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Football Glossary: (to be) Under Fire

under fireThis post is all about managers under pressure: to be under fire. You can find many more examples of soccer vocabulary by going to our football cliches page here and our huge football glossary here. If you have questions or comments, please email us at:

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(to be) Under Fire

This means to be under pressure, to be criticized and in danger of losing your job. In the football world, the phrase is usually used with managers or referees for decisions they have made or poor performances they have had, but it is sometimes used with players.

  • Example: England’s goalkeeper, Robinson, is under fire after his poor performance against Germany.
  • Example: Bruno Fernandes backs under-fire Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to deliver success (, 21 September 2021)

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