Tag Archives: World Cup 2010

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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Cheating, or just playing the game?

Have we reached the stage where the art of cheating should be taught to children as no more than a basic technique of football? Examine the differing reactions to Suarez (because he gloated), Neuer (because he denied an Englishman) and Jeremy Robson (because his young lad was the one taking liberties). Is there, Jeremy wonders, […]

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More nasty practices: trying to get opponents booked or dismissed

Image: Shine 2010 The rotten face of football part two. In its relentless campaign to show up football cheats for what they are (whoever they play for), Salut! Sunderland has suffered arrogant, whingeing fans of other clubs who believe it happens only to them, never by. But we’ve been consistent, and as ready to condemn […]

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The rotten face of football: Suarez finding glory in cheating

Bill Taylor, pictured on a visit to St Tropez, has probably watched as much World Cup football as most. From out west in Toronto, he’s enthused, criticised and slumbered – whichever response has seemed appropriate – his way through the competition. But some of the downright dishonesty he’s seen has left a nasty taste in […]

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Adios Paraguay – but thanks for the memories

It was an astonishing run, made all the better because Sunderland AFC had not only colours – red and white stripes – but players, Paulo da Silva and Cristian Riveros, so deeply involved. (more…)

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Small mercies: let’s say the unsayable and hail Germany

There comes a time when even Englishmen can forget the island race mentality and show a little European solidarity. Germany’s trouncing of Argentina not only makes us feel ever so slightly better about having lost by a similar margin – as it was when I started writing; it became greater of course – and with […]

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French farce: should Patrice Evra be banished from international football?

This clip shows why Patrice Evra, of Manchester United and France, is ranked among the best footballers in the world. There is also a case for saying the “and France” part of that description should now be considered a thing of history … Here in France, the inquest continues at various levels, from grass roots […]

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World Cup Soapbox: keep your head up, Big John Mensah

John Mensah may have adopted the Mickey Gray approach to penalty taking – I draw the line at saying the “Jeff Whitley approach” – but he played his full, lion-hearted part in a thrilling game, and a team display that will have had most of the world saddened by a cruel defeat. Pete Sixsmith concurs […]

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A Dutch treat – and fab for Fabio

Having just watched a fine second half performance by the Netherlands to overcome Brazil (though Van Bommel should be quietly told that Salut! Sunderland would have booked him for the rotten offence of trying to get an opponent – Michel Bastos – sent off, and then again for his two subsequent fouls in successive minutes), […]

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From nowhere, Rooney challenges Ronaldo as World Cup flop

Image: Dullhunk Before the tournament, no one even thought of him in such terms. Now Wayne Rooney is second only to Cristiano Ronaldo as the biggest disappointment of the World Cup. (more…)

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After Toronto’s seize cup from Seattle Sounders , could Jozy and Grabban lead our uptable charge?

Jake: 'Jody scores, we're on the pitch'

Monsieur Salut writes: what strikers want to do is score goals. The best of them, like Brian Clough, Kevin Phillips […]

The Chapman Report from Wolves: ‘my game of the season so far’

not giving up

Bob Chapman is always a great stand-in for Pete Sixsmith, a home and away stalwart who lives so far south […]

Wrinkly Pete: the blame game and how Sunderland fortunes could revive

Wrinkly Pete(featured image)

John McCormick writes, I arrived back from Spain (where I’d been able to eat outside) around midnight last night, to […]

Sixer’s Sevens. Wolves 0-0 SAFC. Point made – and a good one

Sixer's Sevens (featured image)

Pete Sixsmith Monsieur Salut writes: Bob Chapman, standing in for Pete Sixsmith (absent on Santa duties), has the sort of […]

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: the company of Wolves

Promotion at first attempt!

Malcolm Dawson writes……the last time I went to Wolves, if I remember rightly, Stephen Elliot equalised with about 10 minutes […]

Wolves Who are You?: ‘fond of Sunderland but you’ll suffer a mauling’

Jake: 'let's be having you'

Andy Nicholls* , moderator at the Wolves fan site Molineux Mix, is another old friend to this site. Seven years […]