The Lead

Every so often I have to do this, usually under the rules of “Bad Journalism.” Maybe it’s because I’m generally new to scouring hundreds of headlines, but I’ve noticed an increasing disconnect between quotes and headlines in English news. There are two examples this morning, notably on a Friday. That tends to the be the Dead Zone of soccer news, what with only match previews to post, which is the soccer journalism equivalent of utter bullshit.

Example the First. Roberto Mancini is asked about Gareth Bale. The Daily Mail unearthed a rumour that City had approached Tottenham about nicking the Welsh winger for £40 million. When asked about it, Mancini simply said Bale was a fantastic player but that he wouldn’t likely leave Tottenham. Then asked about his transfer plan for the summer, he said he spoke with the hierarchy weeks ago.

There are some obvious dots to connect, but this is hardly reflects the urgency in the headline: “Mancini admits interest in £40m rated Bale but thinks Spurs will fight to keep star.” For all we know, Mancini made a hypothetical punt to the powers that be. But thankfully the Daily Mail’s copywriters decided to paper over the thin cracks in this story to GET THE HITZ.

Example the Second. Telegraph headline: “Germans cast doubt on Roy Hodgson’s appointment as England manager.” But the line about the Germans got one German in particular riled up good:

Rafael Honigstein however politely neglected to note the normally less manic Guardian ran with a similar angle on less-than-accurate quotes: (“Fabio Capello and senior Germans cast doubt over Roy Hodgson’s chances”). You can read any anti-Hodgson press sentiment into this yourselves, but the simple fact remains this is poor, poor journalism.


Yet another example of incompetence within both Toronto FC and their ownership group.

Meanwhile there’s ample evidence “MLS pragmatism” is winning the day at TFC.

Toronto FC v DC United preview. Will they make it to 0-0-8?

So Di Vaio to Impact’s happening fo sho.

Barry Robson ain’t gonna do much for the Whitecaps.

The CSA keeps us all in the dark, as per usual.


Chelsea FC in surprise bid to buy the Battersea power station to build a football ground.

Again, Alan Shearer supposedly “hints” something about joining the England set up when he actually says fuck all.

Sir Alex says the “key” to the title race is in Newcastle’s hands. Again, Swansea looks on and starts to get a little riled up.

Aston Villa in “let’s make fans even more angry” drunken punch up. Arseholes the lot of them.

United in a bid for Shinji Kagawa?

Roy Keane says United losing the title could be a good thing.

Liverpool’s battle with the wage bill.


Former Fiorentina boss Delio Rossi explains why he punched his own player.

Juventus “forgives” on the best goalkeepers of all time for an error against Lecce. Bloody hell.

Andrea Stramaccioni to know soon how long he’ll be around Inter.

Andrea Pirlo: as good as ever.


Hey! Why not read a preview of a meaningless weekend in La Liga?

Bits and bobs

James Horncastle on the FA Cup.

Swiss Ramble with a must-read (again!) on Liverpool’s financial picture.

Top ten saves from the Bundesliga this season!

Roy Hodgson on the durability of the 4-4-2.

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