Coloccini went through a really tough season when he first arrived from Deportivo in Spain in August of 2008.
Coloccini – a top player on Tyneside – will he soon be bald?
We had been watching Colo play for Argentina in the World Cup in Germany in 2006, and thought he was very good, and would make a great Newcastle center-back.
When he eventually signed for Newcastle, he was told the club were pushing for the Champions League in Europe, with Kevin Keegan the manager, but that season didn’t exactly go as planned, and Newcastle were relegated.
It is also history that Colo struggled at Newcastle in that season, and especially towards the end, when Alan Shearer dropped him when he became the Newcastle manager on April 1st of 2009.
But Colo persevered and it could be that the Champions League is now on the cards for next season.
This is what Colo told the local press today:
“When I came, I said I would like to fight to be in the Champions League – everybody looked at me like I was crazy!” “They said ‘Do you know what it is like around here?’
“We’ve had some not so good times, but now we’re fighting for that.” “When I came, I hoped I would play in the Champions League with Newcastle, so hopefully I can do that next year.”
“It’s the dream and it’s now up to us to go out and get it.” “We’ve got a chance if we keep going like this.” “The Champions League is the most important competition – and we want to be in it.”
“I’ve played in it before when I was at AC Milan and we played Celtic, but I really want to taste more of it.” “Nobody wants to be relegated.” “But I learned about the English game in the Championship.”
“It helped me become a better player if anything.” “It was a fantastic experience actually. I had never played in the second division.”
We think that season down below toughened Colo up, and he became a more physical player and better for it too, and of course he was named on the PFA Championship side back in 2010, along with Kevin Nolan, Andy Carroll and Jose Enrique.
The fact that he has been named in the PFA Team of the Year (for the Premier League) this week, says that he has come full circle, and he is currently at the top of his game.
Long may that continue.
And one last thing – didn’t Coloccini say a few years ago that if Newcastle ever got into the Champions League – he would shave his head?
What a sight that would be.