Weekly Football Cliche: Old School

Old SchoolToday’s football phrase is a cliche, ‘Old School’.

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Old School

The cliche old school is a phrase that means traditional, typical, but also has a nuance which says that something is rare now. So, for example, and old-school centre forward means a forward who has skills usually thought of as being typical for the position several decades ago. In this case, that would be someone who was physically strong, good in the air, and perhaps a clumsy tackler. Luis Suarez would not be described as an old-school centre forward, but Andy Carrol could be. The phrase can be used with other positions, too, of course. Who would you describe as an old-school centre back, or an old-school winger?

  • Example: We have to question the wisdom of those who decided to bring two old-school centre-forwards, Lambert and Balotelli to Anfield.
  • Example: What really did for the old-school winger, though, was the shift from the three at the back to a back four. (The Guardian)
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