In this post, we talk about a common verb and noun combination ‘suffer a defeat’. You will often hear people say a team suffered a defeat. The verb suffer and the noun defeat collocate…
Overhead kick: Cristiano Ronaldo’s second goal in Real Madrid’s 3-0 away victory – an overhead kick- has been hailed as one of the greatest of all time
Well-worked routine: In this post, we explain the football phrase ‘Well-worked routine’ which is often used when describing a set piece play.
The phrase ‘to put on a plate’ means to serve something for somebody, to give them something. It combines both the meaning do a service for someone and to give someone something. In football…
Skip past: When do we use this phrase in football?
In football there are lots of words and phrases for when a player misses a scoring chance and one of these is to drag a shot wide.
For this week’s English for football phrase, we have ‘to defend too deep’ – when might you hear this phrase?
If a goalkeeper makes a save and then allows the ball to escape his or her hands we say that the ball has been spilled, that the keeper has spilled the ball. The could mean that a forward who is following in can take advantage and score with a tap in.
This weekend’s big game is the North London derby that takes place on Saturday at Wembley and we’ll be featuring this match in our predictions section along with another needle match: Southampton against Liverpool. We’ll look back at some of the footballing news from the week in the good, the bad and the ugly and of course we’ll be explaining lots of football language in the show as well.
To hand a team a defeat: What do we mean in football when we say that a team has handed another team a defeat?
What makes a tackle a ‘horror tackle’? This post explains the phrase ‘horror tackle’.
Dismissal: What’s the meaning of the noun ‘dismissal’ in football?
Natural Goalscorer: What’s the meaning of the term goalscorer in football?
A fixture pile-up: A fixture pile-up involves the accumulation or build up of a lot of matches…
False number 9: What is the meaning of the phrase ‘False number 9’ in football?
Quick feet: What’s the meaning of the phrase ‘Quick feet’ in football?
To shut up shop is a phrase used to describe a situation when a team wants to protect its position in a game.
To be drawn against: What is the meaning of the phrase ‘To be drawn against’ in football? When is it used?
You can use this phrase, shoulder barge, as a verb or a noun. A barge is a very strong push. It is done with the purpose of deliberately pushing someone
Football Language – Head-to-head record: What’s the meaning of this phrase? When do we use it?
To put past an opponent: What’s the meaning of the phrase to put five past an opponent?
The phrase to stab home describes a type of goal. In this phrase, home refers to the goal and to stab describes a quick shot
To sit deep: What’s the meaning of the phrase ‘to sit deep’ and when is it used in football?
To beat a player: What’s the meaning of the phrase ‘to beat a player’ and when is it used in football?
Return leg: What’s the meaning of the phrase ‘return leg’ and when is it used in football?
Out-and-out functions as an adjective modifying a noun. So, you may hear phrases like, an out-and-out striker, and out-and-out defender.
This post explains a word to describe a shot ‘a curler’. Find out 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. Football Language: A Curler A curler is a shot that […]
Results go your way: When do we use the phrase ‘Results go your way’ in football?
This post explains the football for English phrase ‘to be seeded’. Find out 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. Football Language: To be seeded It’s World Cup qualifying […]
The perfect hat-trick: What do we mean when we use the football expression ‘the perfect hat-trick’?