During the Euro 2012 tournament the languagecaster team will be looking at some of the words and phrases that emerge from the competition. Today we explain the phrase ‘A hoodoo‘. You can understand more about the word or phrase by reading the transcript below. You can also find many more examples by going to our football cliches here and our huge football glossary here.

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Today’s Euro 2012 football phrase is ‘hoodoo‘ which means a jinx or curse. In football we use this word to describe a situation where teams or players do not do very well against other particular teams – usually over a long period of time. England were knocked out of the Euro 2012 competition on penalties by Italy which was the seventh time that this has happened to the English in major tournaments – they are unable to break their hoodoo of winning on penalties. Then Germany were defeated by Italy in the semi-final which continued their hoodoo of never having beaten the Italians in a major championship. They failed to put their hoodoo to bed. A hoodoo.

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Euro 2012Episode 160