Archive | June, 2008

Come on Spain..hang on si si Espa

Yes, let us be partisan and say: “Come on Spain.” But – this being running commentary with game in progress – are the cynics right to assume Spain will play the football while Germany win the game? I should put cards on table and admit that I am expecting a display full of Spanish flair […]

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Soapbox: the Russians were coming

Pete Sixsmith marvelled, as I did, at the speed and magical fluency of the Spanish team in making a second-half mockery of all the good things said about the Russians. You need only read what follows to see that Pete was rather looking forward to a Russia v Germany final, but the defeat did nothing […]

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Euro conversion rate

The rate is 220 dirhams. That – just over 30 quid – is what it cost to convert me to Euro 2008. But if you are interested in knowing more about my return to the ranks of football fans interested in internationals, you will just have to read my column at The National, Abu Dhabi. […]

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Ooh aah..c’est ooh aah, c’est UAE y’naagh

This, I know, is the football news everyone was waiting for. Never mind Spain dumping out Italy on penalties – a welcome result, so far as Salut! Sunderland is concerned though Spain’s first half performance was enough to drive me to bed (we kick off at 10.45pm) – or Ronaldo preparing to announce his preference […]

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Russia and Holland serve up classic: this footie’s not bad

All Pete’s fault. His Soapboxes extolling the virtues of Euro 2008 struck a chord. Leaving work today (Abu Dhabi Saturdays are not days off for everyone), I was asked – as usual – if I’d be watching tonight’s footie. And as usual, I replied: “No chance. I cannot find a channel showing it and don’t […]

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Soapbox: Euros giving value for money

Even if you did not read my Club v Country: an easy home win chapter in the ALS book More 24 Hour SAFC People, you probably know that Salut! Sunderland is rarely found devoting too much space to football at international level. Since I am currently based in Abu Dhabi, I care more about the […]

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Soapbox: looking at the Euros

Salut! Sunderland, during Euro 2008, has been a bit like the Circular, the No 5 United bus that used to – still? – slog all over Shildon on a roundabout route towards Bishop: you wait for ages for one, then two come at the same time. With the football focus switching to internationals, it has […]

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Fixtures and fears

Liverpool at home to start with (Aug 16). Then Spurs away and, before the year ends, trips to Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge. Sounds as if we’ll be safe by Christmas again, setting us up nicely for Everton away on Dec 28. With another home banker (Chelsea) to end the season, a top six finish […]

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Sunderland: a tragic tale of lost love, disconnect and rebuilding from scratch

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Monsieur Salut is left at a loose end, feeling a little redundant with no need to post a Guess the […]

Sixer’s Soapbox: Preston comfortable as Sunderland freezes

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John McCormick writes: I won’t be going to the North East before June, so I won’t be seeing any home […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Preston benefit from this week’s press of the self-destruct button

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John McCormick writes: The darkness began to descend early in the second half at the Stadium of Light, and that […]

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team: Preston North End and a trip back in time

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John McCormick writes: Tuesday morning, and I’m idly contemplating the weekend and Pete Sixsmith’s “first time” feature which will announce […]

PNE Who are You?: ‘stick with it Mackems; you’re a big club with loud, passionate fans’

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Monsieur Salut writes: thinking Kevin Kilbane had a bit of a raw deal from SAFC fans isn’t the same as […]

Sixer Says: thanks for memories of beating Arsenal en route to Wembley glory

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Just when we’re all down in the dumps, Pete Sixsmith rides along on his white steer to cheer us up […]