The two times these teams met in the Premier League last season, Sunderland were in shambles en route to a painful relegation. Everton bested them by a combined score of 5-0. At the moment, the Black Cats do not seem much better off. They are relegation stragglers in the Championship, but who are we kidding, Everton are in the same boat of the top flight. But the season is young and both clubs could use a pick-me-up. For Everton, that would come in the form of a win, anything else is a good result for Sunderland. Date and start time: Wednesday, September 20th at 6:45 a.m. PT / 9:45 a.m ET / 2:45 p.m. BST Stadium: Goodison Park, Liverpool, England Capacity: 40,157 Weather: 62°F/17°C, light rain,
Let me start this by stating I love Lee Barry Cattermole. Always have done & always will. The tough tackling Teessider who moved to Wearside almost a decade ago and two-footed himself into our hearts is truly like no other individual presently in the Sunderland squad. I love Catts the same way I did Bally, Chris Makin, John Kay, Gary Bennett et al. Those names conjure up certain emotions amongst the Wearside faithful. Individuals who understood exactly what it meant to be a Sunderland player. Grit, determination and a whole load of bottle. They “got” whatever SAFC is; they understood what it took to wear that jersey. They were - and remain - the embodiment of what Wearside expects in any footballer.
GENEVA (AP) Russia has regained its place on the FIFA Council, six months after Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko was blocked from re-election. UEFA member federations on Wednesday elected Alexei Sorokin, CEO of the 2018 World Cup organizing committee, by acclamation as one of their delegates to FIFA’s strategy-setting committee. The seat, which runs through 2021, was vacant since May when Mutko was formally forced to step down. Mutko’s candidacy was blocked by FIFA’s then governance committee chairman, Miguel Maduro, because of a conflict of interest with his government work. Maduro, who was ousted by FIFA weeks later, said last week that the world soccer body’s leaders put pressure on him