Football Language: End product

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The football phrase ‘end product‘ is another way to describe when a team ‘scores a goal’. The main aim of football is to beat your opponent by scoring more goals than they do. Passing and moving around the pitch are all done by a team in order to try and score a goal and this goal is often called the end result, or end product. So the end product in football is to score a goal.

However, this phrase is often used in the negative – no end product – which describes a team failing to score – there is no end product. We can also say that a player may lack an end product which means they do not score as many goals as they should. Another way to say this is the team or the player lack a cutting edge  they fail to score enough goals.

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  • Example: But for all this good work there is a tendency to be obviously busy but lack an end product. He’s scored no goals in 26 games for England. (adapted from The Guardian)
  • Example: A series of sublime Barca attacks produced no end product, while Milan had, but wasted, by far the better openings in the match. (from The Independent)
  • Example: It’s becoming increasingly frustrating for Albion fans who have witnessed some decent football but are missing that crucial end product (BrightonandhoveIndependent, 22 December 2020).

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  • Hello, I’m from Argentina, thus spanish is my mother tongue. Big fan of football, I’ve always watched the premier league among other leagues and I was very curious about the phrase “the end product” and it’s variants, and had no clue of it’s meaning, until I found this website and this article so well explained. Thank you very much for this content. Cheers, Pablo.

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