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Football Language: Fixture pile up

This post explains the football term ‘Fixture pile up’.Fixture pile up

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Football Language: Fixture pile up

The Christmas and New Year fixtures (or games) come thick and fast with each team playing four times over the holiday period. So when most people are relaxing at the end of the year footballers are busier than ever. Some clubs have to play two games in 48 hours leading to some managers to complain about ‘a fixture pile up‘ – there are too many games in a short space of time. A pile up is used when more than one car is involved in a traffic accident or when something accumulates so a fixture pile-up involves the accumulation or build up of a lot of matches. A fixture pile-up.

Example: ‘West Brom asked to postpone West Ham trip because of fixture pile-up’ ( January 2nd).

Example: ‘January fixture pile-up worries Guardiola’ ( December 29th, 2017).


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