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‘Newcastle United – It’s Just Like Watching Brazil…’
Newcastle United and Mike Ashley receive more than their fair share of criticism when they don’t perform as well as expected, so its only fair to give the club credit when the opposite happens.
Two great wins on the bounce with clean sheets home and away against two of the Premier League elite, in Spurs and Chelsea, ought to be given its full measure of praise – they weren’t flukes.
Plus the sight of Newcastle playing in yellow on Sunday was a glory to behold and while high-vis kits are an important part of gaining an extra advantage in the modern game (our record in the dark Passport Burgundy kit was atrocious), there could be even more to our new colours.
To every football fan and footballer around the world, everyone associated with the beautiful game, yellow strips with blue trim only conjure one image and bring to mind one team – Brazil.
The goals of Garrincha, Socrates, Josimar, Zico, Romario, Ronaldo and Neymar and Samba skills in The Maracana are indelibly burned into the collective football unconscious.
This tradition of Brazillian brilliance means only England, the game’s founder, can rival it in terms of birthing the beautiful game and extending its entertaining majesty worldwide.
Five-time World Champions, ‘The Little Canaries’ are renowned across the globe and, crucially, the 2014 World Cup is being held there from next June.
World Cup football: the pinnacle of every great player’s career; think Pele, Maradona, Gazza and in 7 months time, Shola…?
Playing on that pitch at White Hart Lane, looking up and seeing a teammate in a Brazil kit/Newcastle 3rd strip and you might just be inspired to put in the performance of your life and seize an opportunity to get a step closer to boarding the international plane next summer.
Tim Krul had the best view of the 10 yellow shirts in front of him and his was the greatest goalkeeping performance since Gordon Banks’ miracle saves against Pele and Brazil at Mexico 1970. Coincidence?
If Debuchy, Sissoko, Cabaye and Remy overturn their two goal defeat against Ukraine, they will have booked France’s place in the sun next summer.
Could Yoan Gouffran crash the France party if he keeps turning in blinding performances chock-full of assists and goals in the best League in the world, alongside his established countrymen between now and June?
Can ‘Iron’ Mike Williamson make a miraculous journey from the wilderness of Newcastle reserves to Rio with Roy, as part of a decimated England defence following John Terry and Rio Ferdinand’s international exits?
Steven Taylor was in the England squad 6 months ago so a fantastic run of form like his earlier in the year can lead anywhere and the Edinburgh Festival might be his destination next year on current form.
World Cups remain the stuff dreams are made of in football and while even a glimmer of hope exists to play in one, players will elevate their games and Newcastle could be the chief beneficiary.
So many of our players are internationals or on the international fringe, and playing in Brazil yellow occasionally might just inspire them to focus their talents, and beat The Canaries next week to ensure they’re on top of their game and at the greatest show on Earth with The Little Canaries next year.
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