Destination: Stadium of Light in the last 8 of Europe

Cisse smash!Papiss Cisse once again stole the show as his last gasp header – from another Sylvo Marveux assist – sent Newcastle United into the quarter finals of the Europa Cup. Cisse proceeded to show a lot of emotion as he did a Ketsbaia and gave the advertising boards a good kicking as the St James’ Park faithful began to believe that maybe…just maybe….the wait for a major honour could be over.

Hopefully the title of this article will also get it on Sunderland’s newsnow who only have the prospect of survival this season rather than getting into Yewrup. Benfica’s stadium is called Stadio de la Luz for those that don’t know, which literally translates as The Stadium of Light. Unlike the one in England, fans go to watch their local team there in their numbers.

That wait has been since 1969 when we won the Fairs Cup, so it would be fitting that we end that drought with the latest version of that trophy. There are no easy games in the last 8 of this competition, with every team left in having beat strong opposition to get here and teams like Chelsea – the current European champions – are still in the competition.

I believe that it doesn’t matter who is left in though and who we draw, as Newcastle in Europe and ties like this at St James’ are a completely different prospect to domestic games. There is something a bit more magical when the Toon rock into Europe and we can give anyone a game, the bigger the team the better we usually perform too!

There is an absence of a match report I see, no doubt as our blogmaster is earning the pennies and I can’t help you on that one as I was in the pub and only remember 15 seconds of the game, despite having watched it all. No doubt we have all discussed it, praised Cisse and are now looking to Wigan at the weekend.

Couple of subject I am interested t hear from you all on though. The draw against Benfica and Cisse.

Cisse is usually all smiles after a goal, that’s his personality to a tee so why the mega aggressive celebration? Seemed very out of character and although I personally don’t try to read too much into it I am interested t hear what you all think. Also, is he back to goalscoring ways? Was it all about the service and now we have someone on the wing who can cross a ball he is back?

Talking about crossing a ball, Jonas had a great game in centre midfield on Thursday where this is not really needed from him!

Are we happy with Benfica? Good side and they are top of their league but only marginally. This could be an advantage as they may focus on winning that more than the Europa?

My final thought is that Rio Ferdinand getting into the England squad over Steven Taylor is a disgrace. Not to fussed though as prefer him fit for us but real shame on the lad who has been easily in the top 3 defenders in England the past month, if not the best.

What are your thoughts…?

198 thoughts on “Destination: Stadium of Light in the last 8 of Europe

  1. Does nee one know what a crouton is like?!

    Back on footy for a second and a win tomorrow would put us safe I think – I don’t see Wigan making up the 12 points we’d be ahead or Reading and QPR making up the points they’d need to catch us either – but that’s just my opinion like.

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  2. Sharpy @ 146 – I agree. You’re wasting your time trying to judge whether one manager has outfoxed another. I don’t know how anyone can say it. You can judge how well your own team are playing good, free flowing, confident football, however. That’s how I judge a manager.

    MM mentions chelsea, but was that a deliberate game plan or did it just look like one? If it was one, were the teams mismatched in that Munich were so much better than chelsea on paper that chelsea had very little choice but to close ranks? I just think it’s too easy to say in hindsight that the manager of the team that won outwitted the manager of the team that lost, and is particularly tempting to do when the game follows a certain pattern. What happened to that foxy chelsea manager btw?

    I think our team is as good, if not better than, Anzhi’s and we were at home. But we were forced back. It wasn’t a game plan. It certainly got no better when they went down to ten men. What won it for us came from an inch perfect pass from a man getting his first full start for some time, despite some people not being able to fathom out how he was ever dropped.

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  3. SHARPY17
    <<<<<<<<<<<, thinks we will win tomorrow, after last season result i think the teams got something to prove tomorrow

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  4. TAE @ 149. I have to put up with the Pards love in, fella. He’s such a foxy guy, in it! All the pardophiles seem to want to avoid the question @ 148! 😯

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  5. @ BLACKLEY & BROWNLIE
    fact toons won 4 of the last 6 premier games
    fact toons in the euro cup quater finals for the 1st time since 2005
    fact toons never played there complete 1st team this season
    fact toons been with out 1 of there best players most of the season in afra
    fact toons woefull injure list
    so taking all that into account what ya moaning about

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  6. B&B – I think primarily a manager should be judged on his win, loose or draw stats to be fair.
    A team can play free flowing, confident football and still get beat week in week out. For me it’s about winning games and picking up points.
    If only KK had have thrown a bit more caution to the wind with season we lost our 12 point lead over Man U it could have been a much different story. The ‘entertainers’ were one of the most exciting teams to grace the PL – but they’d have been legendary if we had won it, and not just in our town but round the world.

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  7. How I loved the entertainers ,to get them days back again would be fantastic but I don’t think it could happen under anyone other than KK . It was some weird chemical reaction of the right blend of players and inspirational manager . 😉 😎

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  8. TAE –
    fact toons never had more money spent on the team
    fact toons never had bigger players with bigger reputations and international pedigree
    fact toons never had such strength in depth
    fact toons manager never moaned so much about injuries when every team has injuries, even to their best players
    fact toons have been embarrasing in FA cup
    fact toons have flirted with relegation when everyone was talking at worst about failing to build on 5th
    fact toons never look convincing in any game and always have to rely on pieces of individual magic to scrape games rather than on good consistent team play
    What about answering the simple question. How will you judge success and failure for Pards? I’ve asked this of the pardophiles so many times on here, and it never gets answered.

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  9. @BLACKLEY & BROWNLIE says
    What about answering the simple question. How will you judge success and failure for Pards? I’ve asked this of the pardophiles so many times on here, and it never gets answered.
    would say you were the only 1 qualify to answer that

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  10. Sharpy – Give me the entertainers again and lets see if we could win something. The better football you play, the more chance of success. Over the years I’ve seen sides like Arsenal, Man Utd, Spurs, Swansea, Wigan playing good possession football as a team, and with great success when viewed against their resources. Pards has the best quality players he’s ever had the privilege to manager in his life, but can’t get them playing the entertaining football that might get us success.

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  11. 😕 TAE @ 160 A cryptic dodge 😕 You’re sick of my moaning and you’re handing the floor back to me. 😯

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  12. TAE – You’re the pardophile. Not me. What’s your test for your own man?

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  13. @ BLACKLEY & BROWNLIE
    you want to throw about the word pardophile buddy dont get upset when its throw right back at ya ya pardophile

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  14. B&B – the entertainers were put together over a lot longer period of time though mate.
    Only time will tell exactly how successful Pardew can be with this squad and any players added to it in the summer.
    I’d also argue that KK had fewer transfer restriction than Pardew – can you imagine the Carroll or Ba saga (top player sold not replaced) happening under KK – we got rid of Cole to buy Shearer.
    I suppose my point is its very different circumstances. I’m not saying were going to win things under Pardew, just as long as we improve and are in the mix then who knows.

    Anyway, I’ve enjoyed the our bit debate tonight mate but its time for my pit – it’s the wife’s Bday tomorrow so I’ve got a busy day of dogs bodying ahead – sleep well all 😉

    P.S – I still don’t know what a bloody crouton is? 😕

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  15. I’m not upset. I’m bemused as to why you’re throwing it back at me when you’re one and proud of it and I’m not.

    The question was obviously a bit too chewy, so let’s start with somes easier one. With the players we have and the money invested in comparison to Wigan, how do you think we should do tomorrow?

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  16. Sharpy – I thought it was one of those bloody awful biscuity things you find in your soup some times when you’re unlucky. Goodnight, fella.

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  17. <<<<<<<<<< will be happy with a draw but i think we will win even after playing thursday night but it is poss tired legs catch up with us tomorrow

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  18. Eliot………………………….
    Debuchy……….S.Taylor…………………Mbawia………….Santon
    ………………….. ..Jonas Tiote…….
    …………Marv ………………Sissoko…………………Guffron………………..
    ……………………..…….……Cisse……

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  19. Though, (and I feel dirty saying this,) I thought we looked better when Jonas came on against Anzhi the other night. Maybe Cabaye was feeling the injury early on and that hampered his performance.

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  20. <<<<<<<<<<, was worried when i saw caybeye go off though we were ganna lose him til end of season

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  21. whats with steve taylor trying to head the ball when its on the turf lol 😆 1 of these days hes ganna get a kick in the head doing that 1 crazy dude lmao 😆

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  22. TAE – Wooo! The old tired legs one. 😆 Pards used to roll that one out even though he’d played half his second string on the Thursday night. 🙄 When the Europe League had long finished, the performances didn’t change and we still played like we had tired legs. 😯

    It’s time for the excuses to stop. I don’t want to hear Pards bemoaning that we’re missing Cabaye, Benny and Timmy. Wigan have four out and one a doubt. We whould be beating teams like Wigan fairly comfortably. I hear what Sharpy says, but Pards has been here over two years now.

    You know, if we get beat tomorrow, I would come on here and praise Pards if we played good football as a team with lots of controlled posession and a real threat. Based on our abysmal away record, I’m predicting no more than a draw, even against lowly Wigan who have only won twice at home this season..

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  23. ——————————Elliot————————–
    -Debuchy—–Taylor—Yanga-Mbiwa—-Santon-
    ————–Tiote——-Sissoko——–Jonas——–
    —————–Marveaux——Gouffran—————
    ——————————Cissé————————-
    Team v Wigan

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  24. FSOTC I read something about that the other day. He paid his own release clause to get the move away from his old club (Levante I think?)

    Sharpy – B&B is right…about the croutons 😉 they’re the things you get with soup or salads, bits of crisped bread (not that I’d know anything about puffter food like that) 🙂

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  25. Just been watching a short video on our academy. We have a lad by the name of Adam Armstrong who looks a proper player. Very simillar style to Wayne Rooney. Technical, intelligent and a threat in and around the box. Keep an eye out for the lad as I reckon his name will start getting banded about over the next 6 to 12 months.

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  26. She’s got a smile that it seems to me
    Reminds me of childhood memories
    Where everything
    Was as fresh as the bright blue sky
    Now and then when I see her face
    She takes me away to that
    special place
    And if I stared too long
    I’d probably break down and cry

    Sweet child o’ mine
    Sweet love of mine

    She’s got eyes of the bluest skies
    As if they thought of rain
    I hate to look into those eyes
    And see an ounce of pain
    Her hair reminds me
    of a warm safe place
    Where as a child I’d hide
    And pray for the thunder
    And the rain
    To quietly pass me by

    Sweet child o’ mine
    Sweet love of mine

    Where do we go
    Where do we go now
    Where do we go
    Sweet child o’ mine
    aiiiyyn 😎

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  27. TAE @ 183 – That’s a good excuse for Pards. Wigan’s performance at Goodison. Pards and the pardophiles are never short of an excuse.

    So, what you’re saying is you’re not confident Pards can outfox Martinez and get us a win, even though Wigan are languishing at the bottom with only two wins in 14 at home this season. They’ve failed to keep a clean sheet in 15 games at the DW since hitting us for four.

    Player for player, on paper, which is the better team? How much would our respective squads raise in a firesale or is this an unfair comparison for Pards?

    Pards should be expected to win this one with the quality of players put at his disposal. It is says it all that one of his best supporters isn’t confident and sees fit to build up the lowly opposition.

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  28. B&B/Dubtoon – I know those type of croutons man, I’m one sawfisticated mofo me ya na!
    But I didn’t understand why B&B was suggesting I was one and MM was claiming I was a long way off being one?!.

    The Kid – aye I’ve heard of Armstrong but I’m sure he’s only about 16 so may be a few years before we see him, hopefully he’ll develop in the same way Campbell has rather than JJ Hooper who I thought had heaps of potential but got released.

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  29. Sharpy 17

    What a fucking crouton???!!!!!…..

    a crouton is a polite play on words for a “cretin”. A crouton is a small piece of bread which floats on top of your soup, a cretin isn’t 🙂

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  30. Lads and lasses, for the record, I brought the “crouton” angle to the discussion, and it wasn’t aimed at any of the persons posting regularly on here.
    B&B, keep up the good work man, even though you are a slippery character, it’s interesting to see how you’re non-commital way allows you to change your tact without blinking 🙂 “Nailing soup to a tree”….I’ve read that somewhere before 🙂

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  31. The Kid, hope this new starlet manages to make the breakthrough, there have been a few false alarms over the years.

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