The lads were white water rafting yesterday at Eiskanal in the city of Augsburg, Germany, and the facility was constructed as the canoe slalom venue for the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, and the players seemed to have a great time of it, and then there was a team dinner in Munich last night, to celebrate manager Alan Pardew’s 51st birthday.
Steven Taylor, Tim Krul and Haris Vuckic listen closely to instructions
It’s important if you go overboard to keep your heads above water and swim - otherwise you may miss the first game against Tottenham
Tim Krul is one of the three lads above listening very closely to the instructions before they go out rafting, and yes that’s Haris Vuckic presumably on the right.
Tim Krul wants Newcastle to move forward from last season, which is certainly what the Newcastle fans want to see, and the 6’4″ goalkeeper (yes he seems to have grown an inch or two) had this to say in the Newcastle Journal:
“We have a tough start against Tottenham and Chelsea but we had a tough start last year.” “We drew with Arsenal and beat Sunderland away so that shows we aren’t afraid.”
“But we had our best season in years, we don’t need to be afraid of anybody.” “Hopefully we can hold on to all of our players and push on from last year.”
“I don’t know if I’ll play Saturday.” “I will just get a few training sessions under my belt and get myself going.” “I think we have a few friendly games coming up.”
“I’ve come back after a good season for everybody.” “It’s nice to see all the lads again.” “I’m looking forward to my first few sessions.”
Newcastle will play Tim’s old club of his home town – Den Haag on Saturday, August 4th, which is a couple of weeks before the season starts, and we would expect Tim to start in goal in that game.
Of course Tim didn’t play for Holland in the Euros just completed in Poland and the Ukraine, and indeed Holland lost all their three group games, for a terribly disappointing tournament after reaching the finals of the World Cup in South Africa two years, only to be beaten in extra time 1-0 by Spain.
Tim talked about the tournament:
“The Euros were a big disappointment because nobody expected us to be out of a group like that.” “Losing three games in a row is not the standard Holland have set in the last three years.”
“It was still a great experience to go to a tournament like that.” “I didn’t expect to play a game because of course Maarten Stekelenburg has been playing for years and was playing in the World Cup.”
“You’re not just going to kick him out of the team. So for me it was just a good experience to be there. It was just a shame that there was a big disappointment for the whole country.”
“The manager and technical staff have gone so we move upwardly on onwards.”
Next up for Newcastle is Fenerbahce on Saturday evening in Austria, and Alan Pardew will play a much stronger eleven than started the game against Monaco on Monday night in Germany.
Whether Tim will get a game we don’t know, but certainly Steve Harper looked good and as safe as ever on Monday night, and it will be interesting to see what happens to Steve in what will be his last season on Tyneside, after signing for his home town club 17 years ago from Seaham Red Star.
The 37 year-old Stephen Alan Harper has played 191 times for the Newcastle first team, and we half expect him to go out on loan, but if he doesn’t he should be the backup to Tim next season, with all the experience he has accumulated in his 17 years on Tyneside.
What do you think?