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Just heard the phrase ‘paintbrushes for feet’ on BBC TV – suggesting that the player was an artist with his feet – nice!
Swashbuckling is an adjective to describe a team that plays attacking football – a side that is always looking to go forward. At the moment Manchester City are the most swashbuckling team in England as Pep Guardiola wants his team to attak and then attack some more. My team Tottenham also attack a lot and this week we paid by over attacking and were caught by Burnley (1-1). I think that swashbuckling side might be seen as very different to a counter-attacking side as they tend to care less about the defence!
My favourite team, Tottenham, are also known as Spurs and sometimes fans – particularly of other teams – will use the word ‘Spursy‘ as an adjective to describe a performance that may either be when a team plays well and loses or gives the impression that they are going to win something and then they fail to do so.
I suppose the origin of this phrase is that Spurs have not won anything for a long time and indeed have been rather unlucky at times – Spursy. The phrase has even made the Urban dictionary here.
To bowl out: The keeper has the ball in his hand and then raising his arm he passes the ball to his defender – this action is similar to a cricket action and is opposite to the phrase ‘underarm’.
To find is used to describe passing to a team mate – He found the forward with a through ball.
Thanks for the questions.
The word body is used to describe a player on the pitch so to ‘get bodies forward‘ means to move players forward.
To ask questions is to mount an attack – the attacking side is asking questions of the defence so they are attacking, challenging, trying to break through the defence.
A Hollywood pass is a spectacular pass – a pass that is so spectacular that it belongs in a Hollywood film!
Interesting article from ESPN on Bob Bradley’s use of language.
I think (according to this Wikipedia article) ‘icing the kicker‘ is used in NFL to disturb the goal kicker so for example a time out will be called just before kicking for goal. This is not really used in football though keepers will try and put the penalty taker off by moving on his/her line or by talking to the player in the hopes of ‘psyching’ him/her out.
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- Game, set and match is a phrase from tennis which is used to describe the winning of the match and so in football we use it to describe a situation when a team can not be beaten. In the example above Liverpool have scored a third goal late on meaning that Villareal cannot come back. Liverpool will run out winners – game, set and match.
- Orchestrator is linked to the word ‘orchestra conductor’ who is in charge of how the orchestra plays so in football when we use this word, orchestrator, to describe a player we mean that he or she is in charge of how a team plays.
- A give and go is the same as a one-two which is where one player uses another player to pass around an opponent (Wall pass is another similar phrase)