During the Euro 2012 tournament the languagecaster team will explain a football headline that has appeared in the English-speaking press. Today’s headline is Blaszczykowski belter ensures no exit Poles tonight. You can also find many more examples of football cliches here and our huge football glossary here.
Euro 2012 Headline of the Day: Blaszczykowski belter ensures no exit Poles tonight
Today’s headline is from The Mirror newspaper and is all about the Group A match between Russia and Poland. The game finished 1-1 and the Polish equaliser was scored with a very powerful shot – a belter – by Blaszczykowski (there is also some alliteration in use here with two words beginning with the letter ‘b’). The headline writers have also used a homonym which is when words are spelled differently but have the same sounds with the word ‘poll’ (an election) having the same sound as someone from Poland (‘ a Pole’). They have also used the phrase ‘exit poll’ which is a way of finding out the results of an election with the fact that the Poles were almost knocked out of the competition – they could have exited the competition if they had lost. In other words, the headline could be re-written as: ‘A great shot by Blaszczykowski means that Poland are not knocked out of the Euro 2012 tournament’.