Draw Written All Over It: This phrase is used when predicting a result of a football match. If you say, ‘This match has draw written all over it’, it means you are sure the result will be a draw.
Today’s football phrase is ‘the international break’.
This phrase is connected to counter-attacking football. The phrase sucker punch originally comes from boxing and means to hit or punch someone when their guard is down: when they are not ready. In football a sucker punch means a goal that is scored when the other team wasn’t prepared: they give an easy goal away.
What does a ‘one-two’ in football mean?
What is a Scuffed shot? This kind of shot is when a player does not really hit the ball cleanly but instead mishits the ball.
Fluke: This means that something in the game has only happened because of luck – a lucky shot or pass for example can be described as a fluke goal or fluke pass. Sometime the adjective form ‘flukey’ will be used.
Step over: Like a nutmeg, this skill used in football to try and fool an opposing defender. When dribbling with the ball the attacker pretends to kick or move the ball with his/her feet but instead moves his/her foot over the ball – a step over.
Bid: To make an offer for a player; to try and buy a player on a transfer
Second string: Those players who are not usually in the starting XI; not the strongest members of the squad; the B-team
Fixtures: A series of matches; a set of games to be played. The fixtures for the football season in England usually appear in June.
Confederations Cup: A FIFA-run tournament that started in 1997 and which is held in the year before every World Cup.
To field: When used as a verb this means to choose or pick the starting XI or the team; the players who start the game (on the field).
Scout: These are people employed by a club to look at or check on other teams or players. It can also be used as a verb – to scout.
A Shut-out: This is the American equivalent of a clean sheet, i.e. when one team does not concede any goals in a game.
This week’s main report we look back at the 2013 Champions League semi-final first leg matches that saw the two German side come out on top against the best of Spain. We also ask whether they can hang on to make it to Wembley in May?
Some big games in Europe this week including derbies in Italy and France as well as a relegation battle in England and of course the Champions League semi-final second legs.
Qualify: To progress to the next round. In order to play in important tournaments or rounds teams have to play and win a set of preliminary matches.
Loss: A defeat; the opposite of a victory.
Off target: When the ball is wide or goes over the bar we say it is off target.
To be on target: We use this expression to describe when a forward shoots and the keeper has to make a save or a goal is scored.
To be on a roll: When a team has a succession of good results; to be doing well over many games.
(to) Lose: To not win a game; to be defeated
Pipped at the post: This means to be beaten at the last moment; just before the end of the race or game. In football, we use this to talk about a team who loses the race to be champions at the last minute.
Offside: When an attacking team’s player is beyond the last defender, the game is stopped and there is a free kick for the defensive side
Promotion: When a team moves up a division (the opposite of relegation).
Premier League: The top division or league in England, which replaced the old Division 1 in 1992.
Playmaker: A player on a team that controls the tempo of the side and is usually regarded as the one to break down opposing defences
On this report we feature some of the language Damian and Damon use when describing football predictions.
Pundit: An expert on football usually on TV or radio and quite often a former professional player.
Promotion race: Towards the end of the season when a group of teams still have a possibility of moving up a division (to be / get promoted)