Six Newcastle Players Called Up By Their Countries

Fabricio Coloccini has been called up by Argentina for a friendly in Saudi Arabia and possible against Brazil in Buenos Aires one week later, and as we mentioned recently, that’s an awful lot of traveling for the 30 year-old – to play two friendly games. But it could be that Argentina will use their local players for the friendly game against Brazil – maybe.

Fabricio Coloccini – Newcastle masterful center back

Coloccini will have to do all that traveling squeezed between two Newcastle league games – both home games against West Ham United on Sunday 11th November, and then against Swansea City on the following Saturday.

Newcastle strikers Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba are part of the Senegal squad to travel to Niger for another friendly game on Wednesday, 14th November, and Cheick Tiote’s is with the Ivory Coast squad at Austria in another friendly game on the same day.

19 year-old Australian defender Curtis Good will be representing Australia at the Asian Football Confederation Under 19 Championships, which take place in the United Arab Emirates.

Australia will play Qatar this Sunday, and then play Syria next Tuesday, and then Saudi Arabia next Thursday, so those games come quick and fast.

Here are Newcastle November International Call-Ups – some of which is courtesy of Anthony Marshall on Newcastle’s web-site:

Fabricio Coloccini (Argentina)
Wednesday, 14th November, 2012 – Saudi Arabia (a) (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia), friendly

Tim Krul (Holland)
Wednesday, 14th November, 2012 vs Germany (Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam)

Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba (Senegal)
Wednesday, 14th November, 2012 – Niger (a) (Stade Général Seyni Kountché), friendly

Cheick Tiote (Ivory Coast)
Wednesday, 14th November, 2012 – Austria (a) (Linz), friendly

Curtis Good (Australia U19s)
Sunday, 4th November, 2012 – Qatar (a) (Fujairah, United Arab Emirates), AFC Under 19 Championships
Tuesday, 6th November, 2012 – Syria (a) (Fujairah, United Arab Emirates), AFC Under 19 Championships
Thursday, 8th November, 2012 – Saudi Arabia (Ras al-Khaimah, United Arab Emirates), AFC Under 19 Championships

With all these competitive games players have to play these days, these friendlies seem to be an unwanted diversion – although that’s not true for the AFC Championships that Curtis Good is participating in.

Countries may need to cut back on these friendlies in the future, because players have to travel thousands of miles to play these games, and they don’t mean too much after all.

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