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Surprise Newcastle Call-Ups For August Internationals

12:32 pm, Wednesday, August 1st, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 23 Comments

There are a number of Newcastle players named in International squads for the upcoming friendly games in August, and there are a couple of surprises- Fab Coloccini has finally been called up again by Argentina, and Ben Arfa has been named in Didier Deschamps’ first French squad.

Fabricio Coloccini – Argentine call up

The news on Ben Arfa is good for him, after Deschmaps and the mercurial Newcastle winger had problems with each other at Marseilles, but it reflects well on the new French manager that he is willing to give Ben Arfa a chance to stake his claim for a regular place in the French side.

And we expect Alan Pardew to talk to the youngster, after he had problems with former French manager Laurent Blanc at Euro 2012, but that was all probably blown out of proportion.

Fabricio has rightly been called up for Argentina’s friendly against Germany on Wednesday, 15th August, and that’s  well deserved after he was named in the PFA Premier League Team of the Year for the 2011/2012 season, and was simply outstanding for Newcastle last season, and maybe he should be captain of Argentina too?

It’s a pity his pal Jonas Gutierrez hasn’t been called up for Argentina, since Jonas has been playing very well for Newcastle too.

Here are the Newcastle players who have been called up for International duty this month:

Fabricio Coloccini (Argentina)

Wednesday, 15th August, 2012 – Germanay (a) (Frankfurt), friendly

Yohan Cabaye and Hatem Ben Arfa (France)

Wednesday, 15th August, 2012 – Uruguay (h) (Le Harve), friendly

Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba (Senegal)

Wednesday, 15th August, 2012 – Burkino Faso, friendly

 Cheick Tiote (Ivory Coast)

Wednesday, 15th August, 2012 – Russia (a) (Moscow), friendly

Haris Vuckic (Slovenia U21)

Wednesday, 15th August, 2012 – Ukraine (a) (Kiev), European Championships qualifier

Lubomir Satka (Slovakia U18)

Sunday, 19th – Saturday, 25th August, 2012 – Jezkov Memorial Tournament (Ostrava, Czech Republic)

Satka is a highly rated Academy defender at Newcastle, and somebody that Haris can talk to, and it’s still surprising to us that Brazil haven’t called up Perchinho . :D

We are pleased for the players that they have been called up to play for their countries, but of course, from a selfish Newcastle viewpoint, they could be injured in these games, and it’s also tiring for them to travel to the games.

But from the players” viewpoint, it’s always an honor to represent your country.

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Tags: Cheick Tiote · Demba Ba · Fabricio Coloccini · Hatem Ben Arfa · International News · Newcastle News · Papiss Cisse



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23 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tsunki // Aug 1, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    Hatem is the big surprise for me not Colo.

  • 2 Tsunki // Aug 1, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    necessary postathon repost:-

    pardews waxwork lips – if you’re attributing ED to the fanciful quotes and rumours you may have missed the point of the blog. He puts this stuff up to create discussion, whereupon we can do one of several things – rubbish the story, back it up, rave or fret about it, and occasionally tear each other to pieces over the ramifications. ED might put a bit of jam on it but don’t shoot the messenger.

  • 3 Tsunki // Aug 1, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    ..and up yours, 1st’ers :)

  • 4 RobertNufc25 // Aug 1, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    What a f***** joke like,to have International games a couple of days before the season kicks off.

    Bunch of clowns…

  • 5 New kingdom United // Aug 1, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    Well done Collo.. lets hope u have better season with a better partner in defense. Willo and Simo average Collo World Class…..Saylor Collo

  • 6 ilovetoon8788 // Aug 1, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    who is this Satka guy? he’s getting rave reviews. he’s a defender and a centre back?

  • 7 eastend toon // Aug 1, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    robert, thats just the way of football nowadays… spurs will be having the same problems.

    surely its best to look at it from the perspective that we’ve got a team of players that get in their respective national sides

    a necessary evil to having a good squad!

    long may it continue and hell, thats 6 of our first teamers and depending how our transfer window goes… that could possibly go up to 8-9

    hell yeah!

  • 8 Robby Bobson // Aug 1, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    Hatem needs to be in contention, think last season he put in the work Pards demanded as he was slippin out of French minds.

    Ed, theres a difference between Slovenia and Slovakia so unless Satka learned English or for some off reason slovenian then haris wont be able to talk to him

  • 9 ilovetoon8788 // Aug 1, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    i just realised we signed Satka in this window as well. So its total Bigi, Curtis good, Amalfitano and Satka. 4 players we have signed so far.

  • 10 roadfighter // Aug 1, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    A bit off topic – does anyone have any thoughts on Jordan Rhodes. he seems to be an excellent finisher from the videos I’ve seen. If we are interested in a striker why not take a gamble on him? He’s young at 22 and scored 36 goals last season in 40 games. Fulham had a 2 million pound rejected recently. I’d rather have this guy for 3 or 4 million than take Andy back for 15 million + … thoughts…??? :) come on the Toon !!!

  • 11 Robby Bobson // Aug 1, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    ilovetoon….i think if you include satka, theres about 5 other 16/17 year olds you need to add to that list

  • 12 RobertNufc25 // Aug 1, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    I just think it’s daft to have a pointless international friendly a couple of days before the season kicks off.

    Who actually makes these stupid decisions like??

    Apparently Carroll has been withdrawn from the Liverpool squad for the europa league qualifier.

    The plot thickens lol………

  • 13 Tsunki // Aug 1, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    Erm but International competition sharpens players no end, same as say CL footy does. Only more so. Just as long as they don’t get Owen’d.

  • 14 martoon // Aug 1, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    Agree with you RobertNuFC it is ridiculous. However looking at the matches at least most of them are in Europe except for the Senegal match which I presume will be somewhere in Africa. Might be starting with Shola against Spurs yet :-)

  • 15 roadfighter // Aug 1, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    @ ilovetoon8788 – i believe Lubomir Satka was signed in april or may this year. he’s 16 so still has a few years to go before being considered for first team – think he’s a centre back…

  • 16 Robby Bobson // Aug 1, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    Roadfighter….i dont think rhodes is good enough at the moment, good finisher.but he goes through too much of the game anonymously.

    Look at makail.smith, scored goals in league 1 for fun, went up to championship and seems to have found his level there, reckon will be the same.for.rhodes.

  • 17 roadfighter // Aug 1, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    Robby Bobson – hmmm, interesting and point. would be interested to see how he progresses if he indeeds ends up with the likes of Fulham in the forthcoming season … :)

  • 18 RobertNufc25 // Aug 1, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    Im not just talking about our players.

    Im talking about all the other clubs players aswell..

    It’s just a joke decision,two years on the trot now this has happened.

  • 19 roadfighter // Aug 1, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    * interesting and valid point

  • 20 jayphoto // Aug 1, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    Agree on Rhodes, watched Huddersfield a fair bit last year, they create alot of chances and despite a bug goals haul Rhodes missed alot of chances, in the premier league he’d only get 1 chance in some games! Also he added nothing to general play, think hel be a championship player level! Championship is crazily over priced these days for quality that’s not great!

  • 21 the_besty_show // Aug 1, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    deschamps never had a problem with ben arfa it was the marseille board

  • 22 BarcelonaMag // Aug 1, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    Er, Ed… Vuckic is from Slovenia and Satka is from Slovakia. They’ll have to talk to each other in English!

  • 23 Tsunki // Aug 1, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    the_besty_show – I believe the phrase ‘notorious training ground bust-ups’ has been used to describe their short relationship. It appears HBA didn’t seem to be a team man in Didier’s view.




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