Newcastle Target Dumps Barcelona With Vital Goal

Granada surprisingly beat Barcelona yesterday 1-0 at home in the Spanish league, and it was a goal from Newcastle attacking midfield target Yacine Brahimi, that won the game for Granada.

Yacine Brahimi celebrates scoring against Barcelona

Yacine Brahimi on left scores only goal of the game

Yacine Brahimi scored what proved to be the only goal of the game in the 16th minute yesterday, and this is the second successive defeat for Barcelona.

Atletico Madrid beat them 1-0 in the Champions League quarter final tie in mid-week, to win by an aggregate score of 2-1 and Atletico play Chelsea in the semi-finals.

Barcelona are now on 78 points and one point behind both Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid in a tightly contested Spanish League this season – Granada are in 13th position with 37 points.

Here’s some information on 24 year-old Brahimi, and he has been linked with a possible Newcastle move by the Spanish press.

Brahimi is a very good technical player, and would fit in well at Newcastle with our other French-speaking players, and he only moved from Rennes last summer to Grenada.

He started his career through various clubs in the Île-de-France region of Paris, and finally joined Rennes back in 2006, after attending the famous Clairefontaine academy for three years.

He went on loan to second division side Clermont and played 34 times with 8 goals for them in the 2009-2010 season.

While at Rennes he played a total of 51 games with 9 goals, and Everton manager Roberto Martinez is also keen on the Algerian in the summer.

Brahimi would cost around £3.5M – something even Newcastle can afford..

Comments welcome.

166 comments so far

  • the truth will out

    Apr 13, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #1

    giz a bag o tudur

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Apr 13, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #2

    What do you guys think it will take realistically for Mike NoNuts to sack Parsnip?

    …is there anything us fans can do to make it clear we want him removed? How can we hurt NoNuts the most?:

    – stay away from SJP?
    – don’t buy seasontickets?
    – not buying merchandise?
    – not going fo SD?
    – feed the media stories that are bad for business?
    – demonstrate?
    – have NUST and so forth involved?
    – not even watch the games on TV?

    What will it take and can it be done? I am game!

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Apr 13, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #3

    Lets get this started shall we?

  • the truth will out

    Apr 13, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #4

    lets get the party started

  • Kamikaze Koala

    Apr 13, 2014 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #5

    Well his value just went up and out of are league!!!

  • Peter Beardsley

    Apr 13, 2014 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #6

    The 10 players that Pardew said were missing were:

    David Ginola, Faustino Asprilla, Gary Speed (god bless), Rob Lee, Alan Shearer, Peter Beardsley, Laurent Robert, Philippe Albert, Nolberto Solano, Les Ferdinand….and of course the MIGHTY Darren Peacock!

    We really missed these guys yesterday and you could see it in the performance.

  • Average_Contents

    Apr 13, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #7


    As long as fatty’s in charge his puppet is going knowhere mate

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Apr 13, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #8

    AC…I refuse to think we are powerless and all we can do is come on here and complain! I don’t buy that mate 😉

  • lesh

    Apr 13, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #9


    C’mon, wakey wakey, was on the table where you left it last night.


  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Apr 13, 2014 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #10

    lesh…can we complain on there as well? 😉

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Apr 13, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #11

    Feel free to add so ideas – we need to get this started!

  • Patoon

    Apr 13, 2014 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #12

    Started the game yesterday with Ameobi and Cisse up front, Cisse plays better when he has a to quality player like Ba doin all the donkey work, Cisse is not a target man, how Ameobi finished the game is beyond me, Gosling was out best player and he was took off, need 2 start the next game with Arma and Ben Arfa up front and spring Gouffran from the bench for a full half, long ball isn’t working, why not even try Ben Arfa, Arma and Remy up front with Tiote, Gosling and Sissoko in midfield with Anita at right back, any defence in the country is bound 2 b laughing seeing Ameobi and Cisse starting against them, my team for swansea would b

    Anita Mbiwa Williamson Haidara
    ——–Gosling Tiote Sissoko——-
    ——-BenArfa Arma Remy———-

  • BuckLuck

    Apr 13, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #13


    Use all the energy on singing “Pardew out” for 90min. Make his life a living h3ll in those 90min. Maybe, just maybe Pardew break after a while, although he is so full of him self that I’m afraid he doesn’t.

    Ashley sack Pardew? Maybe if we loose every match until the season is over. It’s worth it in my eyes.

    Where we finish this season is just a result. It does nothing for us as a club in the future.
    A philosophy that can make us entertain and build a squad is what I want, and I’ll gladly loose som matches to get it.

  • Cool Hand Luke

    Apr 13, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #14

    @ Jesper, get the Sunday Sun to donate a load of copies, so that fans can hold up the back page at the next game.

  • daztoon

    Apr 13, 2014 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #15

    Only Pardumb would change the formation to play with wingbacks when our two and only natural wingbacks are missing from the line up.

    The man is a genius

  • Average_Contents

    Apr 13, 2014 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #16


    Unfortunately 52,000 turn up every week, coupled with the fact that it would take fatty to have a cardiac arrest or sell there is no chance!

    Fatty’s the problem his puppet is merely the symptom and that’s not me defending parsnip because he is clearly out of his depth and I cannot stand the poor excuse of a manager

  • anthc

    Apr 13, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #17

    It will be interesting to see how the season ticket sales are going. Im still waiting for another letter with a 30% sd flyer stuck to it.
    I’m really struggling to justify spending my hard earned green queens to watch that drivel. Although I usually love match days I find they spoil my weekend at the minute but it will kill me not to renew. But if needs must and pardew gets sacked before the deadline I may reconsider

  • Patoon

    Apr 13, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #18

    the only time long ball has worked at NUFC is when we had Carroll and Nolan up front and Barton playing the ball in, can’t believe we’re stil trying it with Amanobody


    Apr 13, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #19

    Pardew Sacked In My Dreams….. Hope b4 my Birthday On 10th nxt month his sacked along with M.A sellng the Club

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Apr 13, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #20

    AC…to me Pardew is not a symptome but a huge problem. I believe we can impact the outcome, but not by going to SJP every second week or by coming on here and only complain.

    We are pampered and spoiled and don’t want to put anything one the line – NoNuts knows that! We need to show him he has got it all wrong 😉

    I don’t buy Ruddy and your version of it all, but I respect your stand point and good luck with that mate!

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Apr 13, 2014 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #21

    BuckLuck/Cool Hand Luke…valid ideas mates – would prefer that was done at away games and that we didn’t go to SJP at all!

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Apr 13, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #22

    What other fanbase have forced the hands on its owner?

    …and can we learn anything from them?

  • catchy in norway

    Apr 13, 2014 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #23

    pardew is only trying to prove the 5 in a row losses were no flukes, he wants to do it again, and maybe this time go for 6 or 7,

    only one in his way are the chronicle , journal,and sunday sun

    shame on them

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Apr 13, 2014 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #24

    Lads you are not very talkative today!

    …are you all licking your wounds?

  • BuckLuck

    Apr 13, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #25

    Jesper @21

    I agree, although it’s easy for me to say that a boycott is a solution. I’m not a season ticket holder and I’m living in Oslo.
    I have cancelled my 4-5 yearly trips to Newcastle with my sons(they agree) though. Just out of principle.

    The last time we were at SJP in our 1-0 win against Fulham last season it was dead quiet. My 12 year old son asked why it was more quiet at SJP than in a norwegian Tippeliga mach with 10.000 attendance. “Pardew happened son”.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Apr 13, 2014 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #26

    BuckLuck…I agree it’s easier to give up season tickets when you are not even a ticket holder (that goes for me as well). But that may well be. It will always hurt some more than others.

  • johnymac

    Apr 13, 2014 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #27

    As stupid as it sounds a proper petition stating how many supports want pardew out would add that little bit more pressure on the man and that coupled with chants and media coverage would be too much for anyone to cope with. Ashley wont sack him so make him walk. Even knobs like pardumb can only take so much!!!!

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Apr 13, 2014 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #28

    The problem is here if those who are going to hurt don’t really want to hurt. Then is is up hill. I am already:

    1) not buying tickets, nor season tickets
    2) I don’t buy merchingdise
    3) I don’t even watch the games on TV
    4) I am willing to sign any partition removing Parsnip as manager
    5) I am even contemplating joining NUST or some other fanbase group who work towards the goal I think is right.
    6) I have even toyed with the idea of writing article about it.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Apr 13, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #29

    *partition = petition

  • 70TWO

    Apr 13, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #30


    The use of 3 centre backs was a good idea particularly against Stoke, but the choice of players was questionable. I would not say the formation was a ‘shambles’ as others have said, as it worked sufficiently to withstand Stoke from dominating the game and with some development could offer something for the future. However, it looked like Anita was being asked to play in two places at once, so he could pass to himself up the wing. There was a definite lack of width, the two up front played into their strengths plus allowed their full backs to bomb forward and score their goal. At least when we did attack there were a number of players in the box, which has not always been the case and with more quality could have got a result.

    It was dissappointing to see Gouffran almost disappear on the pitch, I wondered why he was being asked to play in midfield and why Gosling was more often seen further forward. Also Dummett who does not lack energy and a good touch, tried his best to provide attacking width but it was obvious to anyone Haidarra would have been more suited to the role required. The lack of a goal raises questions about the front pair, but I would say it was more due to a lack of supply which they also did little to contribute to. Having gone to the match expecting a heavy defeat, I was not disappointed in the team but underwhelmed and thankful Stoke were equally apoplectic.

  • 70TWO

    Apr 13, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #31

    apoplectic = apathetic DOHH!!!

  • Blofal

    Apr 13, 2014 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #32

    Jesper the only way to do this properly is with the support of the papers.

    If the NUST or another group organises a boycott you need the papers to double the pressure and put the word out. I have a feeling Pardew is on his way out anyway but we will need the papers to give MA the flick in a Lazio style snub.

    Maybe we should invite Freddy back but on the clause that any great financial blunder is covered by his estate 🙂

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Apr 13, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #33

    Blofal…I agree and I did bring that point up in post 2 🙂

  • yo-yo

    Apr 13, 2014 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #34


    naw – it is apoplexy on here and a fair bit of apathy

  • 70TWO

    Apr 13, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #35

    jesperfuglsang – captain of the lemon crew

    In the first half I was a little disappointed in the lack of support being vocalised towards the players in the hope of boosting their performance. Having witnessed the moral boosting pre-match singing, the solidarity was initially overshadowed by the expectation of defeat until coming back in calls for HBA and “Pardew out!”

    The majority of fans will always return to watch the team out of loyatly, but in the conversations I had their is definite dwindling in pride due to the ‘cheapening’ of the club under Ashley. From the lower quality of the shirts, to the players and manager.

    IMO the Fans Forum needs to be seriously questioning these issues and not just accepting ‘white wash’ answers without any out cry. A signal of no faith from this carefully selected forum would be a major irritation along with any other direct action that can be used to show fans discontent.

  • 70TWO

    Apr 13, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #36

    yo-yo @34 – I would go along with that.

  • Barton

    Apr 13, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #37

    Pardew are you Man ? ,have you a bit meat n 2 veg dangling down there ? Take some bloody responsibility,stop blaming the press,lord lucan and bloody Elvis, its your team,your tactics,your bloody Responsibility………Grow a pair and F£%cking do one

  • toon kk

    Apr 13, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #38

    People must boycott SJP for at least one game, I understand that most have season tickets and want there money’s worth but if people want press coverage and send out a massive message it’s the only way. Nothing will ever change by just complaining.

  • 70TWO

    Apr 13, 2014 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #39


    The use of 3 centre backs was a good idea particularly against Stoke, but the choice of players was questionable…….in the team as a whole.

  • Slank

    Apr 13, 2014 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #40


    Taking your points one by one:

    – stay away from SJP? :- Visually very effective but only if the vast majority stay away but if they have already paid for their season tickets then they may be the loosers not Ashley. It would require a considerable amount of organisation and todate that hasn’t happened although no reason, other than below, why not.

    – don’t buy season-tickets :- The complete opposite of the above. Season tickets are not the major revenue stream anymore.

    – not buying merchandise? :- Probably will have little or no impact as it’s a small revenue stream.

    – not going fo SD? :- Probably will have little or no impact as SD has the market share in the UK with customers throughout the UK and Europe who couldn’t give two hoots about Newcastle United.

    – feed the media stories that are bad for business? :- Disgruntled Newcastle fans, unless they are shareholders in SD, have little or no influence. Why try to punish the employees of SD? What have they done to feel that their jobs are at stake because of some disgruntled Geordies?

    – demonstrate? :- It’s been tried before and failed. It will fail again as there are too few people willing to demonstrate and therefore a significant impact would not attract the wider media. Also the wider media want ‘headlines’ and not yet another demonstration by a small group of disgruntled Geordies outside SJP which is packed to the raffters.

    – have NUST and so forth involved? :- They are well meaning and like to blow their own trumpet but have a negliable impact on the club and probably zero impact with the owners.

    – not even watch the games on TV? :- That will shake the world of football, not.

    It would take an unprecended seismic shift for the 50,000 fans to abandon SJP for a prolonged period as a one off demonstration would be news but a lengthy period would be damaging. However, the downside is that Ashley could rightly claim that the club is no longer a viable concern and therefore close it down.

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