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Strange Words From France Manager About Yohan Cabaye

10:28 pm, Tuesday, October 16th, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 50 Comments

Didier Deschamps, the new France manager and former World Cup winning captain of France, thinks that Yohan Cabaye has turned into one of France’s best players for the way he’s played for France, and Didier would have you believe it has nothing to do with the great form he has shown since joining Newcastle United.

Yohan Cabaye – played in 1-1 draw tonight against Spain in Madrid

Maybe it’s just a coincidence that since he came to Newcastle, Yohan has improved big time and become possibly France’s best player – certainly he was their best player in the Euro 2012 in Poland and the Ukraine over the summer.

This is what the France manager told reporters before the France game in Madrid against Spain tonight:

“One of my favourite sayings is: ‘National team is above everything, you can play at the greatest clubs, but there is nothing stronger than winning with the shirt of your country.”

“I can give you an example – Yohan Cabaye. He didn’t change his status because he joined Newcastle, it is because he has been called into the French team and he has matched expectation.”

“Nowadays no one could imagine the French team without him. But why?” “You really believe people look very closely at his performances with Newcastle? No, he got his status with Les Bleus, thanks to his good work for the French team.”

It’s important that players who play well for their clubs also reproduce the same form for their countries, and some players, notably some big name English players, have not always done that.

Cabaye has played well for both Newcastle and France, and in tonight’s game in Madrid after Spain dominated in the first half and went ahead 1-0 through Sergio Ramos, and after Fabregas missed a first half penalty, France came back in the second half.

They were the better side in those final 45 minutes and three and a half minutes into added time, Arsenal’s new striker Giroud, who had come on as a sub for Karim Benzema, headed in the equalizer.

It’s a good job the time isn’t held rigidly in football, as Giroud scored 35 seconds past the three minutes of allotted time – but of course we are told it’s a minimum of three minutes.

And that’s the first time in 25 consecutive qualifying games that Spain have failed to win, and it was a goal at the death, but in truth France deserved the draw, after they came back in great style in the second half, with Cabaye playing his usual efficient role in midfield.

Oh yes – and he wasn’t injured. 😀

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50 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Carryingcoals // Oct 16, 2012 at 10:31 PM

    How sad.

  • 2 Wor Shearer // Oct 16, 2012 at 10:33 PM

    So how did you know he was any good, Didier?

  • 3 Conaldo (The Wizard) // Oct 16, 2012 at 10:33 PM

    Dechamps is just trying to inflate his own self worth and image. He’s a detestable pr1ck and I can see why Ben arfa can’t stand him.

  • 4 Carryingcoals // Oct 16, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    Deschamps has embarrassed himself a bit here I think. I’d actually argue Cabaye ‘got his status’ with Lille – where he won a double and was influential as the attacking/creative in a 3 man midfield.

    This really detrimental to our club, whether Deschamps meant it or not. Cabaye has had a couple of stand out games for France, granted but he has made his name at club level.

    Coming to the Premier League was great move for him, enhancing his reputation. He was regularly looked at by pundits and then highlighted before and after games.

    HIs stock rose as the Premier League campaign went on. The media (whether true or not) even linked him with Barcelona after the season ended. This happened after being at Newcastle United not Lille!

    Very strange comments indeed, and moreover they’re wholly unnecessary. What a sad comment to make from the manager, Arrogant, disrespectful and quite pointless!

  • 5 toonarmydownsouth // Oct 16, 2012 at 10:39 PM

    Dechamps no dechumps is a self deuded egotistical wanker possibly the most detestable manager in europe no wonder the french didnt want him appointed as national manager

  • 6 MagpiesFlyHigh // Oct 16, 2012 at 10:42 PM

    Didier is a bit of a wild card… Wonder what he’d say about Benny .?

  • 7 bollance // Oct 16, 2012 at 10:42 PM


    Great post, it was as if u had written it earlier and pasted it was soon as ed publish the thread ;). Excellent points.

  • 8 jawballsaswallwell // Oct 16, 2012 at 10:43 PM

    Well it is an odd thing to say, but at least he described us as a big club.

  • 9 toonarmydownsouth // Oct 16, 2012 at 10:45 PM

    Dechumps is possibly the most self deluded egotistical w@nker in european football his arrogance seems to have no limits cabaye was arguably the signing of the season in the entire PL of course we’ve boosted his profile you fcuking c0ck!
    No wonder french fans didnt want this idiot in charge if the national team!

  • 10 Conaldo (The Wizard) // Oct 16, 2012 at 10:45 PM

    So basically, Cabaye is in the France squad because he plays well for France.
    Spot the paradox anyone?

  • 11 Carryingcoals // Oct 16, 2012 at 10:46 PM


    Maybe I had… psychic powers…. 😀

  • 12 Carryingcoals // Oct 16, 2012 at 10:47 PM


    seems that way!!


    Deschamps said it. It must be true…. 😉

  • 13 toonarmydownsouth // Oct 16, 2012 at 10:47 PM

    We’ll never know because aslong as deschamps is in the national frame benny wont be

  • 14 bollance // Oct 16, 2012 at 10:50 PM

    Didn’t cabaye acknowledge that playing in the premiership has quickened his game and he has also improved physically?

    He also mentioned that the calibre of opposition is better which has meant he is playing better players week in week out.

    Is this soure grapes after the hba transfer saga?

    Were nufc at fault? I remember it bein the player pushing the move through?

  • 15 toonarmydownsouth // Oct 16, 2012 at 11:01 PM

    Yes he has many many times, this bloke talks out his @rse and if it does have anything to do with the benny transfer he’s a very sad petty man

  • 16 Big Pappa Cissé // Oct 16, 2012 at 11:07 PM

    Deschamps will be saying Cabaye is his son next and he taught him everything he knows. What a w@nker

  • 17 WWYCD // Oct 16, 2012 at 11:13 PM

    Haha this is brilliant
    “You really believe people look very closely at his performances with Newcastle? No, he got his status with Les Bleus, thanks to his good work for the French team.”
    Bet more people pay attention to his club football rather than his international career, international football is widely dismissed these days because club football quality is far more impressive but hey ho let Deschamps enjoy his power trip long as Cabs is happy with us I could give two flying bum babies what he thinks

  • 18 rainrix // Oct 16, 2012 at 11:15 PM

    Dider is blatantly an anglophobe. Im gonna lash wildly in the dark here, but im sure it stems from the fact he has very tiny testes. Just putting it out there!

  • 19 nick_9 // Oct 16, 2012 at 11:28 PM

    Deschamps certainly will not be invited to st james park, disrespectful clown. Like others have said i am not surprised Ben Arfa doesnt get along with him.

    On another note did anyone see what the England U21 lads were subjected to? Absolute disgrace, the serbia players, staff and fans. On the footage you can clearly see a serbia fan starting on an England player and then slapping another one then after the scuffle near the tunnel one of them swings a boot at a member of the English Coaching Staff. Then of course Danny Rose get sent off for kicking the ball into the stand after being racially abused so now he gets a ban? Absolute mockery and if i was an English Player there it would have been very hard for me to keep calm seeing that….I am surprised Psycho Pearce did not stick the nut on someone

  • 20 Vest // Oct 16, 2012 at 11:47 PM

    Typical french arrogance !

  • 21 toonLYF // Oct 16, 2012 at 11:58 PM

    looks like we’ll be waiting until Sunday to see which of our injured first-teamers are fit to play again…with Krul, Taylor and Coloccini, we are much stronger, undoubtedbly.

  • 22 jawballsaswallwell // Oct 17, 2012 at 1:28 AM

    Nationalistic breast beating. If there’s one thing I despise more than cultural intolerance, it’s the French!

  • 23 wls // Oct 17, 2012 at 2:14 AM

    My interpretation of his words from the interview (it might be talking to some players like Ben Arfa):
    “Even if you are in a big club (NUFC), and performing so well like Cabaye, as long as you don’t behave in the National team, then you are out.”

  • 24 RonVanDam // Oct 17, 2012 at 2:42 AM

    Heres something positive to enlighten your day

  • 25 Sav // Oct 17, 2012 at 3:05 AM

    Sounds like its intended to put down of Ben Arfa. Reflects badly on Deschamps. Perhaps Cantona was right. He’s still just the water-carrier.

  • 26 89Norcal // Oct 17, 2012 at 4:15 AM

    its a blatant play down of Ben Arfas performances in the EPL. This sack of shit is so arrogant to assume club football is inferior to national football AND that club performances have no bearing on a players outlook. thats how you select players in the first place!

    Didn’t he also call up hatem for his game and didn’t use him? Nice insult to injury, what a Lowlife deschamps is.

  • 27 jesperfuglsang // Oct 17, 2012 at 6:10 AM

    Morning lads! 🙂

    Denmark went down crash and burn yesterday; they couldn’t even take advantages of Italy seeing red early in the second half.

    So why was the England game postponed?

    Are we to believe Cabs in a product of the wonderful French Nationalteam and it has nothing to do with him playing at top level in the PL? (Deschamps might as well have a go at Benny while he is add it)

  • 28 jawballsaswallwell // Oct 17, 2012 at 6:11 AM

    He’s not dissing Newcastle, he’s just saying that real recognition comes from doing the business in Internationals and lets be honest he did learn his profession at Lille and made his name on the world stage at the European Championships.

  • 29 jesperfuglsang // Oct 17, 2012 at 6:29 AM

    Jaw…you are probably speaking a half truth there, but while Cabs was at Lille he wasn’t close to be a regular for the Nationalteam and the EC was nothing but global attention (the skills were already there and he was already a regular)

    So either Deschamps it taking part credit (the rest being Blanc) for breaking him in and turning him to what we all saw at the EC and what everyone else watching the PL had been seeing all season!

  • 30 tarie4 // Oct 17, 2012 at 6:34 AM


    “lets be honest he did learn his profession at Lille and made his name on the world stage at the European Championships.”

    Not entirely TRUE, he made his name at Newcastle mate, before he signed for us he was on the fringes on the France team, he wasn’t a certified starter. Hr came to Newcastle and after a few games with us, he became a starter with the French team and has never looked back. In January he was linked with man U etc.

    He might not have learnt his profession here, but he has developed and become a better player here. Even hr says so himself

  • 31 jesperfuglsang // Oct 17, 2012 at 6:53 AM

    I can see England is playing today at 4 pm 🙂

    …so you don’ want to play when it rains 😉 lol (you primadonnas; wanting a roof and all that)

  • 32 one Tony Green // Oct 17, 2012 at 6:55 AM

    Deschamps is a little Frenchman enough said. He is a puppet for the sour faced frog Platini. I was at the African Football Executive Conference and had to listen to another French TW@T Jerome Champagne call the English Premier League worse than sh1t. Anyone who drops HBA is a clown.
    Bring on the SMB the 6 fingered degenerates.

  • 33 hdavid23 // Oct 17, 2012 at 7:18 AM

    typical arrogant french dick… wonder what Pards will have to say about this… hope he tell Deschamps to f off…

  • 34 hdavid23 // Oct 17, 2012 at 7:19 AM

    typical arrogant french tw@t… wonder what Pards will have to say about this… hope he tell Deschamps to fcuk off…

  • 35 Conaldo (The Wizard) // Oct 17, 2012 at 7:20 AM

    Jesper – but our players don’t like it when their hair gets wet. That’s the most important thing 🙂

  • 36 jesperfuglsang // Oct 17, 2012 at 7:24 AM

    Wizard…I know and I have heard Rooney is the worse 😉 lol

    …we got sourly beaten last night (we even had one player who didn’t want play; talking about a primadonna)

  • 37 hdavid23 // Oct 17, 2012 at 7:31 AM
    final 3 seconds… 😀 thats what i think about deschamps

  • 38 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Oct 17, 2012 at 8:03 AM

    Good morning.

    Jesper…I’m going to have to disassociate myself from Denmark. I tried.

    Dechump…..Touched on this last night, but what an idiot. Get the feeling this is just to try and justify not selecting Benny. I mean, if their PL form was anything to go by, Benny would have to be called up, even over Yo. However, luckily for Dechump, playing for Newcastle doesn’t matter really. Surprised he doesn’t just pay Cabaye to be a free agent, sit around on his arse and just play for France.

    Not sure if he meant to be that arrogant, but he succeeded. He could probably get a PR job working alongside Derek. Now that’s a deadly combo.

    Now, a personal note….

    BandB….Noooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!! I wont use smileys anymore……..just love me.

  • 39 jawballsaswallwell // Oct 17, 2012 at 8:10 AM

    C/mon, how much credit are do want to take for a lifetime playing the game after one season playing for us in the PL. Too much I think. From what I remember he was a top player when he signed. He certainly had a fine season for us last season and was excellent for France at the Euro’s. We played a part and not the most significant part, in my opinion.

  • 40 Wandering Geordie // Oct 17, 2012 at 8:16 AM

    Was the translation taken out of context or is Dechamp trying to justify Ben Arfas non selection? Who knows.

    At the end of the day Cabaye plays for us and many clubs would like him in their team.Who cares what Derchump says….

  • 41 Rotonda heights // Oct 17, 2012 at 8:17 AM

    Sadly unless Pardew ditches 422 and plays Cabs higher up the pitch and ditches all the long balls, I think a ”footballing” manager may come in for him. Cue abuse from the pardew can do no wrong brigade.

  • 42 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Oct 17, 2012 at 8:22 AM

    jawball…We obviously didn’t create the player, but as you say, we did play a part, rather than the no part Dechump indicates. He just seems to view us badly or maybe we just twist his words as we don’t like him for picking on wor Benny?

  • 43 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Oct 17, 2012 at 8:26 AM

    Rotonda….If only you had let your feelings on 4-4-2 be known before today…..

    When do you feel this footballing manager may come in? Pretty sure the club are planning on him being around a while, the new contract was a bit of a giveaway.

    Formations, tactics, better starts do need to improve, but we started with the same tactics last season. As Pardew saw players starting to commit and gel he changed things around, gained confidence in himself and his team. Perhaps he didn’t at the start of the season. Imo, you don’t give him enough credit (although you do when we play well – this hasn’t gone unnoticed), but perhaps some give him too much credit.

  • 44 jawballsaswallwell // Oct 17, 2012 at 8:31 AM

    Well, again, Deschamps does not indicate we played no part nor suggest it, he says his status increased as a result of playing instrumentally and well for the National team. I admit he could of been more gracious, but doesnt the PL get enough hype and bloated praise. Anyway, we get him fulltime , he partime, so I’m not taking any offence.

  • 45 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Oct 17, 2012 at 8:42 AM

    jawball…..See what happens when I post before getting on me fence?

    You are probably right. I still thinks the man is a prat, that wasn’t decided based on these comments though. As you say, we get him for the season, so whatever…

  • 46 NUFCWill1986 // Oct 17, 2012 at 9:15 AM

    I hate that bellend

  • 47 ArtyH // Oct 17, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    Says it all when Benny is a better player than Cabaye, one plays for his country and the other does not. Strange logic twisted by personal feelings which will come back and bite him on the arse!

  • 48 elliott_1 // Oct 17, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    late comment but nevertheless, this is the same manager that complained about lloris not playing for spurs saying his position would be under threat, AND HE’S THE FRENCH CAPTAIN! so he must be bothered about club football the french fool.

  • 49 lotoplus // Oct 17, 2012 at 7:14 PM

    Hi guys, I’m french and it’s my first post on this blog. I’ve an interview of Benny on L’Equipe, 15 august 2010. Here’s what he is partly saying of Deschamps : “When he speaks to me, I’ve always this impression that he has hidden thoughts”.
    I remember also Deschamps saying in an old interview something like :”I’d rather make the opponents play badly than our team playing good football”.
    I feel sorry for Benny, he maybe won’t be able to play for the national team for a long time…

  • 50 Minato // Oct 17, 2012 at 7:55 PM

    Sounds like one that is down to interpretation in my view…wasn’t speaking in a derogatory manner regarding our club, just seemed to be pointing out that its his performances for les blues (presumably as the stand out play at the euro’s) that has put him at the top of the list..think more has been made of this than necessary.

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