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Brazil 2014: right said Fred, let’s have a penalty

World Cup fever gripping Campo Retro

‘We was getting nowhere’ as Bernard Cribbins put it, so we conned the ref. From camporetro.com‘s WC range A desperately poor opening match of the 2014 World Cup was effectively settled by a penalty awarded, along with a yellow card, for a non-existent foul by Croatia’s Dejan Lovren after Fred tumbled theatrically to ground while […]

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Brazil 2014: putting his shirt on Belgium, but size matters

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When Campo Retro offered free World Cup T-shirts to Salut! Sunderland readers and invited their verdicts, Paul Dobson – aka Sobs – was the first to throw up his hand. He opted for Belgium. Here’s the shirt, above, but worn by another member of the Dobson clan, and now comes the verdict … (more…)

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Brazil 2014: USA, Uruguay and Belgium lead our poll

World Cup fever gripping Campo Retro

With just a few days left before the kickoff in Rio, Jozy Altidore’s USA continue to lead – by a substantial margin – our poll to find an honorary second country to support in the World Cup. Of 237 votes cast last time I looked, 26 per cent had gone to the USA, with Gus […]

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Poyet’s Uruguay, Jozy’s USA make the running. Is Jonny’s Toulon too posh?

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First things first. The World Cup poll – not to be taken too seriously – currently shows Uruguay ahead of the USA in terms of preference. Our marks-out-of-ten columnist, young Keir Bradwell, has registered a protest: how can we have people voting for another team in England’s group? The answer is that you can want […]

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Brazil 2014: vote for the second team of your choice

'Sunderland’s headlong fall and the unconditional love that makes us keep faith.' Click on the cartoon to read Monsieur Salut's tale of woe

Right, this is a semi-serious attempt to reach a World Cup decision. We naturally wish England especially well, or most of us do, and it would indeed be marvellous to see Roy Hodgson lead Jordan and Co to as advanced a stage of the tournament as possible up to and including the final. (more…)

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Brazil 2014: the rights and wrongs of Giaccherini’s omission from Italy squad

Jake: 'this is the place where you find true support, unconditional commitment'

This is one of those occasional guest posts from outsiders, in this case resulting from a collaboration with Superserp.com. It started out as a “will Giaccherini make the squad?” piece but that idea was scuppered by the announcement from Italy that made clear he had not made it. But was Cesare Prandelli right to overlook […]

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Brazil 2014: a top reason for wishing Algeria well, but who else?

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From my French-Algerian electronic friend in Paris, Fahim Medjadji, come congratulations to “sonder land” on you know what and a look at the new Algeria World Cup top he is marketing. I think it is excellent enough to warrant adding Algeria to my list of potential countries to support in Brazil. (more…)

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Brazil 2014: European nations hope for glory – but conditions apply

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Salut! Sunderland will be keeping an eye on the World Cup. Our appeal for candidates for secondary (or primary for those hostile to England) support has yielded the following suggestions, here and elsewhere: Greece, Belgium, Chile, Portugal, Australia and Uruguay. Here, in a guest post* from Mike Larsson at superbetting.com, is a scene-setter reflecting on […]

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The Brazil World Cup: Salut! Sunderland begins search for ‘second team’

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An extraordinary league season is over. Time to turn our thoughts to the World Cup, which opens at the Arena de São Paulo on June 12 when Brazil play Croatia and ends with the July 13 final at the Estádio do Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro. Sunderland have very little direct interest this time. Sweden, […]

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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 […]