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Weekly Football Language Phrase: Can’t buy a goal

Languagecaster’s weekly football phrase this week is the cliche ‘can’t buy a goal’. You can find out more about this football phrase by reading the transcript below and listening to the audio file. You can also check out our glossary of footballing phrases here and visit our site to access all our previous posts and podcasts. If you have any suggestions or questions then you can contact us at

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Weekly Football Phrase – Can’t buy a goal

This week’s football expression is the cliche ‘can’t buy a goal‘. This means that a player – usually a striker – has not scored a goal in a long time and does not really look like scoring either. The idea behind the phrase is that buying something is fairly simple but as the striker is going through a poor run of form he or she is not even able to do that. Now currently, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is lamenting the fact that his forwards are not hitting the target – they are not scoring; they have missed so many chances that they are unable to even buy a goal. Cannot buy a goal.



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