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Weighty Issues

by | 16th, June 2006

Winners

Holland coach Marco van Basten wants to repeat the performances that won the Dutch the 1988 European Championship. Back then, the Dutch team attended a Whitney Houston gig. If they reach the World Cup final, he has promised his players a night at a pop concert.

Germany are using a psychologist to help them prepare for games. Players are made to visualise reaching the final and winning the cup.

Greg Boyd has named his week-old son after England winger Aaron Lennon. “Lennon did us proud,” says Greg – “and at 52cm, he’s almost as tall as his namesake!”
Trade union Amicus has published advice to its members on how to skive off work to watch the World Cup. ‘World Cup Fever – Can You Play Away?’, a guide to bunking off work, is available on the union’s website.

Losers

A joke about Ronaldo’s weight is proving popular in Germany:
Ronaldo goes into a Burger King.
Ronaldo: “Two Whoppers please.”
Waiter: “You’re not fat and everyone loves you.”

Mauro Camoranesi, Italy’s Argentina-born midfielder, did not sing his country’s national anthem before their game with Ghana. He does not know the words.

While the England team in Nuremberg was kept awake by chants and shouts from their fans in the streets outside their hotel, Ukraine’s players are losing sleep over frogs. Defender Vladislav Vaschyuk says: “We will take fishing rods to hunt these frogs.” Let’s hope he and his team-mates have better luck catching them than they did chasing the Spanish attack.

Police in Dortmund say there were 429 arrests after the Germany v Poland match, including 119 from Poland and 278 Germans. Who were the other 32?



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