🙂 . Every one knows the goal scored by maradona with his hand was totally bad but the goal he scored after that one after passing thru England’s 5 defenders is the answer for that. That goal made Argentina the winners. And about the report of jonas, it might not be true. If its we can know more about it when he comes to Newcastle 🙂

  • jesus was a geordie

    May 29, 2010 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #4

    I’d say it was probably a bit of banter:

    Nolan: “Go on Jonas, you go on and win it”
    Jonas: “But what abouta Inglaaaanhd?”
    Nolan: “Nah, Fabio’s not even English, he’s Italian man”
    Jonas: “Hohoho, you ingleeesh, you so faaahnee!”

    (The author of this comment does not condone casual racism nor encourage the use of racial stereotypes…ever)

  • jgarnett30

    May 29, 2010 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #5

    Does it really matter?

  • Geordie Matriarch

    May 29, 2010 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #6

    I’ve decided to support Argentina if England get knocked out. I like to have someone to shout for.

  • Thump

    May 29, 2010 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #7

    Supposedly Maradonna has been very impressed with Thierry Henry in the qualifiers and wants him to come in to assist him as manager.

  • Chris G

    May 29, 2010 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #8

    “….They respect us and our history…”

    Sorry, Jonas, but not all of us do

    As Ed reminded us, how can we forget the infamous ‘hand of God’ incident in 1986?

    Or the invasion of the Falkland Islands in 1982?

  • Captain Beefheart

    May 29, 2010 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #9

    So does this blog condemn or condone cheating, or whaaat? There is no greater exponent of the art of the accidental arm than Steven ‘oops, sorry ref, it was ball to hand again, honest’ Taylor.

  • Alan

    May 29, 2010 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #10

    I often here about the little fat man’s second goal makes his first one irrelevant but I can’t agree. Allowing that goal changed the whole complexion of the game, forcing England to play catch-up thus weakening their defenses and making it more likely Argentina would score again. But what really irks is that he never apologized for “cheating” and even implies that it’s OK to cheat as long as you get away with it. Hardly a good role model and an attitude that detracts from the beauty of the game. I’d love to see the same thing happen to his side in this tournament and then hear if he thinks it’s OK.


    May 29, 2010 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #11

    As a geordie following Argentina for over 150 years now (more or less) I can happily vouch for Diego’s loon status…………….buts that what what makes him interesting though. You never know whats coming next.

    Second team anyone?


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