In this post, we explain the football expression ‘First-round exit’, which will probably be heard over the next few days in the 2018 World Cup as teams fail to qualify for the second round.
In this post, we explain the football expression ‘straight red’, which featured in the 2018 World Cup match between Colombia and Japan.
In this post, we explain some football expressions to do with late goals, specifically ‘late winners’, that have featured in the 2018 World Cup’s first week.
In this post, we explain the football expression ‘unmarked’, which featured in the 2018 World Cup opening game.
What’s the meaning of the phrase ‘to run out winners’ in football?
The run in: In this post, we explain the football expression ‘The run in’, which is used frequently at the end of the football season.
Football Language: Give the keeper the eyes – what’s the meaning of this phrase in football?
To tuck away: Now in football this phrase is used to describe a goal. If a player tucks the ball away, he or she guides the ball past the goalkeeper safely into the net.
To receive marching orders: What’s the meaning of the phrase ‘receive (or get) your marching orders’ in football?
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.
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.
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’.
This week Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho admitted that his team cannot win the Premier League title – he conceded the title. What’s the meaning of concede the title?
Dismissal: What’s the meaning of the noun ‘dismissal’ in football?