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Sunderland keep popping up everywhere you look at the 2018 World Cup

Who would have thought Sunderland would have such a big impact at the World Cup?

Do you ever feel like you see the same time when you look at the clock?

Spooky, isn’t it?

No matter where we look during the World Cup we see Sunderland. We’re not being paranoid. It’s really starting to get a bit much.

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50 Shades of

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50 Shades of

The last team to beat a Roberto Martinez side in a competitive game? Sunderland.

The Black Cats stuck three goals past Martinez’s Everton side on 11 May 2016 to seal Premier League survival.

Ahh, those were the days. Sunderland now find themselves preparing for life in League One while Martinez is preparing his Belgium side for a World Cup semi-final.

King Bobby

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King Bobby

Only three players have registered both two goals and two assists during this World Cup. Care to *cough* hazard a guess at who they are?

Yep, Eden Hazard is one of them. Philippe Coutinho is the other and Wahbi Khazri is the third.

Khazri is currently on the books of Sunderland, although it remains to be seen how long he’ll be hanging around on Wearside.

Sunderland’s answer to Ronaldinho

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Sunderland’s answer to Ronaldinho

There were more Sunderland stars past or present in the World Cup quarter-finals than there were Real Madrid, Bayern Munich or Juventus players.

It was the hand of former goalkeeper Jordan Pickford that saved former midfielder Jordan Henderson from a life of Pizza Hut adverts.

When England eventually lift the World Cup Pickford and Henderson will be joined in knighthood by fellow ex-Mackems Danny Rose and Danny Welbeck.

If the World Cup goes on for any longer we’re going to end up supporting Sunderland. Now that’s a terrifying prospect.