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Fabricio Coloccini Like The Great Bobby Moore

Lat night, in a rather lengthy interview Newcastle manager Alan Pardew  gave to the London Evening Standard he talked about his influential captain Fabricio Coloccini.

Bobby Moore holds the Jules Rimet Trophy aloft in 1966
That’s hat-trick hero Geoff Hurst partially shown

Fab has done a great job on the field of play for Newcastle this season, with his top performances and also with his strong if quiet leadership.

And it’s obvious that Alan is a great admirer of the Argentine, whom he named as Newcastle captain last July, after Kevin Nolan had left the club for pastures anew at West Ham.

This is what Pardew said about his captain last night:

“He is our most influential player. A classy footballer, he brings calmness, a winning mentality and a sense of order to all proceedings. He reads the game well,” 

“You can’t coach it. He might see that my left-back is in big trouble with a wide player and he’ll move closer to that area. He’ll look to read situations before they evolve.”

“Bobby Moore was probably the greatest at it but Coloccini does that for us brilliantly. Before it happens he’s extinguished it.”

Fabricio does read the game very well and anticipates the play, much like Bobby Moore did for both England and West Ham.

One thing we really liked about former England captain Bobby Moore is that the more important the game was, the better he played, and he was huge for England in the 1966 World Cup team.

That’s not what we have seen from our English players over the last several years,  where the more important the game is, the more our top players are likely to freeze in fear.

A good example of that was in the last World Cup in 2010 in South Africa – and we are hoping for a much better display from the England team in Euro 2012 in Poland and the Ukraine this summer under new manager Roy Hodgson.

Bobby Moore may have been even better in the World Cup following our first and only win in 1966, and that competition was held in Mexico in 1970.

Bobby was majestic at the back for England in that World Cup,  that ended when we were beaten by Germany in the quarter finals after we had been 2-0 up after 70 minutes.

But we didn’t have the great Gordon Banks in goal in that game, as he had gone down with a stomach virus, after reportedly drinking a dodgy bottle of lager.

But Alan Pardew gives a good comparison of how Fabricio Coloccini captains the Newcastle side, with the way the calm and majestic Bobby Moore captained England in their heyday under Alf Ramsey.

Hey, maybe Newcastle are coming into their heyday under Colo?

We certainly hope so.

Comments welcome.

15 comments so far

  • lewytoon

    May 23, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #1
  • Indian Magpie

    May 23, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #2

    Bobby moore must be quaking in his grave.

  • Indian Magpie

    May 23, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #3


  • jayphoto

    May 23, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #5

    colo is the kind of centre half that shouldn’t decline till hes about 35! His game is based on intelligence, more similarly to italian defenders, for me, he’s the best centre half i’ve seen for newcastle! I liked albert, and woodgate could have been great too, but coloccini tops them for me! Could do with a bit of pace alongside him now though

  • Indian Magpie

    May 23, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #6


    I know, but it is used as achillies heel, what i meant was goliath had a achillies heel (a weak spot). much like Gilmore groin

  • SupaToonKid

    May 23, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #7

    From Last Post:
    I’d stick a £40M price tag on him, that’d hopefully tell City where to stuff it but to be honest if Pards is targeting a run in Europe & finishing EIGTH then we might as well sell him now cos if we don’t have a good challenge for the top 4 again that’s Tiote, Cisse, Ba, Cabaye etc. all gone & then the process begins again of signing all these top players for codliver oil money.
    I really hope Pards words were twisted in that article, for sure go for cup run but in the FA Cup or Carling Cup as if we start the likes of Cabaye & Cisse in the Europa League the we’ll struggle to even finish top half. Give the young lads like Vuckic, Abeid, Sammy & Fergie games in Europe and see if we do well then maybe introduce a Demba Ba or whatever but we NEED TO SIGN 5 new players (e.g. Mbiwa, Debuchy, Siggurdson, Hoilett, Rhodes) also Amalfitano looks in the bag as Guthrie’s replacement. We’ve got two choices stick or twist; if we twist then we could be in the Champions League or Europe at least next season but if we stick we may get to the Semi-Finals of Europe and finish 12th in the Prem, what would you go for but more importantly what will NUFC go for that is the question?

  • Beattie25

    May 23, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #8

    Colo sus

    If you take of the sugar coating for a second and get to the pure facts of the statement you mist see that it is wrong.

    If you do not try and interperate what he was saying or how he might have said it you’ll see it was wrong.

    He didn’t say ‘nearly impossible’ he said ‘impossible’.

    Mancini said it 5 games from the end of the season, in the midst of a title challenge. Pardew said it on a Tuesday afternoon at the end of May.

    I hope he was taken out of context because it isn’t impossible, it’s very plausible.

    I do have moments where I am lost in tue throws of delusion but this isn’t one of them. Adding some depth to the quality should be enough to maintain a similar position next year and despite the obvious financial backing that Liverpool and Chelsea will get we can still equal them on any given day with our current team.

    Saying it’s impossible is such a closed statement leaving no room for positivity.

    It’s frightening to me that our manager has said this. He needs to clarify what is was he was saying or I shall be adamant that we will have next to nothing to cheer about this summer or next season.

    It’s not about being delusional it’s about having belief that magic can happen and my pride, confidence and positivty have been shattered.

  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    May 23, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #9

    http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/sport/football/premiership/newcastle-sign-french-star-romain-amalfitano-16162625.html p.s what guys do you think about Djouru from Arsenal, should we make a bid for him?

  • tarie4

    May 23, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #10


    spot on mate, we just need a pacy CH to play alongside him, and we will be sorted, a partnership of collo and mbiwa, mbiwa and Saylor, Saylor and collo, add Williamson, that young CH from France (forgot the lads name) and streets as back up and we are sorted in the that department me thinks..

  • Beattie25

    May 23, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #11

    Whilst I’m on one when Pards says he is going to be honest with the fans why doesn’t he come out and tell us what to expect in the transfer Market?!

    Can we expect to see 1 or 2 freebies and cheap players and/or some 4 million plus signings or are do we have nothing to spend and will look to sell before buying?!

  • Indian Magpie

    May 23, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #12

    Cristophe lowinske, he is Monica lewinki’s SON

  • alkinou

    May 23, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #13

    I’ve just went on a forum of Stade du Reims too see what their opinion was on Amalfitano. The general opinion seems to be that he’s good, particulary at set pieces but once he knew he was leaving he was completely uninterested and didn’t produce anything good.

    So most Reims supporters say he’s got an attitude problem

  • cupiddstunt

    May 23, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #14

    Beattie25 @ # 8

    You need to step back and take a breath pal as in my opinion you are reading far, far too much into the comment.

    The manager the squad and the club will be giving everything they have for a repeat of this last season’s achievements and of that I have no doubt.

    To take what he has apparently said as literally as you appear to have taken it is I think just why he said it and that is to get expectations at a realistic level.

    Yes I think we have a very good chance of being in Europe at next season’s end via league position but that is just a very good chance.

    We have four teams ahead of us who will be spending to ensure they stay ahead of us and two teams that will most definitely be spending to get back in front of us so we could end up seventh and I for one would not be overly disappointed with a seventh place next season.

    It has already been pointed out that what he says to the press is not what is said behind closed doors and the players are grown ups and talk to one another on a daily basis so they will know what the real targets are so relax and give folks breathing space you have us dead before we are born the way you are going on.

  • cupiddstunt

    May 23, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #15

    Beattie25 @ # 11

    I think he has already came out and said that we will be looking for at least one or two over and above the replacements I think that is as revealing as he needs to get in the transfers discussions.

    Or do you want him to come out and tell the world just who we are after?

    Then when we do not get one of our stated targets all the blinkered unrealistic fans start to scream like little girls.


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