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Every week during the 2010-11 season, the languagecaster team explain a football phrase or cliché for learners of English who love the sport. Click on the link below to hear the word or phrase and you can also read the transcript below that. You can find many more examples by going to our football phrase page here football clichés here and our huge football glossary here.
This week’s English for football is the phrase to play a blinder which means to play exceptionally well, to show a lot of skill. It can be used to describe how a team plays but it is more common to hear this phrase to describe an individual’s performance, for instance, the striker played a blinder in scoring his hat-trick. In the big game between Chelsea and Manchester City, Chelsea defender David Ruiz scored a goal, defended very well and made some good passes throughout the match – he played a blinder for his new club. To play a blinder.