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French Fancies: ‘star chroniclers’ Henry Winter, Sam Wallace and tenuous Sunderland links

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France’s leading Sunday newspaper hails four stars of Premier League football writing[/caption] How can I make this sound like it has the least thing to do with supporting Sunderland? Monsieur Salut asks himself the question and finally manages to come up with an answer … (more…)

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Steven Fletcher helps Marseille to the French cup final

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The club is in crisis and up for sale. Not Sunderland … Olympique de Marseille. Monsieur Salut currently finds himself a shade closer to the Vélodrome than the Stadium of Light. And this little story concerns us as well as them. (more…)

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French Fancies: Marseille fans get Steven Fletcher’s goat (and not just his)

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Probably for one week only, French Fancies returns to record the latest edition of the Mediterranean exploits of one Steven Fletcher, on loan from SAFC to Marseille … There are worse things footballers can be called than goats, as Olympique de Marseille were during Saturday’s 0-0 draw on Saturday, a 14th home game in Ligue […]

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French Fancies: PSG demand an early bath from football for Butting Brandão

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Any day now, we may hear from some football official in Sao Paulo, having taken lessons from the Uruguayan FA following the Luis Suarez biting scandal, that Europeans just don’t understand Latin American footballing traditions. There are clues as to what possessed Bastia’s Brazilian Evaeverson Lemos da Silva, commonly known as Marlon Brandão, to lie […]

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French Fancies: the first dive of the season? Arise Ibrahimovic

Craig: 'don't try this at home'

VIDEO: And it begins, Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s dreadful dive to win penalty vs Reims. http://t.co/PQgJw9SLfP #PSG pic.twitter.com/yBGHRv6m5G — Footy Vines.com (@Footy_Vines_) August 8, 2014 Monsieur Salut wondered whether to drop the diving question from the coming season’s Who are You? interviews. Arise Sir Zlatan. Well, arise from the ground once your early-season spot of cheating is […]

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French Fancies, Swedish Blues, English stumblers

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I looked in vain for a television channel available to me for the France vs Ukraine match. Since France is my country-in-law, I wanted them to win and was delighted that they did, even if it did reportedly take one goal that was clearly offside and another that was an own goal. (more…)

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French Fancies: Nice work, Le Mans race downwards, PSG au revoir to Becks

Craig: 'don't try this at home'

Our last look of the season at French football takes in ups and downs and (tenuous) Sunderland links at both ends of the table … The poster for Jonny Wilkinson’s Toulon rugby club at the nearby Toulon-Hyères airport gives you an idea of which shape of ball matters most in the area Monsieur Salut calls […]

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Sunderland, Leeds and Wembley 1973: a Frenchman in search of the Roker Roar

The latest edition of French Fancies is special and timely, a must for any Sunderland supporter who happens to be studying – or knows a little of – the language of Molière. Entrez, s’il vous plaît, our new friend Kevin Quigagne, who is French but has been in England for 21 years, lives in the […]

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French Fancies: how L’Equipe saw Liverpool’s demolition of Newcastle

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Salut! Sunderland is, of course, a gloat-free zone. We recognise that no mature Newcastle United supporter ever mocked Sunderland after the 7-1 defeat at Everton, 7-2 at Chelsea or indeed 5-1 at St James’ Park. So, not least in the knowledge that bad results lie ahead for us as well as them given the nature […]

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French Fancies: Newcastle 0 SAFC 3 un show unique, says L’Equipe

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It is not often that a Sunderland game features so prominently in the French press. Even though the sports daily, L’Equipe, covers the Premier League reasonably well, you can guess which teams dominate their columns. Today is different. Paolo Di Canio’s exuberant celebration of each goal at St James’ Park gets the generous illustration you […]

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Another one from the archives: Ken Gambles and some childhood heroes

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John McCormick writes: With a traveller like Pete Sixsmith on our books we’re always going to be able to tell […]

Countdown to Portsmouth at Wembley: (1) ‘a pleasant change from cataclysmic collapse’

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Monsieur Salut writes: Wembley looms again. There is no meaningful football for us (except the games involving our League One […]

From the archives: Birmingham City memories and Sixer doffs his hat to Roy Hodgson

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John McCormick writes: Malcolm said over the weekend that “with no game between now and the Checkatrade Trophy final, the […]

View from the Avenue: how Sunderland benefit from the Checkatrade distraction

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A few days when size mattered, writes Monsieur Salut: first we had Salut! Sunderland passing a grand total of 4m […]

Sixer’s Sub’s Soapbox: Walsall can’t hold on as Sunderland close the gap

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Pete Sixsmith reported windy weather before trotting off to the SOL yesterday and Walsall duly put the wind up Sunderland, […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Grigg strike eases patchy Sunderland past Walsall for three mighty points

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Back home, after a long time on the road, with a depleted squad and a serious need to keep in […]

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