Newcastle Top Midfielder Upbeat On France’s Chances


Yohan  Cabaye has been interviewed a lot during the Euro 2012 Championships, which are taking place in Poland and the Ukraine during June.

Yohan Cabaye seems upbeat about Les Bleus chances

Poland were eliminated last night, after a rather tepid performance in their 1-0 defeat by the Czech Republic, and would you believe it – Greece beat Russia 1-0 in the other Group A game, and also advance – unbelievable.

After being hammered 4-1 by Russia in their opening game, it’s quite amazing the Czech Republic got through to the quarter-finals, and notice if this was the World Cup – Russia would have advanced,  because of their superior goal difference.

But in the European Championships points is followed by head to head competition,  if two teams are tied on points, and only then does it go to goal difference, so the Czech Republic advanced because they tied on 4 points with Russia, but beat them last night in head-to-head competition.

So certainly neither England nor France can take their games lightly in the final matches of Group D, to be played on Tuesday night.

Yohan Cabaye talked about the win against the Ukraine, and the 26 year-old seems quite confident of France’s chances in the competition:

“This time we attacked from the beginning of the match. The coach chose the formation to create spaces in behind.”

“That’s because we were also aware that they would tackle a lot on the right-hand side, so with Franck Ribery on our left we could counter that.” “That was how we scored the first goal. I think we succeeded and the team is relieved.”

“We can prepare for the third match with more confidence, for sure.” “Samir Nasri, Karim Benzema and Jeremy Menez are top players. If a team wants to accomplish something special, it needs talent – and those players are talented.

“There is also Hatem Ben Arfa, who did not play against Ukraine.” “He is a special footballer and very exciting. I am sure he can do well if he gets his chance.” “Those four players are really talented.”

“The rest of us stay behind them and try to keep our eyes open. Because, let’s put it like this, in the attack they run a little bit everywhere.” “But that’s not a bad thing as long as they do their job and score goals.”

“That’s what is really important. We are there to support them and help them play.” “We can consider ourselves lucky to have them, and I hope that they will stay without any injuries and in good form for the rest of the tournament.”

Whoever is the runner-up in group D will likely play World Champions Spain, who are expected to win group C.

So let’s hope that England can get a decent win against the Ukraine on Tuesday night, but it will not be easy, although Wayne Rooney is back for England, and we hope he can play somewhere near his best form – which he hardly did in South Africa two years ago.

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222 comments so far

  • SupaToonKid

    Jun 17, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #1

    For all we know a deal for Debuchy is already in place and all he has to do is come have a medical and sign on the dotted line. Newcastle do their deals quietly and don’t allow the agents of players to go out telling SSN or the Mail that we’re so far down the line. Did any of you know Cisse was signing? NO! It looked at one point that he’d be more likely being Bent’s replacement on Wearside but no we conducted ourselves secretly and professionally and got the deal done!

    Anyway even if Debuchy was to sign for Chelski it wouldn’t be the end of the world as surely it would free up a move for Gregory van der Wiel to come to Tyneside. Though i would prefer Debuchy, van der Wiel has the potential at a younger age to be even better than Mathieu so it wouldn’t be hugely dissapointing if that scenario occured.

    Despite this i believe Chelski will sign van der Wiel as they’ve continuously watched him over a long period of time and i expect Debuchy to sign for us because of his friendship with Yohan. Although i think Debuchy is friends with Hazard as well as Yohan so it really comes down to who is his better friend. Either way Debuchy or van der Wiel would be a massive upgrade to Danny Simpson! I have faith in MA, AP, DL & GC that they will deliver us some quality players, fingers crossed on of those is Mathieu Debuchy.

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  • Beattie25

    Jun 17, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #2

    Regarding Debuchy I think we are being unfair on our selves.

    If Chelski bid for him whose to say he wont choose us over them?! Money isn’t everything to all players and maybe the chance to live with his best friend in a small city for a club pushing to become greater is more appealing than sitting on the bench every other week and earning a little bit more money.

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  • magpie6699

    Jun 17, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #3

    What happened to the young Chelski full back we had on loan a couple of seasons ago? Good player! I know he’s a left back but if we lose out on Debuchy to the Russkis could we make a move for him, Santon to RB blah blah? Just a thought?

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  • pbNcl

    Jun 17, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #4

    You can’t drop carroll or welbeck after the last performance, so let’s see if owl features has the bottle to bench rooney! I doubt it

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  • NEWEXPATMAGPIE

    Jun 17, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #5

    @3:

    You Mean Patrick van Aanhout i think?

    He is still on Chelsea,s books i believe but was on loan to Arnhem Vitesse almost for the whole of last season!

    He plays in the same team as a certain Wilfred Boney who i would also like us to sign as an out and out striker!

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  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    Jun 17, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #6

    Really want Debuchy though they are close friends Debuchy seems class…. really would be nice..

    any more new on the new kit as that kit looks cheap compared to the old one :-/

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  • Beattie25

    Jun 17, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #7

    Just found this clip of Debuchy taking on England.What a player, imagine him on the right and Santon on the left?!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxsWMJkSvnk!

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  • magpie6699

    Jun 17, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #8

    Newex…etc
    Cheers, that’s him! I like the idea of 2 young classy full-backs – I’m old enough to remember the Craig / Clark and Nattrass / Kennedy eras.

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  • Beattie25

    Jun 17, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #9

    You know what Van Aanholt is a good shout.

    Ryan Bertrand is obviously the replacement for Cole so Van Aanholt wont want to be left on the bench.

    Good idea, bring him back!!!

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  • jimmymagpie

    Jun 17, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #10

    What’s all this fuss about Debuchy? Have any of you seem him perform when under pressure DEFENSIVELY? Glen Johnson looks great going forward, but would anybody on here buy him? Remember the old adage – never buy players based on Tournament performances. Arshavin was brilliant for Russia in their first games, and would you buy Ronaldo if you had only see him play Tournament football? Douglas was all the rage a short while ago, now we aren’t even interested. Nothing will happen until the Euros are out of the way, and Pardew will need to move players on before he is allowed any SIGNIFICANT cash signings. Going back to Debuchy, he is a winger converted to full back, and not too many turn out to be decent defenders. There are those at NUFC who still have doubts about Santon’s defensive abilities, and I know for a fact that one of the coaching staff has implored Pardew to play him on the right and give the lad a chance on his strongest side.

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  • Beattie25

    Jun 17, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #11

    My old nemesis returns

    If you read a previous post as written by davyb he called for Debuchy to sign ‘before the Euros’. I for one also championed this and have been watching Lille since we have been linked with a couple of their players.

    Debuchy is defensivley sound and equally adept at tackkling then getting forward. I said to sign him way before the ‘Euros’ and his impressive performances has only solidified that.

    The modern full back has to be good at attacking and defending so is the demands of football in this day and age. Debuchy is good at both.

    I hope you appreciate my opinion Jimmy as I usaully get insulted by you or I insult you but I am having none of that anymore.

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  • DraperNUFC10

    Jun 17, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #12

    Everyone follow me on twitter @Daniel_Draper95, I’ll follow back!! And plus definitly agree about signing debuchey before june, I think we’ve left it too late now

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  • DraperNUFC10

    Jun 17, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #13

    Everyone follow me on twitter @Daniel_Draper95, I’ll follow back!!

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  • jimmymagpie

    Jun 17, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #14

    Beattie – I do respect your opinion mate. It apprears you’ve seen the lad play more thn I have, and i respect your belief that he’s defensively sound.In that case, he would appear to be a good bet, and the only problems seem to be the fee, and the supposed interest of others, although at least one local journalist seems convinced that a deal was thrashed out before the Euros started. We shall see.

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  • Lee Dodd

    Jun 17, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #15

    We are right here – all the signings we get now are very quiet until the are officially unvailed etc. The Majoraty of the stirring is made By The Mail or Sky Sports etc… Debuchy Will Sign For us Or No One else just because of Cabaye and H.B.A Simple as that . Why Get a Numb Bum By Signing For Chelsea ??? Sign For The NUFC and Get at Leat 3/4 of the season on the Pitch…

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  • Paps

    Jun 17, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #16

    If we do sign debuchy, i will appreciate what the club is doing. what led to our relegation was the failure to replace the players we sold (milner, nzogbia etc). now when it looks as if our rb is gonna leave, were trying to sign a replacement who looks too be better than what we previously had

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  • Oldgit1

    Jun 17, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #17

    Im concerned that all our rumours are central to the first team and Euros, surely we are in for players that are not included in the teams competing.
    Why have we not heard of the potential young players for the accadany team, we have let a lot go who needs replacing, thought these players would be in place by now.

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  • cyprus

    Jun 17, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #18

    The wife asked me to bet england-greece for the final (350-1) which I grudgingly did. Doesn’t seem so crazy now! Mine was a more tame France-Spain

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  • pardew no 1

    Jun 17, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #19

    ed have you meet any of these local slags ? 😉

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  • davybtoon

    Jun 17, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #20

    http://www.football365.com/liverpool/7821160/Bedimo-claiming-Premier-move

    anyone reckon this could be our new full back been linked with us n liverpool n they dont need him they hav jose

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  • obatoyou

    Jun 17, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #21

    Fancy France’s chances to leave Sweden bleedin and go top of Group D? Only if England refrain from rainin on the Ukraine!

    Unless Denmark borrow some of Renoir’s spark,
    Oranje’s four inch door hinge swings open in an interesting group B tonight. We hope Germany’s enemies can banish them, but Portugal will need Ronaldo’s touch to finagle a win against the dutch!

    Spain’s reign will continue and see Croatia’s outfit holidayin on Japan’s main land, entertainin geisha’s sooner than Italy wittily bring off Balotelli to watch Ireland’s Shay Given’s tired hands on the telly!

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  • davybtoon

    Jun 17, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #22

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFXzpLZ4tu8

    henri bedimo only jus turned 28 cameroon international left back 5mill bargain only b 32 at the end of a 5 year deal

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  • Beattie25

    Jun 17, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #23

    davybtoon

    I’m not sure about this one myself.

    He doesnt fit into the strict criterea set by the board?! IT may happen of course but I’d be suprised.

    Especially as he may be in the AFCON in January.

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  • davybtoon

    Jun 17, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #24

    beattie the board hav said they will break that rule if the player is worth it n this player is very good been excellent at montpellier this season
    and we can jus put fergie lb while he is away or santon back there n tav rb

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  • davybtoon

    Jun 17, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #25

    bedimo to announce who hes joining next week so hopefully its us only us n liverpool been linked

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  • davybtoon

    Jun 17, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #26

    also hes only a year older than debuchy who turns 27 in july bedimo jus turned 28 2 weeks ago

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  • Beattie25

    Jun 17, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #27

    Well if he signs I’ll be more than happy.

    It would make sense!!!

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  • Ben3arfa

    Jun 17, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #28

    if we get bedimo for 2-3 mil then the deal makes sense .. cant see it happening otherwise

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  • tarie4

    Jun 17, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #29

    jimmymagpie

    Like many others on here, U seem to forget santon is only 21, what do U expect, if he was defensively sound, he wouldn’t be here, he would be at Barca, Madrid etc what he has is time on his side and the ability to improve. We need to be patient. Ronaldo was not banging them in at first, many united fans wanted him sold. What do fans know aye 😉 and he is one of many examples.

    As far as buying a full back goes, with our budget, fans (including urself) need to remember that we can not afford, finished articles, so a fullback defensively sound like (imo) mr cole are out of our price range. With lets say 6 mill, Ur only hope is to get someone who has potential to improve (not the finished article) like cabaye tiote cisse. Look at them now.
    So wen u look at Debuchy think, is he better than what we have?? What are his strengths?? And weaknesses??
    My answers would be 1. Yes 2. Pace, comfortable on the ball, taking players on, crossing ability and is defensively reliable 3. Does get exposed at times and he is untested in the epl. and last but not least, will he IMPROVE OUR SQUAD? Ans imo hell yeah.

    And u can not compare him with other tournament Heroes turned flops and club level, because he caught our eye before the euros, we were linked with him before the euros, and carr as confirmed by Joe cole has been to loads of Lille games this season.

    I am not taking a swipe at u my good sir, just giving my opinion. I hope u are well and strong, and wish u all the best with your health. I really enjoy reading ur posts.

    I think fans need to realize we can only invest in potential, not the finished article. We just dnt have the budget.

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  • Beattie25

    Jun 17, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #30

    If Bedimo goes to the scousers what does that mean for Enrique?

    Maybe Valencia to replace Alba or a return to NUFC?

    Stranger things have happened!

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  • rich_toonfan

    Jun 17, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #31

    The board will sign a player if they think he is value and has longevity.

    I can see why we haven’t got more deals tied up, players in France, holland and Germany will be featuring in the euros and although we might push a deal other club will be waiting til after.

    Just because we don’t hear anything doesnt mean deal aren’t almost done, we could have a few ready to come in once they are eliminated fon the tournament and can come for a medical.

    The club is quite until deals are done so anything could happen.

    And as I said before, debuchy has been quality for Lille but has looked good without really standing out for France in the euros. I can see interest from club still in him but nothing to make his price jump to 10mil+ yet….although there is still time for that yet.

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  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Jun 17, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #32

    Tarie

    That last sentence says it all:-
    “Fans need to realize we can only invest in potential, not the finished article. We just don’t have the budget.”

    And its also more exciting to see how the players develop with the Toon, though sometimes frustrating.
    And how many 27+ year olds are still below their maximum performance level ?

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 17, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #33

    Jimmy

    If we are going for Debuchy, it will be because Carr will have had him watched for several years including the 4 league titles with Lille, not just a couple of tournament games.

    One thing puzzles me Jimmy. If as you say, you have an ”in”or connection at the club, but are often on here slagging off the Ashley regime, why are you still entertained on the premises?

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  • Partizan

    Jun 17, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #34

    What’s all this fuss about Debuchy? Have any of you seem him perform when under pressure DEFENSIVELY? Glen Johnson looks great going forward, but would anybody on here buy him? Remember the old adage – never buy players based on Tournament performances. Arshavin was brilliant for Russia in their first games, and would you buy Ronaldo if you had only see him play Tournament football? Douglas was all the rage a short while ago, now we aren’t even interested. Nothing will happen until the Euros are out of the way, and Pardew will need to move players on before he is allowed any SIGNIFICANT cash signings. Going back to Debuchy, he is a winger converted to full back, and not too many turn out to be decent defenders. There are those at NUFC who still have doubts about Santon’s defensive abilities, and I know for a fact that one of the coaching staff has implored Pardew to play him on the right and give the lad a chance on his strongest side.

    Your logic almost blew me away,first of all Debuchy had a phenomenal season at Lille thats why he’s a starter for France.
    We have been linked with him even before the Euros so that means,he’s been evaluated way back during the last season.
    I’m sure he’s also recomended by Cabaye which is good enough for me.
    I think its YOU who is judging the players by this tournament,you wouldnt have mentioned his errors otherwise.

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  • Partizan

    Jun 17, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #35

    Its a reply for Jimmymagpie

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  • Partizan

    Jun 17, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #36

    And you should pray for him to make constant errors otherwise its gonna be 15mill for him easily.

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  • geordie157

    Jun 17, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #37

    If Van Aanholt is available and cheap then he’s a good alternative to Fryers.

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  • obatoyou

    Jun 17, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #38

    anyone like my poem?

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  • rich_toonfan

    Jun 17, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #39

    Debuchy has been Reported to have an 8million release clause, which fits with Lille giving cabaye a release clause and shows why we might be interested in him.

    His price could be anything though. I would expect between 7-10 million but then again you can never be sure, kolarov cost over 20 million.

    If not many clubs are interested who are bigger than us we might get him for a good price. If Chelsea or Madrid take up their interest we will end up being priced out of a move.

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  • tunneytoon

    Jun 17, 2012 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #40

    Tunney93 – get it followed people

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