Thursday, June 08, 2006

world cup 2006: phrase of the day - surprise package

Always nice to have in major tournaments as it provides a talking point, the surprise package refers to the club/country that no-one expected anything from but go on to deliver great performances and results.

Please note: as the World Cup starts tomorrow this will be the last World Cup 2006 phrase of the day! Good to luck to all teams and we look forward to a fantastic competition to to England bringing home the trophy!

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

world cup 2006: phrase of the day - route one stuff

Route one stuff describes a style of play that bypasses the midfield by simply smashing (or "hoofing") long balls from the defence to the strikers. Not the best football to watch but can be deadly with the correct strike force in place.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

world cup 2006: phrase of the day - rattle the bar

One of many common phrases used to describe the ball hitting the post(s) or the cross bar. Shots will shave the post or remove paint from the woodwork but when smashed against the cross bar it leaves it rattling.

Monday, June 05, 2006

world cup 2006: phrase of the day - pundit

Pundit - an Indian word used for wise men or gurus but now used in the football world for someone who comments of the game, usually in newspapers or on TV.

Friday, June 02, 2006

world cup 2006: phrase of the day - one-two

The one-two describes the quick interchange between players usually used to get past a player or two.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

world cup 2006: phrase of the day - made himself big

A term used to describe a goalkeeper confronting an uncoming player. They usually make themselves big by standing up tall and spreading out their arms while charging the approaching player.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

world cup 2006: phrase of the day - lifeline

A lifeline is usually thrown to a team when they are seemingly losing a match then scrape a goal back which offers them some hope, i.e. a lifeline. "By bringing the score to 2-1 Beckham has given England a lifeline."

Saturday, May 27, 2006

world cup 2006: phrase of the day - hold your hands up

A popular term used to describe a player acknowledging an error such as a bad tackle, useless pass or wandering offside. "John Terry will be the first one to hold his hands up and admit it was a reckless challenge."

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

world cup 2006: phrase of the day - legislate

Used to describe acts of football genius or pure flukes - "You can't legislate for a bounce like that; it simply caught the keeper by surprise." In essence its a term used to describe that fact that a team or individual can not be held responsible for something that is out of the ordinary.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

world cup 2006: phrase of the day - gutted

Gutted is how Arsenal fans would have felt as they watched Barcelona crowned as champions of Europe on the 17th of May. Gutted is a slang word, used by fans and players rather than commentators, that describes bitter disappointment at something. Literally it means to have your insides taken out, therefore feeling empty inside. England fans are perhaps the fans most used to feeling gutted in World Cups through watching their team beaten by a "hand of God" or penalty shoot-outs against Germany!

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

world cup 2006: phrase of the day - knock the ball about

A team starts to knock the ball about when they are fully in control of a match and the opposing team puts them under no pressure. In England the tradition is that once your team starts knocking the ball about you give a loud cheer every time the balls is passed to one of your players. If by chance the ball is lost to the opposing team, a loud boo fill follow.

Monday, May 15, 2006

world cup 2006: phrase of the day - injury time

Another word for extra time, stoppage time or time added on. It basically refers to the time played after the initial 45 or 90 minutes.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

world cup 2006: phrase of the day - group of death

The group of death is used to refer to the hardest (or most difficult) group in a football tournament such as the World Cup or Champions League. This is so usually due to the number of strong teams in one group or the number of unknown quantities which may spring a surprise. Whenever draws are made for such groups all commentators and journalists are on the look out for the group of death.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

world cup 2006: phrase of the day - my grandmother

Commentators, and anyone watching a football match, will use their grandmother to emphasise how bad a miss was. For example, "Rooney should be really annoyed he missed that clear chance to score - my grandmother could have scored that."

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

world cup 2006: phrase of the day - handbags

'Handbags' is used to describe attempts of players to fight but without the fighting or a pathetic attempt at demonstrating bravado. The phrase can also be phrased as handbags at ten paces to emphasise the lack of real intent or conflict. A commentator may refer to a slight scuffle between two players as "a bit of handbags..."

Monday, May 08, 2006

world cup 2006: phrase of the day - give and go

"Give and go" is also known by the terms "touch and go", a style of play said to have been born out of the Shankly years at Liverpool F.C. This style of play involves passing then moving to space, then passing and moving into space throughout the whole team to create a fluid motion up and down the pitch.

Friday, May 05, 2006

world cup 2006: phrase of the day - grind out

If you had to sit through two teams having to grind out a result then the chances are it was not a very good match. Having to grind out a result means achieving a point or possibly a win through ugly, desperate and uncomfortable methods.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

world cup 2006: phrase of the day - the form book

The form book refers to the current form (meaning recent success in matches) of a team. The phrase is really only ever used when referring to cup competitions such as the FA Cup, Champions League or World Cup. The common usage would be something like "in the World Cup the form book goes out of the window" - meaning that in important cup competitions it does not matter which team has been doing well or doing awful; as it is a one off match 'anything can happen'.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

world cup 2006 - phrase of the day: metatarsal

Anyone living in the UK would have had at least one new word added to their vocabulary this week due to constant use by the media. Wayne Rooney's recent injury in the Chelsea vs. Manchester United match has ruined his chances of going to Germany in 2006 - all because of the dreaded "metatarsal". The seemingly innocous bone has now earned its place in crucial football phrases. For more information on the bone and footballers who have fallen foul to it - visit the BBC page.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

world cup 2006: phrase of the day - flick-on

The flick-on used in commentary refers to the slight header by a striker on a long ball. The purpose of the flick-on is to get the ball to fall into the path of the striker who may be running in front.

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