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Charmless penalties victory makes it a Germany-Argentina World Cup final

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For a reason I may soon work out, this may be a shorter report than my instant account of Brazil versus Germany. Got it! No one showed quite the same passion as the Brazilians, from hapless David Luiz down to the smallest mascot, in the national anthems. Fat lot of good that did them … […]

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Chamakh, Defoe, Van Persie … an A-Z guide on who to boo

Image: jayneandd So who in football makes your hackles rise? Do the cheats, the poseurs or bonebreakers enrage you most – or is it a certain ref, manager, TV pundit or Fleet Street hack? I’ll start my own list here, but everyone is welcome to add to it, filling in the missing entries or second-guessing […]

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Johann Cruyff on a very Dutch murder

Sunday was the night the Netherlands, with complete premeditation, killed football, or at least did their level best to do so. Everyone, except their own short-sighted and indignant fans, knows this to be true, including – as Jeremy Robson, pictured with his young ‘un, points out – a certain Dutch master of the Total Football […]

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The Van Bommel snarl that epitomised this rotten finale

In another of our reflective glances at the World Cup, Bill Taylor starts and finishes with the sort of welcome a prisoner gives when told years have been knocked off his sentence. Four years off World Cup football – and the thuggishness, at the end, of a once-refined footballing nation – is maybe the least […]

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Spain v Netherlands, and the wonder of Darren Bent: through Spanish eyes

Where to go for a Spanish ‘Who Are You?’ in response to Edgar Meyer’s Dutch preview of the 2010 World Cup final. Marta in Belfast? “Typical kneejerk fan – probably couldn’t name any players,” said her husband. The tapas bar I like so much in Ealing? It’s Portuguese. Let’s try the Spanish Embassy in London […]

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Raining on Spain’s parade

Tomorrow Salut! Sunderland brings you a very positive view of Spain, as you’d expect since it is our Who Are You? feature in which a Spanish supporter is interviewed; Jeremy Robson is not so sure, and gets his retaliation in first … What a sad indictment it is that Spain will be contesting a World […]

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Spain 1 Germany 0: send out a search party

So the World Cup winners will be either the Netherlands or Spain. Colin Randall considers tonight’s semi-final result a fair one, but needs to make swift contact with a warm, witty or wise supporter of each finalist … My heart just wasn’t in this match. I sensed it would be tight, with none of the […]

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Netherlands 3 Uruguay 2: justice, amigos

Image: Pperreijn In the end, it was a more comfortable victory than the late Uruguay flourish suggested. A wicked sort of justice had been served by the hint of van Persie being offside at the moment Wesley Sneijder hit his shot to make it 2-1. (more…)

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World Cup memories (10): around the world in 18 days

Not really a break for Pete Sixsmith, whose series of World Cup reminiscences resumes tomorrow. But I also have reason to remember France 98. It was the year I feared I’d be keeping my head down in street battles, but ended up travelling the world … Imagine you’ve been told at work that you’re going […]

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For Sunderland, the only way is up – starting with Charlton Athletic

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Monsieur Salut writes: in just over two weeks, only Sunderland’s second season as far down as the third tier kicks […]

Wahbi Khazri: forget Saint-Etienne – you could have played at Grimsby tonight

Sunderland the Play in real life: wowing Parisian theatregoers**

As Sunderland rceord a first pre-season win, 1-0 at Grimsby, we also say farewell – or another one since he’s […]

Sixer’s Hartlepool Soapbox: bravo Benji, bravo (later) France, bad show Byrne’s boys

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Not so cool at the Pool, said Peter Sixsmith. Benji Kimpioka was cool, as were others of the young players […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Kimpioka spares the blushes to maintain a superb pre-season (for him)

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The 2018-19 edition of Sixer’s Sevens, in which Pete Sixsmith or a super-sub sums up each Sunderland game in seven […]