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. You can also find many more examples by going to our football cliches here and our huge football glossary here.
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This week’s English for Football expression is the phrase men against boys. In football, this refers to when one team is much better than another team mainly due to the fact that they have more experience; thus, men against boys. It can also refer to the gulf, or gap, in class between the two sides. So, the 2009 Champions League semi-final second leg at The Emirates was described by the British media as being a game of men against boys as the more experienced Manchester United easily defeated the inexperienced Arsenal team. Men against boys.