Football Glossary: (a) Stalemate

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This week brings you the football phrase ‘stalemate‘. You can understand more about this word or 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.

(a) Stalemate

Coming from chess, where it means to end in a draw, this word is used to describe when neither team is winning nor do they want to risk losing. This word often collocates with the verb ‘to break’ – neither team were able to break the stalemate – or sometimes with the verb ‘to reach’ – the game reached a stalemate means that it is clear that neither team will win.

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  • Example: Modric broke the stalemate with a goal from outside the box.
  • Example: Rock-bottom Palermo had a man sent-off in a 0-0 stalemate with Genoa on Saturday.

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