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San Lorenzo pull out of race for Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini

Fab news for Newcastle as San Lorenzo decide against bidding for captain Coloccini

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

16:29 GMT, 23 January 2013

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UPDATED:

18:08 GMT, 23 January 2013

Newcastle have been boosted by the news that San Lorenzo have pulled out of the fight for captain Fabricio Coloccini.

The defender has been pining for a move back to his homeland for much of this month, citing personal reasons.

But after weeks of discussion, the Argentinian club confirmed on Twitter: 'Finally, after long negotiations, we announced that Fabricio Coloccini not join the squad.

Going nowhere: Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini won't be going home

Going nowhere: Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini won't be going home

'It was not possible to release the Newcastle player for this tournament and therefore the club will look for another alternative to strengthen the defense.'

San Lorenzo's decision is a major boost to boss Alan Pardew, who was defiant for much of January over the future of his star man, who has been on Tyneside since 2008.

Demba Ba can make 2.5million from Newcastle exit

Newcastle will receive just 5m for Ba as it emerges Liverpool and Arsenal target will pick up whopping 2.5m cut of clause fee

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08:35 GMT, 28 December 2012

Alan Pardew's hopes of persuading Demba Ba to ditch his release clause look doomed after it emerged the Newcastle striker stands to pocket an incredible 2.5million from it.

Angered by the constant speculation caused by the 7.5m exit clause in Ba’s contract, Pardew challenged him to drop it and negotiate a new deal or be put up for sale.

The ultimatum looks like having only one outcome, following news of the windfall awaiting Newcastle’s top scorer once the contractual agreement kicks in.

Sign up or leave: Alan Pardew wants to rid Demba Ba of his 7.5million transfer clause

Sign up or leave: Alan Pardew wants to rid Demba Ba of his 7.5million transfer clause

Anyone offering the stipulated amount
will not only land one of the Barclays Premier League’s most
accomplished finishers but make him 2.5m richer, according to The
Sun, with just 5m going to Newcastle.

It is a nightmare scenario for
Pardew, who already feared he would be ill-equipped to recruit an
adequate replacement with 7.5m at his disposal. With the figure
trimmed to 5m, he will find it even harder to fill the boots of
the Senegal marksman, who now seems certain to be heading out of
Tyneside when the window opens next week.

Ba has stubbornly resisted all
efforts to draw him to the negotiating table, and the reasons why are
now evident after it transpired a third of the fee will go directly to
him.

Final plea: Newcastle boss Pardew doesn't want Ba's transfer situation to drag on

Final plea: Newcastle boss Pardew doesn't want Ba's transfer situation to drag on

A free transfer from West Ham 18
months ago, the 11-goal marksman has attracted strong interest from
Arsenal, QPR, Liverpool and Paris St Germain, who will all be alerted to a
development that signals his imminent departure.

The 27-year old is thought to favour a
move to The Emirates, but Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has
reservations over his 80,000-a-week wage demands, particularly given
the knee problems that deterred other clubs from moving for him when he
arrived from the Bundesliga.

Pardew is already making plans for life without Ba and is lining up a move for Marseille’s Loic Remy.

In demand: Ba is wanted by a host of top European suitors including Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain

In demand: Ba is wanted by a host of top European suitors including Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain

Evans: Don"t be fooled, out-of-form Magpies strikers Ba and Cisse remain a threat

Evans: Don't be fooled, Magpies strikers Ba and Cisse remain a threat

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UPDATED:

16:20 GMT, 24 December 2012

Jonny Evans remains wary of Newcastle's African jewels despite the Magpies' woeful recent form.

Alan Pardew's men secured only their second win in 12 games with an unconvincing display against QPR on Saturday.

Whereas last season they were scoring goals for fun, this time around it has been far harder, and rather than challenging for a Champions League spot, they have been nervously looking over their shoulders at the drop zone.

Firing blanks: Ba and Cisse have so far failed to replicate last season's impressive form

Firing blanks: Ba and Cisse have so far failed to replicate last season's impressive form

But Evans does not feel that is a reason for Manchester United to take it easy at Old Trafford on Boxing Day.

The Northern Ireland international knows Senegal duo Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse can cause problems for any defence.

'Those guys are both very powerful,' said Evans.

Wary: Evans knows Ba and Cisse have the potential to upset United

Wary: Evans knows Ba and Cisse have the potential to upset United

'What Newcastle do very well is work the ball wide and put it in the box.

'A lot of their goals come that way because Ba and Cisse don't give you a minute.

'When the ball is floating around in the box, they beat people in the air and their goal record is what got Newcastle to where they were last year.'

Fast start: Cisse stole the show when he first arrived on Tyneside

Fast start: Cisse stole the show when he first arrived on Tyneside

United have already beaten the Geordies' twice this term, including in the Premier League at St James' Park with what many feel is still their best 90-minute performance of the campaign.

Evans was one of them men on target, and he accepts it was a performance that set a standard which needs to be followed.

'In the last couple of seasons we have gone away to places like Newcastle and either lost or drawn,' he said.

On the way: Ba has repeatedly been linked with a transfer elsewhere

On the way: Ba has repeatedly been linked with a transfer elsewhere

'This time it was very important to win. We were well prepared, had the right mindset and defended well.

'With the goals as well it was one of our best performances of the season.'

Defending an unbeaten home record against Newcastle that stretches back to 1972 and boasting a four-point lead over Manchester City in the Premier League title battle, Sir Alex Ferguson managed to obscure an indifferent United performance at Swansea yesterday with his amazing comments about Ashley Williams.

Life threatening: Ferguson was angry with Ashley Williams' conduct

Life threatening: Ferguson was angry with Ashley Williams' conduct

Even by Ferguson's outspoken standards, it was a strident accusation, which Wayne Rooney played down almost immediately.

Yet Rooney has his own issues, and picked up his fourth booking of the campaign yesterday, as did fellow striker Robin van Persie.

Wayne Rooney

Robin van Persie

First-choice pair: But both Rooney and Van Persie are on the verge of one-match bans

It means both Ferguson's first-choice front men are a yellow card away from a one-match suspension.

The United boss will not want to risk being without both men during a packed Festive programme, so it would not be a surprise if one sat out Wednesday's fixture.

In Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck, Ferguson has options.

On standby: Javier Hernandez is likely to play some part throughout United's winter schedule

On standby: Javier Hernandez is likely to play some part throughout United's winter schedule

The same applies in other departments too as Darren Fletcher can beef up the Red Devils midfield, as could Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs, who were both restricted to late cameos yesterday.

Rafael needs to shrug off a hamstring injury if he is to be involved, although Chris Smalling would provide an alternative at right-back anyway should Ferguson opt to rest Phil Jones, while Rio Ferdinand is expected to return in place of skipper Nemanja Vidic, who started his first game since September.

That would mean Patrice Evra inheriting the captain's armband, with the Frenchman insisting there is no sense of panic at the loss of two valuable points.

Leader: Evra may again captain United if Vidic is rested

Leader: Evra may again captain United if Vidic is rested

'We have to look at ourselves, not other teams,' said Evra.

'Next we have Newcastle, after that it is West Brom. And we need to win.

'This is the most important part of the season. It is when we always get a lot of points.

'I am not worried. I am really confident for the games that are ahead.'

Loic Remy welcomes Newcastle interest in signing him from Marseille

Remy welcomes Newcastle interest after Pardew lines up Marseille hotshot

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22:45 GMT, 18 December 2012

Marseille striker Loic Remy has confirmed he would be interested in a move to Newcastle United.

The French club want Toon winger Gabriel Obertan as part of any deal for Remy, 25, but value the France international striker at around 16million.

Remy said: ‘Newcastle are a very good team, they are a big club with good players, very good fans and a nice stadium that is always full.

Toon target: Loic Remy could be set to swap Marseille for Newcastle

Toon target: Loic Remy could be set to swap Marseille for Newcastle

'The window opens in January, and
there will be speculation from now until the window closes – if I have
to leave then all parties must be happy. I have a contract so let's wait
and see what happens.'

Newcastle's need is accentuated by the on-going situation surrounding current leading scorer Demba Ba.

Up in the air: Demba Ba has a 7.5m release clause in his Newcastle contract

Up in the air: Demba Ba has a 7.5m release clause in his Newcastle contract

The
Magpies have played down previous links with the former Lyon, Lens and
Nice forward, but with Ba yet to agree a new contract at St James' Park
which would remove his infamous release clause, the club is understood
to be ready to bolster the manager's attacking options.

Pardew has no desire to allow Senegal
international Ba, who has 11 goals to his name so far this season, to
leave Tyneside, and the player himself has repeatedly spoken of his
happiness at the club.

However, amid speculation that
Arsenal, Chelsea and QPR among others could be ready to battle it out
for his signature next month, his admission in an interview with a
French TV company that the Gunners would be an attractive proposition
added to the sense of unease.

Newcastle United cancel Christmas party

Ba humbug! Newcastle cancel Christmas party after woeful run of form

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UPDATED:

14:55 GMT, 17 December 2012

Newcastle have cancelled their Christmas party as they attempt to end a dreadful run of results.

The Magpies' 3-1 home defeat by champions Manchester City at the weekend was their sixth in seven Barclays Premier League outings, and they head into Saturday's clash with QPR in desperate need of three points.

As a result, the players' customary celebration – they have travelled to Dublin and Glasgow as a group in recent years – has been called off.

Slump: Newcastle striker Demba Ba reacts after missing a chance on Saturday

Slump: Newcastle striker Demba Ba reacts after missing a chance on Saturday

Manager Alan Pardew told the Evening Chronicle: 'It's out of respect to our fans and what we have served them this year. There's no party for us, and the same for the staff. That's how it should be.

'Trust me, there have been horrible things said about our group and our staff, but we are together, and we are fighting and trying to put it right.

'The fans have to realise this isn't just a game to us, it's our livelihoods and our profession. It pays our bills.

'Not only that, we have to have a certain pressure of entertaining our fans, who pay good money to come and watch.

'Looking at all those factors, we have not done enough this year. That's why I think it's right we called it off.'

Work to do: Pardew hopes to turn Newcastle's fortunes around

Work to do: Pardew hopes to turn Newcastle's fortunes around

Newcastle slipped to 15th place as a result of their latest defeat and currently sit just two points clear of the relegation zone.

However, the spirited fightback they produced against City, coupled with improved displays during the weeks immediately beforehand, has given them hope that they are about to turn the corner.

Nevertheless, QPR's visit to Tyneside is a must-win affair if they are to establish the kind of momentum for the second half of the campaign which provided the platform for their fifth-place finish last season.

The Magpies will head into the game with key midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa facing the next few weeks on the sidelines after aggravating a hamstring problem during the 2-1 defeat at Fulham last Monday.

Juventus and Newcastle chasing Moussa Sissoko

Juventus ready to pip Newcastle to Sissoko as deal for Toulouse midfielder stutters

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UPDATED:

08:37 GMT, 8 November 2012

Juventus are ready to hijack Newcastle’s move for Moussa Sissoko as the Italian giants weigh up a bid for the Toulouse midfielder.

It had appeared that the 23-year-old was set to join the Toon, causing Premier League rivals Tottenham, Liverpool, Everton and Fulham to miss out on the highly-rated star.

The Frenchman also described Alan Pardew’s Newcastle as a ‘fantastic team’ that is ‘attractive to any player’.

Target: Moussa Sissoko (centre) looked set to join Newcastle but Juventus may beat them to the Frenchman's signature

Target: Moussa Sissoko (centre) looked set to join Newcastle but Juventus may beat them to the Frenchman's signature

But now the Italian champions are hoping to convince Sissoko to choose Turin over Tyneside, according to TalkSport.

It is believed that Beppe Marotta, the club’s director general, has already made initial enquiries about buying the France international.

A powerful defensive midfielder, Sissoko would be joining compatriots Hatem Ben Arfa and Yohan Cabaye should he choose to join Pardew’s team, but the allure of Champions League could persuade him to choose Juve.

Battle: Sissoko has attracted interest from a number of Premier League clubs, including Liverpool, Everton and Tottenham

Battle: Sissoko has attracted interest from a number of Premier League clubs, including Liverpool, Everton and Tottenham

Shola Ameobi pleased to prove worth to Newcastle

Ameobi delighted to show his worth as he fires Newcastle to easy Bordeaux win

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UPDATED:

22:28 GMT, 4 October 2012

Shola Ameobi was pleased to prove his worth to the Newcastle side after scoring the opener in their Europa League Group D win over Bordeaux.

The striker will not score an easier goal in his career, turning into an empty net following good work by Girondins old boy Gabriel Obertan.

Brazilian defender Henrique put into his own net before Papiss Cisse's tremendous finish in the second half sealed a comfortable 3-0 victory for the Toon.

Keep on trucking: Shola Ameobi says he will try to break into the side

Keep on trucking: Shola Ameobi says he will try to break into the side

Ameobi has been a peripheral figure on Tyneside since the emergence of Cisse and Demba Ba but was glad to remind manager Alan Pardew of his all-round capabilities.

'As a striker you want to get off the mark as quickly as possible at the start of the season,' he told ESPN.

'I'm just delighted to get a chance there today. The strikers at the club are doing very well at the moment and I have to take my chances when I get them.

'I just thank God that the chance fell to me and I couldn't have scored an easier goal. The team were fantastic.'

Midfielder Yohan Cabaye was also glad to see Newcastle emerge victorious and go top of the group.

'We played well,' he said. 'It was very important to get the three points tonight to get the first place in the group.

'Every player played well and we must have a quick turnaround because it's going to be a tough game (against Manchester United) on Sunday.'

Pardew was delighted with the performance of his side, who comprehensively ended Bordeaux's 17-game unbeaten run in all competitions – a run stretching back to April 8.

Newcastle have only been beaten once in the Barclays Premier League this season but have been largely lacklustre.

On this evidence, however, Pardew feels they have now turned a corner.

Close range: Ameobi scored the opener

Close range: Ameobi scored the opener

'What pleased me most was that we played with verve and energy again and we looked more like ourselves from last year,' he said.

'The performance level was fantastic and that's a good side, trust me. We had to play very, very well to make it as comfortable as it was.

Threat: Papiss Cisse scored as well

Threat: Papiss Cisse scored as well

'I can't say the result flattered us because in the end I thought we deserved to win by a distance.

'We knocked the spirit out of them in terms of the goals, the clinical nature of them.

'Our passing in the second half made it very difficult for them to get back in the game and that's something we've been working on, controlling games.

'That's a team that haven't been beaten in 17 games or something. I'm telling you that's a great result for us.'

Newcastle 3 Bordeaux 0: Gift of the Gab gives Euro lift to Pardew

Newcastle 3 Bordeaux 0: Gift of the Gab gives Euro lift to Pardew

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UPDATED:

20:56 GMT, 4 October 2012

Gabriel Obertan produced a moment of magic against his former club to set Alan Pardew's side on their way to an impressive Europa League victory.

The French winger, who has struggled on Tyneside since his move from Manchester United, lit up a dour first-half by gliding past full-back Mariano and threading a low cross between Henrique and Carrasso for Ameobi to tap the ball home in the 16th minute.

Newcastle doubled their lead just before the break when Carlos Henrique deflected Danny Simpson's cross into his own net and Papiss Cisse put the result beyond doubt with a fine volley four minutes into the second-half.

More to follow

Close one: Yohan Cabaye fires from range

Close one: Yohan Cabaye fires from range

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Papiss Cisse (right) and Shola Ameobi celebrate the third Newcastle goal

Papiss Cisse (right) and Shola Ameobi celebrate the third Newcastle goal

Newcastle's Shola Ameobi, left, vies for the ball with Bordeaux's Henrique, right,

Newcastle's Shola Ameobi, left, vies for the ball with Bordeaux's Henrique, right,

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Northern Exposure: Alan Pardew and Greg Abbott are worlds apart… but dream is the same

Pardew and Abbott are worlds apart… but dream is the same

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11:30 GMT, 2 October 2012

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UPDATED:

11:33 GMT, 2 October 2012

A lot can happen in eight seconds in football. So what can you achieve in eight years

Managers dream of the contract Alan
Pardew has just signed. It is Pardew's task to make the dreams of
Newcastle United fans come true.

And he has eight years. Eight years.

Big deal: Newcastle have handed eight-year contract to Alan Pardew

Big deal: Newcastle have handed eight-year contract to Alan Pardew

All managers like to claim some sort of autonomy when they take charge of a football club, but in reality those days are gone.

I had the privilege of visiting Carlisle United last week, spent a day with laughaholic Greg Abbott, as we did back in the days when he was Hull captain and part-time boss of Hunsworth Under 10s.

But there is a deadly serious side to his work too, and the daily financial difficulties he battles with Carlisle wouldn't function without his prudence. But his orders come from above.

It's the same for Pardew at Newcastle, as it was at Reading, West Ham, Charlton and Southampton. Now he has longer to deal and play with it.

Chief scout and fellow eight-yearer Graham Carr's astonishing record in the European transfer market means that when he recommends a player, the entire game listens, never mind his manager and the board. The scouting network could not be more boxed off.

Training day: Carlisle manager Greg Abbott

Training day: Carlisle manager Greg Abbott

Slowly but decisively, Pardew eked out Chris Hughton's warriors, and quickly built his own team spirit, assuring through the immense leadership of Fabricio Coloccini, that his new players bought into it. Getting the ball to Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba helped, but Newcastle cruised to fifth last season and finished above Chelsea.

So hopes are high on Tyneside, although it is a difficult task replicating that success, never mind emulating it.

There weren't too many new signings in the summer, when fans were looking for splashing of cash from Mike Ashley, but Pardew and his bosses have emphasised the importance, and cost, of keeping their squad together.

The new campaign, with the additional European sideshow, has been dogged but far from dazzling. But by grinding out results now, they are building the foundations of more to come. Ba's goals have helped. This season is boxed off and being dealt with.

Now he can look elsewhere in the club, pinpointing youth development last week.

Carlisle training session on a pitch at the back of Brunton Parkin

Carlisle made about 50,000 from the 13,000 who turned up to watch Spurs last week. A full house at White Hart Lane would have earned them about five times that amount, maybe more. That was how much their peers at Stevenage, Crawley and Leyton Orient made from their away cup exploits last season.

No surprise that those three clubs have circulated that money in their wages department to make them serious contenders this season. Abbott meanwhile has to rely on freebies and recommendations from his contacts.

He said: 'I used to argue and haggle with agents but now if they start messing about with figures, I just say “that's what we can afford, so forget it' and we move on to the next target on the list.”

Carlisle have three or four good young players – and look out for keeper Mark Gillespie and lanky striker Mark Beck – and I asked Greg, if he had the money, would he invest in an academy first

He pointed over to the Brunton Park ground and said 'No. I'd love to but it has to be out there first. That's what matters.'

It's what matters at every club.

But with eight years at your disposal, a decent budget and owners looking to invest in the cream of North East talent, Pardew has at his disposal the opportunity to help build a club from the base, take a real hands-on approach to the youth system and really build his football club.

Cattermole must tackle reckless streak
Lee Cattermole of Sunderland

I sat down with Lee Cattermole (right) two weeks ago. And I believed him.

He said he wanted to cut out the daft lunging tackle which had cost him so many yellow cards, and reds. He knows the one, I didn't even have to mention it, and he had his own target. And I believed him. But when the red mist descends on poor old Lee in the heat of battle, he tends to forget the other 70-odd yellow cards which have been thrust in his direction in Sunderland colours.

He is an honest lad, a bullish, old-school, annoying-to-the-opposition, like Marmite, love him or hate him, pushy, demanding, infuriating, likeable, hard-working, daft, intelligent, English, kind of footballer, we don't see enough of them in the Premier League nowadays. We won't be see much of them. Sorry but it is a shame.

But he is Sunderland captain and while he is definitely maturing and growing into the role, his lack of discipline means he is out of the Wear-Tyne derby, following his red card at the end of the last one in which he'd earlier made an ugly mark.

And if Martin O'Neill is losing patience with him, which he undoubtedly and very publically is, then he is on the very precipice of a pretty long plank.

When we met, he had this observation on the captaincy. 'Listen I have never, ever worried about that,' he said. 'It is something you press guys have said since I was made captain and with everything I have ever done wrong.

'I don't want to name names but a lot of other lads get booked or sent off and no one says anything. But if it is Lee Cattermole it is a big issue and they say “he is losing the captaincy”.

'When I was made captain I thought I didn't need to change because I was captain for what I am but it is a bigger role than I thought at the time. There is so much more to it goes on behind the scenes . . . I am still learning but I do think I'm getting better.'

He's right on all those fronts. But unless he can learn to deliver his own promise to cut out the daft challenges and cards, he'll be handing it over to John O'Shea permanently.

And that would be a real shame for Cattermole, and Sunderland.

He might miss the Tyne version of the derby but Cattermole should be back for the game against his former club Middlesbrough in the Capital One Cup later the same week.

You wait for one derby…

It's a shame Boro didn't get a completely level playing field with a home tie, but they have nothing to fear after their heroics in the FA Cup draw last season. O'Neill knows Tony Mowbray's side deserved to win that day.

And even more so than that side, this is a team closer to Mowbray's vision now, and moulded by him from the mess left by Gordon Strachan. They are in the Championship shake-up early on, but have yet to shake off the inconsistency which hindered them last season.

The one advantage of travelling to Sunderland is they can do so without a care in the world. They are not expected to win, Mowbray can name his strongest side, but also use it as a motivation for the rest of his squad. It was that freedom that gave them the edge last season and O'Neill knows that too.

The Sunderland manager barely tinkered with his team against Morecambe and MK Dons, demonstrating his serious intent in a competition he has enjoyed success, so Boro can expect the full force of his squad, and an eager full house at the Stadium of Light.

And whatever the outcome of the game against Newcastle, that will add extra spice.

A great week to look forward to up here, with the added bonus that the North East definitely has a representative in the quarter-finals.

Just don't ask me who it will be.

Tottenham v Lazio, Young Boys v Liverpool and Maritimo v Newcastle live

EUROPA LEAGUE LIVE: Young Boys v Liverpool and Maritimo v Newcastle – as it happens

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16:47 GMT, 20 September 2012

Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the Europa League as Liverpool, Newcastle and Tottenham all begin their group stage campaigns. The Reds travel to Switzerland's Young Boys at 6pm, while Newcastle visit Portugal's Maritimo at the same time. Kicking off after at 8.05pm is Tottenham when they host Lazio at White Hart Lane.

Get in touch with me on [email protected] or on Twitter @alexhorlock

17.45: Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is without his two star Senegalese strikers. Papiss Cisse has withdrawn from the squad through illness, and Demba Ba has been left in Tyneside.

There has been talk of Ba's growing disillusioned at Newcastle after being played out of position or left on the bench. I wouldn't worry too much though, as a number of other senior players have been rested for their weekend clash against Norwich.

17.40: So we're just 20 minutes away from KO in the early two games between Maritimo and Newcastle and Young Boys and Liverpool. Both Premier League teams travelling away in their Europa League openers.

Both will be expected to win their games, but anything's possible in this old game…

17.37: In fact speaking of those two clubs, they have had one player in common over the years who sticks in the memory. Read Matt Barlow's recollection of one Paul Gascoigne's trip to Rome all those years ago…

17.35: So Spurs are kicking off a little later on at 20.05. Should be a tough opener for Villas-Boas in the Europa League with his new club.

The Portuguese boss has some pedigree in the competition, mind. He did win it with Porto in some style two years ago.

17.32: So here are the full Liverpool teams… A pretty inexperienced bunch including a couple of debutants.

Young Boys: Wolfli, Sutter, Veskovac, Ojala, Raimondi, Zverotic, Spycher, Zarate, Farnerud, Nuzzolo, Bobadilla.

Subs: Benito, Gonzalez, Vitkieviez, Costanzo, Schneuwly, Frey, Lecjaks.

Liverpool: Jones, Wisdom, Carragher, Coates, Jose Enrique, Henderson, Sahin, Fernandez Saez, Assaidi, Downing, Pacheco.

Subs: Gulacsi, Wilson, Borini, Sterling, Shelvey, Yesil,
Robinson.

17.28: So we've already had a thrilling week of European football. Thirsty for more Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal were all in action as goals a plenty were scored in the first games of the group stages.

Hopefully someone can pull out something special in these games. It'll take something REALLY good to better Oscar's peach last night against Juventus. If you haven't seen it already, get watching. Goal of the season so far for me.

17.22: Here's some interesting news: Joey Barton will start for Marseille! The QPR bad boy is on loan, and hasn't played in a competitive match since being sent off after a series of offences in Rangers' game against Manchester City on the final day of last season. Watch this space…

The French side will be taking on Turkish team Fenerbahce. Hostile atmosphere is a certainty. Keep your cool, Joey.

17.18: …And Liverpool's starting XI to face Young Boys:

Jones, Enrique, Coates, Carragher, Wisdom, Henderson, Sahin, Suso, Downing, Assaidi, Pacheco.

Remember me Joey Barton starts in Marseille's midfield against Fenerbahce

Remember me Joey Barton starts in Marseille's midfield against Fenerbahce

17.15: Here are the teams for Maritimo v Newcastle:

Maritimo: Salin, Briguel, Joao Guilherme, Roberge, Luis Olim, Rafael Miranda, Joao Luiz, Heldon, David Simao, Sami, Danilo Dias.

Subs: Lima De Oliveira, Joao Diogo, Marcio Rosario, Igor Rossi, Goncalo Abreu, Fidelis, Adilson.

Newcastle: Elliot, Perch, Williamson, Steven Taylor, Santon, Obertan, Bigirimana, Gosling, Amalfitano, Shola Ameobi, Vuckic.

Subs: Harper, Marveaux, Sammy Ameobi, Ferguson, Tavernier, Abeid, Campbell.

17.10: So Welcome one and all to our coverage of the Europa League.

Liverpool will be looking for a win after a rocky start in the Premier League and Spurs have a tricky one against Lazio. Newcastle, meanwhile, will be hoping to snatch a win away at Maritimo. Teams on the way.

European assault: Liverpool (left) and Newcastle open up their Europa League group stage campaigns

European assault: Liverpool (left) and Newcastle open up their Europa League group stage campaigns