Hooligan: Football supporters involved in violence; yob (hooliganism).
Holders: The current champions of a competition or cup (they hold the trophy)
This week’s English for football phrase post takes a look at some words in our glossary that describe shots.
Hat-trick: To score three goals in one game
To hammer: (a) To thrash, crush, beat another team heavily.
(b) To hit the ball hard; to strike the ball with power
Half-time: The break between the first and second half of a match.
The languagecaster team explain a new football phrase or cliche for learners of English who love the sport. Click on the link below to learn about the phrase ‘men against boys’, that also comes with a transcript.
This week’s English for Football is to be in the running. If you say a team is in the running, you mean that they have a chance of winning…
Hairdryer treatment: An expression used to describe how Sir Alex Ferguson (see Fergie) angrily shouts at players at half-time if they are under-performing.
Squad – Another word for team; usually refers to the first team, substitutes and maybe the reserves.
Stalemate – When the score is 0-0; a situation where neither team is winning nor do they want to risk losing; often collocates with the verb ‘to break’.
Stalwart – This refers to player that has stayed at a club for a long time; someone who has been in the team for many years.
Football glossary – The time added on by the referee after the 90 minutes have finished (injury/added time): See also squeaky bum time.
(the) Group stage: The earlier rounds of a competition or tournament when teams play each other to determine which sides progress to the next round.
(to be) Gutted: To feel completely down; be absolutely shattered for example after a last-minute goal or dramatic defeat
(the) Gunners: Nickname of Arsenal Football Club
(to) Go down: To be relegated, to move down a division.
Goalless: When a game finishes without any goals being scored (0-0 / nil-nil).