Newcastle United vs Olympiacos pre season match banter!
Posted on July 27th, 2012 | 26 Comments |
Date: Friday, 27th July.
Venue: Estádio Algarve, Faro, Portugal.
Kick off: 8.45pm local and UK time.
UK TV: Live on ESPN UK.
Hello, good evening and welcome to our match banter feature for this evening’s game, which sees the Magpies facing current Greek Superleague champions, Olympiacos, at the Estádio Algarve, Faro, Portugal.
This will be the first game for the Magpies in the pre season “Guadiana Torneo,” with the next, against SC Braga taking place tomorrow. With two games so close together, our Silver Supremo, Alan Pardew, will be fielding two almost entirely different teams for each game, and on this his assistant, John Carver said:
“It’s a little bit different to last week, we’re now three weeks into the pre-season training. Now we go into a competition format and the manager will play two different teams each night.
“Everybody will play some part. Some will get 90 minutes.”
This should include Steven Taylor for one of the games, as he is finally back and ready for action after being out for what seems like an eternity with his Achilles tendon.
For more information in the run up for this I game, I also published a two part guide for Newcastle United’s pre season programme, including these Guadiana Torneo games in part two of the guide. If you do read that, and are wondering where the guide for the upcoming Cardiff game is, that will be coming in a separate guide closer to the time.
Meanwhile in other news, Toon wing wizard, Hatem Ben Arfa, escaped with just a suspended suspension at a French Footballing Federation (FFF) disciplinary meeting earlier today. He received his punishment as part of the European Championships Le Sulk Four alongside fellow French miscreants, Samir Nasri, Yann M’Vila and Jeremy Menez. They all received varying punishments for their roles in the latest feisty French fiasco, which is now becoming something of a tradition at major competitions. However, most of the excitement was seemingly reserved for the car park afterwards, when Benny’s father, Kemal Ben Arfa, reportedly screamed at the player’s agent, Michel Ouazine, “You stole my son, you stole my son! You have robbed me of my son!” with the agent alleging that Kemal also tried to give him a “Benwell kiss”. As to whether Ben Arfa’s mother, Sonia, screamed from the sidelines “Leave it Kemal, he ain’t wurf it, he ain’t wurf it!” is unknown. After enjoying his extended rest for being on International duty and getting the latest le Sulk affair out of the way, Hatem will now be joining the squad for the later friendlies.
Well, that only leaves it for me to say that as usual, I shall be putting up the team sheets for the game once they become available, as well as posting links for the game (ditto), though for those in the UK who have ESPN, both this game and the Braga one tomorrow evening will be shown live on there from the kick off at 8:45pm (British Summer Time and Portugal time are currently the same). I will also be posting match highlights when the game is over, and possibly a link for a video of the whole game in the fullness of time so stay tuned!
Howay the Lads!
Newcastle United (4-4-1-1): Tim Krul (G), James Perch, Steven Taylor, Mike Williamson, Davide Santon, Gabriel Obertan, Gael Bigirimana, Romain Amalfitano, Dan Gosling, Romain Haris Vuckic, Shola Ameobi (C).
Subs: Steve Harper (G), Danny Simpson, Paul Dummett, James Tavernier, Ryan Taylor, Jonas Gutierrez, Sammy Ameobi, Cheick Tiote, Sylvain Marveaux, Mehdi Abeid, Papiss Cisse.
Olympiakos (4-4-1-1): Roy Carroll (G), Tasos Papazoglou, Fejsa, Djebbour Rafik, Giannis Fetzatzidis, Siovas Dimitris, Dielna Claude, Vlahodimos, Marinaldo da Silva, Diogo Luis Santo, Torosidis Vasileios (C).
Subs: Balazs Attila Megyeri, Maniatis, Francois Modesto, Marko Pantelic, Kostas Mitroglou, Jose Holebas, Andreas Tatos, Manolas Konstantinos, Likoeannis Ch, Karagounis Vasileios, Giannis Potouridis, Djamel Abdoun.