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Steven Fletcher helps Marseille to the French cup final

Jake: 'any chance of a lift, mate?'

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

Jake: l'artist

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. #PSG — Footy (@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

Jake: l'artist

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

Jake: l'artist

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

Jake: l'artist

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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French Fancies: the shame/la honte of PSG. Allez Steed and OL

Craig: 'don't try this at home'

Very soon, Steed Malbranque and his mates will kick off for L’Olympique Lyonnais at Stade Brestois. Sadly, only an 11-0 win would take Lyon back to the top of Ligue 1, but any win would at least put them on equal points with Paris Saint-Germain. (Update: they didn’t score 11, managing only a 1-1 draw) […]

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Let’s go back to the start of the season (and don’t we wish we could). I polled our readers as […]

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 […]