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Italian Great Impressed With Newcastle Passion – They’ll Do Better

2:13 pm, Monday, June 22nd, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 14 Comments

Franco Baresi is one of the greatest defenders of all time and he played at only one club – AC Milan for 20 seasons from 1977 until he retired at the end of the 1996-1997 season, after playing a massive 719 times for Milan with 30 goals.

Franco was a central defender who often played in the sweeper role,  and he was a great reader of a game and made 82 appearances for Italy, and epitomized how good  Italian players defend.

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The great Franco Baresi today

Franco has been in the Newcastle area recently and met children in Jarrow at the Hedworthfield Community Association.

Franco also played at St James’s Park for an AC Milan side against a Newcastle Legends team for Steve Harper’s testimonial a couple of years ago – where the above photo was taken.

Franco has been interviewed today and he talked about Newcastle United and the coaching projects he is bringing to the Newcastle area:

“When we start this kind of project, Milan is really happy to be involved,” “We want to give a stronger power to this area and this project.” “Everybody knows how much passion there is in the North East and Newcastle especially.”

“Maybe Newcastle are not at the top of the Premier League, but everybody in Italy knows this is a football area.” “We wish in Italy to have this atmosphere in our stadiums – all full and everybody happy.”

“I think that Newcastle can do much better next year,” “It’s never easy to play against Liverpool, Manchester United or Chelsea.” “They have economic power, but I think in the next year Newcastle can be better.”

“This (the passion at Newcastle) is what I’m impressed about. Usually in Italy, when you don’t get a trophy, the people don’t still come to watch.” “This is a great example of the passion of the people in this area for football.”

“I really appreciate it.”

AC Milan are going through a tough period at the moment, which is unusual,  and they finished 10th in the Italian League last season and fired their manager of one season – their former great striker Filippo Inzaghi.

Filippo had a win rate of only 35% and they appointed former Sampdoria’s Serbian manager Sinisa Mihajlovic in his place.

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Franco Baresi in 1991-1992 season

We’re sure it will not be long before AC Milan are again challenging for the Italian Championship.

The passion at Newcastle has always been there, and after these last three seasons, where the team has been very poor, the fans are now hoping for an excellent summer transfer season.

That’s so we can build a good side who could even win something, and that’s the new goal of Newcastle owner Mike Ashley.

We hope that will happen – and soon too.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Newcastle News · Other News · Premier League

14 responses so far ↓

  • 1 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 22, 2015 at 2:19 PM

    Speaking like a captain already

  • 2 Graeme // Jun 22, 2015 at 2:19 PM

    Who will be the least bit shocked to find he has recruited 3 or 4 gems in a few years time, from right under the noses of NUFC??

  • 3 jayphoto // Jun 22, 2015 at 2:20 PM

    Franco fancy an assistant managers job??
    Saying that he’s probably even at his age a better defender than willo and colo! Probably quicker also!
    Remember watching the 80’s/90’s Milan teams on channel 4 on a sunday morning when I was young! Maldini, Costacurta, Papin, weah etc! The flares in the san siro, the red and black kit! Milan will always be of magical nostalgic football clubs for me!
    Whats his link with Newcastle?

  • 4 welshgeordie9 // Jun 22, 2015 at 2:22 PM

    Sign him up quickly, he could be our 1st summer signing.

  • 5 welshgeordie9 // Jun 22, 2015 at 2:22 PM

    I think he’s over 25.

  • 6 jayphoto // Jun 22, 2015 at 2:23 PM

    also, not NUFC related but anyone know what Sinisa Mihajlovic is like as a manager?? Haven’t watched Italian football since the match fixing scandals! The guy was an absolute disrespectful animal as a player! Never expected him to have the temperament to manage!

  • 7 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 22, 2015 at 2:23 PM

    Did u get that Welsh? Ed emailed me back and said he’s been moderated

  • 8 welshgeordie9 // Jun 22, 2015 at 2:26 PM


    Cheers for that mate.

  • 9 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 22, 2015 at 2:27 PM

    no probs Welsh

  • 10 beermonkey // Jun 22, 2015 at 2:27 PM


    on pearce at forest
    just one mans opinion mind

  • 11 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 22, 2015 at 2:30 PM

    I have some comebacks to deal with on this blog, but your understanding of the meaning of “flappy bird” and the fact that you want to press the point takes the prize. For centuries “flappy bird” has conjured up one image. Even now there is a game for android called “flappy bird” but you won’t have it now that someone has found an alternative meaning that none of us knew about. You couldn’t make it up. If you want to run that argument, you’ll stop at nothing.

  • 12 Jib // Jun 22, 2015 at 2:33 PM

    Oh dear someone has hacked my user name

  • 13 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 22, 2015 at 2:34 PM

    Plenty of interest in Sammy

  • 14 Our Toon // Jun 22, 2015 at 2:40 PM


    Relax why you behaving like a flappy bird? You couldn’t make it up!! Anyway I’ll apologise to you in advance if I’ve caused you any offence as it’s not what I intended to do. I don’t like the name calling etc so let’s leave flapping birds where it is. As for games on Androids….i wouldn’t have a clue if it was or wasn’t buddy, last time I played a computer game was back on my Commadore 64.

    Getting back to the main topic though….do you think the 2 forest lads are good enough to waltz into our 1st team?

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