Target Man: A big strong centre forward that can hold up the ball
What’s the meaning of the phrase ‘to hang up your boots’?
Team – A group of 11 players form one team. Which team do you follow?
To beat another team easily by scoring a lot of goals. This is most often used in the passive – to be thrashed, to lose by a lot of goals.
Throw in – When the ball leaves the pitch at the side, the team that did not touch the ball last can restart the game by throwing the ball in.
To go down to the wire: When a game, or more usually a league, has an exciting or tight finish. The result is not known until the very end.
To do the double over: To beat a team twice in the same season; winning home and away
Division: In regular season play, teams play against other teams in divisions or leagues: different tiers that are based on merit.
Dissent: When a player verbally abuses the referee, to say something bad to the referee
Disallowed Goal: A goal that has not been allowed due to a foul, an offside decision or another illegal action (To have a goal chalked off)
To dethrone: To remove, to beat the holders or a competitor to a title or cup win
This week, languagecaster.com introduces the football phrase ‘transfer window’. You can understand more about this phrase by reading the accompanying transcript.
Tier – Level, rank, division – Example: In Spain, reserve teams are not allowed to compete in the same tier as their senior team
To top it all off – To make something better, to improve a great situation, to add the final touch (sometimes used in a sarcastic sense to say another bad thing has happened).
Top-of-the-table clash: A match between two sides from the top of the league; a game between two of the best teams in the division.
Trophy – Cup, award, prize; Arsenal Ladies won two trophies last season; Arsenal haven’t won a trophy since 2005 (as of 2013)
Two-footed tackle – A dangerous tackle using both feet that is ‘over the ball’. When a player lunges at the opponent, usually with both feet off the floor (ground).
The UEFA Cup – A club competition for European clubs though not as prestigious as the Champions League; The Europa League. Juventus, Inter Milan and Liverpool have all won the UEFA Cup three times.
Under-21 – European international tournaments for players under the age of 21. The Olympics allows players that are under 23.
Line up: This expression is used to describe a team’s starting members and their position (to line up). The starting XI.