Newcastle Making Plans To Tour Brazil Next Summer

News today that Newcastle are looking at the possibility of spending pre-season  in Brazil next summer, which will be the site of the FIFA World Cup in 2014.

Brazil is also one of the emerging economies of the world, and has done very well over the last few years.

We’ve heard a lot from Derek Llambias since the news broke on the Wonga deal on Tuesday, and as far as we are concerned the more we hear about the club the better it is.

This is what Managing Director Derek LLambias said about the potential tour in South America:

“Yes, we’re talking about pre-season in Brazil. The World Cup’s coming up so it’s a good opportunity.” “We’re also working on different products. It’s a game plan we’ve been working on for a while. It’s a slow process – you can’t do it overnight.”

“Liverpool didn’t do it overnight, Manchester United didn’t.  It’s a slow process.” “Newcastle is a big brand. We just need to get it out there with more backing from different communities.”

“I’m not sure that’s what it’s about for Mike and I. It’s all about the management of the team.”

Last summer big clubs like Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool all went on overseas tours to build their names around the world, and get some good money coming in too, and there’s no reason why Newcastle cannot embark on the same kinds of tour.

And Newcastle can certainly create controversy, and the club have done it again with the Wonga announcement,  and of course that was happening at Newcastle long before Mike Ashley bought the club – Mike just seems to have carried on the tradition. 😀

The great part of the Wonga deal is that we get the St. James’ Park name back on the stadium, but Wonga is not an admired company at all, and to have their names on the Newcastle United shirts is not particularly good.

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20 comments so far

  • Dannyo

    Oct 11, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #1

    Brazil eh.
    Building the brand there is great, we could pick up the next Neymar 🙂

  • martoon

    Oct 11, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #2

    I’m realy struggling to understand this Muslim thing about wearing the shirt of a company who charges interest. The previous two sponsors Virgin Money & Northern Rock charge interest on their loans so what is the difference – can any of our Muslim posters explain?

  • jesperfuglsang

    Oct 11, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #3

    Tanks Ed 🙂

    Tequila…Feel free to add something non Wonga related mate 😉

    Maybe we should buy a Brazilian then… ;D

  • Blaydon-Toon

    Oct 11, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #4

    Anyone remember Mirrindia first Brazilian to play in England ? ?

  • wynsleap

    Oct 11, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #5

    While they’re out there they should get out and about on the beaches. They reckon there is some unbelievable young talent kicking the ball around in bare feet.
    It’s about time we had the second coming of another Mirandhina. There’s got to be other places than France to find the next heroes.

  • tequilamag

    Oct 11, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #6

    REPOST Sorry you find the subject boring Jesper, you have pointed out companies like Wonga do not exist in Denmark, perhaps if they did you would understand why this issue is so divisive especially in an area like the NE. I suggest you reread my first post on this thread, I was trying to leave out the morality of the argument and expand the subject to the financial merits of the deal.

  • tequilamag

    Oct 11, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #7

    Jesper I will post on any subject I see fit.

  • Widowmaker

    Oct 11, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #8

    Why Brazil? Is it for Sport Direct, Wonga or NUFC?

    Don’t think the football we play will win their heart nor did I believe the long trip would be good for our preparation to the new season.

    Those teams have the presence, at least in Asia, because they are always on telly for being top four.

  • jesperfuglsang

    Oct 11, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #9

    Wasn’t DL in south america this summer looking at development players?

    …Would be cool to fnd the next Oscar without having to pay £35M for him 😀

  • geordiesteve520

    Oct 11, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #10

    Iirc there was talk after the U16 Milk Cup of us building relations with the team that won this (Deportiva Brasillia, I think); this is a great move in terms of both finding youth prospects and financially, as Ed mentioned Brazil is one of the fastest growing markets in the worls – even if Ashley is looking to improve the world brand of Sport’s Direct it will still in someway be linked to the club. I will remain stoic until something more concrete arises but potentially this is excellent.

  • baty1963

    Oct 11, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #11

    Aye we’ve got Mirandhina he’s not from Argentina he’s from Brazil he’s F**king brill we don’t make songs like that anymore:-(

  • jesperfuglsang

    Oct 11, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #12

    Tequila…I asked for a non Wonga related topic…and I got it!

    …you only talk about Wonga you say because Ed’s topic is Wonga related (fair play), but can we now please move on (Ed has).

    I am not doubting it is of importance to you, but we are on the third day of discussing Wonga and quite frankly it is getting boring (and the tone in here have send me in a leave of absence for two days).

  • jesperfuglsang

    Oct 11, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #13

    Mirandinha, was he a big player on the Tyne? Can see he was before my time as a fan 🙂

  • tequilamag

    Oct 11, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #14

    Jesper, I suggest you reread Eds article he mentions Wonga again.

  • Wandering Geordie

    Oct 11, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #15

    I remember Miradinha. Signing for the Toon in his white suit.He also bought a house behind the Fawdon pub and keeping pigs.

  • stk85

    Oct 11, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #16

    that whole muslim article is a non starter. yes, in practice sharia law disagrees with charging huge interest, but muslim banks have a practice where u have to pay a fee, so they make their money under a different name.
    its like in the christian law, adultery is a crime, but it’s not punishable in public law.
    all it is is a code of conduct for religious believers to follow

  • stk85

    Oct 11, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #17

    this is great about touring brasil, a fantastic country, i lived there for 6 months, really great people.
    i’d love to see a partnership with Atletico Mineiro, they also play in black and white and it was the entire reason I started following them.

  • Wandering Geordie

    Oct 11, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #18

    Mirandinha’s 1st game for the toon


    Oct 11, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #19

    I’m brazilian and I think this would be an amazing marketing project by toon. No european teams come to Brazil to have their pre-seasons, so Newcastle would enter in a market where teams are only watched on television and are watched a lot. The only problem would be finding big teams that would be avaible to play during Newcastle’s pre-season, because we will be in the middle of our season. I would love it, thought.

  • geordiesteve520

    Oct 11, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #20

    I remember Mira against Liverpool, where he rattled the old fashioned stantion when it was 2-2. That day had oneof the worst Newcastle players of all time the team and I am pretty sure he scored with an Uwe Seeler-like back header…Frank Pingel!

    On another note, my favourite story about Mirandinha comes from Gazza’s autobiography. Apparently Gazza took him under his wing to teach him English and taught him another way of saying Wednesday so on his first Wednesday at the club, he bounds into Benwell wishing everyone who would listen a Happy Wankday! Classic.


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