Newcastle To Do Very Well In Europa League Next Season?

Fabricio Coloccini will lead Newcastle back into Europe next season, and of course the Argentine has experience in Europe, having played for AC Milan in the Champions League.

Fab Coloccini – looking forward to leading Newcastle back into Europe

We’re surprised at all the talk about the Europa League not being too good – hey – we’d much rather be in the Europa League than nothing at all, and it will be harder and harder to qualify for the Champions League in England in the years ahead.

And maybe the Premier League should have five teams participating each season, rather than the four it is currently allocated, with it being easily the best league in the world.

Coloccini is looking forward to leading the Magpies back into Europe next season for the first time since 2006:

“We finished fifth, and deservedly so, and are really looking forward to the Europa League.” “I know Newcastle United have a strong history of European football and even won the UEFA Fairs Cup in the 1960s (1969 to be precise).”

“I have met Bobby Moncur, who I know was captain at that time, and that must have been a great period for the club. There are not many clubs who can say they have won a European trophy, we should be proud that we are one of them – it is a tremendous achievement in any era.”

“Just look at the teams in the Europa League last season, there were some real top-quality sides.” “And the final itself between Athletic Bilbao and winners Atletico Madrid was a game I watched and really enjoyed. It shows to me what we will be up against next season.”

“It is a challenge that awaits us come August and I know the whole club is really looking forward to seeing who our first opponents are.”

Coloccini turned in his very best season for Newcastle last term, and he was also voted into the Premier League Team of the Season, and is currently back in Argentina relaxing over the summer month to recharge his batteries.

He was an enormously popular choice last July as the new Newcastle captain, and he has led the team well, by his quiet example of efficient football at the back for the side.

Fab seems very proud to be the Newcastle skipper, and he reflected on what turned out to be an exciting and very successful season for Newcastle, and that was a big shock to some of us:

“I have to thank the manager too for making me captain. Not only putting his faith in me on the field, but also giving me the responsibility to lead this club was huge for me and something I am looking forward to again next season.

“For now I am resting, enjoying time at home with my wife and family, so when we come back for training in July, I am refreshed, rested and most importantly, full of desire, commitment, enthusiasm and anticipation for the new season.”

“We had some outstanding performers, but more than anything else we were a team and that was our strength.

“At the start of the season we didn’t concede many goals and although the defence got the credit, you can’t do that without your front six playing their part too. I enjoyed playing alongside Steven Taylor but when he was injured, Mike
Williamson came in and did fantastic too.”

“Across the whole team, players came in and played their part which is vital in any teams’ success.” “Of course we scored some incredible goals too, Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse, Hatem Ben Arfa and Yohan Cabaye scored some of the most fantastic goals I’ve ever seen.”

“But there again we had people like Shola Ameobi, who scored one of our most important goals of the season against Spurs, and Ryan Taylor who won the derby for us. That game, so early in the season, made us really believe we could push on.”

There were many great memories from last season, and with adequate reinforcements over the summer months, there seems no reason why the lads cannot repeat their exploits,  and once again be challenging for a top four position.

It would be really great if somehow Newcastle can qualify for the Champions League next season, but we may be asking too much of the lads.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • SupaToonKid

    May 27, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #1

    Saw on an earlier post that Marvin Martin is available for £6M. I know he said he wants to play in the Champions League but his agent is also Ben Arfa’s agent and with all the French contigent on Tyneside + the callibre of player and the potential of a top 4 challenge next season surely he would be tempted by the Pardew Project. At £6M this is a real steal of a bargain and I can see Martin fitting in so well with Tiote and Cabaye in the middle of the park as the 10 goal a season CM for us. Debuchy as well has the same agent so a double signing of them before the Euros would be unbelievable.

  • SupaToonKid

    May 27, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #2

    On the Europa League i think we should put out a strong team to ensure we qualify for the Group Stages but then we should allow the youngsters and squad players the chance to gain some experience as the League and either the FA or Carling cup should prioritised. If we make it through the group stages (we should do) we can start playing stronger teams as we go along.

  • jackson0022

    May 27, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #3

    Let’s hope, we can win the Europa League next year to end our trophy drought! Good enough for the achievement next year!

  • OoAhDembaBa

    May 27, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #4

    What would fans rather for next season? To win the Europa League or finish 4th-5th?

  • Solaidback

    May 27, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #5

    I think they’ll be a lot of squad rotation next season, can’t expect the same 14 guys to compete in all 4 comps & giving 1 of the cups more priority than the others will only serve us getting knocked out early…

    Personally I don’t see why we can’t challenge in Europe & the league, maybe a good cup run too boot but something will have to give, as our players will be knackered by mid-season else… personally I’d try our best in the league & Europe until Jan, if we’re still in contention at the top of PL & doing well in Europe, I’d forfiet the Fa Cup & push on in Europe, who knows, we may well surprise some & get some silverware along the line but no if our PL position is failing… got to stay up top & challenge for top 6 again…

  • Solaidback

    May 27, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #6

    On players not going to a club because they’re not in the CL… what happened to actually trying to get your club into the CL instead of expecting just to land a club already playing in the CL…. some players actually think its their god given right just to have it fall in their laps instead of actually working for it… I’m so glad we sign player like Tiote & Cabaye, both of whom gave up the option of staying with their current clubs & playing CL to come to the Toon & help us get that chance… thats the sort of players we want at the Toon… not those who think they should have it land in their laps & do nowt to get it… so that case, players like Martin, etc can go whistle if they want to Cl team, we dont want you here……

  • mondziu

    May 27, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #7

    @ SupaToonKid

    I basically agree with you with one exception. Our chances of progressing through the group stages are very slim if we field a team of youngsters and back-ups.

    Tottenham did that with a broader squad and failed and their group was PAOK, Shamrock and Rubin Kazan, whereas we are going to have a more difficult group, as we are in the 4th pot in group stage draw and can get into a group like Atletico, Lille, Lazio and us for example.

  • santonthenewmaldini

    May 27, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #8

    Its only in the UK where the Europa League gets ridiculed every other country gives it the respect it deserves

    We should ditch the Carling and the FA cup with youngsters and reserves and try play full strength in the league and Europa as i believe our best players will thrive in europe

    plus if we do better in europe players will be dying to sign for us and we might get better sponsorship deals etc as well


    May 27, 2012 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #9

    @4 Win a trophy its been so long. As a 12 year old I stood outside the ground with mates as we beat Ujpest Dosza. Atmosphere was unbeleivable. Wish I could have been inside.

  • Willo

    May 27, 2012 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #10

    We can’t give priority to one cup over any other. We need to invest enough in the squad and get the best out of everyone so that we are competitive in all competitions. League Cup, FA Cup, Europa League and the Premier League. We can’t do a Liverpool and have our league form dip because of other competitions. Mr. Ashley, please bring in new faces so we have a bigger squad.

  • saxonfenken

    May 27, 2012 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #11

    The reason we played so well last year was because we fielded our strongest team every time in the league. We saw very little player rotation.
    We all wished for European Soccer so badly, now we seem to want to play all the youth and squad players in it.
    We do not have a huge backup so have to decide for next season, Europa Cup, or another good season in the league,

    I wonder what players who sign for Man C, Man U, Chelsea and Spurs/Liverpool, because of CL or Europa Cup, think sitting on the bench all the time. That will happen with us if we get all the players people want on this blog.

  • obatoyou

    May 27, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #12

    What would you do if we bought?

    Messi, Ronaldo, Xavi, Iniesta, Van Persie, Rooney,
    Yaya Toure, Kompany, Aguero, Tevez, Hulk,

    If we can’t buy all or some of those players, we won’t win the league next season, if we can’t buy players like this, we won’t win the league in the next 10 or 20 years, which is a shame, gets me down, poor state of football. Maybe we can win Europa or the FA cup but not the league 🙁

  • obatoyou

    May 27, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #13

    Champions League final 2014 line ups:

    Barcelona: Tim Krul, Dani Alves, Busquets, Pique, Joey Barton, Vinnie Jones, Paul Dickov, Hulk, Bojan, Xabi Alonso, Bruce Grobelaar, Mark Bosnich

    Newcastle: Casillas, Bale, Kompany, Puyol, Ben Arfa, Messi, Ronaldo, Xavi, Iniesta, Tevez, Rooney
    Subs: Cisse, Sammy Ameobi, Yaya Toure, Aguero, Van Persie


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