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Sunderland

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Sunderland football club was founded in 1879 and play their home games at the Stadium of Light. The stadium has a capacity of 48707 and is the 4th largest stadium in the Premier League after Old Trafford (Man Utd), Emirates Stadium (Arsenal) and Etihad Stadium (Manchester City). Sunderland moved to the Stadium of Light in 1997, they had previously played at Roker Park, which had been Sunderland's home since 1897. The name, Stadium of Light, was chosen as a tribute to the region's mine workers and its industrial heritage. The current manager is David Moyes, who has previously managed Manchester Utd and Everton in the Premier League. Sunderland's nickname is 'The Black Cats', and the team plays in red and white striped shirts, black shorts and black socks.

.Sunderland fans celebrate.

During the Premier League, the highest Sunderland have finished is 7th place, which they managed in 1999-2000 and 2000-01. However, 'The Black Cats' have won the English league title six times, but the last was a long time ago: 1935-36. A little more recently, in 1973, they won the FA Cup, for the second time, against the strongest team in England at the time, Leeds United. It was a famous victory because Sunderland were in the second division.

In 1999-2000, Sunderland striker, Kevin Philllips, scored 30 Premier League goals to win the Premier League Golden Boot and European Golden Boot awards.

Sunderland shares its stadium's name with Benfica in Portugal.

Sunderland’s strongest rivalry is with Newcastle, which is another city very close to Sunderland in the North East of England. The derby between Newcastle Utd and Sunderland was first played in 1888. It has been played 154 times, with Sunderland winning 52 times and Newcastle 53. In 2015/16, Sunderland and Newcastle were both fighting to avoid relegation and the four points that Sunderland won against their rival helped Sunderland survive but meant Newcastle were relegated to the Championship. The match between the two teams is called 'The Tyne and Wear Derby' after the rivers that flow through the cities: The Tyne (Newcastle) and The Wear (Sunderland).

In 2015/16, Sunderland finished 17th in the Premier League and successfully avoided relegation after some good results towards the end of the season under the, then, manager, Sam Allardyce. Sunderland’s top scorer was Jermain Defoe, with 15 goals. Sunderland will need more goals from their strikers if they want to survive another season in the Premier League. Moyes will be looking to improve his squad in the transfer market and Sunderland fans will be hoping that they can avoid a fight against relegation this season.

Prediction 2016/17: 19th

Key player: Jermain Defoe

Did you know.....?

Sunderland's biggest ever victory was 9-1 against local rivals Newcastle Utd!

Learn about Sunderland

The following activities will help you learn about Sunderland football club. 

The first activity is a matching activity. If you're not sure of an answer, go back to the READ section.

Activity 1: In this activity, you have to match Sunderland's manager, top scorer, stadium, stadium capacity, and club colours.
Can you match the facts and figures?

Sebastian Larsson joking with the referee.

Consectatio Excellentiae

This is Sunderland's motto. It means In pursuit of excellence. 

Now you have looked at the facts and figures, it's time to go into detail. Can you answer some more detailed questions about the Black Cats?


Activity 2: In final activity, there is a video guide to Sunderland. Watch the Sunderland club video and learn more about the Black Cats. See how much you understand by trying the activities that are after the video. The video is a little difficult to understand and is for intermediate learners and above.
Watch the video guide to Sunderland.

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Anec's picture
Anec
17/06/2014
LK
0
points

Next season probably be good for Sunderland...


Anec's picture
Anec
17/06/2014 10:58
Sri Lanka
Chelsea
0

Next season probably be good for Sunderland...

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sarkav15
24/06/2014
GB
0
points

Sunderland played very well last season to stay in the Premier League. They gained a lot of confidence after beating top teams like Chelsea and Manchester United. I predict a great performance from them next season.


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sarkav15
24/06/2014 19:08
United Kingdom
Sunderland
0

Sunderland played very well last season to stay in the Premier League. They gained a lot of confidence after beating top teams like Chelsea and Manchester United. I predict a great performance from them next season.

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SajidaXI
03/07/2014
PK
0
points

Next season probably be good for them


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SajidaXI
03/07/2014 18:37
Pakistan
Manchester United
0

Next season probably be good for them

Rema's picture
Rema
04/03/2015
RS
538
points

I spotted that something isn't ok:
The current manager is Gus Poyet, who as a Uruguayan international .
Sunderland manager, the Argentinian Gus Poyet.


Rema's picture
Rema
04/03/2015 20:56
Serbia
West Ham United
538

I spotted that something isn't ok:
The current manager is Gus Poyet, who as a Uruguayan international .
Sunderland manager, the Argentinian Gus Poyet.

Rich's picture
Rich
04/03/2015
ES
-4956
points

Thanks Rema. We've changed it now!


Rich's picture
Rich
04/03/2015 23:14
Spain
Liverpool
-4956

Thanks Rema. We've changed it now!

Abdallah
26/09/2015
KW
1813
points

I enjoy see their matches against the big four teams because they be very challengers


Abdallah
26/09/2015 13:38
Kuwait
Chelsea
1813

I enjoy see their matches against the big four teams because they be very challengers

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aragorn1986
24/10/2015
ME
3527
points

It's not always easy in the Premier league. In the last few seasons black cats were striving to finish on the safe position. Also, they changed too many managers trying to perform their best. Even this season they deal with many problems. We'll see what will happen but if they want to survive they have to show an extra effort.


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aragorn1986
24/10/2015 23:38
Montenegro
Arsenal
3527

It's not always easy in the Premier league. In the last few seasons black cats were striving to finish on the safe position. Also, they changed too many managers trying to perform their best. Even this season they deal with many problems. We'll see what will happen but if they want to survive they have to show an extra effort.

SalvaGH
10/11/2015
ES
841
points

It seems to be another difficult season for the "black cats" as they'll have to improve quite a lot to avoid relegation.


SalvaGH
10/11/2015 22:14
Spain
Manchester City
841

It seems to be another difficult season for the "black cats" as they'll have to improve quite a lot to avoid relegation.

Rich's picture
Rich
12/11/2015
ES
-4956
points

Maybe their new manager, Sam Allardyce, can help them? He's an expert in escaping relegation!


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Rich
12/11/2015 08:11
Spain
Liverpool
-4956

Maybe their new manager, Sam Allardyce, can help them? He's an expert in escaping relegation!

nikosonris
24/11/2015
UA
2453
points

Along with Tony Pulis.


nikosonris
24/11/2015 09:56
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

Along with Tony Pulis.

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MUGEMANYI
20/11/2015
RW
2320
points

This season will be bad for them, they're not improving


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MUGEMANYI
20/11/2015 06:37
Rwanda
Arsenal
2320

This season will be bad for them, they're not improving

nikosonris
24/11/2015
UA
2453
points

They are definitely under the threat of being relegated. I agree with aragorn1986 that they have to go an extra mile to stay in the top division.


nikosonris
24/11/2015 09:59
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

They are definitely under the threat of being relegated. I agree with aragorn1986 that they have to go an extra mile to stay in the top division.

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aragorn1986
07/12/2015
ME
3527
points

Sunderland has capacity to survive in the PL. They proved that in the local derby after they demolished N'castle with 3-0 but they don't have power to play constantly good. We'll see what will happen but I'm afraid they won't make it this year.


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aragorn1986
07/12/2015 13:37
Montenegro
Arsenal
3527

Sunderland has capacity to survive in the PL. They proved that in the local derby after they demolished N'castle with 3-0 but they don't have power to play constantly good. We'll see what will happen but I'm afraid they won't make it this year.

nikosonris
09/12/2015
UA
2453
points

That's another thing I like about the Premier League. The title race is as exciting as the fight at the bottom of the table to get out of the relegation zone!


nikosonris
09/12/2015 13:26
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

That's another thing I like about the Premier League. The title race is as exciting as the fight at the bottom of the table to get out of the relegation zone!

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aragorn1986
18/01/2016
ME
3527
points

If Sunderland escapes relegation this season it will be only because Sam Allardyce has great skills and experience as a manager. Together with Defoe who turns every good chance into a goal.


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aragorn1986
18/01/2016 18:57
Montenegro
Arsenal
3527

If Sunderland escapes relegation this season it will be only because Sam Allardyce has great skills and experience as a manager. Together with Defoe who turns every good chance into a goal.

robinbanks
22/02/2016
US
1
points

DDSDASAS


robinbanks
22/02/2016 05:46
United States
Leicester City
1

DDSDASAS

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HakanUslu1881
03/03/2016
TR
1761
points

I am not fan of sunderland.


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HakanUslu1881
03/03/2016 21:29
Turkey
Leicester City
1761

I am not fan of sunderland.

nikosonris
24/03/2016
UA
2453
points

It will be an amazing achievement for Big Sam if he can pull Sunderland out of relegation this year.


nikosonris
24/03/2016 08:51
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

It will be an amazing achievement for Big Sam if he can pull Sunderland out of relegation this year.

assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
08/04/2016
PS
3553
points

I think that they will not be relegated next season, they may play will in the next few matches.


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assemjuve
08/04/2016 04:06
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3553

I think that they will not be relegated next season, they may play will in the next few matches.

assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
08/04/2016
PS
3553
points

I can remember the match between Sunderland and New Castle this season when it finished in a draw 1-1 this season.


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assemjuve
08/04/2016 04:08
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3553

I can remember the match between Sunderland and New Castle this season when it finished in a draw 1-1 this season.

joto
14/06/2016
AT
271
points

i hope so


joto
14/06/2016 15:20
Austria
Stoke City
271

i hope so

joto
14/06/2016
AT
271
points

i hope so


joto
14/06/2016 15:20
Austria
Stoke City
271

i hope so

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
20/07/2016
GH
3903
points

My favourite player for Sunderland was asamoah gyan back then


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
20/07/2016 05:21
Ghana
Manchester United
3903

My favourite player for Sunderland was asamoah gyan back then

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
20/07/2016
GH
3903
points

Sam Allardyce helped Sunderland escape relegation he is indeed good at helping near relegating teams from escaping


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kwesimanifest
20/07/2016 05:27
Ghana
Manchester United
3903

Sam Allardyce helped Sunderland escape relegation he is indeed good at helping near relegating teams from escaping

Almir10
25/01/2017
BA
100
points

Sunderland


Almir10
25/01/2017 14:13
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Manchester City
100

Sunderland

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Caco
29/01/2017
MK
140
points

:)


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Caco
29/01/2017 15:07
Macedonia
Arsenal
140

:)

haydi's picture
haydi
30/04/2017
TN
3189
points

"The derby between Newcastle Utd and Sunderland was first played in 1888. It has been played 154 times, with Sunderland winning 52 times and Newcastle 53."
The two cities seem to be friends whatever the result of a match. They have a common history of 13 decades.


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haydi
30/04/2017 23:02
Tunisia
Newcastle United
3189

"The derby between Newcastle Utd and Sunderland was first played in 1888. It has been played 154 times, with Sunderland winning 52 times and Newcastle 53."
The two cities seem to be friends whatever the result of a match. They have a common history of 13 decades.

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Top Scorers
RankNameScore
1kwesimanifest3903
2assemjuve3553
3aragorn19863527
4haydi3189
5Alex_from_Ukraine2676
6nikosonris2453
7MUGEMANYI2320
8Abdallah1813
9HakanUslu18811761
10nika_chelsea251667
Country ranking
RankNameScore
1Serbia23421
2Albania21085
3Ukraine19574
4Macedonia19390
5Bosnia and Herzegovina16066
6Kosovo13542
7Armenia13362
8Georgia12551
9Montenegro8140
10Azerbaijan7844
Club ranking
RankNameScore
1Manchester United70346
2Arsenal49720
3Chelsea41857
4Liverpool40626
5Manchester City15420
6Leicester City7626
7Tottenham Hotspur4512
8West Ham United3694
9Everton1642
10Watford1638

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4
Average: 4 (1 vote)

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