Let’s Hope Fabricio Coloccini Can Stay Fit


It’s always nice when Newcastle players are called up for their countries, but it’s also a worrying time,  because they could get injured and sometimes there is an awful amount of traveling to do for a single game, especially for South Americans or Australians.

Fabricio Coloccini – Newcastle United captain

But it was still great that Newcastle  captain has again been called up for Argentina, after having been omitted from Diego Maradona’s squad for the World Cup in South Africa, and not having had many call ups at all since that time.

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is rightly delighted that one of his very best players has again been recognized by his country, and Alan had this to say on the Newcastle web-site today:

“We all know at Newcastle how good he is and he should never have been out of the Argentinian squad.” “They’ve got a new manager and probably that’s something to do with it.”

“It’s difficult for us because he’s going to have to do a lot more travelling but on a personal level I’m absolutely delighted for him.”

The new Argentina coach is Alejandro Sabella and Fabricio is back  in the squad for the friendly against Germany in Frankfurt on Wednesday, 15th August, but it really is daft to have friendly Internationals just  three days before the Premier League kicks off – where’s the sense in that?

And the last time Coloccini represented Argentina was the inaugural game at the Aviva Stadium against Ireland back on Thursday, August 12th, almost two years ago, when Coloccini came on as a sub for Walter Samuel after about 80 minutes, and Argentina won that game 1-0.

We hope that Colo can rekindle his International career, because he’s certainly good enough,  but first things first, and we just hope he returns on Thursday, 15th August all ready to lead out Newcastle against Tottenham at St. James’ Park. to kick off the new season.

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328 comments so far

  • Zero

    Aug 6, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #1

    first?

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  • Zero

    Aug 6, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #2

    BWAHAHAHA suck it 😀

    on a serious note how long has Collo got left before he goes into a training role?

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  • spitfire_

    Aug 6, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #3

    I HOPE we to buy some good CB… don’t want to HOPE Colo and/or Saylor to stay fit the whole season… which means around 60 games. I can’t stand another 2/3 of the season with Mike “For Christ sake” Williamson.

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  • SupaToonKid

    Aug 6, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #4

    Our most important player IMO he must remain fit!

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  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Aug 6, 2012 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #5

    Hopefully Colo, (as well as all the others) come back without any injuries. We can’t afford that at this rate in the transfer market.

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  • 89Norcal

    Aug 6, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #6

    Unfortunately, Argentina need him just as much as we do. They really are hurting in that back line and Colo is just the sort of guy to captain that side in a decent World Cup run. Can’t believe what took Sabella so long to call him up, or did we bar him?

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  • GatesheadMag

    Aug 6, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #7

    @ spitfire, i dont rate Williamson as much but you cant knock the kid. I mean he was part of the team that finished 5th after all
    Still get a good centre half in for a challenge to saylor and colo. Curtis Good must be rated though getting a 6yr deal

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  • Zebras4Life

    Aug 6, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #8

    I will knock Williamson – he is not good!

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  • spitfire_

    Aug 6, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #9

    @ GatesheadMag

    The 5th place is not thanks to Williamson. Krul was immense… put Elliot or Harper between the bars and in best case was finished around Everton. And Good is to young to put some heat in Colo’s or Taylor’s boots. Yes he can have a tons of potential but its too young for now i he should learn… The problem is that PL is not a school.

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  • spitfire_

    Aug 6, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #10

    i = and

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  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Aug 6, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #11

    Ibiza

    Beattie is sucking you in with his pessimism

    OV is a barrern place these day

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  • Tsunki

    Aug 6, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #12

    Where is lalas2012?

    And WHO is lalas2012. And why?

    Have things quietened down or are there still those nuggets criticising everyones view without having one of their own?

    And did I see a bogus Indian Magpie turn up a few articles ago? Its getting weird around here all right.

    Whatever happens Pardew is acutely aware that cb cover is the priority, and no, he is not preparing to fall back to younger squad members just yet. He might be prepared to ride out a couple of games but a quality cb is THE priority. We cant afford another Saylor injury episode. I still think we will see that quality signing.

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  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Aug 6, 2012 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #13

    Tsunki

    Indian Magpie is probably dipping his quill in the ink again after his holidays

    Lalas might be a rebirth ?

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 6, 2012 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #14

    MFH…Not at all good sir. Optimism still runs through my veins. I just like to remain somewhat realistic at the same time. 🙂

    I personally think that whilst we were great last season, we were somewhat “lucky” in getting 5th. This year, we hopefully have more games (EL qualifier permitting), surely that will have some impact on the squad?

    I’d love it, sorry, I’D LOVE IT, if we got 5th or higher, but I won’t be gutted if we don’t, as it’s not a genuine expectation for me.

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  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Aug 6, 2012 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #15

    Ibiza

    Well, I’ll be disappointed if we finish below 6th

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  • Tsunki

    Aug 6, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #16

    Still think its unfair to say willo was as good as absent, he’s ok not great but he did a job when called on and not many disasters either. I’m still amazed at how he has toned his desperate shirt-pulling to a war cry. That alone must be an indicator of his general improvement!

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  • Tsunki

    Aug 6, 2012 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #17

    I dont get the lalas2012 thing, he just comes on and mentions me then goes dark again. Should I be flattered that I have a stalker?

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  • GatesheadMag

    Aug 6, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #18

    I agree its not a school but reserve team football and u18s isnt going to get you any experience

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  • Zero

    Aug 6, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #19

    MFH i think 6th is acceptable below that and youd have to say something had gone wrong.

    Man City
    Chelsea
    Man Utd
    Arsenal (possibly switch with ManU)
    Tottenham
    Newcastle
    Everton
    Liverpool

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 6, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #20

    Tsunki…I saw Indian popped him head up, was that not the real one?

    No idea on lala’s, but you seem to have a follower, lucky old you 🙂

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  • Tsunki

    Aug 6, 2012 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #21

    Im inclined to go with zero and set team expectations high. Pards public line will be to set the bar low (dont forget he is `educating` us…) but talk of lower than 5th in-house wont be entertained. We didn`t `overachieve` last year, we achieved, simple as

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  • Tsunki

    Aug 6, 2012 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #22

    No Ibiza, his English was structured like an Englishmans. With Indian, although his English is good, it comes across as well-taught but foreign phrasing.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 6, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #23

    Tsunki..Flattered or frightened.

    MFH…That is fair enough. Have I stated a “lowest acceptable finish”? Can’t remember, think I said top 7?

    As Zero points out, we “should” finish no lower than 6th and is probably right. Everton are always up there, but usually leave it too late. Liverpool could surprise a few, but i highly doubt it.

    So 6th would seem reasonable, but lower than last year, which I thought was your original point?

    Apologies, kinda trashed myself this weekend and am paying for it right about now. It’s getting dark and I feel like nothing can save me 🙂

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  • spitfire_

    Aug 6, 2012 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #24

    @ GatesheadMag

    Who said “reserves” or “u18”? Always can be send in Championship to get used to with english football. Now he can’t be send there because he will be cover for Colo, Saylor and Williamson.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 6, 2012 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #25

    Tsunki…Interesting. The next drama on the blog looms then.

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  • t00ntime

    Aug 6, 2012 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #26

    Think our target shud be qualify for europe and top 10finish

    Weather we qualify for europe and finish 10th or finish 5th again i dont really mind but a trophy is surely worth a drop to 10th (maximum) lower then that shudnt happen, or something has gone very wrong!

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 6, 2012 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #27

    Zebra’s…you’re right, Williamson is not good, he’s our other defender.

    Look Williamson may not be great, but he isn’t terrible. I hear what people are saying about if Krul wasn’t in goal then blah blah, but he is in goal.

    If Williamson was so bad, why are we not trying to get rid of him? Pardew obviously has some faith in the lads abilities.

    Yes we can improve on him, that is quite clear. We could also do a lot worse.

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  • toonking

    Aug 6, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #28

    because of how quiet we are ATM i have not bothered with make much comments on the blog, beside watching team GB’s performances in the olimpics are a good way i can let time pass while waiting for season to kick off- apart from the football team who will never improve.
    one thing i don’t get with debuchy offer is why an’t we just sell danny simpson then use the money we get to increase the offer for debuchy.
    LB is what i would describe as our weakest for cover unless your happy for feguson to change from a winger to a fullback

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 6, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #29

    t00ntime…Far too risky imo. Cup runs can end with one false move and we’d be left mid-table with nothing to play for. Can’t see that being Pardews plan for the upcoming season. PL will take priority and I’m sure they’ll give the other cups a good go.

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Aug 6, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #30

    I think we should all just hope that both Colo, Saylor and Krul stay fit this season, cause it looks like we are going into this season the same way as last season.

    With more games to play this time around I am a bit worried.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 6, 2012 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #31

    Jesper…You’re just nuts mate.

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  • GatesheadMag

    Aug 6, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #32

    Whey nar, keep the faith. I still think we will sign a centre half. Dont think it will be Douglas, his moves been in the public too much.
    As has been our way the past few years, I think we will just announce a signing out the blue

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  • WWYCD

    Aug 6, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #33

    If they all stay fit how will our all star young uns ever get a go? First teamers merely stand in the way of their development 🙂

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  • t00ntime

    Aug 6, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #34

    @ibiza true but as long as were top 10 and in europa or higher i wud ne happy with next season pardew will either have premier league or europa (probably league) as main priority. However if we get into the semis of the league cup/FA cup i think pardew will try his best for it

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  • lukes26

    Aug 6, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #35

    I’d go with

    Man City- Havent really added anyone, but don’t really need to

    Arsenal- Podolski + Giroud= more goals than RVP in ’12-13

    Man Utd= Maybe put them in second place if they sign the aforementioned RVP

    Chelsea: Improved their squad drastically, but it takes a while for teams to mesh…especially with so many new midfielders

    Tottenham-Newcastle-tie- Who would you rather have, Defoe or Cisse? Parker or Tiote? Colo or Caulker? Bale or Jonas? Modric or Cabaye? Tottenham have 2 or three players who are unquestionably better, like for like. But Newcastle seem to be better drilled defensively and have premier league proven goal scorers. Tough to call.

    Everton- If you asked me to choose Demba Ba or Jelavic…I would have to go with Jelavic…sorry. I love Ba, but Jelavic is a better all-round player.

    Liverpool-How long before Anfield grows tired of endless short passes between Agger and Enrique. 7th might be optimistic

    QPR- Old, but definitely a lot of talent. Will contend in every game as long as they stay healthy. Mark Hughes is a good coach too.

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  • Sazzer

    Aug 6, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #36

    Roger Epinoza contract goes out this winter. So either pick him up cheap now or free then and hopefully he will get more standing ovations at St.James Park.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 6, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #37

    t00ntime. But if we’re 10th (ish) and don’t win the Europa or another domestic cup, how would we get Europe for the following season?

    If we get to the semi’s of any competition, then yes, I would fully expect Pardew to go all out. If he didn’t, I ‘d personally go find him and give him a quick slap 🙂

    Yo…Let’s just sell off the first team players! Ashley would finally get what he wants (all of the money) and we can get our young lads some games. Win win 🙂

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 6, 2012 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #38

    Luke…You have QPR getting 8th? Really? I would honestly be shocked sh*tl*ss if they get even close to that.

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  • GatesheadMag

    Aug 6, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #39

    Well said ibiza, reckon we could sell shola though, apart from sunderland signing him obviously to keep him from doing his damage

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  • WWYCD

    Aug 6, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #40

    Ibiza
    U just blew my mind with how much sense ur talking we need to get on this before bigger clubs realise and sell their starting 11 before us we dont want to be the last firesale going! 😀

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