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Michael Reiziger had dinner with Patrick Kluivert in Newcastle on Wednesday night. canada goose coat 1000 bulbs coupons At the end of Middlesbrough’s day off Reiziger had flown in from Amsterdam to Newcastle and went straight to Kluivert’s new Tyneside home. Kluivert cooked, Reiziger said, and the two old friends and colleagues, who started out at Ajax more than a decade ago, discussed today’s Tees-Tyne derby.

“I know about the Newcastle team because I have spoken a lot with Patrick,” Reiziger said at Middlesbrough’s training ground the following day. “It’s a young team this season. Newcastle are always a top-six club so this will be a canada goose coat 1000 calorie bariatric diet good test, because this season that is also our aim. I think Patrick is still one of the best strikers in the world. If he is fit I think you will see a lot of good things from him. And I know about derbies – after losing to Madrid the atmosphere in Barcelona was not bad for a few days, it was bad for weeks. People remember.”

Reiziger has accumulated a lot of memories since his Ajax debut as a teenager. But presumably as he and Kluivert won the European Cup canada goose coat 1000 bulbs free together and then moved to Barcelona – via Milan in Reiziger’s case – Tyne-Tees football is not a discussion they ever imagined having. Yet here they are in the north-east, two players from best fake canada goose jacket Barcelona among eight new summer recruits at Boro and Newcastle United.

Other nationalities have come, too, but the rest – Ray Parlour, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Mark Viduka for Boro; Nicky Butt, Stephen Carr and James Milner for Newcastle – have joined from within England. Reiziger and Kluivert have arrived as outsiders with the intent of getting two north-east clubs into the top six for the first time since 1951, when Newcastle came fourth and Middlesbrough sixth.

At 31 and 28 respectively that gives Reiziger and Kluivert plenty to aim at and though Ajax-Milan-Barcelona-Middlesbrough is not a usual career path, Reiziger gives the impression of relishing a target. Asked about Steve McClaren’s policy of purchasing the finished article, Reiziger jumped in with “I’m not finished yet” before explaining what brought him here.

“Of course Middlesbrough buy canada goose coat uk is not Barcelona or Milan – the history of the club is different. But when I heard the story from Bolo [Zenden] and George [Boateng], they are enjoying it here. They told me the people are warm – there is a good crowd that make you feel good. Then when I talked to Middlesbrough I got that feeling. That is the most important thing for me and when you look at the players they have bought this season then it shows they want to go upwards. For me it’s a new adventure and I like to be challenged. Let’s see what we can make of it. I have a very positive feeling.”

Others agree. This is the beginning of Steve McClaren’s fourth season at the Riverside since succeeding Bryan Robson and though final placings of 12th, 11th and 11th do not shout of radical progress related site, McClaren’s time cannot be judged simply on that. In his first year at Boro, his first as a manager anywhere, McClaren had to turn over an enormous number of players, 32 coming or going. The second year was a minor disappointment but last season brought history, courtesy of the League Cup win berlin film festival ends canada goose jacket sponsorship amid over Bolton in Cardiff. That in turn brings canada goose coat – victoria a historic first season in Europe buy canada goose jacket edmonton in the Uefa Cup.

The club’s summer ambition was to build on that achievement and the recruitment says they have done so. In betting without Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United, Middlesbrough are 10-1 to win the Premiership.

A sound result against their neighbours on the opening day would help justify that. However, sound starts have not been Boro’s strength under McClaren. In his first season they lost the first four games. In the second they won one of four. Last season Middlesbrough had one point from 15 after five. But characters such as Parlour amazon canada goose jacket and Reiziger bring steadiness with them; Reiziger pointed out that he was already experienced when he won the Champions League three weeks after his 22nd birthday. Ajax also reached the final in 1996 but Reiziger was suspended. He watched as Juventus won 4-2 on penalties after a 1-1 draw. Boro-bound Fabrizio Ravanelli scored for Juve.

“We experienced and achieved a lot young. There is no age to be experienced – you just are. I think because the season is very long you need experience – it’s 38 games in Spain also. Middlesbrough have that. What I have seen in the few weeks here is a very good youth system and the young will learn more from playing with experienced players.”

In terms of life and career experience for Reiziger this is new. After 72 caps for Holland, the last against Portugal in the semi-final defeat at Euro 2004, he has retired from international football. After seven years in Catalonia his family will stay in Barcelona, where Reiziger will live after his two seasons at Boro. Like Kluivert, Reiziger has business interests there.

Reiziger has empathy for Barca, a club he joined in 1997, when Bobby Robson was manager. But suggesting that today would bring another reunion brought a rather anxious answer of: “He was the manager when I signed but Louis van Gaal signed me. The next season Robson was technical director so he wasn’t in the locker room that often.”

But Reiziger knows all about Robson and Newcastle. “I’ve played at Newcastle, and Manchester United and City. Liverpool, Wembley, Leicester last season – I know the country. I know what I am getting into. That’s why I wanted to play here.

“The fans here are crazy, but I’m not saying they aren’t over there. In the last derby against Madrid we won 2-1 in the BernabĂ©u. There were 7,000 fans at Barcelona airport to greet us. We were kept in the airport for about an hour and a half, so I know how important a derby game is. If I go shopping in Newcastle I don’t authentic canada goose outlet online want people saying ‘hey’. In Barcelona you didn’t want that to happen, oh no. But we never lost our other derby – Espanyol – and even if we did I wouldn’t be talking about it.”

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