For this week’s weekly football phrase we explain the football cliche to share the spoils. Find out more about this phrase by reading the transcript below and listening to the audio. You can also find many more examples of soccer vocabulary by going to our football cliches page here and our huge football glossary here.

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To Share the Spoils

The noun ‘spoils‘ in the phrase share in the spoils means prize, money, treasure and so on. It is what a victorious army can claim from a defeated enemy. To share the spoils, means to divide the prize, money, treasure etc. In football if you say share the spoils, you mean both teams share the points or glory – they draw the game. To share the spoils.

  • For example: A late Glenn Murray strike saw Reading claim a share of the spoils in a 3-3 thriller with Wolverhampton Wanderers (link).
  • For example: River Plate substitute German Pezzella cancelled out Boca Junior’s Lisandro Magallan’s first-half opener as the two heavyweights shared the spoils in a match that saw both teams reduced to 10 men (link).

More examples

  • …to earn Southampton a share of the spoils at home to Crystal Palace (BBC.co.uk 2019)
  • …was able to score again and the spoils were shared. (BBC.co.uk 2019)

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  • Nice cliche. I was going to ask that one on the forum section but I ended up finding the meaning here. Thank you.

    Context: (Live commentary)
    SPOILS SHARED
    It’s a point apiece and both teams will probably settle for that.

Football ClichesEpisode 545