To centre: To cross the ball – usually into the box or penalty area
(to/a) Caution: A yellow card, a booking. Two cautions in a game will lead to a red card
(a) Cap: An appearance for your country; the number of times someone plays international games
To cancel, to stop a game from being played
Example: The game was called off due to a waterlogged pitch
(to) Volley: To strike the ball while it is in mid-air before it touches the ground.
By the Skin of their Teeth: This phrase means to achieve something by a narrow margin, to only just succeed.
Business End to the Season: This means the most important part of the season or the the run in at the end of the football year. We use the term business as it suggests that vital matters are to be decided.
Bundesliga: The name of the German league championship.
Example: The 2012 Bundesliga champions are Borussia Dortmund
Example: The Bundesliga title was first played for in 1964
On this week’s main report we look at one of the biggest games in world football: the Superclásico between River Plate and Boca Juniors.
Brought down to earth: the meaning of this expression simply means to come back to reality and usually this reality is not so exciting.
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.
Bounce back: To come back strongly after a bad defeat
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