Wednesday 7 December 2016

Sporting hunger: The great food and sport tie-ins

Published 18/03/2016 | 14:11

Owner of W Archer and Son butchers Sean Jeynes has helped create the Claudio Ranieri sausage after the Leicester boss' success this season.
Owner of W Archer and Son butchers Sean Jeynes has helped create the Claudio Ranieri sausage after the Leicester boss' success this season.

Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri has had a sausage named after him by a city butcher with the Foxes top of the Barclays Premier League by five points.

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The Ranieri includes 'fennel, garlic, chilli and a hint of Champions League' with the Foxes close to qualifying for the competition.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at the sporting stars who have been linked - or have linked themselves - to food.

ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC

Doddy's Cafe in the Parisian suburb of Boulogne-Billancourt created a burger called "Le Zlatan" in homage to the Paris St Germain striker.

Owner Jean-Philippe Grandin said he wanted to invent a snack "which really stands out from the crowd, in the image of Zlatan Ibrahimovic" with the inclusion of strong Auvergne blue cheese signifying the taste and character of Ibrahimovic.

The burger is 600 grams of mince beef with onions, bacon and three types of cheese including cheddar, Emmental and Auvergne blue.

TOM BRADY

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, like Ibrahimovic, has been immortalised as a burger, in his case by Boston restaurant Mr Bartley's.

The Brady burger comes with toppings of cheddar, guacamole, lettuce, tomato, onions and a side of fries - enough to keep any NFL player fuelled.

Brady can add the accolade to his four Super Bowl titles and two league MVP - an accomplishment indeed - and the burger's size is unlikely to leave any diner feeling deflated.

MARIA SHARAPOVA

Before her doping scandal which has seen sponsors leave her this month, tennis star Sharapova launched her confectionery brand Sugarpova.

The 28-year-old had even considered changing her name to Sugarpova for the 2013 US Open to advertise the brand before having a change of heart.

Sugarpova has caught on since she introduced it in 2012 - the company sold 1.8 million bags in North America, Europe and Asia during its first year.

ANDY MURRAY

Butchers David Bennett & Son in Murray's home town of Dunblane came up with their own sausage to celebrate the birth of his baby daughter, Sophia Olivia, last month.

The ''sweet-flavoured pork, strawberry and chilli' delicacy was created after the company had also made Andy's 'sweetheart burgers' and Kim's 'big day' sausages - flavoured with prosecco and pork - for the couple's wedding in 2015.

Owner Graham Fleming told Food and Drink: "People in Dunblane have been snapping them up and we've had to put on extra 40lb batches to keep up with demand. We sold 200 sausages in the first half-hour alone."

JIMMY WHITE

In a twist from having something named after him, the snooker star changed his own name to James Brown - in association with HP Sauce - for the 2005 Masters.

The Whirlwind decided on his new name after the sauce manufacturer planned to back the brown ball in all major tournaments over a decade ago.

"With a bit of luck, the name James Brown will be engraved on the Masters trophy at the end of next week," White said at the time - before losing to Ronnie O'Sullivan in the semi-final.

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