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Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa joined NUFC on January 22, 2013 Credit: ITV

Mapou Yanga-Mbwia:

Born: May 15, 1989 in Bangui, Central African Republic.

Nationality: French.

Position: Defence, centre back.

Career: Captained Montpellier to the Ligue 1 title in 2012. Three appearances for the France national team. Joined Newcastle United for an undisclosed fee, signing a five and a half year deal on January 22, 2013. He made his debut as a substitute during the club's 2-1 win over Aston Villa.

Mathieu Debuchy joined NUFC on January 4, 2013 Credit: ITV

Mathieu Debuchy:

Born: July 28, 1985 in Fretin, France.

Nationality: French.

Position: Defender, right back.

Career: Began his career at French club Lille before joining Newcastle United on a five and a half year deal on January 4, 2013, for a fee of around £5.5 million. He made his debut against Norwich on January 12. Capped by France 19 times.


Newcastle United players give French lessons in schools

Newcastle United has a reputation for welcoming French football players. Today, two of them will be hoping to repay the favour.

Defenders Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Mathieu Debuchy are giving a French language lesson at the Newcastle School for Boys.

Last season, fans embraced red, white and blue along with black and white - even the famous Strawberry pub was renamed La Fraise Credit: Steve Drew/EMPICS Sport


History of NUFC to go on public display

Memorabilia charting the history of the club will be on display to fans. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A new exhibition is opening celebrating the history of Newcastle United.

Memorabilia and photographs of the Magpies through the decades will be on display at the Discovery Museum in Newcastle.

The exhibition runs from February 8 until October 5.

The exhibition, at the Discovery museum, runs until October. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
The Discovery Museum is going black and white for NUFC history exhibition. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Newcastle United unveil plans for multi-million pound training complex

Artist's impression of Newcastle United's proposed new training ground Credit: Newcastle United Football Club

Newcastle United have unveiled plans for a multi-million pound revamp of the club's training complex that will turn it into one of the best facilities of its kind in Europe.

The club plans to redevelop the existing 35 acre site with work beginning in May 2015 and completed in early 2016

While existing training pitches and a modern indoor training hall will be retained, the Club's current Training Centre building will be demolished and replaced by a much larger, high-tech structure that will feature new changing rooms, leisure and catering facilities a hydrotherapy and fitness pool.

United's Director of Football, Joe Kinnear said: "This is a hugely exciting development for Newcastle United. We have one of football's great stadiums and we are delighted to now be announcing plans for a training complex which will rival any in Europe"

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