Come off the bench
This week, languagecaster.com introduces the English for football phrase ‘come off the bench‘. You can understand more about this phrase by reading the transcript below. You can also find many more examples of soccer vocabulary by going to our football cliches page here and our huge football glossary here, while we also have a forum where you can ask any questions about football language here.
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This week’s English for football is to come off the bench. An easy phrase and one used when a substitute comes off the bench, they were not a starting member, and have an impact on the game, they change the game usually in a positive way. The bench literally refers to the seats – it used to be a long seat or bench – where players not in the starting eleven sit. You often hear this phrase when a substitute comes off the bench and scores a goal, or helps their side by setting up a winning goal. They are often called ‘super subs’. We have already heard how two players came off the bench in the Portsmouth v Blackburn game and scored. Other examples of super subs who have come off the bench include Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for Manchester United, who scored the winner in the Champions League final in 1999 in injury time. To come off the bench.
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