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English for Football Phrase: Week 40 – Goal poacher

In this football language post for learners of English we look at the phrase ‘goal poacher‘. You can read the transcript for this post below, while you can also check out our glossary of footballing phrases here and visit our site to access all our previous posts and podcasts. If you have any suggestions or questions then you can contact us at

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This week’s English for football phrase is goal poacher. To poach is a verb which means to steal, to take illegally from someone’s land – for example hunting rabbits, ducks, deer from private property. The word poach therefore means to do something secretly without people knowing, to do something sneaky. The phrase goal poacher in football means a striker that ‘steals’ goals. A goal poacher scores a lot of opportunistic goals usually from around the six-yard area. This type of player is highly skilled at finding the right opportunity to steal behind the defence and score. This week in the Europa League final, Diego Forlán proved himself to be a goal poacher, appearing four minutes from extra time to hit a deflected winning goal for Atlético Madrid.Goal poacher

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