Tag Archives: France

Wrinkly Pete: supporting Sunderland, excusing my French

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Salut! Sunderland‘s Monsieur Salut was rebuked recently for banging on too much about France. Since the old French Fancies series, looking at Ligue 1 and below, has largely fallen into disuse, this seemed odd even if the very title of the site betrays a connection with the other side of the Channel. Others did spring […]

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Tales from the Red and Whites: Monty, Benno, Lord Rowell and Sixer

Lane Hardy: 'hopefully the first of many ...'

  CONDOLENCES to the French midfielder Lassana Diarra on the loss of a cousin, a Muslim like him, in Friday’s attacks by the odious ISIL in Paris. See footnote … There is not enough time just yet – for reasons I outline in a long footnote touching on the sadness of recent days – to […]

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The French Connection

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John McCormick writes: “Salut Sunderland”. That, and the nom-de-plume of our leader, says enough but I’ll leave it to Colin to expand on his connections. Me, I have my own. My sister lived in France for many years. She married a Frenchman, she has French (oh, so French) children, she has French grandchildren. (more…)

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Weep for England, enjoy France, get back to SAFC – and Portugal

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Another Sixsmith – not our Pete, not even his Phil or Michael, but Andy, the television and events host (and son of Mike) – made several good points during the scintillating first half of France vs Switzerland. (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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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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French Fancies: Beckham’s PSG flick and Toure’s sensational Brest dive

Craig: 'don't try this at home'

A booming burst of Hey Jude, the familiar broad Essex smile and a clever flicked pass to helped Ménez set up the second Paris Saint-Germain goal, off the knee of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, otherwise poor to the extent of being whistled at by his own fans, are on French lips today. But David Beckham’s debut for […]

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Salut!’s Week: gripping Newcastle build-up plus breathtaking Evra/Sissoko/Ribery/Giroud move

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A look at our week of derby-related wisdom and fun – and a marvellous 93rd minute climax to the Spain-France World cup qualifying game. There was more – catch Goldy’s analysis of the really big football story of the week (Danny Rose and Serbian racists) and more besides by going to the home page and […]

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French Fancies: Steed shines in defeat, Marseille flop, PSG rampant

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For those who like my occasional updates from the French league, the big news of the weekend was that Paris Saint-Germain and Marseille chose in different ways to reinforce the idea that it is PSG and the rest in Ligue 1. (more…)

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Vito Mannone’s proud, emotional farewell to Sunderland as he joins Reading

And as the Countdown stalls at the first hurdle Benno is less than impressed with Don Vito's distribution..

The news that Vito Mannone was leaving came as Sunderland prepared for the friendly win at Hartlepool. In itself, it […]

West Ham Champions of the Premier League (table of season ticket affordability)

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  John McCormick writes: I get regular abuse banter from certain people who believe Anfield is a good value, top-class stadium. […]

Sixer’s Soapboax from Hartlepool: Grayson’s work in progress

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M Salut writes: at a chilly Victoria Park last night, Pete Sixsmith took a good look at the 17 players […]

On Sunderland beating Hartlepool 2-1 and Mannone ‘heading for Reading’

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This is not really Sixer’s Sevens, much as it relies on Pete Sixsmith’s reflections from Victoria Park, where Sunderland’s pre-season […]

Can Simon Grayson’s ruthless streak help Sunderland back to the Premier League?

... through the Championship, we're on our way?

At Salut! Sunderland, we do not necessarily long to hear the thoughts of Leeds United supporters. Their lot aren’t especially […]

Birmingham, Wolves, Brentford, Forest, Cardiff, Preston, QPR and Ipswich go missing from our poll

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I have to say I’m a bit surprised by the poll results to date. ‘Boro being top is reasonable. They […]