This post explains BBCthe phrase ‘BBC’ which may be used quite a lot in tonight’s Champions League final. What does it mean and when when do we use it in football?

  • Find out more about this phrase by reading the transcript below.
  • You can also find many more examples of soccer vocabulary by going to our football cliches page here and our huge football glossary here.


The BBC is of course the abbreviated form for the British Broadcasting Corporation here in the UK – that’s the state TV channel – but with this weekend’s Champions League final taking place in Cardiff the abbreviation BBC has another meaning. For Real Madrid fans BBC stands for Bale, Benzema and Cristiano – the front three players for Los Blancos, while for Juventus fans BBC refers to their defenders Barzagli, Bonucci and Chiellini. Madrid are famed for their attacking play while Juventus’ strength is their defence, so which of the two BBCs will win this weekend?

  • Example: Forget Bale, Benzema & Ronaldo – football’s original BBC is Barzagli, Bonucci & Chiellini (Goal Euro)

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