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Summer Gold: (2) goggles for Robben, pink mittens for shirt-tuggers

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This photograph from the Flickr files of the National Media Museum may or may not show Arjen Robben making one last attempt to perfect his technique ahead of tonight’s World Cup semi-final against Argentina. Our Summer Gold series, recalling timeless highlights from Salut! Sunderland‘s archives, harks back to August 2011 and Ken Gambles‘s entertaining manifesto […]

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The face of anguish as Germans hit Brazil for seven

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Just like watching Sunderland “defending” at Crystal Palace last season, said Pete Sixsmith, and it may only have been two or three by then. Like them or not, though, the German humiliation of Brazil was as clinical as it was excruciating to follow. It was torture for the home fans, of course, but painful enough, […]

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Wembley and Safe: the story of our season for mugs – and the World Cup poll

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Some of the readers who have signed up as Friends of Salut! Sunderland have mentioned that they like the special Wembley and Bust Safe mug they received in return. You see the mug’s design here, capturing the flavour of the site on one side and the flavour of last season on the other. (more…)

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Only four left: Argentine, Brazil, Germany and the Netherlands vie for votes

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The USA, Salut! Sunderland readers’ original favourite (heaven knows where all their votes came from but the team earned our affection) have gone. Then Belgium briefly carried our team-of-the-tournament only to go down to Argentina. Now only the four semi-finalists remain. (more…)

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Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, France, Germany, Netherlands: support your favourite

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France vs Germany, Brazil vs Colombia tomorrow night, the Netherlands vs Costa Rica, Argentina vs Belgium on Saturday. That is the line-up for the quarterfinals of what has been a terrific World Cup. You can still vote to decide which team/country Salut! Sunderland supports. For now, it’s Belgium, who deserve it if only for Vincent […]

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USA exit Brazil: no dream Jozy return but the stuff of legends

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Grant Tunkel‘s reports from the other side of the Atlantic, chronicling the pride and joy inspired by USA performances at Brazil 2014, have given a valuable extra dimension to our World Cup coverage. Before he reverts to writing as an American Sunderland supporter, here – delayed by his own sporting commitments (he had a game […]

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Brazil 2014. Sobs says….

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Although not a fan of the World Cup as there’s too much hype and dishonesty (so how’s it different? I hear you asking) I have forced myself to watch the games in order to report on them for you. Sometimes, to give myself an authentic experience, I have forced myself to drink beer while watching. […]

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Bye Bye America’s Pride: Kompany, Howard and respect

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Sixteen saves, some of then very classy indeed, made Tim Howard the man of the match in USA vs Belgium whatever the winners could say about their match-winners. But then the Belgians were actually magnanimous in victory. Vincent Kompany, an outstanding player and very likeable bloke from what we see of him on Twitter, tweeted […]

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A brave USA display against Belgium that falls just short

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Fabulous goalkeeping from Tim Howard, glorious all-round defending and a thundering finale just when it seemed all was lost. That is how I shall remember the USA’s exit from Brazil 2014, beaten 2-1 after extra time by a technically superior Belgium but only after fighting to the last second to make it an even better […]

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As Belgium faces the USA, Salut! Sunderland’s allegiance depends on outcome

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The two sets of players and officials, and most fans, will never know it. But tonight’s game between the USA and Belgium has something resting on its result beyond a place in the past eight of Brazil 2014. (more…)

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The bookies say Sunderland, Barnsley, Charlton, Portsmouth, Luton and Scunthorpe. What about you?

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And so we have it: the fixtures are out. You’ll be getting your fill of dates, and conjecture from all […]

Alim Ozturk gets the traditional Salut! Sunderland welcome

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No time for much else, but Salut! Sunderland could not let the signing of Alim Ozturk – our first acquisition […]

Charlton at home to start. Seaside promotion party at Southend to finish?

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Monsieur Salut introduces the full fixtures list for next season, starting with Charlton at home, remembers an ambitious pre-match request […]

World Cup Diaries: (4) Moscow en fête as Russians celebrate another big win

Andy Falconer: 'I love Sunderland really'

Our Boro-suppporting World Cup diarist – Monsieur Salut’s nephew, Andy Falconer – changes city. After revealing in the beauty of […]

Sunderland’s Spanish conquest: ‘the essence of English football in its purest sense’

Jake: 'when will we next see sunny times for Sunderland AFC?'

This well-researched and, for Sunderland fans, heartwarming slice of football history was written by David Hewitt, a PhD researcher in […]

The Paddy McNair question and the ins and outs of squad rebuilding at Sunderland

One that was made earlier. Nic, left, with Claire, from outside the Fulwell

This tweet, from a Twitter contact (we follow each other), caught the attention. Well Mr Paddy McNair I do not […]