The Great Escape number… erm… 4?

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Sunderland have done it again! We’re safe for next Premier League season. We are the Top dogs of the North-East! What about Newcastle United?… Well they finally got a point against us but lacked everything needed for the proper escape from relegation zone. Technically Sunderland AFC sent them to relegation.

Actually it wasn’t an easy task to complete. It contained a lot of ‘thanks’ we depended on, but thankfully these all were our very own made ‘thanks’ we depended on. Thanks to the best January transfer window of the last decade, thanks to the final push and desire to get a result and finally thanks to the fans who packed Stadim of Light last home games and made some noise! SoL Roar it was like, specially at our last home game against Everton. Probably the noisiest match ever at SoL. We really need to have THIS every game next season and then only the sky is the limit!

Ha’way the Lads! KTF! FTM!

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6 in a row…

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It looks like we’ve got our six-pack. Ha’way the Lads!

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Go Enrico Go!

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Our friends Black Cats of Italy have planned a really incredible masterpiece over one year or so. Now we’re happy to announce it will kick off on July 25th. Sunderland supporter Enrico Milani celebrates his 25th year supporting Sunderland AFC with a little bike ride from his familiar Brescia to Wearside. “Walking in the park”-like 2000 kilometres ride goes easily over the Alps, through Middle-Europe and England. Sounds a bit scary, eh?

nina3No worries at all! Enrico is a lad made of steel and his tribute is serving more important reasons than collecting some training miles on a bike or inform the rest of Europe about such a wonderful football club as Sunderland AFC. Enrico’s Way is collecting funds to support little Nina in fight for her rightful place under the Sun. Nina is a four-year-old girl who is living with an extremely rare medical condition. SAFC Italian branch has supported Nina many years. Now they give you a really good chance to support this little angel by yourself.

Here is your chance to ride for Nina:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/road-to-stadium-of-light-ride-for-nina#/story

If you want to be in touch with Enrico’s challenge follow his FB page:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Road-to-Stadium-of-Light/664555550306699?fref=ts

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Salute Nina!
Salute Enrico!
Ha’way the Lads!

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5-in-a-row! Looking for a 6-pack?

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Poominator speaks!

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Few weeks ago in Estonia our best footballer of all times and surely kindest person in Estonia as sportsman and probably also as individual Mart Poom published book about his sporting career. And we must say, „Minu lugu (‘My Story’ in English) is a one hell of a good reading!

Book what is topping at the moment Christmas selling charts in Estonia tells us Mart Poom’s story. This is a story about boy who wasn’t talented for football but whose tenacious character, strong will and love for the game lifted him to the highest levels of The Game.

Book was written jointly with football journalist Indrek Schwede (who started interviews for the book nearly 15(!) years ago) but is far being usual ‘ghostwriting b**lshit’, as Poominator story is basing mainly on Poom’s sporting diaries what he performed day-by-day since year 1987. Schwede’s name as an author is also at cover next to Poom. But he’s only ‘people of the staff’ nuff more. In this book speaks Poom.

We could say that Poom’s story was a ‘Cinderella case’ if SHE (Cinderella) had ever put in at least 10 per cent of work what Poomy did and had at least 2 per cent of traumas Poom had in his way to the top. Remember, Cinderella, almost quit when she lost her shoe…;) Ermm… Ok, forget it! Poom’s story is a ‘role model’ story for a kids who want to become someone but are not too sure how to achieve it. Book takes us to a long tour from Soviet Estonia dormitory district courtyards to the stadiums like Stadium of Light and Emirates Stadium. Book also tells us story how such a wonderful game as football what was not favoured nearly 40 years under Soviet occupation became again Estonians favourite sport and what impact Mart Poom and his team-mates had in this revolution.

Our Est-Fin branch is mentioned twice in Poominator’s book. First time he talks about us at pages where Poom signed ‘on loan’ for SAFC and our branch welcomed him at stadium after Estonia-Iceland match.

[...]Compared to Derby County Sunderland is a big club what has supporters even in Estonia. November 2002, when we won Iceland 2:0 at home, I was welcomed by dozen of red-and-white-shirted Estonians who were overjoyed about my club selection.[...]

Next time we have our 3 rows of fame when Poom talks about his visit to our branch’s match against Estoonian Army as our manager. Need I say we won the match 1-0? ;)

When Poominator retired in England he was offered GK coaching job at Arsenal by Arsene Wenger. But Poom made decision to return to Estonia and contribute more to Estonian football. At the moment he works as Estonian national team GK coach and manages his own youth football academy called Nõmme United. He hasn’t lowered his tempo, he still works hard for his club and for his country like he did when he was player. His work-rate and intelligence have always been reasons why coaches, managers and fans love him. He gave us some great moment and believe me he keeps giving! Need I say this book is also a non-profit project? All profit from the book goes to support Nõmme United youth football development.

We add here free translation from Mart Poom’s book (hope it’s ok by Mart) where he speaks about Wearside football

[...]People in North-East England – Sunderland and Newcastle – are forthright and passionate. Many are descendants of coalminers and dockworkers, whose income isn´t high for British standars. To them, football is religion. There is nothing but football and rugby. Fans there are different from the ones in Derby, where the crowd is always supportive. Here, if you´re losing, they always start to boo. If you give everything on the field, they accept you. They´ll worship you. If it´s going badly, they react immediately, the stand starts to rustle. There, they see things in black and white. It takes guts to play in front of them.[...]

Ha’way Marty Poom!

(…when he gets the ball he scores a goal Marty Marty Poom!)

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Miracles happen’

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2013/14 – What a season it has been! Absolute roller coaster season with every single obligatory element included. We had all the falls and rises necessary for a proper roller coaster ride, most unforeseen spins included. At moments it felt like a dream, at moments we saw the brick wall ahead of us and thought „okay well, we all gonna die“. And finally, at the very last moment of hopelessness we managed „The Great Escape“ and landed safely at the end of the road. Actually we have found ourselves at the very much the same place we started our roller coaster ride with Di Canio ‘revolution’ last year. Of course, at roller coaster it’s not too surprising to finally arrive the place you started your trip. But in football usually we expect a bit more. We took off with Di Canio’s Rocket of Prospective Success but landed with Gus Bus. Unsuccessful season? Not at all! This season reminds me a lot of Keano’s first season as a Sunderland manager. Lot of gamble in a good way. We got few most sweetest wins home and away. Double over mags, ManU and Chelsea away landmarks, usual perfomance against ManCity plus fantastic cup run. Surprisingly we didn’t win the league this time as few most unexpected losses against minor opponents took place at our road of success. Well, to be 100% honest, at times our team looked and played like utter rubbish. Still it was a fantastic season to remember.

Last season our branch had a chance to attend 2-1 home match against mags and cup final at Wembley. Both games were fantastic experiences and proved us again and again what a privilege is to be a Sunderland supporter. Ha’way the Lads! KTF! FTM!

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Been there done that…

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It was a dramatic weekend. Trafalgar Square in London was closed due to Russian maslenitsa, Crimea peninsula in Ukraine was closed due to Russian occupation, Covent Garden was closed because Trafalgar Square was hosted by Russian maslenitsa and Sunderland fans had no other place to go. All I can say is sorry to all those pubs and restaurants who closed their doors because of us. Sorry. Very soon we moved our red’n'white arses from the streets of Covent Garden, so did Russians at Trafalgar when their maslenitsa week ended. Russian troops in Crimea never moved. They were just so feckin’ anonymous. Close you eyes and no-one sees you!

On Sunday Sunderland Estonian-Finnish Branch celebrated it’s great day at Wembley! It was a day to remember! Sadly after this BIG DAY we were still lack of trophies but in our Estonian minds it had been a great day out! KTF! FTM! Ha’way the Lads!

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Up for the Cup!

 

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As a result of rollercoaster run of the season 2013/14 so far Sunderland has found itself surprisingly at Wembley gates. League Cup final is a reality! Great Wembley Market (familiar from our earlier trip from 2006 ) must flush it’s curtains and other crappy goods to make a way for mighty Sunderland AFC and Red’n'White Army! Ha’way the Lads!

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Leatherface World Tour

Legendary punk band from Sunderland Leatherface is touring in Europe at the moment. In February they gave one concert in Estonia and four in Finland. Band is well-known by its Sunderland AFC supporting background so there was no surprise they ended their Tallinn gig chanting ‘Martin O’Neill’s Red’n White army’. Gig was a kickass despite frontman Frankie had broke his collarbone few weeks before and was unable to play guitar. Leatherface really rocked the place and reports from Finland and Norway say that they were even much more successful at their next gigs.

Pics from Tallinn gig shooted by Kristina

More pics here!

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We’re back!

We’re happy to announce that Sunderland AFC Supporters Estonian-Finland Community Web has came back from the death. There were TOO many technical problems for TOO many years, so we nearly gave up with our webpage. But thankfully we were brave enough to survive.

As said we were crashed, so we lost a lot of valuable data from the past, specially pictures. We tried to repair as much material of our old webpage as possible but the result wasn’t too good as lot of repaired stuff is very low in quality (originals are lost). Sorry about that. But still we keep searching for material to cover those empty spaces in our Community’s glorious history and of course there will be news update if anything interesting happen in connection with our Branch!

Keep in touch! FTM!

 

 

 

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