Newcastle Target Helps Columbia To World Cup Win


One of Newcastle’s targets played the whole game for Colombia in their 3-0 win over Greece in Brazil today, and the commentator even mentioned that Newcastle were one of clubs interested in Colombian forward Victor Ibarbo.

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Victor Ibarbo – looked both powerful and skillful

One thing that was an obvious difference between the two sides today, was that Columbia were full of creativity, speed and flair – and Greece weren’t.

Once once Greece went behind after just 8 minutes it was always going to be difficult for the 2004 European Champions to get back into the game, as they find it very difficult to score goals – much like Newcastle this year.

Ibarbo looked a good player and he seems to be versatile too, and would appear to be comfortable even playing in central midfield from what we could tell, and he very rarely gave the ball away today – which is always the sign of a good player.

Cagliari will let their 24-year-old striker/winger leave this summer, and the price on his head doesn’t seem too bad – at £8M – although it’s debatable whether Newcastle will pay that much for him.

Victor is a big guy, and well built at 6″ 2¨ tall, and not unlike the build of Newcastle’s French star Moussa Sissoko, so his size and physical prowess will be well suited to the Premier League, and from what we saw of him today, he would seem to be a good signing for the club, if we can get him.

Certainly like most Colombians he has great skill and flair – and power too.

The 24 year-old was born in Tumaco, Colombia and he has 12 full caps for Columbia, and he started his career at Colombian club Atletico Nacional, and joined Cagliari in July of 2011 for just under £1M.

Ibarbo can play either on the wing or up front as a secondary striker, and while at Cagliari he has played 111 times for the Serie A club with 13 goals and 11 assists, so he has not been a prolific goalscorer in Italy, and last season he hit four goals with three assists in 30 Serie A games.

However, Barcelona, Stuttgart, Juventus and Napoli are all said to also be interested in signing him, so if that’s true, we’ll be hard pressed to get this powerful lad to St. James’ Park.

Ibarbo however is keen to play in England, and at the end of last season Cagliari’s Sporting Director Nicola Salerno said this:

“There’s interest in Victor from England, and that will extend if he shines in Brazil. There are some inquiries for him from big teams.”

We assume Newcastle is one of the big teams after him, and we also assume Newcastle are watching this lad in Brazil.

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95 comments so far

  • Lost Plot

    Jun 14, 2014 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #1

    Man Utd will be having a massive clear out to get rest of Dutch team plaing around Persie so expect Wellbeck n Rooney in Black & White!

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  • Belfast

    Jun 14, 2014 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #2

    Looks ok, though Greece are awful, so hard to judge.

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  • croftus5678

    Jun 14, 2014 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #3

    very avg player imo. we can do a lot better he looked ok against a very poor greece side but lets not forget this is a greece side that abied wont even be anywhere near there thinking so i wont get my hopes up on him either !

    pea all the way for me with gomis also then siem and cabella.

    fat lad wont let any of these happen though aslong as d day for his season tickets has passed now the transfers will die and we will get the excusses at the start of the season ^^

    hope i’m wrong mind you.

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  • Toon Tang

    Jun 14, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #4

    Belfast, its mad looking back them actually winning the euros eh. Who’d a thunk it

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  • beermonkey

    Jun 14, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #5

    croftus

    abeid is Algerian not greek

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Jun 14, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #6

    Cavani seems to score loads of goals but looks bang average whenever I watch him . Strange ? .

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  • croftus5678

    Jun 14, 2014 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #7

    @5 beer

    oops lol

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Jun 14, 2014 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #8

    Case in point 😉 .

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  • croftus5678

    Jun 14, 2014 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #9

    @6 big papa

    hehe yep i see what you mean lol he’s been absolute rubish yet he’s scored a penalty.

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  • croftus5678

    Jun 14, 2014 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #10

    joel cambell is a good player we have been linked with but he doesnt look like he knows where to play ! in cm then wing then upfront lol we’d have been calling the hell outa pards for that saying he was played out of position lol.

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  • lesh

    Jun 14, 2014 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #11

    If Ashley had moved quickly, I’m sure we could have got Ibarbo for £8m or less.

    Not now though, his value will have increased quite a bit by now and moreso if Colombia progress.

    Maybe we should ask Tino to have a little word with him.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 14, 2014 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #12

    i wonder if there will be any cockups in this World Cup with England with the goalies

    Now goalies watch the ball go over your head and through your legs and you might win

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Jun 14, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #13

    Game on ! .

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 14, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #14

    Better still put 2 goalies there tonight

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Jun 14, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #15

    HA Ha .

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  • JAMSHA

    Jun 14, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #16

    campbell looks dangerious

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  • Sazzer

    Jun 14, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #17

    I don’t want us to sign Ibarbo. Ibarbos best is like when Sissoko is having a bad game.

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  • toonking

    Jun 14, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #18

    it was holland yesterday, now it’s costa rica, this world cup is just what we’ve needed and whilst the world cup is going, All i can say is fcuk the toon because i’m not interested in them or thestories, all i’m interested in is the world cup.

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Jun 14, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #19

    Must say I like this disolveable spray the ref’s are using at the world cups to stop walls moving forward and players moving the ball on set pieces.

    I hope it comes to the PL.

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  • Graeme

    Jun 14, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #20

    toonking @ 18 It makes a refreshing change to actually watch some flowing, attacking football, with emphasis on playing it on the floor.Hopefully P45DUE will be watching and learning what decent coaching can produce!!

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  • kevymartins

    Jun 14, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #21

    I hope Nufc are watching this match and seeing Joel Campbell.

    He is showing all the right signs. Looking amazing.

    Get a bid in for him Arsenal don’t need him.

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  • toonking

    Jun 14, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #22

    the england team to play italy is-
    ____________hert
    johnson__jagielka_cahill_baines
    ____gerrard_____hnderson
    sterling____sturridge__rooney
    ______welbeck

    i don’t know the formation but i’m guessing it will be 4-2-3-1. welbeck is certainly playing and i’m annoyed of that, i hope he’s only being played while ox is out injured. i still don’t like the fact it means lallana is not playing.

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  • kevymartins

    Jun 14, 2014 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #23

    My word this guy is extraordinary pure class.

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Jun 14, 2014 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #24

    Whats up with Uruguay’s strip like ? .

    They look painted on or a couple sizes too small. Hope Puma don’t make our strips like that.

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  • croftus5678

    Jun 14, 2014 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #25

    @19 big pappa

    it also doubles as pepper spray for when suarez goes to bite the ref.

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Jun 14, 2014 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #26

    @ croftus

    🙂 .

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  • kevymartins

    Jun 14, 2014 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #27

    Ho-le-sh*t … I actually can’t believe what I am seeing from this lad.

    Last WC the standout players where like Suarez and Tiote but this guy Joel Campbell is on a hole nother level.

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Jun 14, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #28

    Wish there was a Geordie in the England team as I find it hard to get behind them these days.

    I miss cheering on the likes of Shearer, Beardsley & Gazza. Closest we have these days is Caroll.

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  • Ancientcoptic

    Jun 14, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #29

    There was actually people on this blog slating Joel Campbell after we were linked with him… oh dear.

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Jun 14, 2014 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #30

    We might see an upset this year with one of the lesser nations taking home a major trophy.

    Last time that happened was with Greece winning the Euros in 04.

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  • kevymartins

    Jun 14, 2014 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #31

    Bad tackle on Campbell there. Straight red.

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Jun 14, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #32

    Sore loser or what ?.

    Get to a World cup and do that, what an idiot.

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Jun 14, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #33

    Whats with all these teams going a goal down and coming back to win ? .

    Its the complete opposite of NUFC under Pardew.

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  • toonking

    Jun 14, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #34

    BPC
    the north east players seem to have bad luck at getting into the england team, carroll’s looks to have been ruined because of injury. saylor is another player, he was expected to be the next terry but then comes an injury and now he’s got no chance.

    when cappello was manager we wouldn’t even be expecting england players to join newcastle, bent was at sunderland and cappello said if any player wants to join england they had to leave the north east.

    basically it seems to be injurys or the fact newcastle and sunderland are in the north east.

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  • Toon Tang

    Jun 14, 2014 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #35

    Fcuk me, arsenal have got some player on their hands in Campbell eh.

    Cracking game of foozbol

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  • Ben3arfa

    Jun 14, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #36

    Charnley sign Campbell up NOW

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  • theartfuldodger

    Jun 14, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #37

    Greece were more like Newcastle under Pardew…

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  • theartfuldodger

    Jun 14, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #38

    Weel buy the Upper Quartile player…Worst of the best…Or the cheapest of them all…

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  • Toon Tang

    Jun 14, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #39

    Lets hope we don’t see that Costa side but do see that Uruguay side. We will struggle against that type of attack defensively.

    Cooooooommeeeee ooonnn Eeenggglllaannnddddddddddddddddd

    Cant chuffin wait

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Jun 14, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #40

    Can’t believe Wellbeck is stsrting for England.

    Sterling & Lalana have both had a season 10 times better than Wellbeck but he gets in the team. Total joke.

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