In this post we explain a football cliche ‘to put it in the mixer‘. A phrase often heard when describing a direct style of play. If you have questions or comments, email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Football Language: (to) Put it in the mixer
Let’s take a look at the elements of this phrase. First the verb, to ‘put‘, this means to cross. ‘It‘ refers to the ball, so we could say put the ball in the mixer. The last element of this phrase, ‘the mixer‘ is a way of describing the penalty area, the box, when it is crowded with players. So the mixer is the box with several defenders and opposition players crowded together. Put these all together and we mean cross the ball into the box and hope one of your players can score. The phrase is often used when a team is desperate, perhaps unskillful, and lacks a tactical plan. Their only hope and idea is to hit the ball towards the opposing goal and hope someone can score. You are more likely to hear this phrase describing the last part of a game when one team is desperate to try and score or to dismiss a team as old-fashioned. In summary, this cliche brings to mind adjectives, such as desperate, basic, old-fashioned, and unskilled.
Michael Cox’s book on the development of football tactics in the Premier League uses this cliche in its title, The Mixer: The Story of Premier League Tactics, from Route One to False Nines (2017)‘