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France’s Qualification Will Drive Newcastle Season Forward

8:54 am, Thursday, November 21st, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 10 Comments

Even though England were playing at Wembley against Germany at the same time on Tuesday night, we watched the France vs Ukraine World Cup qualifying game, and we didn’t expect France to qualify after being 2-0 down after the first leg in Kyiv, but it was a great game to watch, and France finally pulled it off and were helped big time by two in-form Newcastle players – Mathieu Debuchy and Yohan Cabaye.

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Mamadou Sakho scores first gal on Tuesday night in Paris

And England were beaten for the second successive time at Wembley, and that was the first time that had happened for over 30 years. :(

We thought Debuchy had another excellent game on Tuesday night, and he blocked a shot on the line just before the break, and of course an away Ukraine goal could have been curtains for France, so it was a vital block by the Newcastle right-back, who is suspended for Saturday’s game.

The fact that France have now qualified for Brazil next summer, however remarkable that was, can only be good news for the Newcastle side who have about seven players who could make the final squad for Brazil – Cabaye, Debuchy, Sissoko, Remy, Gouffran, Ben Arfa and Yanga-Mbiwa.

Cabaye, Debuchy, Sissoko and Remy are very strong contenders for the France squad, but if either of  Gouffran, Ben Arfa or Yanga-Mbiwa can force themselves in to the final squad it will mean that Newcastle have had a very good season.

And Yohan got some praise in the French press yesterday, and he was called the little Prince,  after he helped control the center of the pitch, and Yohan was in the middle of a five man midfield against Ukraine.

Cabaye played for all the French youth sides and now has 26 appearances for France with two goals, and all caps have come since he became a Newcastle player.

Now we need to see another masterful performance from Yohan on Saturday, and from the four other Frenchmen who are likely to start the game, when hopefully we can take all three points against Norwich, and things will really be looking up at Newcastle.

And that would be great.

What do you think?

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Tags: Hatem Ben Arfa · Loic Remy · Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa · Moussa Sissoko · Newcastle News · World Cup 2014 · Yoan Gouffran · Yohan Cabaye



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10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Rainrix // Nov 21, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    yeah yeah thats all well and good but surely this is the more important story:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2510806/Weather-presenter-Doria-Tillier-hosts-forecast-naked-France-win.html

    Seriously who cares about the football anyway ;)

  • 2 Ibizatoon // Nov 21, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    Rainrix…With weather girls like that, the high tax rate in France is surely justified?

  • 3 Rainrix // Nov 21, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    Ibiza… Absolutely, why can’t we have extortionate tax rates here damn it!? I suppose ours aren’t to bad really. Better than spain where they simply can’t afford to do the weather ;)

  • 4 Ibizatoon // Nov 21, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    http://www.true-faith.co.uk/newcastle-united-sports-direct-questions/

    This one is interesting.

  • 5 Ibizatoon // Nov 21, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    Rainrix…Who needs a weather channel in Spain?

    Go on, make yourself sick with envy…go check out that glorious Balearic sunshine on weather.com :)

  • 6 Rainrix // Nov 21, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    Ibiza… Yeah but its off season so no bikini girls and all the young spanish lasses have emigrated. At least we have girls here, admittedly under 50 layers of fleeces and parkas but there still here. Besides if its so glorious why are you on here talking to me? Apart from my dashing good looks? ;)

  • 7 Ibizatoon // Nov 21, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    Rainrix…The bikini girls are always with me.

    Oh yeah, that sexy winter look. A human pass the parcel…Man I am missing out!

  • 8 Ibizatoon // Nov 21, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    On thread…I have noticed Jesper recently saying he doesn’t see why France qualifying would effect our French players performances for Newcastle or transfers in January…All I can say is the man is a tad senile :)

    It shouldn’t make a difference, but it surely does and will. Seems a lot of professional footballers need that extra motivation. All that money just doesn’t cut it apparently. As for pride…Ha!

    Does anyone think that Benny has a chance to force his way back in to the team? I think it would take a really spectacular season from him to even be considered by Dechump.

  • 9 Rainrix // Nov 21, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    Ibiza…. Getting all those layers off is a very good cardio workout as well!

    On topic are you mad? Is deschamps the bloke he had a falling out with then? If so then i’ll agree, really would need to be something spectacular from benny to get in. Maybe it could be the kick up the backside he needs.

  • 10 Ibizatoon // Nov 21, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    Rainrix…Fitness first!

    As for being on thread, it’s part of my try something new every day push.

    Tomorrow I’m going to try and post something of interest.




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