Sunderland A.F.C.

The Sunderland AFC ( officially: Sunderland Association Football Club ) - also known as The Black Cats - is an English football club based in Sunderland in the North East of England.

  • 3.1 Current squad 2013/14 season
  • 3.2 Players


The club was founded in 1879 under the name Sunderland & District Teachers Association. Seven years later, now under the name " Sunderland Association Football Club ', the club was professional and recruited the first " foreign "players from Scotland. He later was the first English football team, the English champions three times.

In 2003, we got down from the Premier League and played two years in the Football League Championship. In the 2004/05 season was Sunderland AFC Champion Football League Championship, an increase again in the Premier League, was immediately descend again in the season 2005/ 06 but only 20 and had. 2006/ 07 they repeated the ascent after only one year in the second division. This Sunderland plays since the 2007 /08 season again top notch.

A seven-member Irish consortium named " Consortium Drumaville " bought in July 2006 out of the club 's ownership, Bob Murray. However, after the targeted top coaches could not be obliged to Niall Quinn was employed as a member of this association is in as coach. He laid but in his first five games with Sunderland AFC a false start out lost there alongside the off in the League Cup against fourth division FC Bury all four championship matches and placed as Table. On August 27, the new club's management announced that Roy Keane - a new coach has been found - the long-time captain of Manchester United. Quinn himself assumed henceforth the office of club president. That same season managed Sunderland AFC promotion to the English top flight. He was succeeded in the 2007 /08 relegation in 15th On December 3, 2011, Martin O'Neill was appointed as the new team manager and the successor to Steve Bruce. After the 0-1 defeat against Manchester United O'Neill was dismissed on 30 March 2013. A day after Paolo Di Canio took over the vacant manager spot and signed a two and a half year contract. Di Canio was controversial because of its clear commitment to fascism. Then resigned in protest David Miliband back as vice - president and chairman of the board. Miliband said on its website:

"I wish Sunderland AFC all success in the future. It is a great institution did does a huge amount for the north-east, and I wish the team very well over the next seven vital games. HOWEVER, in the light of the new manager 's past political statements, I think it right to step down. "

"I wish AFC Sunderland for success in the future. It's a great institution that makes a major contribution to the North East and I wish the team for the next seven important games all the best. Given the previous political statements of the new coach, but I think it is right to resign. "

After only 13 official matches Di Canio was released in September 2013, after a verbal altercation with several players had shown the deep rifts in the team. Di Canio had previously repeatedly publicly criticized players. Successor of Di Canio was former pro Gustavo Poyet.

Dates and names


English Championship: 6

English Cup (FA Cup): 2

FA Cup Runners-up: 2

League Cup Runners-up: 1

Charity Shield Winner: 1

Well-known former players

  • England Bobby Gurney (1925-1950)
  • Northern Ireland Billy Bingham (1950-1958)
  • Ireland Charlie Hurley (1957-1969)
  • England Jimmy Montgomery (1960-1977)
  • England Brian Clough (1961-1964)
  • England Colin Todd (1966-1971)
  • Scotland Bobby Kerr (1966-1979)
  • Scotland Ian Porterfield (1967-1977)
  • England David Watson (1970-1975)
  • England Gary Rowell (1972-1984)
  • Scotland Ally McCoist (1981-1983)
  • England Bary Venison (1981-1986)
  • England Gary Bennett (1984-1995)
  • Scotland Frank Gray (1985-1989)
  • England Gordon Armstrong (1985-1995)
  • England Peter Davenport (1990-1993)
  • England Kevin Ball (1990-1999)
  • England Michael Gray (1992-2004)
  • Wales Andy Melville (1993-1999)
  • Poland Dariusz Kubicki (1994-1997)
  • Scotland Alex Rae (1996-2001)
  • Ireland Niall Quinn (1996-2002)
  • England Kevin Phillips (1997-2003)
  • Denmark Thomas Sørensen (1998-2003)
  • England Gavin McCann (1998-2003)
  • Germany Thomas Helmer (1999-2000)
  • Sweden Stefan Schwarz (1999-2003)
  • Kevin Kilbane of Ireland (1999-2003)
  • Argentina Julio Arca (2000-2006)
  • Norway Tore André Flo (2002-2003)
  • England Dean Whitehead (2004-2009)
  • Trinidad and Tobago Dwight Yorke (2006-2009)
  • Northern Ireland Jonny Evans (2007-2008)
  • Trinidad and Tobago Kenwyne Jones (2007-2010)
  • Albania Lorik Cana (2009-2010)
  • England Darren Bent (2009-2011)

Manager ( Trainer)

Interim coach will not be included in this list.

The team

Current squad 2013/14 season

(As of August 23, 2013 )


  • England Danny Graham ( to Hull City )
  • France Alfred N'Diaye ( at Eskişehirspor )

Pictures of Sunderland A.F.C.