Newcastle United vs S.C.Braga match banter!

Posted on August 10th, 2013 | 89 Comments |

Newcastle United v S.C.Braga.
Toon: Bragging rights over Braga.
Venue: St James’ Park, Newcastle.
Date: Sat 10th Aug, 2013.
Kick off: 6.00pm.
Referee: Lee Mason.
UK TV: None.

Welcome to our ‘match banter’ feature for this evening’s game against Portuguese side, S.C. Braga. Although this is the last in Newcastle United’s series of pre season frindlies, it’s the first to be held at St James’ Park.

This game will take part on what is now officially “Sir Bobby Robson Football Day,” with as many as 150 event taking place nationwide to celebrate football in general, and one of the game’s greatest Ambassadors in particular. Of course, Bobby had close links with both English and Portuguese football, managing both Sporting and Porto in the Primeira Liga between 1992 and 1996. in his time there, he picked up 2 League titles and a Portuguese Cup with Porto.

A look at the opposition.

Braga are usually the “best of the rest” in the Portuguese Premeira Liga behind Benfica, Porto, and formerly Sporting before their decline in recent seasons. Last season however, Braga were beaten into third by our last Portuguese opponents in our pre-season friendlies, Paços de Ferreira (where we eked out a 1-1 draw). Looking at our last game against this evening’s opponents, we beat them 2-1 back in Portugal in the “Algarve Tournament” held as a part of last year’s pre season build up.

This season, Braga have played several English sides in their pre season this time, beating Sheffield Wednesday 3-1 and drawing with Premier League new boys Hull City 0-0 (both in Portugal). Then, they came to England to draw 2-2 with Chris Hughton’s Norwich City last Friday in their last game.

Team news.

On the Newcastle United front, new signing Loic Remy definitely won’t be featuring in this one as he has been nursing a calf strain. Also, Colloccini picked up a groin strain against Ranagers and will be doubtful. Obertan is also said to have a knock of some kind, but there doesn’t seem to be much information about that kicking around. Finally of course there’s Ryan Taylor.

The Braga squad who have travelled to Tyneside.

Eduardo, Cristiano, Baiano, Nuno André Coelho, Paulo Vinicius Santos, Hansel, Florent, Custodio, Alan, Luis Silva, Ruben Micael, Luiz Carlos, Rafa, Mauro, Pardo, João Pedro, Salvador Agra, Pedro Santos, Edinho, Hélder Barbosa, Yazalde.

Beyond the early team news, I will also be posting the official team sheets for the game when they become abvailable so stay tooned!

Although this game isn’t being broadcast on UK TV, it will be broadcast on Potuguese TV and there will be some links online. I shall be posting those when they become available too, which is usually around an hour before kick-off.

Finally, I will also be posting highlights and if possible, a video of the whole game when it’s all over, which only leaves it for me to say:

Howay the Lads!

Team sheets.

Newcastle United (4-4-2): Rob Elliot (G), Mathieu Debuchy, Mapou Yanga Mbiwa, Fabricio Coloccini (C), Davide Santon, Hatem Ben Arfa, Cheick Tiote, Moussa Sissoko, Jonas Gutierrez, Shola Ameobi, Papiss Cisse.

Subs: Tim Krul (G), Paul Dummett, Steven Taylor, Yohan Cabaye, Vurnon Anita, Dan Gosling, Sylvain Marveaux, Gabriel Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Yoan Gouffran.

Braga (4-4-2): Eduardo; Baiano, Paulo Vinicius, Aderlan Santos, Joaozinho; Alan (c), Luiz Carlos, Ruben Micael, Mauro; Edinho, Felipe Pardo.

Subs: Cristiano, Nuno Andre Coelho, Joao Pedro, Pedro Santos, Helder Barbosa, Luis Silva, Rafa, Florent Hanin, Yazalde, Custodio, Salvador Agra.

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89 Responses

  1. No better time than today to watch my first NUFC game of the season online today. I just hope Pardew picks the right players in the right places and formation so it is not a waste of time.

  2. Well i suppose Pardew could always bore the opposition into submission.
    I don’t know whether to watch this or not, It could be 90 minutes, That you’ll never get back.

  3. I’ve put it in the post too but here’s the Newcastle team:

    Newcastle United (4-4-2): Rob Elliot (G), Mathieu Debuchy, Mapou Yanga Mbiwa, Fabricio Coloccini (C), Davide Santon, Hatem Ben Arfa, Cheick Tiote, Moussa Sissoko, Jonas Gutierrez, Shola Ameobi, Papiss Cisse.

    Subs: Tim Krul (G), Paul Dummett, Steven Taylor, Yohan Cabaye, Vurnon Anita, Dan Gosling, Sylvain Marveaux, Gabriel Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Yoan Gouffran.

  4. If its not Pardwho’s “new” invention of 4-2-3-1 its bog standard 4-4-2. Feckin clueless tw@t knows nuttin’ else :(

  5. sirjasontoon says:
    August 10, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    “Are they playing at Tynemouth?”

    Are you watching the Portugal v Switzerland Beach Football, SJT?

    I think that’s what it is anyway.

  6. AndyMac says:
    August 10, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    “If its not Pardwho’s “new” invention of 4-2-3-1 its bog standard 4-4-2. Feckin clueless tw@t knows nuttin’ else”

    Both teams are playing 4-4-2 according to the Newcastle Untied website, Andy.

  7. Doesnt matter what system they play WT we should impose our sytem on them. The grey haired twat has chosen 4-4-2 just to slot in Shola from the start because he’s scored four pre season goals albeit after coming on in the second half !!!

    I’ll guess at 60 minutes before Shirley is hauled off for being useless.

  8. AndyMac says:
    August 10, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    “The grey haired twat has chosen 4-4-2 just to slot in Shola from the start because he’s scored four pre season goals albeit after coming on in the second half !!!”

    Andy I’m not a huge 4-4-2 person personally, but I don’t get too hung up about that like some as it’s about so much more with the man you call “Pardwho.”

    He knows the team need to score more goals, so his simplistic solution is just to stick another striker on.

  9. Not even 20 minutes played, And it’s the same old, Same old!
    He’s got collo, Sissoko etc, Just looking up, And hopefully knocking it long, Oh and Cisse cannot keep himself onside!

  10. Its horses for courses WT. A wide 4 in midfield suggests feeding (with crosses) to two strikers in the box plus any others arriving from midfield. If we had “chalk on the boots” wide men then maybe we’d be in with a shout. However we’ve got Jonas and HBA !

  11. AndyMac says:
    August 10, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    “Its horses for courses WT. A wide 4 in midfield suggests feeding (with crosses) to two strikers in the box”

    As I wrote, it’s about more than the formation. He should put Benny on the left and Gutirrrez on the right if he wants crosses going into the strikers rather than the wingers cutting in.

  12. BTW WT not a great fan of this latest layout. Cannot be arsed to get into formation discussions as I’m also supposed to be bbq ing for six people at the same time as watching cricket and this shite.

  13. This is diabolical!, The longer the game goes, The less we have the ball.
    We haven’t done anything meaningful, From the first whistle, Have we even had a shot at goal?
    This is the same dross, That was served up last season.

  14. I have a decent feed now. There’s nowt happening though. Theres more action in the cricket where bad light stopped play.

  15. sirjasontoon says:
    August 10, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    “Does it say Wonga finance in black and white?
    Genius.”

    SJT, they’ve told the Chronic that they can’t refer to them as a “Payday Lender” now they’ve bought them off. They must refer to them as a “Digital Finance Company” at all times.

  16. I can’t believe it!, Jonas actually crossed a ball, Without hitting someone in front of him.

  17. Now we’ll see Pardwho galvanise his team for the second half by sitting slightly deeper to protect the 0-1 score :(

  18. “Watching this garbage makes me worried for the Citeh game..”

    Maybe not just the Citeh game but the whole freakin season ?

    C’mon someone put up a case for keeping this sliver haired numpty in charge ?

  19. TreeFuToon says:
    August 10, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    “Watching this garbage makes me worried for the Citeh game..”

    It isn’t the City game we should about TreeFuToon, it’s whether we can pick up points from the more mediocre teams that come after, like it was with teams like Reading last season.

  20. @worky – I’m thinking ahead mate, goal difference and all that for the relegation shake-up at the end of the season…

  21. Looked like a dive but Debuchy did leave his leg there to make the simulation look like it could be real – not for the first time. Was it the liverpool game where he basically had had enough and got himself sent off? Hes turning out to be a bit reckless.

  22. I spose if we accept that relegation is inevitable ight now then anything and I mean anything will be a bonus. Off to eat at last !!!

  23. I’ve just posted I’ve seen more movement in my Grandma’s gravy than out on the SJP pitch.

    Pardwho will no doubt tell us “we’re getting stronger” but we all know the truth. We’re struggling because of him not because we’ve got shite players. Good luck to all onboard the good ship NUFC this season but aim low then you wont be disappointed :(

  24. AndyMac says:
    August 10, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    “but aim low then you wont be disappointed”

    But I aimed very low last season and I was still disappointed, Andy.

  25. SHIT GAME,SHIT KIT,SHIT MANAGER,SHIT SPONSORS,AVERAGE PLAYERS,DICK HEAD DIRECTOR,SHIT OWNER.

  26. More of the same to come, Culminating with daft Pardew getting the sack.
    I just hope it’s not going to be Kinnear, As this time will finish him off.
    It does look like Pardew is being isolated, And he will not be here much longer.

  27. Need new players and new owner….this just does not work.
    Going to be another disaster of a season.
    1 Loan player shows the ambition and greed.

  28. u change the site worky? looks much better on a sour note though that match was dreadful i switched over to celtic liverpool hate the kit aswel

  29. That was a fairly appalling performance by Newcastle. However, I felt both teams were taking it easy. Being a friendly I guess its a time to experiment with new tactics, give different players a chance to gain abit of experience and most importantly, avoid injury.

  30. @86 thats the problem we didnt try anything same old 4-4-2 and same team as usual.

    and worky u say it’s not the players but partly it is, yes pardew is cack but none of them seem to even care! even if they play sh*t they still get picked this season is not going to be good at all!

  31. Dokky says:
    August 10, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    “@86 thats the problem we didnt try anything same old 4-4-2 and same team as usual.”

    But we played mostly in a different formation last season and we were still shite, Dokky. Formation is one factor, but there are many others. If it was just a question of sending the players out in the right formation it would be very easy.

    For instance, Pardew has the players playing on their “wrong” side, with the left footed Santon on the right, the right footed Gutierrez on the left, the left footed Benny on the right and so on. It’s a very valid tactic which has worked for top teams, enabling wingers to cut in and catch defenders on their wrong foot rather than crossing the ball into the box, but it just doesn’t seem to work for Pardew.

  32. dokky says:
    August 10, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    “u change the site worky? looks much better on a sour note though that match was dreadful i switched over to celtic liverpool hate the kit aswel”

    No, I haven’t changed anything, Dokky. The only thing I can think of is that there’s a very basic version of this site for old fashioned mobiles which doesn’t look as good as the main site.

    I noticed that the new kit was sending them all into raptures on Ed’s site, they were gushing over how great they thought it was. Wearing a shirt with Wronga on it is probably pretty classy to that lot though.

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