Each week the languagecaster team will explain a football phrase or cliche for learners of English who love the sport. On this week’s show we take a look at the cliche ‘to be on the plane’. Click on the link below to learn about the word or phrase, while you can also read the transcript. You can also find many more examples by going to ourfootball cliches here and our huge football glossary here.
Listen here: To be on the Plane.mp3
This week we look at a cliche that is used whenever there is a big football tournament: be on the plane. When you are on a plane you are, of course, travelling somewhere. In this case it means travel to a tournament like the World Cup or, this summer, the European Championships in Poland and the Ukraine. Competition for seats on the plane, or places in the squad, is often fierce, as it’s difficult to be chosen to play for your country. When a player scores a great goal, defends very well, makes a great save and so on, the commentator of the game may say, ‘He should be on the plane‘ or ‘He’ll be on the plane‘, meaning he will be in the national team. To be on the plane.