If Shola Ameobi makes an appearance on Thursday night in the second leg against Anzhi, it will be his 50th appearance for the Magpies in Europe.
Shola Ameobi – could make his 50th appearance in Europe on Thursday
Shola made his debut back in 2000 under Bobby Robson, and the Newcastle manager quickly built a top Newcastle side that played in the Champions League twice in his five years in charge of the club.
The 31-year-old seemed surprised when told he had already made 49 appearances in Europe:
“I didn’t realize I have now played 49 games in Europe. I was shocked.” “European nights are always special for Newcastle and it doesn’t matter who we are playing against they are a great occasions.”
“I’ve enjoyed some memorable games in Europe with the club and hope we have another one on Thursday.” “I’ll overtake Alan Shearer? I didn’t know that. I’m a lucky boy.”
“Every time I have put on the Newcastle shirt I have added myself to the history of the club and that means so much. Now I just want to get us into the last eight where anything is possible.”
“As we have seen in Europe in the last few seasons, especially with Chelsea last year, if you put yourself in the mix towards the end of a tournament anything can happen. I’m very excited.”
“We have to get back to where we were last year and make St James’ Park a fortress. And with a big crowd behind us I know we can get through.”
Shoal has scored 15 goals in Europe for Newcastle – so far.
It’s going to be a close game on Thursday and it could become difficult if Anzhi score – but if we win the game we are through to the quarter finals of the Europa League and that would be the first time since Bobby Robson took us to the semi-final stage in April/May of 20004.
And six months later he was sacked because we only finished 5th in the league that season – how times have changed.
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