Football Glossary: (to) Break a Hoodoo

(to) Break a Hoodoo

The word hoodoo is usually associated with bad luck or possibly even a curse. In football, if a team attempts to break its hoodoo it means that it probably has not beaten another team or won at a certain place for a long time.

  • Example: Tottenham broke their hoodoo at Old Trafford and won there this season for the first time in over twenty years
  • Example: Scottish club Hibernian were unable to break their Scottish Cup hoodoo when they lost to Hearts in the 2012 final. They have now gone more than 100 years without being able to win the trophy.
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  • I’m wondering how the word “down” works here? And what does it actually mean? I usually use “on”, but I don’t know in what situatuon I should use “down”.

    Another fine delivery from Chambers down the right flank, forcing Sanchez to spill the ball inside the area. Aubameyang reacts, but the keeper recovers just in time.

    • Hi Dwi,
      I think the difference between ‘on’ and ‘down’ would be the suggestion of movement. On the right flank (wing or side) would suggest that the player was positioned on the right side of the pitch while ‘down’ the right would mean there is some sense of movement. The player is moving down the right wing so we can presume they are running down the wing.
      Hope that helps

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