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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: the shame/la honte of PSG. Allez Steed and OL

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Very soon, Steed Malbranque and his mates will kick off for L’Olympique Lyonnais at Stade Brestois. Sadly, only an 11-0 win would take Lyon back to the top of Ligue 1, but any win would at least put them on equal points with Paris Saint-Germain. (Update: they didn’t score 11, managing only a 1-1 draw) […]

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French Fancies: Beckham’s PSG flick and Toure’s sensational Brest dive

Monsieur Salut: sisha for a soothsayer

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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French Fancies: ‘below-par’ Steed makes two, puts Lyon top as PSG flop again

Jake: l'artist

Stop press: Dec 2 – PSG lose at Nice – YES!! – while Steed’s Lyon beat Montpellier to go five points clear at the top pending Marseille’s later game … French Fancies makes a brief appearance amid all the understandable glee inspired by only Sunderland’s second victory of the season. Fans of Steed Malbranque and […]

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French Fancies: salt in wounds as Super Steed tipped for Les Bleus

Jake: l'artist

(From Chris Butler’s collection) What a great French word is étincelant. It means sparkling but you could stretch it to scintillating. And that is how our – as in how I wish he were still ours – Steed Malbranque played for L’Olympique Lyonnais as they walloped Bastia 5-2 in pouring rain on Sunday night. (more…)

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French Fancies: Steed marches on and Nancy fans show Sunderland the way

Jake: l'artist

This week, we combine a very brief Salut! Sunderland’s Week with an even briefer French Fancies … No need to rely on the French speakers in the Sunderland squad – Sess and Mig for starters but who knows what other linguists lurk in the dressing room? – to get the message of this photo, taken […]

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

Jake: l'artist

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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French Fancies: Ste-eee-d cannot stop impressing for OL

Jake: l'artist

Image: addick-tedKevin Just the quickest of French Fancies to alert Salut! Sunderland readers – not including Jeremy Robson, who professes to stop caring about players once they leave SAFC – to another excellent showing by our old favourite Steed Malbranque, taking full advantage of the new lease of footballing life extended by his first club, […]

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French Fancies: Steed stars as Lyon chase Joey Barton’s new Marseille pals

Jake: l'artist

Salut! Sunderland was happy to report recently that Steed Malbranque, so often impressive for Sunderland, had ended his break from football and won a one-year deal at Lyon, one of France’s top three and the club where he started out. (more…)

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French Fancies: Steed to Lyon, PSG stutter, Bordeaux forgiven over Chamakh

Jake: l'artist

Image: addick-tedKevin Top news from France: our old favourite Steed Malbranque, having walked out on Saint-Etienne soon after joining them from Sunderland last summer, has landed on his feet. (more…)

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View from the West Stand: That’s more like it as Cats put five past Tranmere

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Sixer’s Sevens. Sunderland 5 Tranmere Rovers 0. Can’t be bad!

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A View From the Avenue: the Sunderland ‘shambles’ Parkinson must put right

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Sunderland vs Tranmere Rovers: hoping for that delayed new manager bounce

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Sixer’s Sevens from Wycombe (or Prague): anywhere to avoid seeing another SAFC stumble

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The Chapman Report from Wycombe: ‘so lacking in threat that with Ross, it would have turned nasty’

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