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?