ball hogWhat is the meaning of the phrase ‘(to) hog the ball’ / ‘ball hog’ in football?
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Ball hog

A ‘ball hog‘ is someone who keeps the ball for a long time; someone who doesn’t pass to another colleague. The verb connected to this is ‘to hog the ball‘.

  • Example: Some people have suggested that Liverpool’s Coutinho is a ball hog – he holds on to the ball too long.
  • Example: It’s difficult to accuse Cristiano Ronaldo of being a ball hog when we look at his goal scoring record.

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