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French Football Cancels Matches To Protest Against Tax

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GETTING footballers to show any sort of excitement, opinion or passion for anything is nigh on impossible. All over the world, they talk in monotone voices, all the life trained out of them and blurbling on and on, vaguely about results and teamwork.

Unless, of course, it involves money.

French professional football clubs have scrubbed all matches over one weekend in November to protest against President François Hollande’s 75% “super tax” on high salaries.

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Posted: 24th, October 2013 | In: Money, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


All Hail President Klitschko! And First Lady Hayden Panettiere!

PA 87369141 All Hail President Klitschko! And First Lady Hayden Panettiere!

BOXERS usually don’t quite know what to do with themselves after the hang their gloves up, and usually end up back in the ring too old, too hittable, and get battered by some upstart for a big purse.

However, Ukraine boxer and former world heavyweight boxing champ Vitali Klitschko has confirmed he will run in the country’s 2015 presidential election.

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Posted: 24th, October 2013 | In: Politicians, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Liverpool: Reality TV Star Brendan Rodgers Hates Manchester United’s Fly On The Wall

brendan rodgers Liverpool: Reality TV Star Brendan Rodgers Hates Manchester Uniteds Fly On The Wall

LIVERPOOL manger Brendan Rodgers is a quotable sort (“My biggest mentor is myself because I’ve had to study, so that’s been my biggest influence”). Today he’s been talking about Sir Alex Ferguson’s autobiography:

“Anyone who’s been in football knows that whatever is said behind closed doors and in the changing room is something you wouldn’t want to hear again… It’s something that’s vitally important. You want to know as a human being that you can speak openly and communication is honest, and hopefully wouldn’t get repeated.  You would like to think you would still have some old-school values and ethics that whatever is said you take it on the chin and keep it behind closed doors and move on.”

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Posted: 24th, October 2013 | In: Liverpool, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United Teach The Germans How To Keep Secrets

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ON the day when German Chancellor Angela Merkel accuses Obama’s secret services of tapping her mobile phone calls, former Manchester United assistant Mike Phelan shows us how to keep a secret.

He says that had Sir Alex Ferguson remained in charge at United, the Red Devils would have bought “one of the best players in the world”. By coincidence, when Fergie went, Phelan went soon after as David Moyes brought in his own support team.

Who? Tell us, Mike:

“If Sir Alex and David Gill had still been the bosses… I won’t name the player, but there would have been a star signing – one of the absolute best players in the world.”

 

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Posted: 24th, October 2013 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United: Wayne Rooney Gives Ferguson The Brush Off

WHAT say the experts about Sir Alex Ferguson’s book in which he tells about his time at Manchester United? On the matter of Wayne Rooney, today’s news is mixed:

Says Neil Curtis in the Sun:

rooney fergie Manchester United: Wayne Rooney Gives Ferguson The Brush Off

WAYNE ROONEY last night brushed off Alex Ferguson’s stinging criticism.

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Posted: 24th, October 2013 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester City Discover That Russian Football Racism Is Just Not Racist Enough For Uefa

racist fans Manchester City Discover That Russian Football Racism Is Just Not Racist Enough For Uefa

IT turns out that if you want to experience actual racism in football you need not look for it in the dust of Spurs’ Yids and Roy Hodgson’s monkey, but in Russia. At last night’s Champions’ League match against CSKA (now pronounced Siska, in the manner of the That’s Life dog saying ‘sausages’), Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure was verbally attacked. The Ivory Coast international – a pretty fluent Russian speaker – says:

“I’m not just disappointed, I’m furious….I think Uefa has to take action because players with the same colour of skin will always be in the same position. For me, as captain, I was wearing an armband which said ‘no to racism’ and I was totally disappointed. I told the referee. It was unbelievable and very sad.”

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Posted: 24th, October 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Josh Sundquist Wins Halloween

AND the Winner of Halloween 2013 is… Josh Sundquist, Paralympic ski racer and living, breathing pink flamingo.

outfit Josh Sundquist Wins Halloween

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Posted: 23rd, October 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal Draw With Borussia Dortmund And Chelsea Fail To Win At Schalke (Say Papers)

LAST night, Chelsea beat Schalke and Arsenal lost to Borussia Dortmund in the Champions’ League. Or did they?

The Journal says Arsenal won:

Screen shot 2013 10 23 at 08.45.37 Arsenal Draw With Borussia Dortmund And Chelsea Fail To Win At Schalke (Say Papers)

 

 

The Mirror is more sober. In that paper Arsenal only drew, which seems harsh on Chelsea and anyone who bet on them winning:

Screen shot 2013 10 23 at 08.47.08 Arsenal Draw With Borussia Dortmund And Chelsea Fail To Win At Schalke (Say Papers)

Posted: 23rd, October 2013 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United: Ferguson Says Matt Busby Will Help Sir David Moyes

PA 21802 Manchester United: Ferguson Says Matt Busby Will Help Sir David Moyes

DON’T panic, David Moyes. In his autobiography, Sir Alex Ferguson says Sir Matt Busby will step in to help Manchester United’s new manager:

When I joined United (in 1986) I got great encouragement from Matt Busby, got great support. When I saw that fixture list [for United’s first few matches] I would have been raging at the Football League. United are the only club that can win the league coming from behind, believe me. David Moyes is in a great position, he will get the same help I got from Matt. He will be fine.’’

Chin up, then, Sir Dave.

Note: Sir Matt Busby died in 1994.

Posted: 22nd, October 2013 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal: Press Chant A Musical Valentine To Arsene Wenger

ARSENAL’S Arsene Wenger is 64. What says the media?

 John Cross, the Daily Mirror: “To borrow another line from The Beatles’ classic When I’m Sixty Four, the song says…

Mark Irwin, The Sun: “Arsene Wenger does not want cards or a birthday cake today…simply confirmation that Arsenal still need him now he’s 64.”

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Posted: 22nd, October 2013 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Fulham: Martin Jol Explains Pajtim Kasami’s Brilliant Goal Against Crystal Palace

FOOTBALL Quote of The Day: Fulham manager Martin Jol has a few words on Pajtim Kasami’s brilliant goal against Crystal Palace. Can it be compared to Marco Van Basten’s memorable volley for Holland?

“That was totally different, you can’t compare the two…but this was better.”

‘Nuff said.

 

Posted: 22nd, October 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United: David Moyes Harks Back To 1989

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MANCHESTER United Watch: David Moyes is speaking after a 1-1 home draw against a decent Southampton side.

“Over the years, Manchester United have been slow starters quite often.”

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Posted: 21st, October 2013 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Marketing Balls: Nike Launch Ronaldo’s New Real Madrid Boot In A Supernova Of Guff

ronaldo Marketing Balls: Nike Launch Ronaldos New Real Madrid Boot In A Supernova Of Guff

WANT to buy Cristiano Ronaldo’s new Nike Mercurial IX CR7 boot, complete with ‘supernova’ skin print (in homage to Ronaldo’s “out of this world” performances since joining Real Madrid)?

In case you are still undecided as ty the merits of walking in Ronaldo’s shoes, the official Nike blurb, courtesy of design director Denis Dekovic, should seduce you

“The concept of a star that burns brighter than others reflects Cristiano’s style, speed and the idea that as a player he plays without limits, much like the outer reaches of the galaxy. What Cristiano is able to achieve on the field is something that we felt was limitless. So we took that direction and focused on creating a highly luxurious finish fused with modern print and colour choices.”

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Posted: 21st, October 2013 | In: Fashion, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


David Boon Where Are You? Australian Driver Drank 90 Full Strength Cans Of Melbourne Bitter

boob david beer David Boon Where Are You? Australian Driver Drank 90 Full Strength Cans Of Melbourne Bitter

TREVOR Alexander Warren, 51, of Dundee Beach in the Northern Territory, Australia, told Bathurst Local Court he’d consumed “between 80 and 90 full strength cans of Melbourne Bitter beer before driving. He had eaten nothing.

When police pulled over Warren’s Holden utility, they noticed the smell of alcohol coming from the car.

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Posted: 21st, October 2013 | In: Sports, Strange But True, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Ghost Goals: The Most Unforgettable Football Goals That Weren’t

WHEN Bayer Leverkusen’s Stefan Kiessling header smashed into the Hoffenheim net during their recent Bundesliga match, referee Felix Brych had no hesitation in whistling for a goal. Players questioned the decision, but he brooked no disagreement.

Nothing unusual about that, except for one thing: the player doing most of the questioning was Kiessling himself, whose goal ‘celebration’ had consisted of holding his hands and grimacing. From his excellent vantage point he could see what the ref could not: that the ball had missed the goal and powered into the side netting. After that it had somehow slipped through the net and ended up nestling inside.

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Posted: 21st, October 2013 | In: Key Posts, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Roy Hodgson Race Gaffe: Monkeys Outraged At Being Compared To Slack-Jawed, Tattooed England Footballers

townsend england Roy Hodgson Race Gaffe: Monkeys Outraged At Being Compared To Slack Jawed, Tattooed England Footballers

WHEN Roy Hodgson used the word” “monkey” in the vicinity of Spurs’s mixed-race Andros Townsend the papers seized on his “gaffe“. They are still seizing. The Mail’s Rob Shepherd writes:

The Football Association have launched a covert investigation into how Roy Hodgson’s race gaffe was leaked to a national newspaper.

Earlier Nail Ashton and Hugo Guye  told us that Hodgson has apologised for his “gaffe“, although the paper’s headline writer billed “monkey as a “jibe”.

England manager Roy Hodgson has been forced to make a bizarre apology after making a joke about a monkey while referring to a mixed-race player during a half-time team talk. The coach’s gaffe is believed to have upset a player in the dressing room…

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Posted: 20th, October 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


In 2007 The Daily Mail Predicted This England Team: Only Arsenal’s Walcott Made It

IN  2007, the Daily Mail’s predicted which tyros would make the England team of the future.

england 2007 In 2007 The Daily Mail Predicted This England Team: Only Arsenals Walcott Made It

They get one right. Admittedly, Micah Richard looked a good bet to an England regular. But some of the other you’d be hard placed to recognise in their own lounges.

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Posted: 19th, October 2013 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Spurs: Andros Townsend Earns Makes Manchester City’s Adebayor Look Even Luckier

Screen shot 2013 10 19 at 09.32.14 Spurs: Andros Townsend Earns Makes Manchester Citys Adebayor Look Even Luckier

 

ANDROS Townsend Watch: A look at the England’s new great hope.

The Mirror leads with news that the Spurs winger is on 16,000 a week. Every week. It choses to compare Townsend’s new wage packet not with that of a nurse or teacher but with Manu Adebyaor, the Spurs striker on £170,000-a-week. Darren Lewis writes:

Andros Townsend could yet become a target for rival clubs after Tottenham’s reward for his England heroics was a new four-year deal worth ‘just‘ £16,000 a week.

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Posted: 19th, October 2013 | In: Sports, Spurs | Comments (5) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Monkey Typo Of The Week: The Times Says Roy Hodgson Did Not Want To ‘Say Anything Appropriate’

THE huge furore over Roy Hodgson’s Space Monkey quip has been pounced upon by the usual anti-racist moralisers. We hated it because quoting sections of a film is desperately sad. It’s is the novelty tie of oration.

But at least we can laugh at Roy’s gaffe in the Times, which quotes the England manager as saying:

“….there was absolutely no intention on my part to say anything appropriate.”

Good. That makes things much interesting. Keep it up, Roy…

hodgson race Monkey Typo Of The Week: The Times Says Roy Hodgson Did Not Want To Say Anything Appropriate

Posted: 18th, October 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


West Ham United’s Sam Allardyce Dances Gangnam Style (Video)

ANORAK presents West Ham manager Samuel Allardye dancing Gangnam Style before an episode on A League of Their Own

wtf West Ham Uniteds Sam Allardyce Dances Gangnam Style (Video)

Posted: 18th, October 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Spurs Monkey Balls: Mixed-Race Loveable Yido Andros Townsend Is Enslaved By The Ridiculous Society of Black Lawyers

COMMENT of the day comes Peter Herbert of an outfit known billed as the Society of Black Lawyers, a name that manages to be both sinister and laced with a pretentious Sixth formers ideas of grandeur. He wants to admonish the FA for Roy Hodgson’s monkey-laden England pep talk.

 Roy Hodgson’s comments may not have been made with the intention of causing offence as he has explained with the backing of the FA, nonetheless, offence was caused,’ writes Herbert in a letter to the FA calling for a full and proper investigation.The FA’s statement also confirmed that they had not received any complaints from the England players and therefore the matter was closed. The comments of the FA smack of “institutional racism” bearing in mind the Lawrence Inquiry definition of “unwitting racism”.’

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Posted: 18th, October 2013 | In: News, Sports, Spurs | Comments (7) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United: When Erica Cantona Nixed Morrissey ‘Like A Fatty At The Church Steps’

ANOTHER gem from Morrissey’s new autobiography, Autobiography, is this wonderful little tale regaling the gladioli-whirling Smiths frontman’s incredibly brief encounter with one Eric Cantona in the foyer of a Parisian hotel…

cantona morrissey Manchester United: When Erica Cantona Nixed Morrissey Like A Fatty At The Church Steps

Spotter: @BeardedGenius), Pies

Posted: 18th, October 2013 | In: Celebrities, manchester united, Sports | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


WTFifa? Even Though They Haven’t Qualified For 16 years, Colombia Seeded Above Italy And Holland

PA 17931931 WTFifa? Even Though They Havent Qualified For 16 years, Colombia Seeded Above Italy And Holland

ALL football fans know that FIFA are beyond farce. They fine racist clubs the equivalent of lunch money while doling out huge penalties to people who divert from their sponsors and, of course, look for all the world like the kind of company that MIGHT accept bribes to move to tournaments to Qatar, for the first World Cup to be built on a graveyard.

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Posted: 17th, October 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere Loses His Car At Wembley Stadium

HOW did the England v Poland game go for Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere? Well Charles Sale tells Daily Mail readers:

“It was reassuring to find one of England’s cosseted millionaire footballers having to join the real world on international duty. Jack Wilshere was searching late on Tuesday night – along with others – for just where his vehicle had been left in Wembley’s cavernous main car park. Wilshere had declined the usual chauffeured FA transport – that picks up players in a secured underground area – because he lives near the national stadium.”

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Posted: 17th, October 2013 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0