Newcastle Midfielder Becoming Top International Player


Yohan Cabaye was so good at the Euro 2012 Championships,  that he even drew praise from former Argentine great, Diego Maradona.

Yohan Cabaye – becoming top International player

Both France and England went out at the quarter final stage of the tournament, and for England it was the 8th time in 11 tries that they were beaten in the last eight game of a major tournament, and that’s hardly a good record.

And I know this is an amazing statement, but when I was young,  both Newcastle United and England actually won something in the 1960s.

The French media have voted the 26-year-old Newcastle star, the French side’s best player of the Euro 2012 tournament, and that’s hardly surprising.

And according to the Newcastle Journal today, Maradona has said that the Newcastle midfielder had “caught the eye” and had been “very effective for France during the tournament.”

Yohan Cabaye is not only a regular starter for France, since he joined Newcastle a year ago for a measly €5M, but he has become one of their best players, and it wasn’t too surprising that without him, they went down 2-0 against Sweden.

This is what Cabaye told RMC:

“I am ready to do anything for Les Bleus. To me, the national team is everything.”  “There was no “war” within the squad. There were some upset players after the Sweden game and we talked about that, but then it was over.”

“We all have our personalities, our own ideas. What matters is to be tolerant, to make efforts. Everybody wanted the same thing.”  “It is important to me that we continue to create a positive image.”

“The fans look up to us and we must be above reproach.”   “Xavi  and Iniesta play a different type of football to everyone else.”  “Xavi is the player I most admire. I wish to be like him. He has a unique ability to make passes without an angle.”

“Blanc says we have no one like him.”  “I also like Steven Gerrard. If I could take one thing from his game it would be his long passes.”

After Euro 2012,m  Yohan Cabaye is well on his way to becoming a top player on the International scene, as well as in England’s top Premier League with Newcastle United.

Just think, this lad should be even better than last season, and that will be interesting to see just how good this lad can become on Tyneside.

But when you watch Cabaye’s performances for France, it become less of a surprise that Newcastle finished 5th top of the Premier League,  with this lad running the central midfield for the Magpies.

Now to get his big pal Mathieu Debuchy to join him at Newcastle. 😀

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7 comments so far

  • cyprus

    Jun 26, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #1

    Ed, on previous article,
    Said this before, maybe you’re right but,
    not sure how much credit AP himself would claim about HBA:
    They obviously didn’t see eye to eye, regarding playing philosophy, HBA saying AP favours long balls, while he prefers Barca-style short passes.
    Neither ever claimed credit. AP admitted he didn’t know where to play him (when he was stuck – in his mind) with one formation. HBA said he had matured as a person, hence his change.
    On playing full games in just last six games, well, HBA claimed he was 100% before xmas…

    Admitted, it’s sacrilegious not to give full credit to the manager of the year… for me, he still needs to prove himself. He did well last year, albeit with a brilliant pool of players (Ba, Cisse, Cabaye etc), who often single-handedly changed games in which we were outplayed. Long may it continue, but we will need more…

    Anyways looking forward to some more magic from him (them) next year!

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  • martoon

    Jun 26, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #2

    It’s a bit of a cliche but I think Cabaye might find it harder in his second year as opposition teams will know he is the main man in midfield and stick tight to him.

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  • Beattie25

    Jun 26, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #3

    I like the Man City left back, but he’s a bit of a Clichy.

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  • martoon

    Jun 26, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #4

    The old ones are the best Beattie.

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  • toonincheek

    Jun 26, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #5

    Martoon – That’s what he tells the girls!

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  • martoon

    Jun 26, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #6

    toonincheek
    🙂 🙂 🙂

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  • Owldman

    Jun 26, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #7

    I also thought Cabye had a great Euro 2012. But does anyone agree that Nasri only wanted to pass to Ribery both of them often ran into a wall of players Cabye made him self space & available for passes but Nasri & Ribery often passed to players who were marked & ignored Cabye

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