Football Down Under Is Now Rapidly Improving

Australia played so very well yesterday in only losing 3-2 to the Netherlands – it was a great performance from the socceroos – and in fact they were 2-1 up for a very short period in the second half, and what a fantastic goal from New York Red Bulls Tim Cahill, it’s going to be one of the best goals of the tournament – and that was probably the best Australia have ever played.

tim cahill

Tim Cahill – what a goal against the Netherlands

So after a good performance against Chile they are looking a much better side, and it’s just a pity our own  Curtis Good was injured and couldn’t make the squad.

Spain lost again and couldn’t even score in their second group game, and they are out of the competition after losing 2-0 to Chile, so at least we’ll have a new World Cup winner next month, but somehow we don’t fancy Brazil, who look too weak in defense.

New Zealand were in the finals of the World Cup in South Africa, so it certainly seems that football down there is starting to come through,  although there are more popular sports like Cricket, Rugby and Australian Rules football.

Of course Newcastle are off down under at the end of July for two games, and the club announced a provisional squad – here is it in alphabetical order of the last names:

Jak Alnwick, Sammy Ameobi, Vurnon Anita, Adam Armstrong, Hatem Ben Arfa, Gael Bigirimana, Adam Campbell, Jack Colback, Fabricio Coloccini, Mathieu Debuchy, Paul Dummett, Robert Elliot, Shane Ferguson, Yoan Gouffran, Jonas Gutierrez, Massadio Haidara, Tim Krul, Sylvain Marveaux, Gabriel Obertan, Ayoze Perez, Davide Santon, James Tavernier, Steven Taylor, Cheick Tiote, Michael Williamson, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.

Curtis Good is missing so we suppose they don’t  expect him to be fit by then?

And there are a lot of fringe players in that squad, and some pf those players like Jonas Gutierrez, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Shane Ferguson, James Tavernier, Hatem Ben Arfa, Sylvain Marveaux and Gabriel Obertan are expected to leave the club this summer – so even when pre-season begins there will still be a number of players who will still be leaving us.

When the tour and the two fixtures were first announced, this is what Alan Pardew had to say:

 “We are very much looking forward to being part of the Football United Tour and to training and playing at first class facilities in Dunedin and Wellington,” said Pardew.

“Football has grown impressively in both New Zealand and Australia in recent years, with some excellent players and teams coming to the fore, so the Wellington Phoenix and Sydney FC fixtures will provide a good test for our players as we prepare them for next season.”

Here is the full pre-season fixture list for Newcastle United:

DateOppositionLocationKO time
Tues 15 JulyOldhamBoundary Park, Oldham
Lost 2-1
7:30 pm
Tues 22 JulySydney FCForsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin, New Zealand
Won 4-0
7:30 pm
Sat 26 JulyWellingtom PhoenixWestpac Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand
Won 1-0
4:30 pm
Wed 30 JulySheffield WednesdayHillsborough, Sheffield
Won 1-0
7:45 pm
Sat Aug 2Malaga CFVeltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Lost 3-1
3:30 pm
Sun Aug 3Schalke 04Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Won 3-1
5:30 pm
Tues Aug 5HuddersfieldJohn Smith's Stadium, Huddersfield
Drew 2-2
7:45 pm
Sun Aug 10Real SociedadSt. James' Park, Newcastle
Won 1-0
1:30 pm

Comments welcome.

4 comments so far

  • musomag

    Jun 19, 2014 at 7:55 AM

    Comment #1

    We should go down under like a lead balloon with any senior strikers whatsoever.

  • thai-mag

    Jun 19, 2014 at 7:55 AM

    Comment #2

    we may as well had a couple of games against Gateshead and Blyth Spartans, it’s about the same level of football, but I agree with Pardew it will be a test for us because we are not far off that level ourselves

  • musomag

    Jun 19, 2014 at 7:56 AM

    Comment #3

    …without any senior strikers

  • cestriasteve

    Jun 19, 2014 at 7:59 AM

    Comment #4

    After watching the World Cup so far I’d like to ask Alan Pardew a couple of questions:

    1. Alan do you think u are a better coach than Didier Deschamps?

    2. Did you watch the France game and how the Full backs provided the attacking outlets whilst the defensive midfielders dropped back to support the centre halves, this has happened in 90% of games. Why don’t we do this?

    3. Did you see Sissoko come on in the last 20 mins of the game and dominate central midfield running box to box, why are you playing him wide right?


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