Tag Archives: World Cup 2010

England v USA: a World Cup “Who Are You?”

So, they kick off today: South Africa v Mexico with Nelson Mandela, sadly, absent following the death of his 13-year-old great granddaughter in an accident after last night’s concert, and France v Uruguay tonight. And tomorrow Fabio Capello’s finest, minus Darren Bent, open the Group C campaign against the United States of America, the country […]

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Can the World Cup help Kick Out Racism?

Thanks to people of the calibre of Niall Quinn and Darren Bent, and many more than we could hope to mention, Sunderland AFC have played a commendable role, through such campaigns as Show Racism the Red Card, in combating racial prejudice and discrimination in football. The opening of the World Cup in South Africa – […]

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From Hartlepool and Bradford to the World Cup

The blurb that comes with the clip explains that is a competition in which contestants dream up their ultimate World Cup 2010 football-watching experiences. The prize is a Visa Fixer, ie a card with £20,000 credit that you don’t have to pay back, to turn the dream into reality. Seven winners will be chosen by […]

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World Cup: flying the flag for France, and 31 others

Bill Taylor lives in Toronto, Ontario but, as a former resident of Bishop Auckland, near Toronto, Co Durham and a Sunderland fan with strong Wearside links, is a regular visitor to this site. So how is his adopted city gearing up for a distant sporting event in which it will play no part? With a […]

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World Cup: Saffron, Republica and Sunderland

David Jaymes, who occasionally sends information in my direction for use at Salut! Sunderland’s folk and roots music offshoot, Salut! Live, may well be unaware that Ready To Go and Republica – whom he manages (he is not, as I suggested when first posting, their publicist) – are inseparable from the recent history of Sunderland. […]

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England, Heskey and Bent: measuring failure and success

Imagine the scenario: Emile Heskey has a blinder of a tournament, setting up Defoe and Rooney for winners in two games, feeding Crouch for a couple in another and even scoring himself as England storm to World Cup triumph. Sunderland fans who moaned about Darren Bent’s exclusions begin to look small-minded and absurd. But none […]

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Soapbox on England: book a holiday now Darren

Did anyone in the England camp actually want Darren Bent to go to South Africa? Do Rooney and Lampard have as much say as Fabio? Did Darren miss a sitter or just a half chance in a token appearance in which it was pre-ordained that he’d barely see the ball? Pete Sixsmith wonders … I […]

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Darren Bent: dynamite news from Capello

Sunderland’s welcome signing of Cristian Riveros, on a free transfer from the Mexican club Cruz Azul, may have deepened our fondness for Paraguay. We like to think, having voted already for Paulo da Silva and their red and white stripes, that we’re their official British site for the World Cup (though we’re not). But let’s […]

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End of season reviews: (3) smilin’ like I’m happy, seeking extenuating circumstances

Jake: 'would winning the last four games just make us angrier?'

Colin Randall writes: I commend this epic piece from our associate editor John McCormick, his superbly argued but also entertaining […]

Hutch’s Patch: the despair of one boy’s plea to Moyes after Chelsea

M Salut: I trust dad was keeping a close eye on this ...

Rob Hutchison is not always restricted to one-word, one-mark ratings after games he’s (mostly) seen us lose. Scenes at Stamford […]

Memo to Ellis Short: ‘please not Karanka, think John O’Shea’

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Barry Emmerson is a footballing man in the mould of Pete Sixsmith. In other words, he knows his stuff. He […]

End of season reviews: (2) from Moyes misery to a SuperKev dream?

Mick Goulding and son

Colin Randall writes: the horrendous events of Manchester, death and injury inflicted by one person with nothing to offer humanity, […]

We almost forgot. Moyes was still manager when the Chapman Report visited Chelsea

not giving up

Robert Chapman, an ever-welcome stand-in for Pete Sixsmith when the Sixer considers a game unworthy of his presence, was at […]

Sixer’s Soapbox: Moyes resigns, he won’t be missed

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John McCormick writes: end of season reviews have just begin, with Lars Knutsen providing the first with a piece entitled “Hire […]