Newcastle Star Looks Forward To Europe – But He May Not Play


It seems that Yohan Cabaye is looking forward to Newcastle’s European campaign, and of course the French International has played before in the Europa League for his former club Lille, but he thinks Newcastle can do very well this year in Europe.

Yohan Cabaye – after scoring against Ukraine at Euro 2012

The best Cabaye has done with Lille is to get to the quarter finals of the competition, and he thinks Newcastle can do better than that, as he had this to day today to the local press:

“I have experience in Europe but I hope to go further with Newcastle. With Lille we made it into the last 16 but with Newcastle, I think we can actually go further than that. We can do better than that, I’m sure.”  “We have very good players who can prove themselves in Europe. These are players who believe in themselves.”

Of course we should take one step at a time,  and we first have to get through the 4th qualifying round of the competition in a two legged tie against Greek side Atromitos, who have refused to switch their home game from 23rd August.

That gives them a little bit of an edge in that game, because Newcastle have to play at Chelsea less that 48 hours after the  game ends in Athens.

Newcastle even tried to put the Chelsea game back to the Sunday, but that’s when the Notting Hill Festival takes place, so we had no luck there either.

But that’s the way it is, so the lads will just get on with it, and they will, but look for the side in Athens to be essentially a second eleven side, but it should still be good enough to win the game.

If the lads play anything like the way they played at Hartlepool last week, we’ll have no trouble at all, and it will be a big chance for players  like Romain Amalfitano, Shola Ameobi, Sylvain Marveaux, Gael Bigirimana, James Perch and others too – maybe Adam Campbell?

Normally Newcastle will play the group stage games on a Thursday night,  and the following game will be a Premier League game on Sunday, so that will not be too bad, but  Newcastle have it really tough in the first 15 days of the season, with 5 very important games.

And we hate to mention this, but it seems that Alan Pardew will be relying on a lot of the fringe players for the European games, as he has stated clearly the priority this season for Newcastle  is the Premier League, so maybe Yohan Cabaye will not get toto  many games in Europe for Newcastle?

If we can do as well as we did under the great Bobby Robson back in 2004, when we reached the semi-final of the then UEFA Cup,  only to be beaten by Marseilles with two goals in the away leg by an up-and-coming striker called Didier Drogba, we’ll be OK.

In fact if we reach the semi-final that would be simply great.

Howay The Lads!!

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21 comments so far

  • Magpie from Lithuania

    Aug 15, 2012 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #1

    We will try our best 🙂

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  • Magpie from Lithuania

    Aug 15, 2012 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #2

    But EPL is our priority. But if we’ll get to the 1/8 final or 1/4 i think then we will see our main guns having a shot.

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  • nico

    Aug 15, 2012 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #3

    Goalkeepers Krul, Harper, Elliot

    Defenders: Simpson, S Taylor, Coloccini, Williamson, R Taylor, Perch, Ferguson, Santon

    Midfielders: Cabaye, Tioté, BenArfa, Marveaux, Gutiérrez, Obertan, Gosling, Amalfitano

    Forwards: Cissé, Ba, Shola Ameobi

    Add Anita to the squad that makes 23 players, room for 2 more. 3 more if Simpson leaves.

    Don’t need to be registered because they are under 21:
    Tavernier, Good, Abeid, Vuckic, Bigirimana, Sammy

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  • redondo77

    Aug 15, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #4

    sorry repost

    redondo77 // Aug 15, 2012 at 9:01 AM

    Ian

    basically it’s just “different opinions + name calling + harsh words”, the problem is if you aren’t that close to who you are talking to, it can be very hurtful especially when it touched your personal life and people close to you.

    I can understand why jimmy was angry and I don’t blame him, and he can’t control what others said to him. That’s why I said sometimes we do need to take a break. I don’t know if he can forgive and forget, it’s up to him.

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  • mickhall4

    Aug 15, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #5

    We haven’t got a good enough squad to do well in this tournament, won’t get anywhere near winning it. Fancy us to have a good FA cup run. Need another forward and i’ve heard welbeck on loan but only if RVP arrives at Man U

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  • redondo77

    Aug 15, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #6

    how come people already judging we are not good enough? the season haven’t started yet. Last year we were judged to be struggling with relegation battle.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 15, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #7

    Lewspi,
    I said that Ruddies views were similar to those belonging to the Bavarian workers peasant party a peaceful group ,who were prominent in 1930s Germany and then he accused me of accusing him for the deaths of millions of people.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Aug 15, 2012 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #8

    JFA
    LOL you cheeky lad 😉

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  • RooneyToons

    Aug 15, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #9

    http://www.statto.com/football/odds/europe/europa-league/winner

    We’re 15th favourites it’s gonna be tough… But seriously the Pool joint favourites come on. I may have a cheeky bet on us

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  • Beattie25

    Aug 15, 2012 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #10

    Has anybody mentioned that jeff shelling has us down to finish 4th?

    That’s a true pundit!!

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  • mickhall4

    Aug 15, 2012 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #11

    Look Redondo77 – Man U were tortured by the spanish last year in this competition and teams drop out of the Champs League which is a level we aren’t anywhere near yet. We won’t be in Champs League anytime soon. Man City, Chelsea, Man U, Arsenal, Tottenham above us!

    Top teams don’t get beat 5-0 off Tottenham

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Aug 15, 2012 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #12

    RooneyToons
    Did no one tell you pool are unquestionably the best team on the planet?

    I think cabs will play a fair bit in the group stages

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  • stu.toon

    Aug 15, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #13

    Nico I’m not sayin our youngsters haven’t impressed me. I’m just saying take out tiote and cabaye and putting in some of these players isn’t gonna get us the same result as our first team squad. We have 1 decent starting eleven that’s it. Look at man utd they swap players and still get results lose young and stick in giggs. Loose carrick and Jones steps in just as well. We loose Ben Arfa we have obertan. And we struggle. Loose tiote and our midfield lacks presence. Loose cabaye and we have zero creativity. I would just like to see more established players in the squad so we can rotate better and not rely on the only big players we have.

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  • OneAlanShearer

    Aug 15, 2012 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #14

    Mickhall – we beat man u 5 nil and they won the title! One result means nothing. Southampton beat them as well that season.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Aug 15, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #15

    Beattie
    Jeff stelling is absolute quality love him and kammy!!

    Mickhall
    Arsenal got routed by man utd
    Man utd got routed by man city
    Spuds got routed by arsenal and chelski
    Man utd also got hammered by blackburn

    It happens in football it doesnt mean were miles away from being a top team

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  • redondo77

    Aug 15, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #16

    Mickhall4

    Chelsea the winner of CL, have the same team under AVB, the only change was Di Matteo.
    Arsenal got thrased Spurs, ManU, ManC last year.

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  • RooneyToons

    Aug 15, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #17

    ToonArmydow

    Going by last season Downing PFA player of the year and Carragher young player

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  • Szarka

    Aug 15, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #18

    redondo : we had no real cup run, fall out early, so only PL was our priority. Dont mentioning that Pool wont be as bad as that year, we havent strenghetned yet, got 6-7 competers for top 6 place, and also Euro cup. If we only watch EPL, we still have a harder job, and to adding cup runs, its definitelly harder then last season.

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  • RooneyToons

    Aug 15, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #19

    Jeff Stelling for England

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  • stu.toon

    Aug 15, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #20

    The teams around us last season have all improved bar spurs but no doubt they’ll pull something out the bag. We can’t expect to be up there and without strengthening the squad we have more games to play it’s gonna be much harder than last season.

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  • nico

    Aug 15, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #21

    stu.toon
    I totally agree, but you can’t chane your squad in one transfer window. When Man Utd first started to become established in 90s do you think they have what they have now? They built up over the years, adding quality here and there until they have what they have now. I think we are improving and going in the right direction just not as quick as a lot of supporters want. I mst say though, Bigi and Amied will soon be more useful than Giggs and Jones. Giggs has one year left, Jones will end up being a centre back. So when you look at it that way, next year we will be stronger than Man Utd haha

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