Tag Archives: France

From France with love: for Chelsea, Arsenal but Sunderland and Burnley too

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It came out of the blue. A message from a Twitter user plugging Heristage, ‘the only French-language site dedicated to English football’. The message directed me to a long and superbly detailed analysis (in French but at this link) of Sunderland AFC’s ‘Bank of England’ era, that period of the 1950s that older supporters identify as […]

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Sixer Says: grains of hope in 3-2 defeat of Dijon

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Dijon is a fairly attractive town set in the beautiful region of Burgundy. Links between there and Sunderland probably don’t extend beyond the short time one of their former managers, Patrice Carteron, spent at SAFC (the famous highlight of his stay being a goal against Newcastle United). The town does give its name to a […]

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France 0-1 Portugal: bonjour tristesse. Shouldn’t really care, but do

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This was Monsieur Salut’s Facebook posting: Wanted France to win, they deserved it overall but Portugal suddenly burst into life for just enough of the second period of extra time to tear up the script. Both teams responsible for an awful final … (more…)

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The Euro 2016 Final: France v Portugal. Ha’way les Bleus

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Monsieur Salut introduces the finale of Euro 2016. He can hardly disguise his allegiance, which would have been forced on him by marriage if not also by natural preference. Allez les Bleus. Who knows if the above shirt might come in handy in Sunderland’s coming season; if you like what you see, remember Classic Football […]

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Allez les Bleus: the Saint Etienne Mackemoiselle rooting for France in Sunderland

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Monsieur Salut writes: tomorrow night, should France do what logic expects and defeat a Portugal side that has won only once in normal time on the way to the Euro 2016 final, the country will be en fête. But the same will go for a part of Sunderland that is forever French. Salut! Sunderland found […]

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France vs Portugal ‘Who are You?’: a SAFC supporter cries forcaportugal

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Tomorrow: another SAFC season ticket holder – Véronique, a solidly French adopted Mackem – exudes passion for La Belle France … Monsieur Salut writes: here’s a special treat from the tireless souls at Salut! Sunderland. Many readers enjoy the Who are You? series. Why not one for the Euro 2016 final? Help was sought from […]

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Euro 2016: Sixer on England yobs, warlike Russians, reckless Cana and (elsewhere) Yedlin

Pete Sixsmith sees the clouds looming on Teesside

Monsieur Salut writes: Pete Sixsmith makes 10 points from the opening sequence of the Euros but I seem to have reduced them to seven. I began yesterday in a rage against the moronic English ‘fans’ who, as I have witnessed at first hand, are as obnoxious a group of people as you’d hope not to […]

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Win a trip to the Euros: Hodgson snubs Defoe, who should go?

Jake: 'let's start thinking of reasons to be cheerful'

Win a trip to the Euros … read on Roy Hodgson has probably worked out where Sunderland is on the map but not clearly enough to make him select an in-form striker, who grabbed an astonishing tally of 15 Premier League goals despite playing for a team that spent most of the season in the […]

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A summer feast of football in France? Could it be yours

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NB no comments allowed for this posting ….. Who fancies France this summer? By that, I don’t mean who reckons the host country will win the tournament, which is possible if unlikely, but whether you’d like to be there yourself, which this competition also makes possible. If a Salut! Sunderland reader were to win this […]

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Could Jermain Defoe be in Roy Hodgson’s squad for the Euros?

Jermain: to be remembered fondly

When the question was first raised, Monsieur Salut’s instinctive response was along the lines of ‘Hodgson doesn’t really know where Sunderland is, so is unlikely to see Jermain Defoe play unless we’re away to and being beaten soundly by a London side containing one or more of his favourites’. But the questioner persisted with the […]

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Has the luck of the Irish in English football run out?

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Kevin O’Neill is an Irish football writer who knows his subject. In a new book, he traces the declining role […]

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground (with or without Sunderland): Carlisle United

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Brunton Park is the latest stop in Pete Sixsmith‘s series* looking at his own earliest experiences of the teams Sunderland […]

Carlisle Who are You? ‘when Shankly said ours was football’s greatest achievement’

Jake: 'let's be having you'

Colin Randall writes: our Carlisle United interviewee Mike Booth, a moderator at the Carlisle fans’ forum thecumbrians.net, says most people […]

Carlisle United vs SAFC Guess the Score: a winning bounceback after Leeds?

Jake kicks off a new season of Guess the Score

Monsieur Salut confesses: thank heavens no one went for Sunderland 0-2 Leeds. There are quite enough people who could tell […]

Sixer’s Leeds United Soapbox: ‘finish above this lot and SAFC go up’

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Pete Sixsmith had almost forgotten what it was like to have to churn out, week after week, doom-laden masterpieces combining […]

Sixer’s Sevens: SAFC 0 Leeds United 2 – early season promise arrested by the boys in blue

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We’ve seen it before of course. A great chance to take the lead is cleared off the line and almost […]