Archive | July, 2010

French farce: should Patrice Evra be banished from international football?

This clip shows why Patrice Evra, of Manchester United and France, is ranked among the best footballers in the world. There is also a case for saying the “and France” part of that description should now be considered a thing of history … Here in France, the inquest continues at various levels, from grass roots […]

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World Cup Soapbox: keep your head up, Big John Mensah

John Mensah may have adopted the Mickey Gray approach to penalty taking – I draw the line at saying the “Jeff Whitley approach” – but he played his full, lion-hearted part in a thrilling game, and a team display that will have had most of the world saddened by a cruel defeat. Pete Sixsmith concurs […]

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A Dutch treat – and fab for Fabio

Having just watched a fine second half performance by the Netherlands to overcome Brazil (though Van Bommel should be quietly told that Salut! Sunderland would have booked him for the rotten offence of trying to get an opponent – Michel Bastos – sent off, and then again for his two subsequent fouls in successive minutes), […]

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World Cup Soapbox: withdrawal symptoms or back to a normal life?

… in which Pete Sixsmith fills a World Cup gap by going to the circus before offering his closing stage predictions (for the football, not the circus); thus Pete laments the likely end of the road for Paraguay, sees Ghana proceeding to the semis and names the trophy winners … After coming through two scary […]

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From nowhere, Rooney challenges Ronaldo as World Cup flop

Image: Dullhunk Before the tournament, no one even thought of him in such terms. Now Wayne Rooney is second only to Cristiano Ronaldo as the biggest disappointment of the World Cup. (more…)

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(we …) just like watching Brazil

Image: Thomás When the odds were checked a minute ago, Brazil were still the bookies’ favourites, marginally ahead of Spain, to win South Africa 2010. We could even, at a pinch, have an all-South American final four; that would take a mighty performance from Our Lads against the Spanish. Jeremy Robson takes a cool-headed look […]

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Who’d be the most hated man in England?

How do we choose the next England manager? We no longer turn to a committee of octogenarian football administrators, but there are always the sports editors of the tabloid press, TV pundits and Glenn Hoddle’s spiritual healer. And if they can’t help, says Luke Harvey, we could do better than consult ancient Chinese history … […]

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Promotion poll: Sunderland vie with Portsmouth but can Burton, Lincoln or Doncaster make top six?

Plenty of this from the Roker End last night.

John McCormick, associate editor, writes: things have quietened down with our ‘who to follow’ poll, as we might expect. Portsmouth, […]

McGeady: Aiden and abetting a new Sunderland promotion push

Jake: 'let's have a revolution - like winning some games'

Monsieur Salut writes: we all love a marquee signing, the arrival at the Stadium of Light of Light of a […]

A Salut! Sunderland welcome to Jordan WiIlis, Jack Ross’s third pre-season signing

Jake: 'sunnier times for Sunderland AFC'. Click the image to reach Salut! Sunderland's home page

Signing number three is another free, Jordan Willis, 24, a defender who played for Coventry City until the end of […]

Sunderland, Bolton and Bury. Our League One financial ramble has to end somewhere.

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I didn’t know when I’d get back to this series but it seems appropriate to visit these three now, though […]

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