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Every week during the 2010-11 season, the languagecaster team explain a football phrase or cliche 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 cliches here and our huge football glossary here.
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This week’s English for football is ‘to crumble‘. This phrase means to fall apart, to break into many chaotic pieces, to collapse. In football this phrase is used to describe a team that lose because their defence crumbled, or collapsed. Usually the team has been under a lot of pressure and when the opposing team scores one goal, the defence loses confidence and crumbles allowing more goals to be scored. Last weekend in the Premier League, West Ham United were winning 2-0, but their defence crumbled after Wayne Rooney of Manchester United scored from a free kick to make it 2-1. West Ham’s confidence was broken and the team crumbled and lost the game 2-4.