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Transfer Balls: Liverpool Sign Higuain For £9m More Than Arsenal Bought Him For

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TRANSFER Balls: The Daily Star says “Liverpool suffer HUGE blow as Arsenal move a step CLOSER to signing Gonzalo Higuain”.

Know that:

ARSENAL are leading the race to sign Napoli star Gonzalo Higuain.

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Posted: 30th, October 2014 | In: Arsenal, Liverpool, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


American Soccer’s Greatest Players: When Football Went Disco

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A passerby scratches his head as he studies a sign posted in a window at Warner Communications, Inc., on Tuesday, June 11, 1975 in Rockefeller Center at New York, announcing the appearance of Brazilian soccer great Pele on Sunday as a member of the New York Cosmos, a professional soccer team owned by Warner. (AP Photo/ Ron Frehm)

 

NEW YORK COSMOS have had a bewildering array of fantastic players, and the latest in the club’s bumpy history is the Spanish legend, Raul. The Real Madrid superhuman decided to come out of retirement to play for the club made famous by Pele.

As well as being a player, Raul is all set to take on the role of technical adviser to the club’s soon-to-be opened youth academy, which he’ll look after when he’s retired.

“Everyone throughout the soccer world knows the Cosmos name and the legacy of the players that played for this team previously,” Raul said in a statement. “They helped establish soccer in America and I’m honoured to follow in their footsteps. I believe in this club’s vision and I’m excited to be a part of that.”

 

 

Of course, moving to New York doesn’t hurt either, and no doubt, he’ll be on fantastic amounts of money. You’d be mad not to!

Likewise, back in the ’70s and ’80s, footballers from all over the world saw the footballing goldrush of America. When the NASL started to become more popular and investors started throwing their money around, everyone started taking notice.

It was the arrival of Pele at NY Cosmos that saw the floodgates open and a huge number of footballers going Stateside for a huge paycheck and all the coke and champagne they could stomach in America’s disco clubs.

 

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So with that, let us look at some of the true greats that moved to America, just like David Villa and Frank Lampard are doing in the winter of their careers right now.

And be sure to watch all the videos because there’s a corker tucked away in there.

 

Johann Cruyff

The mighty Cruyff left Europe to play in the sunshine, ending up playing for the Washington Diplomats and LA Aztecs. He, of course, scored one of the most memorable goals in the league’s history.

 

 

Pele

The player that really opened America up was Pele when he moved to the NY Cosmos. Little needs to be said about that, other than it must’ve been absolutely brilliant in New York with all those superstars dossing about the place.

 

 

George Best

Post Manchester United, it feels like Georgie Best played for just about everyone. Somewhere in there, he managed to sup his way around America, working on his tan at Los Angeles Aztecs, Fort Lauderdale Strikers and San Jose Earthquakes. Between one-night stands and hangovers, he managed to score the NASL’s greatest goal.

 

 

Franz Beckenbauer

Also at NY Cosmos was the technical brilliance of Der Kaiser. You can imagine he took it all quite seriously, which must have been borderline hilarious to everyone else there.

 

 

Eusebio

Eusebio left his beloved Benfica and decided to get one last payday. America beckoned and he found himself lording it up with the Boston Minutemen, Toronto Metros-Croatia and Las Vegas Quicksilvers. Openly in it for the money, but no-one minded. He’s Eusebio. He can do what he wants.

 

 

Giorgio Chinaglia

Napoli legend, Chinaglia rocked up at the New York Cosmos like he owned the place, regardless of who was there. Arrogant, bullish and egocentric, Chinaglia was the disco strut of that famous team and he knew it. However, he wasn’t Pele, which drove him mad. Cue: sporting soap operas galore!

 

 

Geoff Hurst

World Cup winner Geoff Hurst buggered off to play for the Seattle Sounders. He banged some goals in and picked up his money. Below, you can see his debut. He must have wondered what he’d let himself in for.

 

 

Carlos Alberto

Pele’s captain, Carlos Alberto also went to the NY Cosmos. It doesn’t matter what he did or didn’t do, because he’s Carlos Alberto who scored perhaps the most perfect goal in World Cup history.

 

 

Gerd Muller

The brilliant Munich hitman, Gerd Muller, went to Ft Lauderdale and thrashed a load of goals in while growing an absolutely magnificent beard (as seen above with a disappointingly clean-shaven George Best). 38 goals in 71 appearances, and then he rightly put his feet up.

 

 

AND FINALLY

Peter Withe made his way to America, playing for the Portland Timbers. The best record of his time there is getting involved in a tussle the a player and squaring up to a referee just after a cameraman gets taken out with a thunderous clearance from close range. Bravo lads. Bravo.

 

Posted: 30th, October 2014 | In: Key Posts, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester City Balls: Citizens Fan To Be Shock New Match of The Day Pundit

MANCHESTER City fan of the day is Harry Parrot.

Making Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao’s pet parrot Coco look monosyllabic, Harry can cheer on Manchester City with the best of them.

If Harry can add two more stock phrases to his repetoire, he can replace Jamie Redknapp on the Sky Sports sofa.

BBC TV Match of the Day pundits Robbie Savage and Alan Shearer are playing catch-up…

Spotter: Sky Sports

Posted: 30th, October 2014 | In: Manchester City, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Liverpool Balls: Balotelli Is The ‘Great’ Who Changed Michael Owen’s Tune

MICHAEL Owen is talking about Liverpool FC striker Mario Balotelli.

Today Owen tells Daily Telegraph readers:

Brendan Rodgers will probably never admit it publicly, but he must already be considering alternatives as he looks for strikers more suited to his style of play… I felt when he joined he was not a ‘Liverpool type’ player, and have not changed my mind…

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Posted: 30th, October 2014 | In: Liverpool, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Liverpool Balls: Sturridge, Sterling And The Caribbean Slave Gene Problem

LIVERPOOL Balls: Daniel Sturridge says his injuries could be down to genetics. He tells TalkSport:

“I’ve been unfortunate this season to pick up injuries. Maybe it’s my body type and hereditary…  My uncle Dean had a lot of muscle problems when he played, uncle Simon the same, and my dad. Maybe it’s the Caribbean vibes. [I have] fast-twitch muscles, I am more vulnerable to muscle injuries. As to whether I will be one of the best player in Europe or the world, for me, as long as I continue to work hard everything will take care of itself.”

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Posted: 30th, October 2014 | In: Liverpool, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Claudio Gentile, Maradona And Martin Keown’s Hypocritic Assault On Football’s ‘Dark Arts’

 

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Argentina’s Diego Maradona, is tackled by Italy’s Claudio Gentile during the Soccer World Cup second round match, between Italy and Argentina, at the Sarra Stadium, Barcelona, June 29, 1982. Argentina defeated Italy 2 – 1. (AP Photo)

 

Rob Bagchi has noticed that Hands Off In The Box, the Daily Mail’s campaign to stop footballers using force in the penalty box, is a non-starter. You can read more about the Mail’s campaign to pressure referees here. And learn that it’s backed by the paragon of the clean tackle and noble virtues, former Arsenal defender Martin Keown.

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Posted: 29th, October 2014 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: You Will Never Beleive Which Real Madrid Star Manchester United Are ‘Buying’

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TRANSFER Balls: Splendid balls in the Daily Star which links Manchester United with a move for Gareth Bale. Let’s take a look at how the Star’s scoop breaks down.

The headline is informative:

Man Utd FREE to sign Gareth Bale as Real Madrid reveal they are willing to sell

Real want to sell the superb Gareth Bale? The Metro puts a price on the deal:

Real Madrid happy to sell Gareth Bale to Manchester United in £90m transfer deal

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Posted: 29th, October 2014 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Hands Off In The Box: The Daily Mail’s Campaign That No-One Wants

THE Daily Mail has campaign. It wants readers to:

Join Sportsmail’s Hands Off In The Box campaign by parading the logo at matches.

You can just see football fans holding up the Daily Mail’s logo with pride. To date, the only newspaper referenced at football matches is the Sun. Liverpool fans upset over the Sun’s Hillsborough coverage ask fellow fans not to buy it.

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Posted: 29th, October 2014 | In: Chelsea, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Everton Balls: Steven Naismith Rubs It In with Burnley’s ‘keeper

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IT is bad enough conceding a goal when you’re a goalkeeper, as the only thing you’re interested in is protecting the netting from bulging with a football hitting it.

Well, things could be worse than letting a striker get the better of you.

Burnley’s Tom Heaton clawed desperately at the air as Samuel Eto’o’s super strike flew into the goal during Everton’s 3-1 victory over the Clarets.

As the crowd went nuts, Everton’s Steven Naismith followed up the goal and whacked the ball in celebration. Normally, a player will crack the ball into the net for good measure, and initially, it looked like Naismith had messed his celebration up.

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Posted: 29th, October 2014 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Liveprool And Manchester United Balls: Luis Suarez Maintains He’s No Racist

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Manchester United’s Patrice Evra, right, celebrates alongside Liverpool’s Luis Suarez after Manchester United’s 2-1 win over their Merseyside rivals following their English Premier League soccer match at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, England, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

 

THERE’S been a lot of trouble around former Liverpool player Luis Suarez, the last being a rather peculiar bite on an opponent when Uruguay played Italy in the World Cup.

However, off all the things that Suarez has done, the racism row where he used the word “negrito” in a spat with Manchester United’s Patrice Evra is the one that looms largest. And Suarez is adamant that he is not a racist and that he was simply misunderstood by non-Spanish speakers. While admitting that a row took place, he says he is “absolutely not” a racist.

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Posted: 29th, October 2014 | In: Liverpool, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Flight MH17: Newcastle United Fans Prove The Football Family

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JOHN Alder was a passenger on board Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on July 17, 2014, the day it was shot down over Ukraine. Mr Alder, his friend and fellow Newcastle United fan Liam Sweeney and 296 other people were killed. John and Liam were going to the match, on their way to see Newcastle United play a pre-season friendly in New Zealand.

That’s fans for you. John Alder only ever applied for a passport because he needed to see Newcastle play overseas.

 

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Joyce Robbins, Mr Alder’s sister, is talking to George Caullkin in the Times:

“Those first few days were surreal. You’re suddenly reading and watching things at an intense rate, to try and glean as much information as possible and then you hear that they can’t even get on the crash site — it’s heartbreaking . . . You’re seeing this site and thinking: ‘My brother’s there.’ The inside of you is just screaming all the time.”

For four decades John Alder never missed a Newcastle United match. He ammassed a large collection of Newcastle United memorabilia. Joyce has graciously decided to offer the lot for auction, all proceeds going to The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

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Posted: 27th, October 2014 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


QPR Balls: Harry Redknapp Out, Tony Pulis In And Glenn Hoddle For Now

FOOTBALL Balls: In his Daily Mail Football Grapevine. Rob Shepherd has facts for QPR fans:

Tony Pulis is being lined as Harry Redknapp’s successor at QPR.

QPR fans might have mixed feelings about Pulis, Redknapp’s colleague from his Bournemouth days. But he did well for Crystal Palace last year.

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Posted: 26th, October 2014 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Arsenal’s Ozil To Manchester City And Other Beliefs

TRANSFER Balls: The Daily Express says “Mesut Ozil wants to quit Arsenal for Manchester City”.

Rally? He wants to leave Londron to plays for Manchester City?

City are set to launch a £32m bid for Ozil in January.

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Posted: 25th, October 2014 | In: Arsenal, Manchester City, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Gilbert The Gull Brings Shame On Torquay And The Football Mascot Community

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Gilbert The Gull is Torquay United‘s mascot. The Torquay Herald Express reports that Hilbert enjoyed / endured “a clash with fans and some choice words not befitting a friendly Gull being exchanged”.

Gulls are bin-raiding, shrieking, bullies. We’d argue that Gilbert was in character.

Torquay’s chief executive Andrew Candy (Andy Candy!) tells the paper:

“There was an exchange of views between Gilbert and the fans in the Popside. Gilbert was trying to generate some support and get the fans behind the team but it appears that there was a small altercation with the fans. There was no malicious intent in what was said but things were said that, in hindsight, should not have been. Gilbert has been spoken to and been told that this should not have happened and that this will not happen in the future.”

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Posted: 25th, October 2014 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Sami Khedria Joins Arsenal For £20,000 A Week Less Than Gunners Offered Him

TRANSFER Balls: The Daily Express says Real Madrid’s suplus German, Sami Khedira, “has lowered his wage expectations in order to engineer a move to Arsenal”.

A talented, injury prone talent could be on his way to the Gunners. Well, so says the Express’ Charles Perrin.

The Real Madrid ace has been continually linked with a move to the Premier League, with Chelsea also vying for his signature.

So. Chelsea want Khedira. But Khedira wants to play for Arsenal so badly he’ll accept a slighly less massive pay packet.

But fresh reports surfacing on the continent indicate that Khedira is prepared to accept a pay cut and has dropped his wage demands to £80,000-a-week to force through a move to north London.

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Posted: 24th, October 2014 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Spurs Balls: Erik Lamela Wonder Strike Makes Pochettino Think Of Bed

 

SPURS Balls: Last night on the Europa League, Erik Lamela gave us all reason to regret not tuning in when he scored a sublime goal. What would have been Tottenham’s routine 5-1 win over Greek side Asteras (it Tripolis (it says her) was burnished with Lamela’s stupendous ‘rabona’-style strike from 20 yards.

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Posted: 24th, October 2014 | In: Sports, Spurs | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Liverpool Balls: Mario Balotelli Has 9 Weeks To Prove Himself

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LIVERPOOL Balls: Will it help Mario Balotelli to better settle into life at Anfield if he is continually singled out for treatment? Balotelli could go on a PR drive following his stupid decison to swap shirts at half time with Real Madrid’s Pepe, perhaps reminding kids about the Fireworld Code (never return to a lit bathroom towel etc.).

Or he could just be allowed time and space to repay some of £16m Liverpool invested in him?

In the Times, Liveprool fan Tony Evans writes benath the headline “Mario Balotelli faces fight to rescue Liverpool career”.

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Posted: 24th, October 2014 | In: Liverpool, Sports | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Manchester United To Buy Vidal After Buying Vidal

TRANSFER Balls: The Daily Express has news for Manchester United fans longing for the Red Devils to finally spunk a shedload of cash on a player (it’s been weeks since the last splurge).

The Express reports:

The VIDAL DEAL IS ON

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Because the media are a herd, the Mirror reads that and chimes:

Manchester United are set to finally complete the signing of Arturo Vidal…

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Posted: 23rd, October 2014 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Liverpool Balls: Gary Neville Might Laugh

THIS instalment of He’s No Gary Neville Is He stars former Liverpool player and manager Phil Thompson, now offering expert insight and nouse on Sky Sports. In readiness for Liverpool’s Champions’ League match against the mighty Real Madrid, Thompson told viewers:

“It’s going to be a sensational night at Anfield for the first Real Madrid game. They will up the ante, the players. Everybody will be up for it and they’ll make it difficult for Real. Liverpool will win that game. Absolutely, it happens, it’s at Anfield. It will be an incredible night, they’ll turn it on, crank up the pressure and it will be totally different.”

He’s no Gary Neville, is he.

(Liverpool lost 0-3).

Posted: 23rd, October 2014 | In: Liverpool, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Liverpool Balls: An Epic Vine Of Brendan Rodgers Meeting Real Madrid’s Carlo Ancelotti

WHEN Brendan Rodgers met Carlo Ancelotti before Liverpool’s home Champions’ League match against Real Madrid, a game soul caught the moment on a Vine.

 

 

Shades of Rigsby and Miss Jones:

 

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Posted: 23rd, October 2014 | In: Liverpool, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Ched Evans: A Sheffield United Pariah, Child Killers And Guns

CHED Evans: a look at the footballer who happens to be a convicted rapist (surely rapist who happens to be a convicted footballer – ed) in the media.

For those readers who don’t dislike Ched Evans for being a sex criminal, the Sun has news:

 

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It’s Ched and the Shed:

A PAL of soccer rapist Ched Evans told last night how the star shot him with an air rifle — then offered him £11,000 to hush it up. Andrew Barnes, 25, was left in agony after Evans — behind a garage shed — blasted his thigh in an idiotic prank.

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Posted: 23rd, October 2014 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United Balls: Alex Ferguson And Glazers At Odds Over Who Chose David Moyes

DAVID Moyes and Manchester United. Compare and contrast the role played by Sir Alex Ferguson in Moyes getting the top job at Old Trafford:

David Moyes, May 2013:

“It’s a great honour to be asked to be the next manager of Manchester United. I am delighted that Sir Alex saw fit to recommend me for the job”

Alex Ferguson, October 2014:

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Posted: 22nd, October 2014 | In: manchester united | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Atlanta Falcons Think London Is In Spain And Scotland Is Bigger Than Italy

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THE ATLANTIC Falcons are heading to London. No. Hang on…

The Atlanta Falcons are heading to Tossa de Mar on the Spanish Costas, for fun, high-fiving, whooping, snacks as big as your face and all manner of American Football nonsense

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Posted: 22nd, October 2014 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Liverpool Balls: Raheem Sterling Hand Jives With Lions And Mates With A Chair

LIVERPOOL Balls: the Sun continues to hound Raheem Sterling and, by inference, England manager Roy Hodgson, who told the Press that Sterling had not been feeling 100% to start the match in Estonia.

The Sun leads with:

Tired’ Raheem At 3am 3 Lions Party

No. Not leads the sports section. Leads the world news. This is the Sun’s biggest story:

 

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The story is told in bullet points:

- Sunday: Roy says star’s ‘too tired’ to start for England in qualifier

- Monday: Player parties with dwarves, bearded lady, snake and Ox

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Posted: 22nd, October 2014 | In: Liverpool, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Newcastle United Balls: Kieron Dyer Reveals Why He And Lee Bowyer Fought On The Pitch

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Newcastle United’s Kieron Dyer and Lee Bowyer shake hands after being sent off for fighting each other in a brawl during Newcastle’s match against Aston Villa on Saturday. Date: 04/04/2005

IN 2005, football fans lapped up the sight of Newcastle Untied teammates Lee Bowyer and Kieron Dyer scrapping on the pitch. It was very entertaining. Most of us thought the fight was triggered by the players’ stupidity and unappealing natures. But Dyer explaind all to The Chronicle:

He was like ‘Give me the ball’ and I was like ‘I haven’t given the ball away, what you talking about’. Five minutes later he came again and I gave it to somebody else. And he said, ‘You never pass to me!’ I said, ‘The reason I don’t pass to you is because you’re sh*t basically’.

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Posted: 22nd, October 2014 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0