This week’s English for football phrase is goal poacher. To poach is a verb which means to steal, to take illegally from someone’s land – for example hunting rabbits, ducks, deer from private property. The word poach therefore means to do something secretly without people knowing, to do something sneaky. The phrase goal poacher in football means a striker that ‘steals’ goals. A goal poacher scores a lot of opportunistic goals usually from around the six-yard area. This type of player is highly skilled at finding the right opportunity to steal behind the defence and score. This week in the Europa League final, Diego Forlan proved himself to be a goal poacher, appearing four minutes from extra time to hit a deflected winning goal for Atletico Madrid.
Read about another famous goal poacher, Gerd Müller, here.