Alan Pardew Wins First Trophy For Newcastle – Kind Of

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. 😀

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39 comments so far

  • check the toastie

    Jul 30, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #1

    Would love hair like Coolocini.

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Jul 30, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #2

    I’d settle for just having hair!

    #baldoldtwat #slaphead

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Jul 30, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #3

    Never knew Collo was into flying kite’s like haha, na only messing 😉 lets hope we can win more trophys in the coming season

  • kenzie

    Jul 30, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #4

    This trophy looks like a brolly with the canopy off, oh but its glorious all the same.

  • ~Debuchery on a Dreamboat~

    Jul 30, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #5

    You could poke several eyes out with that….

  • Lee Dodd

    Jul 30, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #6

    It Shows We Have The Hunger for More !!!!! Well Done Lads Lets Win The FA Cup Now !!!!!

  • TorqToon

    Jul 30, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #7

    Would like to thank Ed for his recognition on theist post re the graham carr t shirt! You’re a top man and all the help for this small company is greatly appreciated. For the link to the shirt please see Ed’s last thread.

    In other news, talk seems to be progressing with Debuchy and I believe that things may be in the latter stages of the deal for dream boat to come out and publicly state his desire to have his mate with his at the toon! Nice work Cabs! Next up Den Haag….and a start for Curtis Good maybe?!?!

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Jul 30, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #8

    I think Saylor and Willo need time on the pitch as one of them will be starting alongside Colo v Spurs.

    Good will be with the development squad.

  • nufc 11

    Jul 30, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #9

    On another note did anyone see Iker Munion for Spain last night at SJP? WOW what a player this lad looks remmeber the name I say Id glady give our cash for him 15mill bid would prob get him frm Bilbao I would love to see him in an NUFC shirt we should strike now while his a relative unknown once the word gets out all the big boys will be falling over themselves to sign him most impresive preformance frm a young player in a long long time.

  • dmac

    Jul 30, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #10

    Iker Munain is not an unknown and has infact already been linked to a whole host of clubs. Man utd were linked with him after he and bilbao tore them a new bum hole in the CL

  • kenzie

    Jul 30, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #11

    @nufc 11 I know all bout muniain, the lad is 19 and one of the rising stars in spain. it would cost around the same as carroll cost for liverpool to get him here. believe me he is not an unknown.

  • GeordieToon89

    Jul 30, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #12

    Muniain is unreal i’ve been watching him since he first came through at the age of 16 and totally destroyed Real Madrid..He’s a great little player and so strong aswell, I was at the match yday with me mates and told them to keep watching Iker Muniain number 8 and they were impressed he’s class… BUT it would take alot to persuade him to leave Bilbao its his club he loves the club and also it will cost no less than his 20 odd million release clause…. and we couldnt afford that especially for someone who doesnt score many goals

  • GeordieToon89

    Jul 30, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #13

    Rasmus Elm to CSKA Moscow for £4.6million…!!! Wha Da Foooook!

  • Cool Hand Luke

    Jul 30, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #14

    They got the bridge wrong, its semicircular not triangular.

  • Nick 69

    Jul 30, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #15

    Rasmus Elm would have been a cracking signing for that price, and would bring some much needed goals to our midfield

  • ilovetoon8788

    Jul 30, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #16

    seriously… Elm for 4.6million. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • geordie157

    Jul 30, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #17

    Muniain is quality, would take big money to buy him so i’ll stick with my wish for us to buy Griezmann

    Hope we get Debuchy this week, centre back talk is very quiet.

  • geordie157

    Jul 30, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #18

    If Elms joined CSKA they have a lot of centre midfielders, would love to see Honda or Dzagoev in the black and white.

  • terencelim

    Jul 30, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #19

    Next season is time for the team to win something, especially players like Jose Enrique and Andy Carroll could win Carling Cup for their club.

    With the current strong midfield we have, all we need is to get a LB and a striker.

  • nicktoon

    Jul 30, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #20

    See talksport are Saying we missed out on debuchy today and inter milan have won the race. Surely they don’t know something everyone else doesn’t. Just made up rumours.

  • rich_toonfan

    Jul 30, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #21

    talksport get nothing right

    they genuinely make stuff up, they never even make up having a source or contact, just say story then totally forget about it the next day and say some other rubbish.

  • GeordieToon89

    Jul 30, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #22

    If you read the talksport article the headline all about him going to Inter and not us then in the article is says…
    Lille want 8.6million and wont budge and we’re only offering 6.3million and then Inter are EXPECTED to offer 6.6million with add ons…

    Total load of made up tosh

  • hotdog

    Jul 30, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #23

    I bet you get a canny signal 🙂

  • check the toastie

    Jul 30, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #24

    Talksport are full of thick ex footballer pricks, who have lost the grasp of reality, mostly southern ones at that. ignore anything that comes out of the station.

  • magpiebop

    Jul 30, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #25

    A fortnight on saturday till we kick off at St James Park vs spuds. Late kick off even better, get to have a few bevvies wii my mates and get the vocals lubed. Can see every game being party time this season. The big buzz is back, time to bop….

  • ajcrawfs

    Jul 30, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #26

    Hahahahahahaha this is how they want to catch us up??

  • Zebras4Life

    Jul 30, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #27

    Looks like Good is coming in…immediate 1st team additions looking bleak!

  • rainrix

    Jul 30, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #28

    To be fair fletcher was scoring quite a few goals for a horrifically bad wolves team. But 10mil? Ha wolves should bite their arms off and run till they hit mexico!

  • dmac

    Jul 30, 2012 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #29

    I wouldnt pay 10m for fletcher. There are loads of other players you could get for that price. Id prefer a cheeky bid on sturridge,Gameiro add a few mil and sign remy.

    I can barely bring myself to comment on Good/Debuchy as its become ridic

  • LGFUAD21

    Jul 30, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #30

    Getting really anxious about singings.

    Hoping for Debuchy.

    On Pieters, everybody seemed to do a 180 on him when a) he got injured and b) he had that poor game against england in a friendly.

    I still highly rate him and reckon we could get him on the cheap. He is versatille and there are doubts over Santon’s defensive abilities.

    Think Pieters with Santon or Marveaux in front of him could work very well at LB.

    I’ve always been a fan of the lad. He is prone to the odd sh!tter of a game but he is still fairly young. His injury is not too bad to stunt his development and we have already seen what our coaches can do to improve our defenders.

    The guy has a decent end product and loves and early ball into the box. He is also a tough tackler.

    Good sounds like a hot young prospect.

    In my ideal world I would want to bring in Debuchy, Pieters (for versatility)/A CB, Gameiro (reckon he will come cheap) and possibly a more attacking minded CAM.

    We have a ton of wingers (granted not all established) but I have hope for Obertan and Sammy’s development seems t have not been stunted by his injury at all for RW along with HBA. Jonas, Marveaux for LW. And I’m sure Santon could put in a shift there.

    I think Carroll would be an error as we need a striker than can play well along the floor (Remy fits this, so does Gameiro in my mind). And I’ve not seen anything of Guidetti that impresses me in his play, he just has a good statistic. Another striker I would be interested in would be Tovoinen (who I know people on here dont rate) but the lad is great and can also play well in “the hole”. He is an aerial threat (and we seem to be trying to nail set pieces this season), very strong on the ball too as well as being calm enough to hold players off he has good ball control. His end product is pretty decent too. I think he really has a bit of everything to make him versatile. He can be used for the passing game as well as a more aeriel game. He’s had 3 good seasons in a row for PSV playing in both a supporting and more focal role.

    Pards has so far played Amalfitano on the wing but I reackon he os much more suited to the middle (filling in on the wing when needed). But i think he will need a season to develop more. Apart from that we have to hope that Abeid can become a nice playmaker to back up Cabaye (I hope/believe he will in time) this season.

    We havent replaced Guthrie who was instrumental to us this season at times. And had he stayed would have been a very important player for us.

    Maybe Jonas could fill in behind the strikers from time to time. He was amazing in that role against Chelsea (Tayls return (2-2) end of 2010-2011 season)

  • Zebras4Life

    Jul 30, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #31

    Is MA up to his old tricks? I can tell you that he is building his brand by so many headlines. Funny though…we never win any of the bids…Nothing like free publicity. Very smart man. His business acumen is 2nd to a select few! Unfortunately, for us fans, it doesnt translate to signings. False hope! I guess it is just the way of the world now! I am going to step back from commenting on the blog until a 1st team signing comes in or until regular season starts. I have heard enough of the BS.Its time for MA to step the F up!

  • nufc786

    Jul 30, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #33

    its always around this time the blog goes…………..

  • ToonDownSouth

    Jul 30, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #34

    Why is it that everyone keeps saying we’re missing out on Debuchy over a couple of million?

    Is it not a case of Lille wanting to sign a replacement first? That’s completely understandable, and nothing to do with ‘an extra million’.

  • nufc786

    Jul 30, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #35

    apparantly lille have signed the rb Djibril Sidibé already ……. so i guess their replacement is covered…

  • ToonDownSouth

    Jul 30, 2012 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #36

    Garcia has said he’s not a replacement though. He’s a player for development.

  • Beattie25

    Jul 30, 2012 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #37

    Blog Killer

  • gonufc (up and Hatem)

    Jul 30, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #38

    Debuchy is becoming a (very bad) saga… Just up the bloody money!!!

    I actually think Fletcher’s a really good striker, fantastic in the air and gets goals- if it were half the price I wouldn’t mind him at Newcastle but 10m is just too much.

  • toonbarrmy

    Jul 31, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #39

    we need a quality left back


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