Newcastle United have won the Trofeu Internacional Futebol do Guadiana - more simply known as the Guadiana Trophy - with previous winners being Benfica and Sporting Lisbon among others, and it was the 12th time the annual trophy has been awarded.
Fabricio Coloccini - smile – we won something
Newcastle did very well to win this tournament, thanks to a nice penalty save form Tim Krul on the last penalty kick taken by Olympiacos on Friday night, and also to a fantastic free kick – another one – by Ryan Taylor, who had been practicing his free kicks along with Yohan Cabaye during the day Saturday.
Fabricio Coloccini picked up the trophy after the game, as shown above, and we suppose it’s something Newcastle can now put in their trophy cabinet.
That goes with the Trofeo Teresa Herrera Newcastle won two years ago when we beat Deportivo 5-3 on penalties, and of course a few months before that we won the Coca Cola Championship by a massive 11 points, both under the great Chris Hughton.
Now all we have to do is have the trophy be the FA Cup or the League Cup (currently called the Capital One Cup), the Premier League title or a European trophy – pinch – ouch – I just woke myself up from that dream before I went too far.
This is what Alan Pardew told the Evening Chronicle today:
“You always want to win trophies. I thought it was a really good game.” “Braga were the best team we have played and we were near our best.”
“We had a strong side out and that was important because we wanted to win it and we have.” “It is nice to have a trophy in the dressing room.”
“Hopefully, we will have another one at the end of the year, that would be nice.” “It was a physical encounter.” “They really wanted to win it – like we did.”
“They put a really strong team out, they are in the Champions League in two weeks time.” “So they are not far away and nor or we.”
For the second time in as many nights, Newcastle had one of the opposition players sent off late in the game for a second yellow card, and we managed to hang on against Braga, but we lost a goal to Olympiacos on Friday night after being 1-0 ahead, and ended up all square at 1-1 and 4-4 on penalties.
Newcastle will come back home tomorrow from Portugal and then fly out for the game in the Haag against den Haag, Tim Krul’s former club, on Saturday evening, and it’s only a short 19 days to the Premier League start on August 18th against Spurs, but Alan thinks the lads are in good shape right now:
“I feel we are ready to start the season.” “We know we have to hit the ground running.” “It has been the best possible start. To win a trophy, get an honorable draw against Olympiacos and then beat Braga – one of the best teams in Portugal last year – is a good start for us.”
We’ll know after the first week of the season just how well we could do this coming season, because after the first eight days we’ll have played Tottenham at home and Chelsea away, and in between the first leg of the Europa League play-off tie for qualification for the group stages of that tournament.
After those three games maybe we can look forward to a trophy next year – but there again maybe not.