Newcastle United vs Bordeaux Europa League match banter!
Posted on October 4th, 2012 | 52 Comments |
Venue: St James’ Park, Newcastle.
Date: Thursday, 4th Oct.
Kick off: 8:05pm
Referee: Antonio Miguel Lahoz.
UK TV: ESPN.
Hello, good evening and welcome to our latest “match banter” feature for this evening’s Europa League tie against the team who should be our toughest opponents in Group D, Bordeaux.
If you’re looking for some in depth background on our opponents and you haven’t read them already, I have written not one, but two pieces looking forward to our two games against les Girondins. The first one, written around three weeks ago deeply probes the Ligue 1 side, along with their manager, Francis Gillot, with the second one bringing things up to date with with some of the more usual preview stuff such as team news and squads for this evening, what both managers have been saying in the run up to the game, along with highlights and a little bit of analysis of their progress since the last one.
However, two things I didn’t write in either of those (I think) is that this is the first time we have met in a UEFA European competition, and this evening’s game will also be our hundredth in UEFA European competition. I say “UEFA European competition” as when we had our finest hour in Europe, winning the “Inter City Fairs Cup” in 1969, it wasn’t under the auspices of UEFA and hence, it doesn’t count in the above figures. The Fairs Cup. To quote the Wikipedia:
“While the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup is recognised as the predecessor to the UEFA Cup, it was not organised by UEFA. Consequently, UEFA do not consider clubs’ records in the Fairs Cup to be part of their European record.”
But anyway, back to the present day. This game will be broadcast in the UK on ESPN, though I will be posting some links for those of you who don’t have it. As usual, I will also be posting teamsheets when they become available, as well as match highlights, and possibly a video of the whole game when it’s all over.
Howay the Lads!
Newcastle United (4-3-3): Rob Elliot (G), Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, James Perch, Shane Ferguson, Vurnon Anita, Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye, Papiss Cisse, Shola Ameobi (C), Gabriel Obertan.
Subs: Steve Harper (G), Davide Santon, Gael Bigirimana, Dan Gosling, Hatem Ben Arfa, Sammy Ameobi, Demba Ba.
Bordeaux (4-4-2): Cedric Carrasso; Mariano, Henrique, Marc Planus, Benoit Tremoulinas; Henri Saivet, Ludovic Sane, Jaroslav Plasil (c), Ludovic Obraniak; Jussie, Yoan Gouffran.
Subs: Kevin Olimpa, Florian Marange, Matthieu Chalme, Abdou Traore, Landry N’Guemo, David Bellion, Cheick Diabate.