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Brazil 2014. Something for the weekend

Here on Saturday the Suarez affair was bubbling under a bit, but quietly. It appeared Liverpool had not had any documentation from FIFA so didn’t know how or if they could proceed, although they have been told they are not eligible to appeal against the ban. That strikes me as unfair, given that they are […]

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Arjen Robben and when going Dutch means a cheat, not a treat

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So, we have a highly talented player renowned and handsomely rewarded for his contributions to club and country. At a crucial stage of the World Cup in Brazil, he gets frustrated when a bunch of minnows from Mexico lead the elite masters of football from the Netherlands. And the response from Arjen Robben, presently of […]

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Brazil 2014: my ‘super Saturday’ of hot Chile, Colombian gold and Metallica

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Rob Hutchison, a Sunderland-supporting southern exile, is also a man of music. He found himself torn (but not, Natalie Imbruglia is relieved to hear, trust, ‘lying naked on the floor’) between Uruguay vs Colombia and Glastonbury. It all turned into Rob’s ‘super Saturday’ … (more…)

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Brazil 2014: a piece of magique for Algeria

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My electronic friend Fahim Officiel, the brains behind the Algerian top you see above or alongside these words, is ecstatic at his country’s progress from the group stage to the last 16 of the World Cup. He asks me to remind Salut! Sunderland readers of his original forecast that they’d reach the quarter finals though […]

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Brazil 2014: Belgium are a surmountable obstacle as USA ‘dare to dream’

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It used to be said that football could never be popular in the USA because the country had no interest in a sport it couldn’t win. Has Brazil 2014 finally changed that? The fans in the stadiums and on social media are vocal enough but what about the broader picture? With a last 16 tie […]

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Brazil 2014: the USA, Salut! Sunderland readers’ choice, make it through

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Let’s look forward to another of Grant Tunkel‘s fascinating descriptions of the USA (and Sunderland) supporter’s experience of World Cup joy. The USA’s 1-0 defeat by Germany was probably about fair. But Portugal’s win against Ghana was the result that ensured American progress to the knock-out stages of the competition. (more…)

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The Robson Report: biting thoughts on Suarez

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This should really have preceded Malcolm Dawson’s short, timely piece on the Luis Suarez biting incident. Monsieur Salut had assorted domestic crises, a heavy extractor fan falling in the middle of the night to smash the hob and my Mac’s refusal to accept the valid password for wifi access being only two of them. So […]

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Suarez ban: how Liverpool’s flawed genius impacts on Sunderland AFC

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Malcolm Dawson writes….I have no sympathy for Luis Suarez. A serial biter deserves all he gets. Even as he withdrew his teeth he fell to the ground hoping to fool the referee into believing he was the one sinned against. That’s the sort of behaviour you hope a four-year-old is about to grow out of. […]

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Brazil 2014. The empire strikes back

From those busy lads at Campo Retro

I said in my last post that I’m not a fan of the World Cup. That’s true but I do like football so I’ve watched the majority of games. One or two have been missed because of unavoidable clashes with the important parts of my life but, generally, TV schedules appear to have been adjusted […]

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Brazil 2014: our man singing The Star-spangled Banner hails USA heroics

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With England out, the Salut! Sunderland readership choice of the USA makes them our Brazil 2014 team. Our US correspondent Grant Tunkel rode an uncontrollable rollercoaster of emotions, from hope to dismay to ecstasy to last-ditch disappointment to pride, as the USA recovered from a woeful start against Portugal, deservedly equalised, even more deservedly led […]

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Bolton Wanderers vs Sunderland. Wanted: another winning trip across the Pennines

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Just for fun, we have taken to saying about our regular slot inviting readers to predict Sunderland scorelines, says Monsieur […]

Should’ve, Could’ve, Might’ve: Sunderland v Rotherham from sublime to ridiculous

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Malcolm Dawson writes……..others I know will not share my opinions, but as I’ve got older I believe I have developed […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Rotherham earn a point as Sunderland miss a penalty.

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It was almost half-time when I realised Pete Sixsmith had not checked in from the Stadium of Light. That’s almost […]

Sunderland – Middlesbrough U21: Sixer’s Smoggy Snapshot

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Here’s a quick warm up for tonight’s main event. Another game against another Yorkshire club. Not as important, perhaps, but […]

Sunderland vs Rotherham United. A big game, make it a big result for SAFC

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A good result at Accrington Stanley propelled Sunderland back into the top six. Isn’t the mark of a successful side […]

Salut Sunderland Accrington Stanley Match Report

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News Now does not appear to be picking up many of our recent posts, including Peter Sixsmith’s latest report from […]

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