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Newcastle's Owen wants more derby glory

Newcastle striker Michael Owen has set his heart on more derby success after his taste of glory in Spain's big showdown.

The 27-year-old, who learnt his trade amid the passion of the city rivalry between Liverpool and Everton, will get his first taste of the Tyne-Wear derby on Saturday when he runs out to face Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

Owen has fond memories of at least one of his encounters with Barcelona during his year with Real Madrid.

He said: "We won 4-2 at home, and we lost 3-2 away.

"The scorer's chart on the 4-2 win at home was fantastic. It was Ronaldo, (Zinedine) Zidane, Raul and Owen, and then Ronaldinho and (Samuel) Eto'o for Barcelona - so that's five great players!

"All derbies are obviously different, and that in a way isn't a derby. It's just two successful teams - they are miles apart.

"But they call it El Derby or El Clasico, and it's a fantastic occasion.

"Every derby is different, whether it's Liverpool v Everton or Newcastle v Sunderland.

"I have never played in a Newcastle v Sunderland derby, and I am looking forward to sampling this one."

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