Newcastle’s World Cup Legend Speaks Out


We are kidding only a little bit, when we call Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul a World Cup legend, even though he only played a minute or so in normal time for Holland at the World Cup in Brazil, but his penalty shoot-out heroics for Holland against Costa Rica in the quarter finals was big news around the world,  and it allowed Holland to reach the semi-finals.

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This second save meant Holland were through to the semi-finals
Tim Krul was the hero


Tim is the only goalkeeper to ever be brought on in the World Cup specifically for a penalty shoot out, and he saved two penalties in magnificent style against Costa Rica, and went the right way for every single penalty.

This is what Tim has said today on the Newcastle web-site:

“I didn’t think manager Louis van Gaal would change a winning team so I was just grafting away at training, day in, day out, to try and put the pressure on,”

“Then that moment came.” “Before we went to the stadium, the goalkeeping coach pulled me over and told me there was a big chance I would be used if it went to penalties.”

“At the time I thought it would never happen but as the game went on and we missed chances, I started to get itchy. Then, when the moment came, it was the best ten minutes of my life, other than my daughter being born.”

“It was something truly surreal and something I will never forget.” “It gave me a taste of the biggest stage and that moment will now push me even further than I have ever been in my career so far.”

“I can’t wait for the season to start now because I really want to get back out there and feel that high again.” “It’s what you dream of as a little boy, to go to the World Cup, and the experience didn’t disappoint”

” It was amazing,” “We surprised everybody. Before we went, people were asking what we were going to do there and would we even make it out of the group.”

“So to start by beating Spain – the champions – 5-1 was massive and gave everybody a huge lift and the confidence to push on, which we did.”

“We had a fantastic group together, amazing morale, and the mix of experience and young lads worked really well.”

Lois van Gaal did very well for Holland in Brazil, after having  a poor spell as the Dutch manager back in 2000-2002, and it has Manchester United fans thinking what he can do for the Red Devils this season.

Tim Krul is an important part of the Newcastle United side, and the 26 year-old goalkeeper certainly seems to be inspired by his history making heroics in Brazil.

Bow we are now going to be disappointed if he doesn’t save penalties for Newcastle this season. 😀

Comments welcome.

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145 comments so far

  • Slank

    Aug 2, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #1

    REPOST

    Markaccus

    I will have to look into the tea leaves for a more accurate prediction.

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  • jazzyp

    Aug 2, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #2

    Looking forward to the game today. Hopefully the team will start to take shape this weekend with the introduction of a few more 1st teamers.
    A certain Cabella will im sure be a much anticipated player to watch out for. Sissoko on his return as well as I still think he will be a big player for us.
    Be nice to come away from this weekend with a trophy to start the new season on the right foot for a change

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  • HoboToon

    Aug 2, 2014 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #3

    Hey lads! First time poster but long time reader… As for krul, would not be surprised to see him have a great season this year if he can avoid injuries… Still think forster sale was a mistake tbh

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  • Markaccus

    Aug 2, 2014 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #4

    Slank

    i often have a coffee in the morning. Is it possible to read latte foam? 😀

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  • deeps

    Aug 2, 2014 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #5

    Today we are gonna be playing against a solid mid table la liga team in malaga ..probably our first real test of the season..

    Guys predictions pls??

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  • yorkshireToon

    Aug 2, 2014 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #6

    Lads I know there’s a lot of doom and gloom about the striker hunt at the minute with me included, but I honestly think we could break the top 6 again if cisse gets back to form. I know it’s unlikely but you can’t help but smile watching this!

    http://youtu.be/Uucjvstiavw

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  • HoboToon

    Aug 2, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #7

    Deeps
    3-1 to the toon!
    Cabella and siem to get on the score sheet too

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  • Markaccus

    Aug 2, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #8

    Jazzy

    i think in a way its good that we will see cabella without De Jong. There will be games during the season where one will not be available for whatever reason, and we need to know if cabella can cope with the creative burden on his own. We know sdj can. It will also be interesting to see how the back 4 shapes up, given this mornings debates 😀

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  • Slank

    Aug 2, 2014 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #9

    Markaccus

    Decaf or ordinary ?

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  • Markaccus

    Aug 2, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #10

    Slank

    Ordinary of course!

    What do you take me for? Some kind of Heretic!?

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  • Markaccus

    Aug 2, 2014 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #11

    Deeps

    A close win. 2-1 toon. I think cabella will probably start as the amf/no.10 with goofy and socks either side.

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  • jazzyp

    Aug 2, 2014 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #12

    Markaccus

    personally mate I have been really impressed with Colo at the back. he has looked back to being fit again and really assured. Colo’s composure is a much needed plus point across the back line as we seemed to panic far to often last term when under pressure.
    I would love for you to be right pal regarding Mym,As it would be a much needed bonus

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  • croftus5678

    Aug 2, 2014 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #13

    yep 1st chance to see janmaat and cabella today 🙂

    hope they as good as the rest of our new boys as they all doing awsome so far.

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  • JoeCraftyBell

    Aug 2, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #14

    Hope there’s some links for the match tonight lol

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  • martoon

    Aug 2, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #15

    I think pardew will have to play two different teams with senior players split between the two hence it might bd difficult to draw any conclusions until the full team starts together including De Jong.

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  • jazzyp

    Aug 2, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #16

    Being active in the transfer market has not been one of Newcastle’s main priorities, with the club tending to spend decent amounts of money in a single transfer window before taking a sporadic approach for a number of years. Pardew has already issued a statement of real intent by bringing in no less than seven players into the squad who carry the potential to take Newcastle to the next level.

    The impressive calibre of players that have arrived at St. James’ Park has created hope and anticipation for the Toon Army ahead of the upcoming season that they could potentially produce great things. An influx of new arrivals have also improved Newcastle’s odds of enjoying success, with the current Premier League odds reflecting their status as a top ten club who have enough at their disposal to have an excellent season.

    New signings

    Within the Financial Fair Play era Newcastle have showed real intent in this summer’s transfer window by bringing in a number of quality players that the fans have been crying out for. It shows a radical change in direction by Mike Ashley who has been seemingly reluctant to back Pardew with considerable transfer funds in the past, but has loosened the purse strings to welcome in some top quality additions. They have shortened Newcastle’s odds of finishing in the top 10 to 7/5, with 9/1 illustrating how far away they could, and should, be from facing a relegation battle.

    Signing Remy Cabella for £7 million could turn out to be the signing of the summer, with the French winger finally signing for Newcastle after breaking Montpellier’s long resistance to hold onto their prized asset.

    The arrival of Siem De Jong from Ajax equally stands out as an excellent signing that provides Papiss Cisse with a much-needed strike partner, with Emmanuel Riviere also adding more firepower upfront.

    Snatching out-of-contract Jack Colback from arch rivals Sunderland illustrates the dominant position Newcastle hold in the North East, with the midfielder bringing dynamism, energy and an impressive work-rate to the club. Although the departure of Mathieu Debuchy to Arsenal is a blow, replacing him with World Cup star Daryl Janmaat represents more excellent business from Ashley and Pardew.

    Is Europe on the cards?

    Despite the departure of star loanee Loic Remy, the club has enough quality at its disposal to mount a serious challenge for a European spot.

    This belief has been considerably enhanced by the plethora of top quality signings that have arrived at St. James’ Park which not only promise to entertain Newcastle fans, but also provide them with the success that they deserve for their wonderfully loyal support. Although finishing in the top four may be a stretch too far at 66/1, there is every chance that Newcastle could enjoy an excellent season in the Premier League and domestic cup competitions.

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  • Slank

    Aug 2, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #17

    Yorkshire

    I don’t think it’s doom and gloom.

    Getting a good striker is probably the hardest position to fill especially when a club has a budget and we are no exception.

    I think (or I’d like to think) that many on here, but by no means all, realise that there are not that many good strikers available for realistic prices.

    It would appear that Remy’s demands have put off Arsenal, Liverpool and now us. Everton have pushed the boat out for Lukako but if he gets injured who do they fall back upon. It’s a big gamble.

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  • HoboToon

    Aug 2, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #18

    Yorkshire
    If cisse is going to get back that kind of form it has to be this season, siem and cabella will give him something we did not have last season, service…

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  • jazzyp

    Aug 2, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #19

    Joe craftybell

    Quest channel 167 mate- 2.15pm

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  • Ethiotoon

    Aug 2, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #20

    Yup the malaga and the schalke games are the real test for the lads jazy.Tim and musa expected to burst high this season,
    If Ben stays, he should play as false striker
    along side cisse and Reviere IMO,as he tend to be more effective in that position..
    If we get good result in this tournament,
    Our shape perfectly amended..

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  • Slank

    Aug 2, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #21

    Markaccus

    Righty-ho then.

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  • jazzyp

    Aug 2, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #22

    Martoon

    Agree pal but will be nice to see how the new lads have intergrated into the squad. And im sure we are all looking forward to Cabella showing us what the fuss is all about.
    You at the first game against City mate.Ya in Milburn aren’t you buddy

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  • HoboToon

    Aug 2, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #23

    About this fereyra guy… Does he remind anyone of milito? Strong, tall but still a decent amount of pace? Might just be the carrol replacement P45DUE so desperately craves for… Just no hoofball for gods sake

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  • Slank

    Aug 2, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #24

    Jazzp @ 10

    I understand that Colo returned early from his summer holidays and started training before anyone else.

    Rumour has it that Obertan did too. MYM looked much fitter too and by all accounts he was doing his best to get fit before training.

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  • Tinman

    Aug 2, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #25

    Schalke tournament being broadcast on free tv channel QUEST (Sky channel 167). Never heard of football being televised on such a strange channel? Keen to watch Cabella-ella-ella-a-a-a though.

    Nice words from Tiote, nice words from Krul. Two of our key players. Heres to hoping they have a great season!

    Interesting on Mbiwa. Could Pardew be seeing more in training than we are seeing on the pitch? Always said the lad has great potential and I always hope he can show glimpses of that, but until now he has looked a bit headless. Lets see if Pards can work some of that man management magic 😉

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  • JoeCraftyBell

    Aug 2, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #26

    Jazzyp thanks mate

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  • croftus5678

    Aug 2, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #27

    my view on mym is;

    i’ not going to go back on what i said because of one good review with pards no matter how much i really want mbiwa to save my embarasment by wanting us to sign him so badly.
    he’s got all the attributes and should be our best cb but he makes far far too many mistakes with his hands all over players dragging them back or fouling them that imho i’d pick saylor over him.
    even lately i dont see anything improving but again i do hope he can turn it round.

    agree colo in pre season has been our perfect cb and without doubt our 1st choice but i’d put our best cb of last season imo williamson with him.

    spend 10-20mil on some young wc cb’s

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  • jazzyp

    Aug 2, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #28

    Soccer Sauce
    ?@soccer_sauce Hearing more positive things regarding Remy to #NUFC this morning.We understand second meeting is on the cards between club & player. #QPR

    Believe what you will lads regarding this saga. I just cannot believe he would choose to stay at Qpr and fight another relegation battle rather than come to us

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  • martoon

    Aug 2, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #29

    Jazzyp yes I’ll be there I’m actually in the sports bar because Mrs.martoon likes her comfort 🙂 We’re also going to the friendly and trying out the platinum club as they were the same price as normal seats

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  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 2, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #30

    from T.O.T.T

    Oh The Irony Pardew

    In a statement as ironic they come, Alan Pardew spoke to the media and said that Hatem Ben Arfa isn`t producing the required professionalism and commitment to play for Newcastle United.

    This coming from a bloke who’s list of unprofessional acts beggars belief as to why he’s still employed here but what the heck.

    For all of Ben Arfa’s ‘misdemeanours’, he’s been fined for being overweight, although Ben Arfa’s camp denies this, plus been frozen out for various games and training sessions in moves just out of the downright petty camp.

    Pardew just shows he has an ego problem when dealing with certain players and can’t provide the width that he’s had on more than one occasion for his stepping out of line.

    Pardew says Ben Arfa must show more commitment to the club if he is to regain his place, whatever that means, although at a guess id say it’s because Ben Arfa wants to attack and Pardew just wants him to help out in defence.

    We’ve seen it on many occasions due to Pardew’s lack of tactical nous that as soon as we go a goal in front or are leading into the second half, his instinct is to hold onto what we have, rather than add to it by using the attack. A new manager would solve this problem but not under Ashley’s money seeking tenure.

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  • Rake

    Aug 2, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #31

    When the rumors circulated that Colo was leaving was it not because Pardew sided with Ben Arfa over an arguement? or something similar. Is it any surprise that with Ben Arfa’s omission that we are seeing the best of Colo again?

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  • jazzyp

    Aug 2, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #32

    Slank

    As I said earlier mate Colo When fully fit is by far our best CB at the club. And has looked so Relaxed at the back pre season which I think gives the rest of the back line that re assurance they are looking for.
    I hope Hadaira will get the left back spot this season as well as I do believe he could be a future star for us

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  • cyprus

    Aug 2, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #33

    So, HBA’s agent fights back. When will this matter be put to rest? Last (really Cyprus?) comment on this. We, the fans, can’t lose here. a) By December we are doing so poorly that AP is unceremoniously kicked out. HBA is reinstated and, under our brilliant, attacking-minded new coach, we go on to climb up to top 6. b) With all these new signings, we do well, despite AP or because of AP (I don’t care). HBA moves on to AC Milan and sets that league alight. Everyone’s happy 🙂

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  • JoeCraftyBell

    Aug 2, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #34

    So do we think Cabella and janmatt will get a run out tonight? Hope so was hoping to see a bit more of Cabella in the World Cup but he never really got many chances lol

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  • Tinman

    Aug 2, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #35

    Croftus, good chance to see Mapou against some decent opposition today in Malaga. Pretty sure he will play most of the game hopefully at CB. Got a feeling the lads will be really tested this weekend over in Germany

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  • beermonkey

    Aug 2, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #36

    slank

    there were a few that came back early sammi and dummet were another 2

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  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 2, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #37

    croftus

    twice I’ve seen MYM show a player inside which has resulted in one goal and nearly another. However, isn’t it surely up to the coaches to rectify these type of errors.

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  • jazzyp

    Aug 2, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #38

    Martoon

    Lol we are in the Platinum row ll above the entrance tunnel into the seating area. But have tried the Milburn paddock for the first home game of the season

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  • Ethiotoon

    Aug 2, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #39

    Why is any club didn’t try to sign Clement Grenier yet ?

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  • lesh

    Aug 2, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #40

    Probably posted earlier but
    today’s match’s on UK TV – Freeview Quest, channel 37

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