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France 1 England 1: just like watching Chelsea – or Sunderland

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It has now become officially fashionable – that is to say permitted by the BigClubCentric sportswriters – to regard defence as a proper part of playing football. (more…)

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French Fancies: Laurent Blanc, racial quotas and Lille’s shock for OM

Image: Psgmag.net Our regular look at French football – illustrated by a photo borrowed from the PSGmag.net fan site – considers the racial quotas scandal – and comes clean on another dodgy prediction … Lille football club – LOSC Lille Métropole if you must – are very nearly the Ligue 1 champions in France after […]

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The curse of Chamakh: Bordeaux tears = Salut! smiles

Image: Nicksarebi Another edition of French Fancies and another irresistible pop at Bordeaux. And vote for Salut! Sunderland in the EPL TALK Club Blog awards by clicking here … No football manager, or anyone else for that matter, should have to complain that his 16-year-old daughter was made to suffer verbal abuse from some low-life […]

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Salut!’s Nice corner: Eric Roy 4 Jean-Louis Triaud 0

This old clip, starting with Eric Roy waltzing through the Chelsea defence to set up Niall Quinn’s first goal in that 4-1 hammering of too long ago, seemed as good a way as any of illustrating a quick look at events in French football over the weekend. The team Eric now manages, Nice, who therefore […]

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Luke’s world: are the French just firing Blancs?

Luke Harvey believes the one-match ban on French players for their playground tantrum in South Africa is both ineffectual and, by punishing the (possibly) innocent, unfair. The truth remains confused: the French sports minister spoke of the bullies and the meek but players who have spoken publicly insist everyone was up for the strike with […]

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Can Laurent Blanc clean up French football?

French football is in an appalling state. It was bad enough, following the Thierry Henry handball, even before the team reached South Africa. Once they got there, the rot really set in, from the awful performances to Anelka’s foul-mouthed rant, from the players’ revolt to the manager Raymond Domenech’s disgraceful refusal to shake the hand […]

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Au revoir, Bordeaux: not such a big club after all

France, Tuesday: Bordeaux went out of the Champions’ League tonight, beating Lyon 1-0 but losing 3-2 on aggregate. Salut! Sunderland allowed itself a small cheer as it said farewell to the pantomime baddies of winemaking country … Last summer, Salut! Sunderland decided to have a spot of fun at the expense of the French champions […]

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Arsène, Thierry and Jean-Louis: a triumvirate of French arrogance?

Colin Randall treads difficult domestic territory, braves the disapproval of a French wife and two half-French daughters and, setting himself up as judge, jury and La Cour de Cassation, finds two of the above guilty as charged … Not every Englishman is a BNP thug who steams through French railway carriages singing: “If it wasn’t […]

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Bordeaux: borderline lunacy

Until the Marouane Chamakh farce began, we had nothing against Bordeaux. Liked the city (though not too much), loved the (overpriced) wine, respected Laurent Blanc’s championship-winning achievements, albeit in a relatively weak league. Mais zut alors! M Blanc and his equally blank president have sorely tested our patience, and the entente cordiale … In deference […]

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Who are you? We’re Chelsea

“…Stamford Bridge rarely comes alive nowadays. …”

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Ross In. A dignified but incisive valedictory: ‘I leave with head held high’

Jake: 'why not, with so many players with SAFC connections in Russia?'

A lot of Salut! Sunderland readers go nowhere near Twitter and as one who spends far too much time there, […]

Sunderland’s lengthening list of promotion rivals: Ipswich, plus Rotherham, Peterborough, Portsmouth and Doncaster (or Wycombe, Fleetwood, Blackpool and Coventry)

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Another weekend without football, another weekend providing space to keep our readers – and pundits – up to date with […]

Sixer’s Grimsby Town Soapbox: never too early to start up the buses for Wembley

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Malcolm Dawson writes….I was busy last night with what laughingly passes for the only work I do since retirement. Laughingly, […]

Sixer’s Sevens: blushes avoided as Watmore, McNulty and Grigg edge SAFC past Grimsby Town

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Was it inevitable that despite sacking Jack Ross, Sunderland still contrived to go behind to opposition they should be walloping? […]

Another One Bites The Dust, leaving many Sunderland fans at the crossroads

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Pete Sixsmith was not greatly surprised by news of Jack Ross’s sacking, especially after the woeful display at Lincoln City. […]

Pete the Prophet: Ross gone just before tonight’s big game

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