Stanislav Varga's Sunderland debut ag...

Stanislav Varga's Sunderland debut against Arsenal, and four more memorable curtain-raisers

Sunderland's countdown to the Premier League kick-off begins tomorrow when the fixtures are released, but here's something to whet your appetite Darren Bent celebrates scoring for Sunderland against Bolton Wanderers on the opening day of the 2009/10 Premier League season After the pre-season phoney war, this is the day when their team - bolstered by a slew of new signings - can secure the glorious victory that sets the benchmark for the campaign ahead. Or it could be the day when their team makes a nightmare start, paying the price for failing to spend big on quality recruits over the summer months, and the realisation that a long drawn-out relegation battle is all they have to look forward to.

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