Newcastle Player Starts For France In 3-1 Defeat To Brazil

Moussa Sissoko started the game for France against Brazil last night at the Stade de France in Paris, and the powerful midfielder played 74 minutes for his country, before he was replaced by Kondogbiawho, but France lost the game 3-1.

France-v-Brazil maarch 2015

France before last night’s game in Paris
Standing in honor of those killed in Germanwings disaster

Varane put France ahead after 21 minutes and Moussa could have put France 2-0 up but goalkeeper Jefferson made a good save.

But then unanswered goals from Oscar (40 mins), Neymar (57 mins)  and Luiz Gustavo (69 mins) gave Brazil their seventh successive win since their disastrous world cup last summer.

Dunga is back in charge of the side for his second spell as the Brazil head coach.

His job is to (quickly) restore some pride to the South American side who were hammered 7-1 by Germany in the semi-finals of the World Cup last year – their biggest ever defeat in the World Cup, which they have won five times.

And the France goal was only the second they have conceded in their seven wins since the German humiliation last summer.

There was a one minute silence before the game for those lost in the Germanwings plane disaster earlier this week, which now looks like the plane was deliberately crashed in the French Alps by the co-pilot.

And it was France’s first defeat in seven games since their World Cup quarter-final loss to Germany.

As far as we can find out Moussa was not injured last night.

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53 comments so far

  • Ron Knee

    Mar 27, 2015 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #1

    Ashley’s Clown by the Everly Brothers (for older readers).

  • optimistic prime

    Mar 27, 2015 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #2

    Ron knee

    Road to nowhere, Talking heads

  • hibbit

    Mar 27, 2015 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #3

    another brick in the wall…….. pink floyd

  • martoon

    Mar 27, 2015 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #4

    Eve of destruction (Barry McGuire)

  • MrMojoRisin76

    Mar 27, 2015 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #5

    Kalopsia – Queens Of The Stone Age

  • Average_Contents

    Mar 27, 2015 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #6

    Long road to ruin – Foo Fighters

  • lesh

    Mar 27, 2015 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #7

    Haven’t a clue why we’re trawling up records but if it’s about NUFC, then the Moody Blues’ ‘Days of Future Passed’ might be appropriate to sum up Ashley’s tenure at SJP!

  • Toon-Barmy

    Mar 27, 2015 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #8

    I’m working on an article for a magazine, thought I’d share my notes and see what you guys think.

    This summer is set to be a summer of change at St. James Park.
    Not only do the magpies need a new manager but there will also be a significant number of new players needed, here’s why.

    Newcastle have eight players out of contract at the end of this season;
    Jonas Gutierrez, Ryan Taylor, Sammy Ameobi, Jak Alnwick, Remie Streete, Lubomir Satka and Adam Campbell. The loan of Facundo Ferreyra will also come to an end.

    Davide Santon has apparently triggered a clause in his loan agreement at Inter Milan. After playing ten games the deal will become permanent for around £2.9 million. This decision was supposedly made due to the fact that Santons’ contract was due to expire at the end of next season.

    With those nine players out of the door, Newcasle are left with 34 contracted players.
    Eleven of those, as was the case with Santon, are out of contract at the end of next season:

    Fabricio Coloccini, Mike Williamson, Steven Taylor, Sylvain Marveaux, Gabriel Obertan, Rob Elliot, Mehdi Abeid, Shane Ferguson, Haris Vuckic, Kevin Mbabu & Alex Gilliead.

    It seems unlikely that any of them will be offered new contracts, so Mike Ashley will undoubtedly try to unload them while they still have some value.

    That leaves the toon with the following 23 players:
    GK: Tim Krul
    GK: Karl Darlow
    GK: Freddie Woodman
    DF: Daryl Janmaat
    DF: Paul Dummett
    DF: Massadio Haidara
    DF: Jamaal Lascelles
    DF: Curtis Good
    MF: Moussa Sissoko
    MF: Siem De Jong
    MF: Remy Cabella
    MF: Cheick Tiote
    MF: Jack Colback
    MF: Vurnon Anita
    MF: Gael Bigirimana
    MF: Rolando Aarons
    MF: Olivier Kemen
    MF: Callum Roberts
    MF: Yoan Gouffran
    CF: Papiss Cisse
    CF: Ayoze Perez
    CF: Emmanuel Rivière
    CF: Adam Armstrong

    That means we could see around twenty players leave Newcastle this summer, possibly even more. Taking those players out of an already poor squad is going to have a huge impact, especially in defence, with Coloccini, Williamson, S. Taylor and Santon all likely to be gone.
    Several of the players who remain are also being linked with moves away.
    Cheick Tiote, Vurnon Anita, Emmanuel Rivière and Gael Bigirimana have hardly set the world alight in recent times, prompting speculation that they too could be out of the door.
    There will no doubt be “bigger and better” teams interested in Newcastles’ few prized assets, messers Krul, Janmaat, Sissoko, Cabella, Cisse and Ayoze Perez simply have to be retained, otherwise the Necastle hierarchy will find themselves needing to go out and buy an entire squad!

    Another thing to remember is that players such as Darlow, Woodman, Lascelles, Good, Aarons, Kemen, Roberts and Armstrong are largely untested at the top level.

    All of this equates to a whole heap of trouble, if the club doesn’t invest in at least twelve quality players they could find themselves in a very difficult situation.

  • Ron Knee

    Mar 27, 2015 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #9

    Paint It Black, – the Stones.

  • martoon

    Mar 27, 2015 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #10

    lesh @6 – Splitting hairs but wasn’ t that an Album rather than a single or a track? 🙂

  • midweek weekend

    Mar 27, 2015 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #11


    Good read that, you highlighted that it looks like we need to rebuild a complete defence, will be tricky. darlow from forest looks decent so if krul was to leave we be on, quite like lascelles too, good age could be the making of a good centre back, Curtis good also look more than good on loan at Bradford but he seems to have been injured forever now, so maybe just one proper good CB is needed.

    Aarons looks good but again injured forever now, bottom line is with so many players needing to come in plus a new head coach it’s without doubt our biggest summer in recent history if we get this wrong we could get relegated, over to you now mike dont f#@k it up

  • martoon

    Mar 27, 2015 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #12

    Toon-Barmy @7 – Good bit of research – hard to argue with any of your logic except that players like Colo may be offered, say, a years extension on their contract to help reduce the number of required players next season – not saying it will happen but it is a possibility.

  • geordie157

    Mar 27, 2015 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #13

    That was a good read.

    I think with those remaining 23, we’ll hopefully keep them all with the exception of Tiote who i think will move on if a reasonable bid comes in. Abeid will get a new deal so he’ll have Tiote’s place, then add Satka to the 23.

    The thing that stands out for me is that it’s generally quite a young inexperienced squad. Leaders are needed!

    Just shows how much is needed to get us moving back in the right direction.

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 27, 2015 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #14

    For those Francophones out there
    A video of Sissoko being interviewed,1/edf-sissoko-et-la-lecon-qu-il-faut-bien-retenir.html

  • geordie157

    Mar 27, 2015 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #15

    Green Day – Welcome to Paradise.

    The total opposite of whats going on at our club right now.

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 27, 2015 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #16

    What a dispicable bunch of people we are dealing with.

    KK proves Ashley to be a liar in court and wins 2M.

    In bed with loan sharks Wonga

    Now Derek ”you don’t know how horrible we can be ‘ ‘ LLambias running a scam North of the border with the not so famous 5 on loan.

    I think Band B once wrote about these little despots and tyrants usually come to a bad end. That day can not come quick enough

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 27, 2015 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #17

    Toon Barmy,
    You’re not allowed to repost that any more.

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 27, 2015 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #18


    good leaders and good coaches needed.

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 27, 2015 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #19


    even with relegation the slug gets the parachute payment, so even that doesn’t mean the end of the parasite.

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 27, 2015 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #20

    In the interview Sissoko says
    He loves the blog , thinks Ed is doing a cracking job , Jail for Ashley is thick as mince ,and BandB is quite fit , for a 63 year old.

  • lesh

    Mar 27, 2015 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #21


    Didn’t Sissoko express his surprise that Ed’s still tolerating the charlatans that hang around the blog?

  • lesh

    Mar 27, 2015 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #22


    Crikey, you’re on the ball! Days of Future Passed was indeed an album.

    But, if you’re gonna insist on nitpicking, how about one of the tracks – ‘Time to Get Away’ – especially selected with Ashley in mind?

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 27, 2015 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #23

    There is a Charlatans song that applies to you


  • jayphoto

    Mar 27, 2015 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #24

    Songs about NUFC? Anyone said Dire Straits – money for nothing yet?

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 27, 2015 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #25


    Would be very happy to see Colo, Willo, Obertan, Saylor, Elliot in the out tray

    and with proper coaches we could see the emergence of people like Kemen, Armstrong, Satka etc to add to the likes of Perez, Abeid and Aarons.

    Sentimentality possibly shouldn’t cloud the issue with Jonas and raylor.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Mar 27, 2015 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #26

    Jay…the great Neil Young wrote a song about Newcastle and its supporters not so long ago called ‘Walk Like a Giant’.

    Me and some of my friends
    We were gonna save the world
    We were trying to make it better
    We were ready to save the world
    But then the weather changed
    And the white got stained
    And it fell apart
    And it breaks my heart

    But think about how close we came
    I wanna walk like a giant on the land
    I wanna walk like a giant on the land

  • jayphoto

    Mar 27, 2015 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #27

    @jesper that pretty much sums the club up!
    Is there not a songs about Ashley thread? I’ve a few suggestions like 😉

  • optimistic prime

    Mar 27, 2015 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #28


    There’s one of you by Radiohead, creep

  • martoon

    Mar 27, 2015 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #29

    lesh @21 – I only know because it was one of my favourite albums ‘back in the day’ – Good riposte ‘Time to Get Away’ is an excellent track 🙂

  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 27, 2015 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #30


    IMO you pressume to much! Your ‘article’ presents a fans perspective when the past record indicates nothing will be done, no money will be spent and it is more likely that players will only be sold.

    Indeed if you add the 11 players in their final season to your potential squad list, there are 34 players making 9 expendable. All our principle players; Krul Janmaat Sissoko Tiote Cisse Perez, could be sold with a few more and there would still be a full squad of 25.

    Building up the summer as ‘make or break’ a deadline for success or any other matter of need, is miss leading and will only generate disappointment. A more acurate prediction would be to expect little, anything that is given preceeds something taken away and any player sold does not have to be replaced.

  • optimistic prime

    Mar 27, 2015 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #31

    Jay photo

    You win. money for nothing.

    That applies to Ashley and the fans paying to watch tripe!

  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 27, 2015 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #32

    Imagine how much profit Sporting will make when this kid is sold to the PL?

    Sammy should snap up the opportunity to go abroad.

  • Oldgit1

    Mar 27, 2015 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #33

    Money money money by abba comes to mind.

  • gaz 44

    Mar 27, 2015 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #34

    What I find hard to understand is even if the *illness* is hiv which I’ve heard reports how in this day and age with the medical care at matches and the second blood is seen the players asked to leave.. How can the Scottish f.a. refuse someone to play and earn a living.. No wonder Scottish football so far behind, living in the stone ages..
    Sunday league football I’d agree but not professional

  • BoyDoneGood

    Mar 27, 2015 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #35

    Toon Barmy

    That’s quite a good overview. The remaining core are sound players, many yet to reach their peak, and spending the available (?) banked profits on a modern innovative coach and those few key positions everyone keeps groaning about could – should – make NUFC a force to be reckoned with.

    There’s a lot of pessimism from most posters on this blog, suggesting that Ashley has shown a permanent lack of ambition over the last 8 years. People have very short and very selective memories. In 2012 we finished 5th – narrowly missing out on CL but qualifying for EL. Clearly we had a squad and a manager capable of success. Did Ashley react with horror at the outcome, and demonstrate this lack of ambition? No. The successful coaching staff were immediately rewarded with 8 year contracts. In the summer and January windows £24M was spent on further strengthening that squad (only £10M of which was recouped from player sales). And despite that activity, Newcastle were (for the first time in years) in the black at the end of the season.

    The bad news was the PL finish. Evidently the squad, even with reinforcement, wasn’t strong enough to handle a dozen EL games on top of a domestic season. Now it is perfectly possible that those who believe MA is content to aim for 8-10th and safe TV money are right. But they are just plain wrong to argue that there are 8 years of evidence for that view. 2011-13 disprove that.

    Personally, I’m expecting a serious and ambitious spend in the summer, but it hasn’t happened yet, so no kudos to MA until/unless it does. Meanwhile it is equally pointless to condemn the man in advance for a predicted weakening of the squad. We’ll see who’s right in a couple of months.

  • lesh

    Mar 27, 2015 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #36


    And here’s one just for you…..


  • DokToon

    Mar 27, 2015 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #37

    from last story…

    “If you don’t want go to Sunderland and play, you shouldn’t be here.”

    explain colo then…. trying to beat toonbother to that punch lol

  • toonincheek

    Mar 27, 2015 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #38

    BoyDoneGood –

    When you say “Clearly we had a squad
    and a manager capable of success

    Have to disagree – totally.

    The season we finished 5th – we overachieved and
    had a good deal of good fortune in many games.

    There is no way retaining the likes of Nolan was
    the way to improving our team.

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 27, 2015 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #39

    very good HaHa
    Have you heard him do it in that thick Manc accent ? Brill

  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 27, 2015 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #40

    Oh a musical interlude. Well here is my contribution from a Toon band – The Animals.
    The blog scumbag and the fool from the valleys should be singing this together.
    “We gotta get out of this place”.

    To you both -get off our blog you are spoiling it for others.


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