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Monday, February 20, 2006

"Matches don’t come any bigger than FA Cup quarter-finals."

F*ck was all TDH could say after seeing today's FA Cup draw. Not just Chelsea, but Chelsea away. TDH supposes that Owen and Shearer will be back by then, if Owen will deign to play in an away match. Maybe Taylor will relieve us from Bozosong's horrors. TDH would even rather see Bramble and Babayaro in central defense.

But Chelsea's little lacuna in form will probably be long over by then. At least, after last year, we know we can beat them. But to beat the odds two years in a row? Well, there's that leaked scouting report to rile up the lads....

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Newcastle Striker Watch * Vol. 971, No. 36

Now Ronaldo says he's ready to leave Real - another possible signing for the Toon. He's 29 and probably has two more good years in him. The Bucktoothed One is a bull and a good worker who usually keeps his head down. Of course, he'll probably want to bring his unique hair sensibility somewhere Champions League-ish. But Sir Bob showed that the team can jump from obscurity into the European places in a single season. Perhaps, with the right coach on board, O Fenomeno could be convinced.

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Darius Vassell Slag-a-Thon * Vol. 39287423, No. 87681

Did anyone else see Empty Vassell's lone run on Sorensen in the FA Cup yesterday? The Man Who Couldn't Score had at least 30 yards of wide open space, a beautiful green plain devoid of any biped mammals, between himself and the Villa keeper. And yet, and yet, somehow he didn't even get a shot off. Sven, please take note.

7 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think we can be a lot less fearful about going to stamford bridge than last time round. Dyer and possibly owen fit, a full-strength midfield that's had a chance to gel, and what if Titus plays as well as he did in last year's cup against Chelsea? There's a chance we can give them a game, at least. I'm sure Mr. Hitzfield will have seen the light and taken over the reigns by then as well.

As for Ronaldo and Owen up front for the Toon? Howay Freddy , get that checkbook out again...

9:17 AM  
Anonymous Dodgy said...

Here's an amusing nugget from the Opta website:

"Alan Shearer has scored more Premiership goals against Leeds than any player against any other opponent"

But Ronaldo? Methinks it might turn into another Kluivert scenario. He's a much better player than that Dutch gormless wonder. But, I can see Ronaldo becoming disenchanted and somewhat listless, especially if we failed to make Champs Lge in his first season here. Can you really see him getting excited for a season whose highlights are the mackems away?

12:17 PM  
Blogger the Maradona of Malawi said...

I'm afraid Ronaldo is about as likely to join Newcastle as Rivaldo was to join Tottenham all that time ago.

Lets be serious - fat or not, he's still one of the best strikers in the world, who would walk on to any of the other teams in the CL quarter finals, with the possible exception of Barcelona. why on earth would he join a side who aren't immediately playing in Europe, let alone the champs league? and given his bon vivant nature, wouldn't he prefer London if he did come to England?

2:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"he's still one of the best strikers in the world, who would walk on to any of the other teams in the CL quarter finals, with the possible exception of Barcelona. why on earth would he join a side who aren't immediately playing in Europe, let alone the champs league?"

You could just as easily be talking about Michael Owen there. the answer? Money. Lots of it. Freddy'll show him around a few brothels to seal the deal.

Footballers are greedy and arrogant. They want a sackful of cash and their ego massaged by 50,000 people every week (witness Ronaldo's frustration that Real fans aren't throwing themselves at his feet). Throw enough money at a player and their club, blow some smoke up his arse and he'll come your way.

I do envision a Kluivert style situation though.

4:35 PM  
Blogger the Maradona of Malawi said...

hahaha. very true.
that said, I think if he wanted an underachieving club with a sackload of cash and a history of squandering it, he'd just go back to where he came from: Inter

5:45 PM  
Blogger The American Geordie said...

Anonymous made me laugh out loud with Freddy's peregrinations.

I, too, fear a Kluivert scenario. But let's remember that the Dutchman's head was a lot further up his arse than Ronaldo's. The Brazilian's got a decent work ethic and rarely puts himself above the team. He just loves football and loves winning - you can see it when he plays. So I'd expect something a bit better if we landed him.

Still, let's face it, we're in a fantasy world here....

6:45 PM  
Blogger The American Geordie said...

PS Champions League report to come later today. Can't wait....

6:46 PM  

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