In this post we explain the phrase ‘stripped of the captaincy‘ which has been in the news this week thanks to the Arsenal player Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and you can 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. If you have questions or comments, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Football Language: Stripped of the Captaincy
This week Arsenal player Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was in the news after he was stripped of the captaincy of the club. The captain, or skipper, is the leader of the team and when we use the word ‘captaincy‘ it refers to the role of being the captain. To be stripped of something means to lose something or have something taken away such as a title or a position. This can happen because of poor discipline – maybe a player has broken the club rules – or perhaps the club manager has had a disagreement (or a clash) with the player wearing the captain’s armband.
- Example: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang stripped of Arsenal captaincy (BBC.co.uk December 14 2021)
- Example: Dzeko stripped of Roma captaincy after clash with coach Fonseca (Reuters, Feb 23, 2021)
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