Football Glossary: Heavy Metal Football

Heavy Metal Football

Heavy metal football is a phrase used by Jurgen Klopp in 2013. The full quote is:“[Arsene Wenger] likes having the ball, playing football, passes. It’s like an orchestra. But it’s a silent song. But I like heavy metal more. I always want it loud,”

This phrase is often used to describe fast, exciting football. It describes a style of play that involves a lot of pressing, playing a high line, and trying to win the ball back as soon as you lose it; basically, as says, ‘intense, fast, and energetic’. This definitely describes the Chelsea 2-2 Liverpool game, especially the first half, which saw the four goals scored and both teams pressing and counter pressing.

    • Example: (Headline)The return of heavy metal football
      Early indications point towards a brand of football reminiscent of Jürgen Klopp’s tenure: a high press, aggressive defending, and fast-paced attacking football. (, August 2021)
    • Example: ‘A topsy-turvy 4-3 opening weekend win at Arsenal indicated Klopp’s predilection for ‘heavy metal football’ would still be a feature of Liverpool’s make up for some time to come…’ (Liverpool Echo, December 2021)

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