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20/08/2001

Before the final

Before the final
Nikos' opinion about the Intertoto final against Troyes as it was expressed at the official site of the club: "The Magpies entertain French side Troyes in the second leg of the Intertoto Cup Final tonight knowing that victory will hand them a 5million ticket to the UEFA Cup and fully justify their decision to accept an invitation to the much-derided competition. Having launched the Premiership season with a credible 1-1 draw at Chelsea on Sunday, despite missing several key players, spirits could barely be higher on Tyneside. But Greek defender Nikos Dabizas knows just how much the 90 minutes at St James' Park tonight could mean to his club after a 0-0 scoreline in the first leg. "In my opinion, this is an even more important game than Sunday's because if we can win it, we're in Europe and we can achieve many things in Europe," he said. "We have a talented squad and although it's going to be very tough for us, we have to be motivated by the fact that we are only one game away from being in Europe. "They're a good, decent side, but I think we were very poor over there. The best thing about that night was that we played with a lot of spirit and we fought for everything. "We were lacking quality on the night, but I don't think they're a better side than us- and we'll certainly be a better side at our place." "

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232 Appearances in England (175 for Newcastle United, 18 for Leicester in the Premier League and 39 for Leicester in the Championship). Total League-Cup-Europe appearances 550. National Team appearances 70. Goals total 40.