4 December 2012

Misconstrued Sun headlines #2

The Sun's chief sports writer and his colleagues hard at work. (Photo: Chris Lott)

Britain's best-sold comic used to be either the Beano or the Dandy (it's certainly not the Dandy now). But at this moment in time - it's The Sun.

A few months ago, I showed you some football headlines from The Sun which could easily confuse less knowledgable readers. For example, POD SET FOR NO 10 doesn't immediately suggest that Lukas Podolski will wear Arsenal's number 10 shirt.

You won't be surprised to learn that The Sun have not improved when it comes to creating snappy headlines, and here are some of their worst offerings from recent weeks:

SANTOS EYES POST-CHRISTMAS TURKEY
What's the actual story? Arsenal flop Andre Santos is set to return to Turkish football in January.
What does the headline SUGGEST? Andre Santos is not keen on having a traditional Christmas dinner before 26 December.

LES NEEDS MORE FOR ENGLAND
What's the actual story? Joleon Lescott fears that his lack of games for Manchester City recently could see him lose his England place.
What does the headline SUGGEST? Les Ferdinand fears that his lack of games for Tottenham Hotspur recently could see him lose his England place.

UKRAINE PLOT A RED REVOLUTION
What's the actual story? Ukraine want Harry Redknapp to be their next national team manager.
What does the headline SUGGEST? The Ukrainian opposition, perhaps inspired by a mission on Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2, launch a darker version of 2004's Orange Revolution.

PENALTY PROBLEM COMES TO A HEAD
What's the actual story? Roy Hodgson is seeking the help of psychiatrists in a bid to solve England's penalty shoot-out jitters.
What does the headline SUGGEST? Problem solved! England are good at taking penalties now!

CAB BREAKS DOWN
What's the actual story? Newcastle United midfielder Yohan Cabaye will be out of action until January due to a groin injury.
What does the headline SUGGEST? Newcastle United's Yohan Cabaye had to walk all the way to St James' Park after the taxi taking him from his home stopped suddenly.

TOON FEEL GUD VIBRATIONS
What's the actual story? Newcastle United have been linked with a move for NAC Breda's Serbian midfielder Nemanja Gudelj.
What does the headline SUGGEST? The Beach Boys have come out as long-suffering Newcastle United fans.

CHELSEA SAY NO TO AV
What's the actual story? Chelsea will not be bringing back ex-manager Avram Grant as an advisor.
What does the headline SUGGEST? Chelsea will not be giving the manager's job to two-thirds of their former boss Andre Villas-Boas.

TEAM STURRIDGE LIFT LID ON RUMOURS
What's the actual story? Daniel Sturridge's representatives have claimed that he did not talk himself out of a transfer from Chelsea to Liverpool.
What does the headline SUGGEST? Daniel Sturridge has been rebranded to capitalise on the success of Team GB.

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