Two Former Newcastle Targets Help Switzerland Beat Spain

Newcastle fans would have been interested to see both former Magpie targets,  22 year-old striker Eren Derdiyok and 25 year-old midfielder Gökhan Inler in the starting Switzerland side that produced the first real shocker of the 2010 e World Cup with a 1-0 win over European Champions Spain.

Eren Derdiyok – looked good today for the Swiss

In their 10 qualifying games in their qualifying group Spain won all 10, and this is the first time Spain has tasted defeat since the USA beat them 2-0 in the semi-final of the Confederations Cup almost a year ago – again in South Africa.

Eren had a great game as striker and the youngster put in a  tremendous amount of work helping out in defense. and when Switzerland were 1-0 up he broke through and almost put the Swiss 2-0 up. but he hit the upright  in one of the Swiss breakaways.

Of course when you have a manager like German great Omar Hitzfeld in charge – then anything is possible – and Omar will be the toast of Switzerland tonight, as will the Swiss squad in what was arguably their greatest result ever.

When Newcastle were interested in Derdiyok a couple of years ago,  during the European Nations Cup (which Spain of course won), he was at Basel, but he has since moved to German club Bayer Leverkusen last year, and in 33 appearances for them he has 11 goals.

In 64 appearances for Basel he scored 20 goals, and is a tall and powerful 6’3″ striker.

Gopkhan Inler was said to be a target of Kevin Keegan two years ago, as his name repeatedly came up during the summer of 2008, and he is still at Udinese Calcio in the Italian League.

Gokhan played very well today in the center of midfield for his 35th cap for his country, and has played 118 times for Udinese with 6 goals.

But we doubt if Chris Hughton has these two players on his radar screen these days,  although Chris was Kevin’s assistant two years ago when Newcastle were reported to be after both players.

The winning goal  was scored after 52 minutes, by Fernandes and Spanish goalkeeper and captain Casillas seemed to be slow off his line for the goal.

The Spanish did bring on Fernando Torres (who has had his hair cut short)  in the second half, but he just couldn’t get the goal for them and there was no sign at all of Arsenal’s Cesc Fabregas – although maybe there should have been.

It was a terrible result for Spain – only their second loss in nearly 40 games, but great for the Swiss and good for the World Cup  tournament in general – and a very good game to watch.

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • baro

    Jun 16, 2010 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #1

    That was a really big shocking win for Swiss. I thought they both Derdiyuk and Inler were awesome. Derdiyuk hit the post once after getting through Puyol and Pique and Casillas but then hit the bar. Inler was awesome and solid. He had clever leadership.

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Jun 16, 2010 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #2

    Ed I preferred the old banner to your web site. We musn’t forget our history & players like Shearer, Gascoigne, Beardsley, SuperMac, Moncur & Milburn should be on your bannare that’s what the toons all about

  • baro

    Jun 16, 2010 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #3


    You should make this site a little more colorful in a nice way not baby children way. Its all plain white!

  • MacToon

    Jun 16, 2010 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #4

    lol, well done the Swiss and the pressure is really on Spain now, atleast they have Honduras next but will be a tricky third game for them against Chile.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 16, 2010 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #5

    That was the first banner I created myself – and will have a new one out before the season starts – yes I should have Jackie in there etc etc.

  • baro

    Jun 16, 2010 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #6


    I agree what you said about Chile. They have Alexis Sanchez. The tricky skillful guy.

  • MacToon

    Jun 16, 2010 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #7

    Sanchez is headed for Real I think or so they said baro, they played well and sure they beat Argentina twice recently.

  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 16, 2010 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #8

    It has come to my attention that Jonthan De Guzman is available on a free!


    Jun 16, 2010 at 10:55 PM

    Comment #9

    give it a fu kin rest man

  • Sav

    Jun 17, 2010 at 5:07 AM

    Comment #10

    That should be Otmar Hitzfeld. (Not Omar)

  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 17, 2010 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #11

    Can’t believe we didn’t push home our interest in Derdiyok at the time when we could have got him for less than we paid for best.

  • noir9

    Jun 17, 2010 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #12

    With the benefit of hindsight there are lots of players we should have signed & even more the shouldn’t. Who was the manager that didn’t sign Derdiyok?

  • Tom4Nufc

    Jun 17, 2010 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #13

    Yay Old Trafford away opening match!!!! F’ing brilliant! :'(

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Jun 17, 2010 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #14

    Just seen the fixtures for next season. Hard start, but looking at them I reckon we can get 46 points at least, which will be good enough to stay up. Of course it depends upon what new players (if any we) get and how we do on injuries


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