Mark Viduka


Bring On The Purples: Newcastle United’s Transfer Policy Explained

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It seems a lifetime since signings like Michael Owen and Mark Viduka wore the black and white. Declining, injury prone and nearly always overpriced; these marquee players from the Shepherd era were one of the main reasons we were relegated at the beginning of Ashley's reign. On massive wages and having already achieved something notable [.

Newcastle United - News Roundup - 15 August 2009

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Yesterday seemed a bit frenetic, what with Steven Taylor apparently on his way to Everton, Duff seemingly on his way to Fulham and the signing of Manchester United defender Danny Simpson on loan until January. I think the signing of a new player, albeit only on a four and a half month loan, marks a bit [.

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Mike Ashley vs Freddy Shepherd – Who’s better?

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Well, Newcastle United have finally managed to finish in the top half of the Premiership under current owner, Mike Ashley. This is our first top ten finish, and qualification for European competition, since Glenn Roeder's Intertoto "Dream Team" managed seventh, and Europe, after a storming finish in the 2005-06 season.

Newcastle Have Been Hurt By Failed Big Signings

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Alan Pardew talked about the owner Mike Ashley, yesterday during his news conference. Micheal Owen injury ravaged time at Newcastle When Newcastle were relegated two years ago owner Mike Ashley had every right to feel let down by the players, since at the time Newcastle had the 6th highest wage bill of the sides competing in the Premier League and yet we [.

Crocked, crocked and crocked – do NUFC get a lot of injuries?

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The stretchering off of Newcastle United's Hatem Ben Arfa has raised some questions (at least with this writer) about whether we are indeed an injury-prone club. This article was prompted by the recent injury to Hatem Ben Arfa in Newcastle's 0-0 draw with Sporting Kansas City, but it's something that has concerned me for quite [.

Oba Martins Has Had Tough 18 Months – Signs For Birmingham

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Oba Martins has not had a good time of things since he left Newcastle 18 months ago. Oba Martins our favorite shot of Oba when he played at Newcastle When Oba left the club, Newcastle were on their knees, having just been relegated, and that was when the Tyneside club had the fourth [...]

The Ameobi argument – keep or sell?

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Newcastle's Shola Ameobi seems to divide opinion, with some fans eager to get shot of him at the first opportunity and with others jumping to his defence. This article looks at both sides of the argument. I had an argument with my wife the other day. Having left our TomTom at home, it was one [...]

Newcastle United – A Half Season Summary.

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As your probably aware, Newcastle United's Boxing day trip to Sheffield Wednesday will mark our 23rd league game of the season, marking the half-way point in what is turning out to be a fantastic season so far! This article takes a look at some of the happenings since the season began way back on the [.

Liverpool Join Hunt For Newcastle's Steven Taylor

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Newcastle United's much coveted centre-back Steven Taylor has gained another potential suitor in Premier League runners-up Liverpool.

The Newcastle Evening Chronicle claims the Reds are keen on the former England Under-21 captain, but will join Aston Villa and Everton in the battle for his signature.

Damien Duff Fulham FC Official Presentation

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The Newcastle United clearout continues as Irish winger Damien Duff Duff joins Michael Owen, Mark Viduka, Obafemi Martins, Habib Beye and Sebastien Bassong in the exodus from the relegated club. Duff has signed a 3-year deal with English Premier League side Fulham. According to Fulham's website: Fulham Football Club is delighted to announce that Damien Duff becomes [.

Newcastle Interest in Watford’s Williamson And Spurs’ Livermore

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The Evening Chronicle is reporting that Chris Hughton is now looking at £1.5m-rated Watford central defender Mike Williamson to bolster Newcastle's depleted squad. Mike Williamson Newcastle interested in Watford center-back Newcastle are down to 18 senior players following the departures of Beye, Sebastien Bassong and Obafemi Martins, while out-of-contract players Michael Owen, Mark Viduka, David Edgar [.

Everton Launch £8m Bid for Newcastle Centre Back Steven Taylor

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David Moyes gets Lescott replacement ready just in case!

EVERTON last night launched an £8m bid to sign Newcastle defender Steven Taylor – and that could clear the way for Joleon Lescott to join Manchester City.

Taylor (left) could be the latest star to leave St James's Park following Michael Owen, Mark Viduka, Oba Martins, Sebastien Bassong and Habib Beye.

All possibilities

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The news is good, and soon we may see some changes.

First, Mark Viduka.

I'd see this as a kind of Gera signing, a freebie with good odds of paying off. If the wages aren't silly then it's a great low risk, high reward signing.  People worry about Viduka's attitude, but if he doesn't do what he's meant to Roy won't play him.

Viduka possible free transfer to Fulham

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Mark Viduka made the trip to Craven Cottage to speak with Roy Hodgson about a possible free transfer to the Premier League club. Viduka, a star on the Australian national team, was released from Newcastle after Alan Shearer was let go as Newcastle United manager. Viduka has been rumored to possibly being linked to Portsmouth.


Holger over Pim? No he just has pace - more weapons.

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Football fans label Coaches crap or brilliant.

Jose Mourinho used to be brilliant, now he's second he's well...less so.
Alex Ferguson is always brilliant - he always wins, whereas Neil Lennon is crap - he comes second - add in Vitaslev Lavicka - season 1 brilliant, season 2 crap.

Ange Postecoglou is now brilliant and despite losing heaps of players in Season 1 and beginning of Season 2 if he's not top of the league after three games he'll be.

Lynchy gets one wrong - FFA are ahead of you on this one!

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Michael Lynch - a man who's family is from the far end of the Curragh (Irish Racecourse) we're just a bit closer, but further away. Got it?

Lynchy is a much respected Aussie footy writer - but on his player development focus written in the Age I reckon he has a couple of points wrong or at least is unaware of what is coming.

What A-League youth team policy would mean for Canberra?

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Canberra Club members may have an opportunity to assist Australian player development. If history in the local clubland is anything to go by, there is no guarantee they'll do it -at least not without a fight!

Along time ago I was good enough to take on Mark Viduka and Craig Moore in football.

Young Socceroos: Individual v Team Performance. We need stars.

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Some say Youth tournaments are all about team systems, style of play, and of course they are. They set a tone for the nation's coaches and players - something we are working towards in Australia.

But for fans and for future Coaches they are also about individuals.

Barcelona without Lionel Messi compared to Spain without Messi.

Aussie Starlets: Three to watch?

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Mitchell Langerak, Mustifa Amini and Dylan Tombides.

All three are at top German or strong English Clubs - Langarek is proven as a keeper having played in the A-League and in the Asian Champions League and in Germany with Dortmund he can surely only improve and challenge Adam Federici in years to come for the Soccerooos spot.

Aussie football media losing the plot

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First SBS commentator Craig Foster calls for Coach Pim Verbeek to announce his team and strategy to 2 or 3 former Aussie Captains for approval before each game!

Now what Coach of a team would ever agree to that, at any time?

I admire Craig and his thoughts..a lot..but this is crazy stuff.

23 for 2010 – Australia: World Cup squad analysis

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With Pim Verbeek set to announce the Socceroos squad for South Africa on May 11th, we here at thought it timely to discuss what may be the likely squad of players announced.

In Australia's journey to qualification, no less than 22 Socceroos made their debuts under the stewardship of Verbeek.

Who da man coming now?

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Every year the A-League is churning out new Aussie stars. This year is no different. There's more this year than any year in my view and a couple with real quality others with real potential.

Some like Mark Viduka, Brett Emerton and Ned Zelic will go straight from the domestic league to top European sides.

Mark Viduka: Leave us with dignity?

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Mark Viduka one of Australia's greatest sportsmen is in danger of leaving the game with a stain around his image.

If he's retired from professional football, club football fair enough. But when he decided or if he has decided to step down finally from the National team the country deserves better.

Harry Kewell

Asian Cup success hides state of the Aussie game...or does it?

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Great we got to a final with a strong performance over Uzbekistan and a strong but ultimately losing performance in the Asian Cup Final.

No-one more delighted to see the team playing some decent fast forward focused football and let's face it we should have won the final. Will we ever get a better chance?

Can Mr. Fix-it put Turkey back together again?

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After what was a very successful 2002 World Cup campaign for Turkey, finishing third overall (oddly enough, beating their new coaches team to get that place), then finding the same result in the 2003 Confederations Cup, the Turkish national team has found themselves lacking in world football. Missing the 2006 World Cup and then not qualifying for this year's tournament in South Africa, something had to be done to solve the problem.

The draw: Not the World Game for nothing is it?

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Australia 2009 is not as good as team as the one which took the field in Germany.

The group is much stronger this time: Germany and Brazil are not dis-similar, Croatia are nowhere near as strong as this young Serbian side, and of course Ghana are a much stronger proposition than Japan.

All that and a much more battle hardened Aussie team, one which has achieved wonderfully well to qualify, but has not convinced it's supporters it has the goal power to do well in South Africa.

The Friday Five: World Cup Play-Offs

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As the eyes of the footballing world switch to the glittering international events, no not the friendlies, that are the World Cup Play-offs to see just who will take final spots in the world's biggest football tournament, so we take a look back over some of the finest play-offs in World Cup history.


Former United Winger Rejected By LPI

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This report suggests that former Manchester United and Northern Ireland winger Keith Gillespie was offered to Liga Primer Indonesia side PSM Makassar but they rejected him.
Gillespie joins an ever growing list of former English Premier League players who have apparently been offered to the unofficial league but none have yet signed.

Aceh Beckons Former Socceroo?

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I just love the eternal optimism that gushes forth from some of the people involved with the breakaway Liga Primer Indonesia.
Today's football tabloid, Top Skor, suggests that Aceh United are interested in signing for Leeds United, Newcastle United and Middlesborough striker Mark Viduka.
Now I don't know how much truth there is in that story and I have never met the stocky Australian striker but the mere thought of Mark Viduka moving to Aceh, with its strict implementation of sharia law, they have public canings there, has me tittering into me tissues so it does.


32 For 2010: Australia

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The Socceroos have moved. Not literally of course but on an administrative level. Previously, Football Federation Australia were members of the Oceania confederation which only has half a qualification spot for the World Cup Finals. This manifests itself as a play-off against a low-ranked team in another confederation (Asia this time, but in the past it has been South America).

Players Who Really Shouldn't Be At the 2010 World Cup...But Just Might

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You'll hear ex-players, with their cushy jobs as 'state-the-bloody-obvious' media pundits, bang on and on about needing experienced players in national squads who know what to do when the team is up against it.And, I concede, it's a fair point. However, what often happens is that managers end up playing safe and picking players that are way past their prime.

Viduka: Don't leave us this way.

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One of Australia's greatest ever players needs to tell us if:

He's retired.
He'll play for Australia again.

He's starting to annoy me. What is going on Big Man. Aussie Football Fans deserve to know. We've supported you through thick and less thick.

And we need to know so we can buy the Kennedy Australia shirt for Christmas or keep yours.


Fulham Boss Admits Talking With Viduka, But Won’t Sign Him

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UPDATE: According to Sky Sports News, Fulham boss Roy Hodgson admitted that he has had talks with Mark Viduka but that Viduka has no intentions of playing the the Premier League. Hodgson said,

"I spoke to Mark .

Fulham Have Held Talks With Mark Viduka

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UPDATE: According to Peter O'Rourke at Sky Sports News, Fulham has held talks with free-agent striker Mark Viduka. It is also reported that Viduka underwent a physical for the club.

August 8th, 2009 According to Jordan Cross at The News, Portsmouth have agreed to a deal in principle for free-agent striker Mark Viduka.

Portsmouth Offer To Viduka Was Accepted, Says Manager

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According to Jordan Cross at The News, Portsmouth have agreed to a deal in principle for free-agent striker Mark Viduka. Manager Paul Hart said,

"We'll be trying hard with getting players in over the next few days ... Expecting is a word I don't use anymore, though!

The Rest

The Pot 4 Club – Dinamo Zagreb

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The Pot 4 Club Dinamo Zagreb is a post from: Just Football

The Pot 4 Club continues on Just Football with an analysis of Dinamo Zagreb from the writers of CroatianSoccerReport:

Club: Dinamo Zagreb

Straight outta': Croatia

Group: D with Real Madrid, Olympique Lyonnais and Ajax

Recent History

Dinamo Zagreb is the most successful Croatian football club of all time with a rich history in domestic and European play.

USA shocker: Brian Ching left out of Bradley's final 23

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Quite a shocker. The CW was that Ching would partner Jozy Altidore. Every pundit in the land predicted that the Houston Dynamo forward would make the final 23.

Ching suffered a hamstring injury on April 1 in the Dynamo's opener but he had recovered by the time he was called to training camp.

Strachan yet to convince

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Firstly, I apologise for my long absence from

The last time I wrote for this website was in the aftermath of Gareth Southgate's sacking. That was four months ago - plenty of time for Southgate's successor Gordon Strachan to have imprinted his mark upon the Middlesbrough squad.

Inside Agents

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A story on SBS's World Game program this Sunday which deserved a second look was the feature on the PFA's new Player Management Agency.

The story was quite partisan, of course (Craig Foster's PFA links are hardly a secret), but at least the other side, in the shape of the well-known agent Leo Karis, was given a hearing.

The Great Football Song Library No.4: ‘The Footie Song’ by Adam and Joe

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The Footie Song Unplugged:

Devastating lyrics there I believe I detect a little irony behind the catchy chorus. And check out the original on the YouTubes: LINK

Got a song you'd like to nominate for the library? Let us know...