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.

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This week’s English for football phrase is a slump, or to slump. As a noun, a slump, this phrase is used to say that a team has not won a game for a long time. The team may have lost or drawn several games in a row. In this situation we say the team is in a slump. We can also say a player is suffering a slump in form – the player is not performing very well. The word slump is also used as a verb. In this case it means to fall down the table after losing a game or several games. We might say the team slumped to 11th place. Now, Chelsea, playing in the Premier League, are in a slump. They have not won a game in the league for four matches. A slump.

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