Football Cliché: Can’t win the title in August but you can lose it

Each week the languagecaster team will explain a football phrase or cliche for learners of English who love the sport. On this week’s show we introduce the phrase ‘Can’t win the title in August but you can lose it’. Click on the link below to learn about the word or phrase, while you can also read the transcript. You can also find many more examples by going to our cliches here and our huge football glossary here.

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This cliché is a classic example of stating the complete obvious to make a point. As most European leagues start in August and finish in May it is mathematically impossible for a team to win the title so early in the season. So no matter how well a team begins the season it is far too early to predict that they will become champions. However, if a team that is tipped to do well has a bad start to the season then it might be difficult for them to recover and go on to win the title, meaning that a winning start is vital. Can’t win the title in August but you can lose it

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