Sunderland: All the latest Sunderland flavoured news, views, rumours and other assorted bits and bobs
Let’s all laugh at… Chelsea’s players walking to the Stadium of Light
August 19th, 2009
Not sure why Chelsea’s bus didn’t make it all the way into the Stadium of Light. Perhaps their driver is Deco’s dad and the little Portuguese playmaker was embarrassed: “Drop me off here Dad, I’ll walk the rest of the way. Pick me up later, same place at 10…” Always good to see professional footballers […]
Darren Bent unveiled at Sunderland, admits Twitter tantrum “did the trick”
August 6th, 2009
“Do I wanna go Hull City NO. Do I wanna go stoke NO do I wanna go sunderland YES so stop f****** around levy.” Dazza Bent’s already infamous Tweet seems to have had a positive effect. The striker did get his “dream” move to Mackemland, and so avoided a one-way trip to hell Hull/Stoke. And […]
Peter Crouch to Sunderland. Or Fulham. Er, and Spurs are interested too
July 15th, 2009
Crouchinho, an artist’s impression… @ Fulham: @ Sunderland: @ Spurs: (Yes, my PhotoShop skills are strong today.) I’ve read reports that Sunderland have agreed a Â£12m fee with Pompey for Crouchy. I’ve also heard that the player himself would rather go to Fulham or Spurs, but that Fulham might not be able to match his […]
Transfer Roulette: Predict where Franck Ribery, David Villa, Carlos Tevez and co. will end up next season
June 17th, 2009
Place your bets… All bets are off on Kaka and Cristiano Ronaldo, but there are still many star names whose futures remain unclear. Join Pies for a game of Transfer Roulette:
Head v heart: your relegation predictions, please…
May 22nd, 2009
Who do you want to go down? And who do you think will go down? “Ah, I’ve made a right balls-up of this…” West Brom (definitely) and Boro (99% certain) are down, but which one from Newcastle Utd, Hull City and Sunderland will join them in the Championship next season? Vote after the jump…
Six Premier League players who don’t deserve to go down
May 20th, 2009
Boo, life’s not fair Happier days for West Brom’s skipper 1. Jonathan Greening (West Bromwich Albion) West Brom’s bearded captain, who never quite made the grade at Man Utd, has been the driving force for his team this season. His mental strength is admirable (his head rarely drops), and he can play a bit too. […]
Premocracy: should Man Utd play a weaker team against Middlesbrough?
May 2nd, 2009
Man Utd play Boro this lunchtime, but it won’t be a full-strength United who run out at the Riverside. Alex Ferguson has said he will rotate his squad, so one of Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney will be absent from the starting XI, possibly both. Kiko Macheda might start in Ronaldo’s place, for example.
Roy Keane: collector of footballers
August 22nd, 2008
Come to Wearside, my pretties
These days Roy Keane and Sunderland seem to be taking a Panini sticker approach to the transfer market (“got, got, got, need, got”). Either that or they have drafted in Barry Fry to work behind the scenes because the Black Cats seem to be assembling a HUGE squad. If you believe the papers, there is barely a footballer in the Northern Hemisphere who Collector Keane hasn’t got an eye on. And if they are Irish that’s even better.
Rumours: Silvestre to Arsenal, Ivanovic to quit Chelsea, Fraizer Campbell back to Hull
August 20th, 2008
Who’s going where, and who’s not going anywhere… Baked-bean head Mikael Silvestre was reportedly undergoing a medical at Man City when he was informed that Arsene Wenger wished to sign him. ‘Silvestre immediately abandoned the medical and hurtled down the M1 to meet Gunners boss Wenger and discuss terms,’ The Sun claims. Hope he stuck […]
Top 10 summer signings in the Premier League
August 5th, 2008
Who’s done the best business in the off-season? Here’s who… 10 Brad Friedel (Blackburn to Aston Villa) He’s not far off 40 years old, but Hellboy is still one of the best ‘keepers around. The rest of the list after the jump…
Gallery: Top 10 photos from the weekend’s friendly matches
August 4th, 2008
The best pics from the weekend’s friendly action
Photos: Top 10 summer signings in pre-season action for their new clubs, part 2
July 31st, 2008
More pics of new boys (check out part one) Click on the image below to launch the gallery…
FAIL: Even poor African children snub Sunderland
July 29th, 2008
Something about seeing the words “Reg Vardy” in this environment made me laugh Childish, yes. Funny, ditto.
Football shorts: Will Ferrell loves Chelsea, condoms for sock ties, Tainio to Sunderland, Andy Johnson to Fulham?
July 24th, 2008
Thursday’s loveliest links WIll Ferrell hearts Chelsea The American funny man was spotted on Jon Stewart’s Daily Show (there to promote new movie Step Brothers) wearing a Chelsea shirt. Go figure. [Unprofessional Foul] Safe soccer Some Cape Town footballers are putting condoms on their feet, so that their socks can stay up longer during matches. […]
Euro 2008/Premier League Matchmaker: 20 new players for the Premier League
July 2nd, 2008
Finding the Lonely Hearts of Euro 2008 the perfect home in the Premier League
Arsenal – Artur Boruc
Poland’s keeper was in top form during the competition and a move to a top four club could be enough to tempt him away from Celtic. The Gunners – with Jens Lehmann on his way out – could be interested.
Top six transfer rumours, 26 June: Arshavin to Barcelona, Bentley to Spurs, and more footy gossip
June 26th, 2008
Today’s hottest football gossip, brought to you by the number nine 1. Richard Dunne to Portsmouth Man City’s captain is in the final year of his contract, and Portsmouth are very keen to tempt the player to south, according to the Manchester Evening News. Dunne is currently on holiday but other reports suggest that he […]
Top six transfer rumours, 15 May – but which one is true?
May 15th, 2008
Today’s hotter-than-July lies… 1. Mauro Zarate to Arsenal The on-loan Birmingham star (pictured) is on the wish list of one big-four club, at least according to his agent. I guess it’s Arsenal who want him, as an Eduardo replacement. [Setanta] 2. Jonny Evans to Sunderland Roy Keane is reported to have bid Â£5m for United’s […]
Premier League end-of-season report card – part 2
May 13th, 2008
Like some wise old schoolmaster, Pies grades each Premier League team based on their 07/08 campaign. Here’s part two: Man City (9th) Started brilliantly, finished with a whimper. Overall though, Sven-Goran Eriksson did a good job of restoring pride to the sky-blue half of Manchester. A couple of his signings were notable successes – Elano […]
Is Andy Reid the fattest player to score a Premier League goal?
March 31st, 2008
There have been many plump footballers over the years, but I cannot remember anyone filling out a Premier League shirt quite as well as ‘stocky’ Sunderland player Andy Reid.
Heroes & Villains – Premier League weekend 9-10 Feb
February 11th, 2008
Benjani Mwaruwari Scoring the winning goal in the Manchester derby is not a bad debut in anyone’s books, even if you are only there for the money!
The 20 most valuable players in the Premier League
February 4th, 2008
Football is a team game, but it’s amazing how much of an effect one individual can have on his ten team-mates. Witness Jimmy Bullard’s match-winning performance for Fulham against Aston Villa at Craven Cottage yesterday afternoon. His return from a long-term injury has lifted everyone at the club; it’s no coincidence that Fulham struggled in Bullard’s absence.
January transfer window: Top 5 Rumours of the Day
January 2nd, 2008
The January transfer window is open for business, and so football’s rumour mill has gone into overdrive. Will Berbatov stay at Spurs? Has Joey Barton taken a shower yet? So many questions, so few answers. Here are the top 5 transfer window rumours of the day, neatly summarised in one cut-out-and-keep package:
1 Avram Grant wants to splash out Â£35m to sign both Nicolas Anelka and ‘want-away’ Dimitar Berbatov. Via Daily Star
- Shit Lookalike/Horror Hair: Paul McShane and Boris Becker November 13th, 2007 Horror Hair
What does Joey Barton deserve for his horror tackle on Dickson Etuhu?
November 12th, 2007
Footballâ€™s least favourite bad boy, Joey Barton, is back in hot water after attempting to castrate Dickson Etuhu during the North East derby between Sunderland and Newcastle at the weekend.
Head to Head: Roy Keane v Sam Allardyce
November 6th, 2007
Now itâ€™s time to take the gloves off by asking you to decide whoâ€™s the hardest between two heavyweight managers that you wouldnâ€™t want to meet down a dark training ground â€“ it’s one North East derby that would guarntee claret being spilt.