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Keegan – Claudio Held It All Together For Us

Claudio Cacapa is an experienced player who didn’t have a particularly good time of it last season in the Premier league.


Claudio Cacapa – held it together for Newcastle in first half

Newcastle manager has spoken about Cacapa for perhaps the first time and has said he sees him as an important figure for Newcastle United.

One thing we are noticing is that a lot of players that were already here, when Keegan arrived last January, suddenly so much better under the guidance of Kevin.

That’s due to a couple of things, one is that Kevin can instill confidence in any player, and he also lets them know each one is an important cog in the new Newcastle machine.

The central defender, who can also play at right back, made his first start since last February in Saturday’s 4-1 win over Hartlepool United at Victoria Park.

Cacapa seems to be a little  suspect to injuries and he had a hamstring problem problem that kept him out until he was able to  make his comeback against Everton as a substitute on the final day of last season.

Keegan  believes the 32-year-old former Brazilian international (4 caps) still has a lot to offer, given his wide experience at the top level with Olympique Lyonnais, and his undoubted leadership abilities.

Some times last season Claudio really looked the part and then on other occasions , like against Portsmouth, he looked hopeless.

Keegan told the Shields Gazette today:

“Claudio’s very important,”  “He’s a good man around the place, and another one who has worked very hard in pre-season.”

“He hasn’t played for a long time, but he’s clever. He’s been round the block a few times in terms of his experience at Lyon.”

“I thought in the first half, when we were a little bit under the cosh because Hartlepool started off so well.”

” I thought he was the one who just held it all together for us.”

It was noticeable on Saturday that left back Jose Enrique has slimmed down quite a bit over the summer, and it would be interesting to know how much weight he has lost.

It also appears that Viduka has lost weight, and we’re sure that’s under orders directly from the gaffer.

Finally on Claudio Cacapa, we think and hope he can do a good job for the team this season, but he must become more consistent.

Comments welcome.

79 comments so far

  • Tom_Toon

    Jul 21, 2008 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #1

    Far better than ‘Tayls’ – God that nickname annoys the hell outta me.

  • Ever seen a mackem in Milan?

    Jul 21, 2008 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #2

    I think him and Faye are our best CB pairing. Taylor does make more mistakes and everyone should get thier chance to shine under Keegan.

  • Ever seen a mackem in Milan?

    Jul 21, 2008 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #3

    Tom_Toon see you agree with me on Taylor 😉

  • Tom_Toon

    Jul 21, 2008 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #4

    Or you agree with me, me you and spyro have been saying he is poor for a long long time.

  • Ericles

    Jul 21, 2008 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #5

    I thought Taylor worked for the Chronicle? or at least he’s trying to.

  • Ever seen a mackem in Milan?

    Jul 21, 2008 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #6

    Not many people commenting on here 🙁 Know any good young players i could buy for a football game Tom_Toon? 😉

  • Ever seen a mackem in Milan?

    Jul 21, 2008 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #7

    Be better than Anal Oliver and will keep him off the pitch.

  • goochy23

    Jul 21, 2008 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #8

    i fink is gota be faye firstly then wil c, him and taylor bulit up and understanding when keegan came in and i beleievd they luked solid together.

    also i fink alot will depend on the dm, butt a fantastic pro but more of a midfielder who likes to get up the field aswel as defend.

  • Ericles

    Jul 21, 2008 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #9

    According to the BBC site the Russian Press are saying Spurs are bidding some 15 million for Arshavin. If that is the case NUFC could nip in quick with a bit more. It seems other big teams are not pursuing him, so surely we could screw Spurs on this one? Looks like Spurs are selling 4 players to the Mackems after all – including “Earthquake” Kaboul and Pascal Chumley Bumley.

  • ToonKing

    Jul 21, 2008 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #10

    Cacapa was good in most of the games last season, got a lot of undeserved flack for that dreadfull Pompey game.

    he’s gonna be an important member the coming season. Him and Faye may be a little slow pair, but as a few others i too think that right now thats our best CB pair.

  • broon ale

    Jul 21, 2008 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #11

    unconvinced about cacapa. there was other games besides the pompey game where he looked embarrasing.

  • Ever seen a mackem in Milan?

    Jul 21, 2008 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #12

    As did most of the team. He might have been the buggest culprit but it doesnt mean it was all his fault.

  • Dips

    Jul 21, 2008 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #13

    Ever seen a mackem in Milan? // Jul 21, 2008 at 14:10

    Not many people commenting on here Know any good young players i could buy for a football game Tom_Toon?

    For which game? Pro evolution soccer 2008, FIFA 2008 or FM2008?

  • Steve T

    Jul 21, 2008 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #14

    Agree with broon ale, Cacapa had too many games where he looked out his depth. Taylor’s only 22 and will improve as long as he plays

  • indian toon

    Jul 21, 2008 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #15



  • Ever seen a mackem in Milan?

    Jul 21, 2008 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #16

    Dips any will do 😀 mostly fifa and fm 2008

  • Liam

    Jul 21, 2008 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #17

    how have you seen that enrique has slimmed down i watched some clips from the game and i couldnt see him, maybe he has slimmed down an aweful lot lol

  • Spyro

    Jul 21, 2008 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #18

    FINALLY! KK clearly rates him so i am happy. You could see his confidence was badly affected after the pompey game as the media relentlessly ripped into him. I want to see a confident CB in Cacapa this yr, much like the one we saw at the beginning of last season

    well done Ed for the article

  • broon ale

    Jul 21, 2008 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #19

    cacapa had that uneasy technique which made me nervous whenever the ball went near him.

    bramble give me similar nerves.

  • Carr is shite

    Jul 21, 2008 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #20

    Is there any truth in reports that warnock will be a newcastle player by friday? I seriously doubt it as there are no quotes that suggest it.

  • Spyro

    Jul 21, 2008 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #21

    broon i have that feeling everytime the ball goes near taylor myself

  • Alex

    Jul 21, 2008 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #22

    I think cacapa is far to slow for the prem , he may have won a lot of titles in his time in France and in his prime was a great defender but he moved to the premiership a couple of years to late.That said KK seems to rate him so i hope i am going to look stupid criticising him come the end of the season.

  • chuck

    Jul 21, 2008 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #23

    CACAPA, smart but really lacks pace , a major drawback in the PL.
    Good sub. for late in the game, not a starter.

  • gorskino10

    Jul 21, 2008 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #24

    Is he trying to tell every crap player hes good, started with Geremi now Duff,Viduka and Cacapa

    *Geremi past it
    *Viduka past it and for a striker he does not score enough for his lack of workrate towards the team.
    *Duff he looks fitter but lets see with injuries as he so prone to em its ridiculous
    *Cacapa, times have changed now in defence you need to be TALL,STRONG,FAST, he doesnt have any and all i need to back this up is VS Pompy

    Tommorow it will be about Barton being a role model to all youngsters :),so KK stop talking to press as you have been doing it alot in past few days just stay silent and work on bringing players in.

  • figsdad

    Jul 21, 2008 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #25

    still want another center back in the summer..

    maybe enrique lost some weight thinking he can move better up and down the wings
    next season..

    he did look on the chunky side last season.

  • One Foot Wonders F.C.

    Jul 21, 2008 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #26

    Didn’t Cacapa miss out on pre season last year too?

    If I remember correctly we signed him about the beginning of Aug and he had been a free agent since the end of the season ‘lapping’ it up in Brazil. He’s got undoubted class, I’ll never forget that tackle he did against ‘boro… timed it to perfection and saved a certain goal.

    I think this season players like Cacapa, Duff, Geremi and even Smith could play an important roll for us. Smith just needs to score one goal again and do the training that strikers do.

    At the very least he’ll be a good bench warmer and should strengthen the reserve team to help out the kids coming through. He could show them 101 ways to get a yellow card so as not to do them!

    We obviously can’t sell and buy a whole new squad or even 8-10 players in one transfer window. So lets hope the guys who were a bit of a miss last season for whatever reason stand up and be counted this season fully fit and full of confidence.

    I really don’t think we have to make the huge changes that everyone seems to be craving. 2 or 3 more ‘high end’ signings and give some of the younsters the odd run out or bench spot and we have a fair chance to be where we realistically aim to be.

  • gorskino10

    Jul 21, 2008 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #27

    Jose did a little, but all when he was playing one of his first games he was amazing at picking out throught overhead ball for Martins it worked really well all he needs to improve on pace and defending as if Charles is LW he will come back being used to play LB so that side will be amazing.

  • Spyro

    Jul 21, 2008 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #28


    “…times have changed now in defence you need to be TALL,STRONG,FAST…”

    I guess you dont rate Taylor then

  • Davies

    Jul 21, 2008 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #29

    Agree with Chuck, he’s got a lot of quality, but I don’t think he’s got the legs for 90 minutes. He’s saved our skins a few times when “Tayls” was nowhere to be seen. Probably of talking to the press somewhere.

    Does anybody else here hate NU Mad?

    I’m just looking at all of their headlines on the Newsnow site and they’re all horrendous sh*t stirring efforst like you get in the mail or the sun.

    They are very negative about every single thing, including an article based on Keegan’s comment that he thinks Zog wants to stay. Their headline is “Charlie boy gets Keegan silent treatment”.

    The guy who runs the site emailed me a while ago saying words the effect of; you can’t please everyone, but surely they are just taking everything our of context. They were one of the only sites that published an article about KK being one of the favourites for the chop next season.

    Does this sound like a Newcastle supporters site to you, or a bunch of dickhead journos with nothing better to do than slate their own club. Perhaps they’re mackems.

    The bloke was banging on about going to matches in Europe and accting as if this made him in some way a better supporter than me. At least I’m not publishing articles that basically slag NUFC off, or misinterpret everything the players, manager and owner have to say.

    God I hate that site. It makes me sick. I love this site though. Thanks again Ed, for just being you.

  • Will

    Jul 21, 2008 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #30

    “Far better than ‘Tayls’ – God that nickname annoys the hell outta me.” – Tayls is so crap as a nickname.

  • figsdad

    Jul 21, 2008 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #31

    well its all about helping out..

    But i think Duff will play more on the left and Spiderman on the right,,

    But i think zoggy could play in the middle with either milner Or guthrie..

    Maybe Butt may get selected games as he’s not getting any younger..

  • Spyro

    Jul 21, 2008 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #32

    @ figsdad

    i personally feel Butt would be a fantastic sub to bring on when we need to defend a lead. Better than Smith anyway. I dont think Butt will be able to hack 90mins next season, but would be amazing in short stints. Also, he only takes away from our creative side, so he is perfect for when we just want to break up the play.

    Our midfield should be IMO


    and when we need to defend a lead, sub a striker and bring on Butt to make our midfield really compact


    IMO that would be a tremendous battling midfield when we need to kill a game off.

    actually, thinking about it, it is quite a creative midfield aswell.

  • DC Magpie

    Jul 21, 2008 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #33


    How about a community-based player ratings section after each game?

  • Dips

    Jul 21, 2008 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #34

    Sorry for the delay, here’s the FM players:


    As for FIFA, i’m not really sure apart from the obvious candidates.

  • Ever seen a mackem in Milan?

    Jul 21, 2008 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #35

    I think we will have a AM brought in so Barton wont be there until he gets out of the clink and match fit again.

  • Ever seen a mackem in Milan?

    Jul 21, 2008 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #36

    Thanks Dips

  • Incognito

    Jul 21, 2008 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #37

    Ericles // Jul 21, 2008 at 14:08

    I thought Taylor worked for the Chronicle? or at least he’s trying to.

    lol – or he works ‘privately’ for Oliver.

    On topic: It’s good to see Cacapa get his recognition. Some corners of NUFC supporters have tried to label him the new Bramble – which is incredibly harsh considering it was his first season. Cacapa looks a very, very solid player.

  • goochy23

    Jul 21, 2008 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #38

    is everyone assuming were goin bck to 4 4 2 to be honest when we had the 3 upfont i fort we luked alot more solid defending and more of a threat goin forward?

    in honesty tho i finks its more about the personell we have available for us

  • Spyro

    Jul 21, 2008 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #39

    @ Mackem in Milan?

    oh yeah good point, damn! i really wish joey could get a good pre season under his belt

  • neblexa

    Jul 21, 2008 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #40

    If hes telling so called “crap” players that their good and they are responding in the same way geremi has, may this continue.

    As for viduka being shite, i assume this person doesnt watch alot of football. Lazy, fat perhaps, but he certainly isnt shite. His presence was absolutely vital in our run in for survival last season.

    If he can inspire duff into the form he’s previously shown im all for it. All the players previously labled as “shite” have all proven themselves elsewhere. If keegan can bring the best out of them he will.


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