Newcastle Star France’s Best Player At Euro 2012

France’s best player on display at the Euro 2012 tournament in Poland and the Ukraine was probably Yohan Cabaye of Newcastle, and his pal Mathieu Debucy also had a good tournament.

Yohan Cabaye at Euro 2012 with France

Cabaye thinks that France can now continue to improve, as he had this to say to RMC

“I think that the Euros were positive on a personal level. To represent the country for me is very important,”   “If we had won against Sweden, we would have played Italy, but it is far from certain that we would have beaten the Italians.”

“Against Spain, we knew that it would be a complicated game where we didn’t have much of the ball, but we thought that we would have two or three chances. But it is true that in the end, there is a small frustration.”

“There was no war in the squad. There were some upset players after the Sweden loss, but we’ve talked, it is over.”  “Nothing ever happened between Olivier Giroud  and Samir Nasri. None of it is true. Hatem Ben Arfa isn’t always easy. I left him yesterday and his morale was good.”

“But I can tell you that in the group, it was all fine. And when I play, the more important issue is the team. But in the match against Spain, we all had a share of responsibility.”  “We’ve all got our personalities, our ideas. What matters is to be tolerant, to make efforts.”

“Everybody wanted the same thing, to go far in this competition. But there was a good vibe, unlike what was said.”

There’s no doubt that Cabaye had a good tournament, as did his former Lille team-mate Mathieu Debuchy, who is now a strong Newcastle transfer target.

And it was an improved performance by France in general, following the terrible goings on in the squad during the World Cup in South Africa in 2010, and that can also be said about England’s performance, although England were far too defensive in all but the win against Sweden.

Spain will now play Portugal on Wednesday, and in the other semi-final Italy will take on Germany, and it could lead to an excellent match-up in the final, and a repeat of the 2008 final, between reigning Champions Spain and Germany.

Spain won that game 1-0 with a first goal from Fernando Torres.

Comments welcome.

9 comments so far

  • Paps

    Jun 26, 2012 at 12:20 AM

    Comment #1


  • OTP

    Jun 26, 2012 at 12:31 AM

    Comment #2

    He was outstanding. Def need to keep hold of him. If either Cabaye or Tiote goes then it should be Tiote. Cabaye just gets better all the time!

  • Shane

    Jun 26, 2012 at 12:32 AM

    Comment #3

    Cabaye’s comment, “Hatem Ben Arfa isn’t always easy” worries me… Pardew seems to manage him well but if Cabaye is saying he isn’t always easy then he must be a bit of a… Well, a prick.

    Before I get slated, I appreciate Benny has come a long way and has slayed a few demons but for Yohan to say that must mean he is still hard work.

    I remember Pardew saying Benny is the sort of player who turns up for training late but you accept it… I love the lad but is he a pain in the arse?? Just putting it out there…

  • DevonToon

    Jun 26, 2012 at 12:34 AM

    Comment #4

    Rosales is considering an offer from newcastle according to his agent… I presume thats the end of our debuchy intrest if true, would be a massive shame not gettin debuchy as i have seen only one flaw to his game and thats gettin caught out of possion every now an again

  • Carl92

    Jun 26, 2012 at 12:36 AM

    Comment #5

    Apparently Ola Toivonen’s agent has said we have been in contact with him. Does this mean the end of Luuk De Jong pusuit? I really hope not, Toivonen is a good player but De Jong is as good now and has the potential to be alot better.

  • Sazzer

    Jun 26, 2012 at 1:01 AM

    Comment #6

    Tried to find a interview with Arfa about Euros but find this from when he was young instead. From what I understand Diaby and him call each other sons of bitches but then very young Arfa looks into camera like it’s a reality show or documentary. Anyone care to translate. Apparently our transfer target Gamerio are suppose to be in video as well.

  • Sazzer

    Jun 26, 2012 at 1:07 AM

    Comment #7

    Maybe getting Toivonen at half price of De Jong wouldn’t be a bad deal since he’s about half as good. It said over 10 m £ so perhaps they use Toivonens prices to get bargain on De Jong. In every article on Twente they seem to need money for their own transfer plans.

  • Visten

    Jun 26, 2012 at 7:23 AM

    Comment #8

    That is quite a big flaw Devon.

  • gonz

    Jun 26, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #9

    Let’s not get carried away with what Cabaye said about Hatem “Hatem isn’t always easy” because I’m sure everyone of us has a FRIEND that isn’t always easy to get along with, but he’s still your bloody mate.


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