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Welcome to Newcastle – Olle Soderberg

Sweden under-17 international Soderberg joined Newcastle from BK Hacken in Sweden on the last day of the transfer window.


Olle Soderberg – Newcastle’s new 17 year-old 6’5″ goalkeeper

Olle is around 6’5″ and probably still growing and he spoke to the Official Newcastle United site after completing his move on January 31st:

“I am really looking forward to signing for Newcastle and the challenge that lies ahead.”

“There are lots of great players at this club and I hope that I can learn from the likes of Shay Given.”

Olle has penned a 4.5 year deal at the club, like most of the other youngsters brought in during January. Olle made his Newcastle debut on Saturday when Newcastle United Juniors suffered their first defeat of the year, as Sheffield United put three past Soderberg.

The 17-year-old was unable to prevent the youth team from defeat but Soderberg had a good game, and was not at fault for any of the Sheffield United goals. He also pulled off a couple of excellent saves during the game.

Newcastle United Under 18s: Soderberg, Patterson, Lough, Taylor, Grieve, Wrightson, Marwood. Leadbitter, Donaldson, Neary (Bath, 54m), McCrudden
Subs not used: Inmann, Ameobi, Cook

Soderberg’s favourite player is Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, who of course played at St. James’ Park in pre season last year.

We welcome Olle to Newcastle United and wish him all the best in his career on Tyne-side.

This is the last of our articles introducing the youngsters brought to the club in January.

However, we have been asked by readers to continue our focus on youth, and spotlight the five youngsters – with an asterick next to their name- already at the club, in this list of the top 10 teenagers currently at Newcastle United.

Player     	   Age  Position  Nationality

Ole Soderburg      17      G      Sweden
Tamas Kadar        17      CB     Hungary
Ben Tozer    	   17      LB     England
Kazenga Lua Lua *  17      M      DR Congo
Fabio Zamblera     17      S      Italy
Wesley Baheng      18      S      France
Mark Doninger *    18      M      England
Andrew Carroll *   19      S      England
Tim Krul  *	   19      G      Holland
Fraser Forster *   19      G      England

Comments very welcome.

12 comments so far

  • nomis_jade

    Feb 11, 2008 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #1

    Lets hope some of these youngsters come good. We have to be looking to the future and for me that also includes the manager. We must keep keegan for r a good 3 years or so, cos that is where our problem has been.

  • Edd Case

    Feb 11, 2008 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #2

    17 years old and 6’5″!!! Crikey, what have his parents been feeding him?!

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 11, 2008 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #3

    ye that s pretty tall but my mate is 6ft 7 and hes 17. Along with another mate who 6ft 5.

  • steve

    Feb 11, 2008 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #4

    Stick em all in the first team straight away – doubt they can do any worse than our current lot!

  • nufctj

    Feb 11, 2008 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #5

    what a sod!

    couldn’t resist

  • Stamford Toon

    Feb 11, 2008 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #6

    Weger has never been afraid to play 17/18yr olds at the top level, so why not blood some of ours in the first team squad.

  • Leo*

    Feb 11, 2008 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #7

    beat this, i had a mate who i met when i joined year 9 he was almost 7 foot tall…

  • Leo*

    Feb 11, 2008 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #8

    im sure that age would make him about 14ish

  • Gordon

    Feb 11, 2008 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #9

    HAHAHA Ameobi on the bench for the reserves!

  • Gordon

    Feb 11, 2008 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #10

    Troisi should be in there! He looks very promising…

  • Bill F

    Feb 11, 2008 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #11

    Looks a bit like Smeichel, hope he is as good. Should be able to dominate the box at least.

  • R.c

    Mar 10, 2008 at 11:45 PM

    Comment #12

    I was Ole Söderberg´coach for a season and he is the most talented player i ever seen. I think you will see him in the firstline in 3 years. Trust me. He is the best keeper in sweden at his age and a verry nice guy.

    Good luck Ole and keep your head up!


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