Anorak

Sports | Anorak - Part 40

Sports Category

Sports news, commentary and scores with wit and added value. We compare and contrast the best and worst sports reporting in the mainstream press, blogs, TV and online. We love the English Premier League (Arsenal, Liverpool, Spurs, Manchester United and Manchester City) and all things football but we cover cricket, rugby, the Olympics, tennis, golf, F1 and highlights of the sporting year.

Arsenal: Wenger wanted Martial but Monaco owed Manchester United over Falcao

radamel falcaoArsenal manger Arsène Wenger says he thought about signing Anthony Martial, the French footballer now with Manchester United. Wenger thought about buying Martial when he was at Lyons. But the French club told him Martial wasn’t for sale.

Martial then …

Posted: 3rd, October 2015 | In: Arsenal, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


England v Australia rugby World Cup crunch match: the backpages

It’s England v Australia in the rugby World Cup. And England have a new hymn for the “troops”:

tumblr_nvm48boVwc1u5f06vo1_1280

 

And do it for me, and all, does Stuart Lancaster, England’s head coach, no say.

 

tumblr_nvm48boVwc1u5f06vo1_1280

 

Jingoism and patriotism are …

Posted: 3rd, October 2015 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Ronaldo To Manchester United Watch: the happy ‘big hint’

Ronaldo Watch:a  look at bullshit.com reporting that Cristiano Ronaldo is leaving Real Madrid to rejoin Manchester United.

Today the Manchester Evening News thunders:

Manchester United transfer news: Ronaldo hints he could leave Real Madrid next summer

Hints?

Cristiano Ronaldo has

Posted: 2nd, October 2015 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal: Manchester United can bank on success, says Wenger

The football media love to make sensation for nothing. So it is for Arsenal’s press conference ahead of their match with Manchester United. According to the Star, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger  has “revealed the real reasons” Man United are …

Posted: 2nd, October 2015 | In: Arsenal, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Pundit watch: Sunderland are as bad as they appear to be

Pundit Watch: The BBC’s Mark Lawrenson gets the big bucks for offering insight into football.

From what I have seen so far this season, Sunderland are the worst team in the Premier League.

This is the Premier League table:

 …

Posted: 2nd, October 2015 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Liverpool: Brendan Rodgers would make a great England manager

Liverpool are looking limp under Brendan Rodgers. Jurgen Klopp is the media’s favourite to take over should Rodgers get the boot. In the Times Matt Dickinson asks readers to pause and remember that Rodgers is no fool. A talented manager, …

Posted: 2nd, October 2015 | In: Liverpool, Sports | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Chelsea v Dr Carneiro: Jon Fearn is Mr Cellophane as Dyke and moralists attack Mourinho’s

Jose Mourinho will not be banned, censured or fined for his criticism of Dr Eva Carneiro, her removal from first-team duties and finally her decision to leave the role of Chelsea doctor. The FA said there was no evidence Mourinho …

Posted: 2nd, October 2015 | In: Chelsea, News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Wayne Rooney: the Daily Mirror didn’t hack the ‘thick’ Manchester United star’s phone out of respect

rooneyBrian Reade has penned a defence of Manchester United and England captain Wayne Rooney.

Class snobs who try to keep council-estate-kid sports stars down and revel in their failings at it again before a new documentary on the striker, says

Posted: 1st, October 2015 | In: Key Posts, manchester united, News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Liverpool balls: football genius picks Neymar over Ings

Banteriser Jimmy Bullard has a plan to make Liverpool great. Jimmy, last seen being irritating (surely, engaging in hilarious bantz – ed) in the I’m A Celebrity jungle has been talking to the Express.

Bullard has been hired by …

Posted: 1st, October 2015 | In: Liverpool, Sports | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Football balls: Bournemouth fans get more extra-tribal sex than Chelsea and Manchester United supporters

Fans of Manchester United and Chelsea are the ugliest faces in the Premier League. Dating service Match.com asked 1000 which supporters were the least shagable.

If you are looking for meaningful love, the tip is to say you support The …

Posted: 1st, October 2015 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Marquee Watch: Arsenal sent Cech a signal of in tent

marqueeMarquee Watch: a look at newspapers referring to a footballer as a “marquee”. Today Arsenal’s Petr Cech is one.

The Guardian:

Arsenal had to beat Olympiakos – Wenger had described the tie as must-win – and it made no

Posted: 30th, September 2015 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer balls: Mata to Liverpool, Ronaldo to Manchester United and Guillem Balague on The Metro’s speed dial

Transfer balls: The Metro’s Will Giles says Manchester United will sign Cristiano Ronaldo and pay him £1.2m a month.

WOW! Manchester United will pay Ronaldo less than Wayne Rooney, who earns up to £300,000 a week?! Ronaldo must be chomping …

Posted: 30th, September 2015 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Backpages: Arsenal ‘Greeced’ by ‘Oopspina’ and Chelsea lose ‘Capital’ in night of ‘Fawlty Powers’

The newspapers lead with Arsenal and Chelsea’s woes in the Champions’ League. A slapdash Arsenal were beaten 2-3 by Olympiakos. Chelsea’ lost 1-2 in Porto.

 

tumblr_nvgjrpj1cY1u5f06vo1_1280

tumblr_nvgjrqT1H91u5f06vo1_1280

tumblr_nvgjrnYhFU1u5f06vo1_1280

 

tumblr_nvgluu4S6b1u5f06vo1_1280

tumblr_nvgkelEJL41u5f06vo1_1280

 

Verdict: The Daily Mirror wins the pun wars. ‘Oopspina’ nails Arsenal goalkeeeper …

Posted: 30th, September 2015 | In: Arsenal, Chelsea, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Aston Villa: Ireland’s Jack Grealish picked England for ‘commercial reasons’

JAck Grealish commercial reasons

 

Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish has opted to play for England, the country of his birth. Solihull-born to English parents, Grealish has declined the option of taking up the grandparents’ rule and playing for the Republic of Ireland.

Easy. But …

Posted: 29th, September 2015 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Wenger explains why he didn’t bring Anthony Martial to Arsenal

Transfer Balls: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger wants to explain why he din’t buy Anthony Martial. The Daily Star has “the real reason why I didn’t make a bid for Man United star Anthony Martial.”

Says Wenger:

“He was

Posted: 29th, September 2015 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Chelsea balls: Mourinho wants to be more like Wenger and Arsenal

Screen Shot 2015-09-29 at 08.00.44

 

Jose Mourinho is the subject of a Sun story that hangs from a pun, as obvious as a ball of mucus from a runny nose:

YOU MUST WIN MOUR

The Sun’s story is just that: football manager wants his …

Posted: 29th, September 2015 | In: Chelsea, Sports | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Liverpool: Klopp says ‘come and get me’ but only if you change

klopp liverpool

 

Is the next Liverpool manager to be Jurgen Klopp? If it is then changes will need to be made says the Daily Mail:

Klopp will only take Liverpool job if transfer committee is scrapped

Joe Bernstein writes:

Jurgen

Posted: 28th, September 2015 | In: Liverpool, News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Chelsea: Garth Crooks, Juan Mata’s Manchester United magic, Mourinho’s shame

Screen Shot 2015-09-28 at 14.05.28

 

In the haste to pile in on Chelsea, BBC pundit Garth Crooks salutes Manchester United’s Juan Mata. He’s the Spaniard United bought from Chelsea for a then club record fee of £37.1 million in January 2014. For that much …

Posted: 28th, September 2015 | In: Chelsea, manchester united | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal: new chant of the year hymns Laurent Koscielny

araenal Chaka Khan

 

Arsenal fans have a new chant for Laurent Koscielny, the club’s French defender.

To the tune of Rufus and Chaka Khan hit Ain’t Nobody:

Ain’t nobody
Like KOSCIELNY
Makes me happy
Makes me feel this way

Nice.…

Posted: 28th, September 2015 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Chelsea: Diego Costa dreams of being a Welsh rugby player

Compare and contrast the Daily Mirror’s reporting on Chelsea FC’s Diego Costa and his on-field battle with Arsenal to the England v Wales game at the rugby World Cup:

Costa is a “CON MAN”, who got away with argy-bargy because …

Posted: 28th, September 2015 | In: Chelsea, News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Liverpool: Rodgers senses ‘hysteria’, 33 new players and Manchester United move miles ahead

The Sunday Times says “Liverpool as far from the top as they’ve ever been”. Is Brendan Rodgers’ side that bad?

Jonathan Northcroft:

Rodgers surely also knew, from last year, that when you churn playing staff in the summer it is

Posted: 27th, September 2015 | In: Liverpool, Sports | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Chelsea will lose Eden to Real Madrid and Barcelona want Coutinho from Liverpool

The Premier League bloats whilst La Liga gloats. News via the Sunday Times is that Chelsea’s Eden Hazard and Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho are “wanted in Spain”. That pretty much means Real Madrid and Barcelona are eyeing the players.

Florentino …

Posted: 27th, September 2015 | In: Chelsea, Liverpool, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Liverpool: since March Rodgers’ Reds haven’t beaten a team higher than 16th in the Premier League

Liverpool are not all that good. For a club that has spent vast sums of cash, Brendan Rodgers team are pretty dire. The current league positions of the past five team Liverpool FC have defeated since mid-March are:

Bournemouth – …

Posted: 26th, September 2015 | In: Liverpool, News, Sports | Comments (4) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal balls: FA fine Gabriel for agreeing with them

Arsenal defender Gabriel Paulista should not have been sent off against Chelsea last weekend. The FA rescinded the red card. When he was wrongly sent off, the Brazilian complained bitterly, as all he might have. So the FA have now …

Posted: 26th, September 2015 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Liverpool balls: Rodgers gets the ‘axe’ and refuses to ‘quit’

Is Brendan Rodgers heading out of Liverpool FC? The Sun and the Daily Mirror each have a take on the story.

David Maddock, the Daily Mirror, September 25:

The Liverpool manager retains the support of his club’s American owners,

Posted: 26th, September 2015 | In: Liverpool, Sports | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0