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England’s FA Charges Sunderland And QPR For Separate Issues Of Player Conduct

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England's Football Association has charged AFC Sunderland and Queens Park Rangers FC for separate incidents of player misconduct. The Black Cats have beenindicted with failing to control their players during Sunday's 1-1 draw with Everton at the Stadium of Light. While QPR stand accused of failing to control their players during an incident in their recent match against Manchester City.

Danny Welbeck says Arsenal’s plan against Sunderland paid off

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Danny Welbeck said Arsenal's plan against Sunderland paid off with the Black Cats forced into making mistakes as the Gunners ran out 2-0...

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Wednesday Evening Ticker: Sunderland complete ‘Great Escape’, Real Madrid stunned, and more

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Sunderland has pulled off a feat that seemed impossible just a month ago.

The Black Cats won their fourth straight match, beating West Bromwich Albion 2-0, on Wednesday to secure safety from relegation in the English Premier League.

Jack Colback and Fabio Borini scored first-half goals to secure a victory that extended Sunderland's unbeaten streak to five matches.

Sunderland Could Finish Two Places Below Newcastle

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Sunderland won their fourth game in a row tonight with a 2-0 easy win against West Brom, with goals in the first half from Jack Colback and Fabio Borini and that's 13 points for the Black Cats from their last five games. Jack Colback scored a good first goal for Black Cats tonight So [...]

Saturday Ticker: Sunderland end Chelsea home unbeaten run; Atletico maintain lead; and more

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Sunderland were dead and buried.

Sitting 20th in the English Premier League with a trip to Stamford Bridge at hand, the Black Cats were up against a wall.

However, a late Fabio Borini penalty kick goal earned Sunderland a 2-1 win and all three points over title hopefuls Chelsea.

Sunderland Stung For Fielding Ineligible Player As Gus Poyet’s 2010 Sabre-Rattling Rant Comes Back To Haunt Him

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By Chris Wright

No doubt you've heard by now that Sunderland have been fined for fielding an illegible player back at the start of the season, with Ji Dong-Won playing five times for the Black Cats despite not actually being internationally cleared to do so.

Ji, who has since moved to Augsburg on loan for the rest of the season ahead of an already agreed summer transfer to Borussia Dortmund, played in four Premier League ties (three defeats and a draw) and one Carling Cup game for Sunderland back in October though the club were later fined by the Premier League after it came to light anadministrative error meant the South Korean striker didn't have the necessary paperwork to play.

Americans Abroad: Thursday Rewind

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Tim Howard surely did not envision Boxing Day to go like this.

Taking on Sunderland in a Premiership fixture, Howard was controversially ejected in the 23rd minute after it appeared that he brought down Ki Sung-Yueng on a clear chance in the penalty area on Thursday.

Hull boss Steve Bruce: ‘Taking the Sunderland job was a mistake’

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Hull manager Steve Bruce says he made a mistake when he took charge of Sunderland. Speaking ahead of tomorrow's meeting between the two sides, Bruce admitted he would probably pass on the opportunity to manage the Black Cats given the chance to make his decision again. The former Manchester United defender believes his Newcastle roots [.

Sunderland appoints Gus Poyet as new manager

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The beginning of the English Premier League season hasn't gone well for Sunderland and Jozy Altidore. The Black Cats sit in last place in the league table and parted ways with manager Paolo Di Canioafter five weeks, zero wins and one point in the league.

Sunderland Appoint Gus Poyet as Head Coach

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Sunderland have unveiled Gus Poyet as their new head coach, replacing Paolo Di Canio at the Premier League's bottom club.

Poyet has been handed a two-year deal by the Black Cats, who have picked up just one point in their first seven league games this season.

The Uruguayan is Sunderland's sixth manager in five years, and was previously with Brighton before being sacked earlier this year for gross misconduct.

Gus Poyet Officially Sworn In As New Sunderland Manager

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By Chris Wright

It'd been in the pipeline for a while but, as of this morning, Sunderland have officially appointed Gus Poyet as their new manager replacing Paolo Di Canio, who was binned a week or so ago for being...well, a bit silly really.

The former Brighton boss joins The Black Cats on a two-year deal, thus becoming the club's sixth manager in five years.

A Star Is Born At United While Liverpool Move Top Of Premier League

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Adnan Januzaj starred for Manchester United, relieving the pressure on manager David Moyes as his two goals clinched a 2-1 comeback victory at Sunderland.

Januzaj's first start under Moyes began badly when Craig Gardner handed the Black Cats an early lead at the Stadium of Light, capitalising on another mistake by Nemanja Vidic.

Sunderland caretaker boss Kevin Ball gives ketchup a reprieve

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Leading the queue of those hoping for a second chance at Sunderland after Paolo Di Canio's sacking is the club condiments. Ketchup and mayonnaise banned by the Italian during his time in charge have been reinstated in the Black Cats' canteen with the permission of caretaker manager Kevin Ball. The temporary boss is [.

Roberto Di Matteo and Gus Poyet set to reject Sunderland

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Roberto Di Matteo and Gus Poyet, two of the early favourites to replace Paolo Di Canio as Sunderland manager, are both set to rule themselves out of contention for the post. The Guardian reports that the pair both plan to spurn any approach from the Black Cats, with "Di Matteo, especially, and Poyet apparently lukewarm" [.

Top 10 reasons why Sunderland are mad to fire Paolo Di Canio

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1. They've just allowed this bloke to sell arguably their best two players over the summer. 2. They've also allowed him to sign more than a dozen players for whom just about the only thing they have in common at the moment is that Paolo Di Canio wanted to sign them. 3. They went to [...]

Video: Paolo Di Canio conducts long-distance on-pitch conversation with angry Sunderland fans

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It's safe to say that Sunderland supporters are not pleased with what they've seen from Paolo Di Canio's side so far this season. A 3-0 defeat at West Brom yesterday prompted an angry reaction from some supporters. The Black Cats boss went onto the pitch at the Hawthorns and tried to engage the fans in [.

Arsene Wenger says Thomas Vermaelen is in contention for Arsenal vs Sunderland

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Unfortunately, due to a back injury I can't join my team mates on the Asia Tour the next few weeks. I will be staying in London...1/2 Thomas Vermaelen (@T_Vermaelen05) July 11, 2013 Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen could make his return from injury in tomorrow's game against Sunderland, according to Arsene Wenger.

Sunderland lose behind-close-doors friendly to their Under-21 side

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Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio is said to be furious with his players after they lost a behind-closed-doors friendly to the club's Under-21 side. The Italian boss organised a private practice match against the development squad to keep up the first-team's fitness levels during the international break.

Fabio Borini Set For Sunderland Loan

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Liverpool striker Fabio Borini is set for a loan move to Sunderland after the player was spotted arriving at the Black Cats' training ground.
Borini, 22, joined the Reds from Roma last summer in a deal worth an estimated £10.5 million.
However, after an injury-hit first season and the arrival of a clutch of attackers, including Daniel Sturridge, Iago Aspas and Victor Moses, the Italy international has slipped down the pecking order.

GIF It: Jozy Altidore scores his first goal for Sunderland vs MK Dons

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Sunderland summer signing Jozy Altidore opened his goalscoring account for the club with this effort against MK Dons in last night's Capital One Cup clash. The USA international scored the first of four goals in the last 12 minutes for the Black Cats as they came from 0-2 down to record a 4-2 win. Altidore [.

Southampton Remain Unbeaten Courtesy of Fonte's Late Equalizer Against Sunderland

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Jose Fonte's 88th minute equalizer denied Sunderland their first win of the season, in a thrilling match at St. Mary's stadium.

The two sides that flirted with relegation last season were keen on bolstering their squad, by adding a few marquee signings to their roster, this summer. Mauricio Pochettino acquired the likes of Victor Wanyama and Pablo Daniel Osvaldo, while Paolo Di Canio snagged Jozy Altidore and Emanuele Giaccherini.

Report: Roma turn down Sunderland bid for Bradley

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If Sunderland have their way, Jozy Altidore will not be the only talented U.S. Men's National Team player on their roster this season.

According to Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport, Sunderland have set their sights on Michael Bradley but their bid for him, worth an estimated $8-9 million, has been rejected by AS Roma.

Sunderland suspend Phil Bardsley for mocking their defeat to Fulham

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Sunderland have suspended right-back Phil Bardsley after he mocked their defeat to Fulham at the weekend on a social networking site. The former Manchester United youngster was already a Black Cats outcast. He had been frozen out of the first-team by Paolo Di Canio and not given a squad number for the new season after [.

Sunderland players working 9am-6pm under Paolo Di Canio

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Sunderland's squad are working from 9am until 6pm under manager Paolo Di Canio's gruelling pre-season routine. Black Cats skipper John O'Shea has given an insight into the club's new working hours. And it sounds like the players' shopping and gaming schedules have been severely affected. The squad reports for training at 9am for two morning [.

Sunderland accept Wigan bid for James McClean

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Wigan have had a bid for Sunderland winger James McClean accepted. The Black Cats have agreed to sell the Republic of Ireland international for an undisclosed fee, the Press Association reports. The former Derry City player burst onto the scene under Martin O'Neill in the second half of the 2011/12 season, but struggled to make [.

Monkey gesture / chicken dance Sunderland fan given three-year banning order

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A Sunderland fan photographed making a monkey gesture towards West Brom striker Romelu Lukaku has been given an 18-month conditional discharge and been banned from football matches for three years. Liam Jones, aged 22, admitted causing racially aggravated harassment, alarm or distress during the Black Cats' home defeat to West Bromich Albion in November 2012.

Jozy Altidore Could Lead Sunderland Attack With Fletcher Out Until September

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Last season Sunderland found themselves struggling to keep their heads above the murky waters of relegation. A quick look at the club's statistics from last year reveals that, despite being almost middle of the table in terms of goals conceded, the Black Cats managed to score just 41 goals. Only QPR and Stoke scored fewer.

Sunderland make a point in victory over Tottenham in Barclay’s Asian Trophy

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While many may believe that Sunderland were headed for failure under the questionable leadership of manager Paolo Di Canio, the Black Cats have spent the summer completely rebuilding their first team and the results are already looking to be headed in the right direction according to results on Jul.

Sunderland fan gets tattoo of Paolo Di Canio knee-slide celebration

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With six games remaining in the 2012-13 Premier League season, Sunderland desperately needed a win against fierce local rivals Newcastle to steer clear of the relegation zone. Against all odds, the Black Cats managed a 3-0 win at St James Park, led by their new talismanic and definitely-not-a-fascist manager Paolo Di Canio.

Jozy Altidore: American striker agrees EPL return move with Sunderland

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Transfer speculation surrounding the future of United States Men's National Team member Jozy Altidore for the last few weeks. Now it looks to be more than just rumors as the former New York Red Bull's forward looks to be on the move once again after two stellar campaigns with Dutch Eredivisie side AZ Alkmaar.

Is Simon Mignolet really the difference between Liverpool qualifying for the Champions League or not?

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Liverpool completed the £9 million signing of Sunderland keeper Simon Mignolet earlier this week. A decent signing, we can probably all agree. The Belgian has acquitted himself very well in his time at the Stadium of Light. The 25-year-old has gone from Black Cats benchwarmer to one of the best keepers in the Premier League [.

Mignolet Completes Liverpool Move

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Liverpool has completed the signing of goalkeeper Simon Mignolet from Sunderland on a long-term contract.
The Reds agreed a deal with the Black Cats late last week but the 25-year-old only completed a medical at the club's Melwood training ground on Tuesday.
After passing the medical the Belgium international put pen to paper on a long-term deal that sees him become Liverpool's fourth signing of the summer.

Newcastle United Transfer Special: SessegnOn The Tyne Is All Mine, All Mine?

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Sunderland striker Stephane Sessegnon is keen on a summer move to arch rivals Newcastle United. The 29 year-old Benin international who scored the opening goal in Paolo Di Canio's 3-0 victory at St. James' Park in April might be the first high profile sale of the Italian's controversial reign as boss of The Black Cats.

Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio not pleased with ‘arrogant, ignorant footballers’

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It's not a real day of the week without an entertaining Paolo Di Canio quote. The Sunderland manager is ready to wield the axe after getting fed up of the lack of discipline among his players. He said: "I don't care to have argument with my players but they have to go through the rules. [...]

Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio wants to slap ‘Playboy model’ Connor Wickham

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Paolo Di Canio says he is tempted to slap Sunderland youngster Connor Wickham to ensure he fulfils his potential. The Black Cats boss is keen to see the 20-year-old live up to the expectations that came when he arrived on Wearside from Ipswich for £8.1 million two years ago. He said: "Maybe, with this guy, [.

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USMNT Roundtable: Should Jozy Stay Or Should He Go?

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Not satisfied with hindering his goalscoring ability, Sunderland has also diminished Jozy's ability to smile. (photo:

Jozy Altidore's struggles in Sunderland have precipitated an emergency session of OTF's USMNT roundtable...

Michael Bradley did it.

I Hope There Are Still Mental Scars From The Last Match

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Newcastle fans have mental scars from the last derby game, when Sunderland beat Newcastle 3-0 at St. James' Park, after the Black Cats had not won one game in their previous 11 league games. Alan Pardew mental scars Whether the Newcastle players have scars is another matter. but Alan Pardew today has said he [.

L'ira di Di Canio sui Black Cats

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L'ira di Di Canio sui Black Cats Di Renato Cignoni Il sole splende sul Selhurst Park, casa del Crystal Palace, ma per il Sunderland di Paolo Di Canio è sempre buio pesto. Fuori Altidore, infortunato, i black cats subiscono da subito la pressione del Palace che passa gi all'8° minuto: angolo battuto da Campaña, deviazione che colpisce la gamba di Gabbidon con la palla che finisce in rete.

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GIF It: Mathieu Debuchy equalises for Newcastle at Sunderland

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Mathieu Debuchy took advantage of some slack Sunderland defending to grab an equaliser for Newcastle in the Tyne-Wear derby. The French right-back ghosted in at the back-post and was on hand to finish as the Black Cats switched off and let the ball run all the way across their area.

Aly Cissokho Agrees Anfield Terms

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Liverpool look to have beaten rivals Sunderland to the signature of Valencia left-back Aly Cissokho, with the player agreeing terms at Anfield, according to the Shields Gazette.
The Black Cats made an enquiry for Cissokho last month with manager Paolo Di Canio left frustrated in his attempts to bring in a new fullback at the Stadium of Light after Spurs blocked their attempts to re-loan Danny Rose.