Can our European experience help us challenge in the Europa?

Yohan Cabaye - Our most experienced player in Europe
So we know we’ll be in the Europa League next season, but how far can we go in that particular competition?

Much of that will depend on what happens over the summer, but it’s not exactly a new experience, either for us or for the players.

It may have been a while since we got the passports and headed away with Newcastle United, but it wasn’t that long ago we were regulars on the European stage. Still time moves quickly and after a five-year absence it’s almost like starting all over again.

Not for the players though as we have a nucleus of them who have played in Europe before. It’s not like we are going into the competition blind which should help us mark a mark on the competition.

From front to back we have European experience within our team although admittedly to varying degrees. A look at the list below shows that most of our team have played in Europe before so they should have nothing to fear as a consequence.

Tim Krul – Limited experience, but remember that night in Palermo?
Davide Santon – Has played in Europe with Inter Milan.
Steven Taylor – Has made 24 appearances in Europe with us.
Fabricio Coloccini – Has played in Europe with Villareal and AC Milan
Hatem Ben Arfa – 34 European appearances for the former Lyon and Marseille man.
Yohan Cabaye – 35 European appearances for Lille.
Cheik Tiote – Has made 23 European appearances with Anderlecht and FC Twente.

Even players like Gabriel Obertan have got experience in Europe and of course you can’t forget Barcelona Shola!

You see what I mean? It’s not like our players are going boldly to a frontier that they’ve never experienced before. In fact most of those appearances have been made in a higher European competition than the Europa League!

I know it has its detractors, but personally I can’t wait for the draw to be made to see who we are up against. I just hope we get through the qualifying round!

If we don’t, it won’t be through lack of experience anyway…

About toonsy

A lifelong Newcastle fan and current webmaster of this very 'blog who has the sole aim of creating a place by Newcastle United fans, for Newcastle United fans.

240 thoughts on “Can our European experience help us challenge in the Europa?

  1. AndrewT….I’m guessing the “Jack” is after Jackie Milburn, ya just need the Keegan Shearer in there too and ya sorted, suggest it to your lass now, she’ll love it πŸ˜‰

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  2. Chelsea living very dangerously ,don’t think Spuds need to be sweating too much on this result …..then again πŸ˜‰

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  3. Think it goes without saying that the experience will help, also I think these are the sort of games where Obertan and so can shine as foreign teams sometimes leave them selves a bit more open. I still don’t expect to win it, but I think we can get the the 1/4 or semi’s.

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  4. Kim- I hope Spurs don’t get CL, the look on arry’s face will be a sight, be even more of a sight when Modric/Bale/VDV all ask to leave for CL football. πŸ˜†

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  5. Spencer- very true ,would be nice payback for all the times Arry as gobbed off about other teams players. :mrgreen: πŸ‘Ώ

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  6. Who are you Big Dave? πŸ˜†

    Nah I have just had a little kid as well. πŸ˜‰

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  7. Spence we don’t want to know about your gf πŸ˜€ So was it true that you were in doing a bit of time or was Batts having a laugh

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  8. Spence are you still working away πŸ˜•
    Fuk Ribbery is one ugly ****er him and Obertan would do well in a ghost train πŸ˜† As for Robbin Ihe is causing chelski some probs

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  9. I got sent down mate.

    Been hoyed out of sixth form for it.

    Lifes basically out the window now mate.

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  10. Random check and had it on me in my mates car. Was gunna hoy it on the floor and blame him but I am not a ****.

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  11. You do realise I am pulling your strings? Got an A in my business coursework so expecting a B/A over all, expecting the same in economics, then on an A in sport to. I just have not been on really mate, no reason why to be honest with you.

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  12. Spence there is nowt I don’t know lad πŸ˜€ well done glad you kept the head down mate, as you only get outta life what you put into it πŸ˜‰

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  13. If a knew you were on I would have stayed off πŸ˜‰

    What has happened to Ice?

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  14. KimT….was just thinking that, it would have been gutting to finish 4th then chelski win, that said I’d love it to happen to Spurs πŸ˜†

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  15. ANDREWT congrats m8 , thats a brilliant way to finish a great season , hope mother and baby are well .

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  16. anyone else, on here thinking , we could beat munich with our 4 -3 – 3 formation??? i rekon we would of done them on the counter attack, thats why am looking forward to europe next season πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ yes am drinking, but “i believe” πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰

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  17. Chelsea….Champions League Winners 😯 😯 😯
    Unlucky Spurs πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

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  18. DROGBAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA …OH MY GOD POOR OLD SPUDS πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

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  19. Roman will probably do the decent thing now and not give di Matteo his P45 ’til Monday πŸ˜†

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  20. Just thinking about that Rich. They can’t get rid of him now surely. I mean his record has been superb and he’s done something “big”names like Ancelotti, Scolari and Mourinho failed to do.

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  21. Just thinking , will this help England in the Euros ? Lampard , Cole ,Terry & Cahill will be going there with a belief that they can win big now .Lets hope that rubs off on the rest of the squad.

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  22. Toonsy….he defo deserves the job, he has to be given it surely, there’ll be hell on if he isn’t.

    Andy…nae chance of Spurs winning it, all their players will be leaving for a “big club” πŸ˜†

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