Fabricio Coloccini Has Earned Cult-Hero Status At Newcastle


One of the players that came through big time for the famous Newcastle United club last season was 28 year-old Argentine International Fabricio Coloccini.

Fabricio Coloccini – he mustn’t have received the combs we sent him

We had followed Fabricio ever since we saw him in the World Cup in Germany in 2006, playing for Argentina,  where he looked like he would make a very good player for Newcastle.

We were delighted when he signed on at Newcastle for a little over £10M, from Deportivo, in the summer of 2008, but had a disappointing first season in the PL.

But Fabricio will be motivated to do well next season, with Newcastle back in the Premier League, and surely can expect  a quick recall to the Argentine side, after their big weakness this summer in South Africa was central defense.

Coloccini  seems so much better than the Bayern Munich center-back, Martin Demichelis, who played every game for Argentina in the World Cup, and made several mistakes.

But Chris Hughton has said Coloccini has been able to get a good rest this summer by not going to South Africa, and news today  that Coloccini has had to endure some barbs from some players in the Newcastle squad, over Argentina’s 4-0 beating by Germany – although none of the players doing that could be English, surely.

Chris Hughton, a good man-manager if ever we saw one, has talked about his top defender today:

“I felt for him not being included in the World Cup squad.”  “What was Jonas Guiterrez’s joy was Coloccini’s disappointment.”

“That was a shame, but the benefit for us is he will be fresh after the summer.” “There was not a threat of injury, and that can only be a good thing for Newcastle.”

Coloccini took a lot of stick from some pundits last summer, after Newcastle’s embarrassing relegation to the Championship, and we have to admit we were among those who leveled big-time criticism at the Argentine.

But he showed us all what he could do last season, and what a great and strong personality he is – and gained the respect and admiration of the Newcastle fans with his total commitment to the Newcastle cause.

He proved us wrong, and we’re only too willing to put our hands up when Newcastle players do that – which is what we were hoping for too, of course but in truth Fabricio took the criticism like a man, and it was probably over the top, too.

And when he was omitted from the Argentine squad, and not even told the news before it hit the papers, he gave a great example of what a perfect gentleman does, and he accepted the decision with grace.

He said he would be supporting Argentina big time in the summer, and that it had always been an honor for him to represent Argentina – where’s that handkerchief?

Chris Hughton now feels the player can go from strength to strength and prove his worth to the Newcastle club, back in the Premier League:

“He’ll be very much looking forward to it. He’s been here for another year, and he has more knowledge of the English game.”

“He’ll be a very important player for us next season, as he was last season.”

Fabricio is now a cult-hero on Tyneside, which shows just how fast things can change at Newcastle, but when you show the guts, courage and character that this player has showed us in the Newcastle colors over the last 10 months or so, it’s little wonder he has that status on Tyneside – and he’s earned it.

Long may it continue.

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6 comments so far

  • ollynufc180

    Jul 9, 2010 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #1

    coloccini is my favourite newcastle player by a long way ! ………i must say i defended more than anyone 2 years ago, as i still felt he had a lot more to give, and shouldnt have been branded ‘awful’ before we’d even given him a chance…….

    he is a great person imo as well, and has shown how commited he really is by staying………he is positionally very good and reads the game superbly…….yeh he may not be the biggest and strongest CB in the world and isnt lightning speed but is carvalho??……….

    his hair is just immense too!!

    weve got colo colo coloccini in defense in defense, weve got colo colo coloccini in defense in defense……COLO , COLOCCINI …Coloccini in defence….COLO, COLOCCINI, coloccini in defence!! ……………that has to be sung around SJP next season!!! 🙂

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jul 9, 2010 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #2

    collo collo collo-ccini,
    collo collo collo-ccini,
    collo collo collo-ccini,

    in defence for the

    TOON TOON TOON!

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  • Solaidback

    Jul 9, 2010 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #3

    You’re having a laugh aren’t you Ed!!!

    The guy was awful in the PL & only played well against 2nd league players, so before you give him Cult Hero worship, lets see how well he does this season & if he can pull it together & not make the same silly sunday league errors he did in the PL, then maybe, just maybe we can say he’s a Cult Hero but not just on 1 semi descent season in the Fizzy pop please…..

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  • ollynufc180

    Jul 10, 2010 at 1:13 AM

    Comment #4

    solaidback………..the fact that you say colo had a ‘semi decent season’ in the championship just sums up that you are totally against colo and its as if you are already anti-coloccini……….

    he was class last season and our most consistant player

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  • Solaidback

    Jul 10, 2010 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #5

    I’m not anti-colo as you put it, I’m saying he’s a supposed world class defender who played against 2nd teir players & you want to make him a cult hero already, give it a break!!!

    Now if you want to say someone is a cult hero, why not Enrique, he was our most consistant player last season, or Nolan who scored 17 goals from midfield… neither of those are classed as World class or play for their countires 1st team but Colo does, well did & probably shouldf have gone to the World Cup but was dropped…

    As I said, does as well this season as last, then maybe he could be given cult heroism but not on the back of 1 season in the nd league against teams like Plymouth, Cardiff, Swansea etc etc…

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  • ollynufc180

    Jul 10, 2010 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #6

    fair enough, to be labelled worthy of the 10million payed he does need 2 do it in the PL but i am confident he will and we must get behind him and the team to make that happen 🙂

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