Weekly Football Phrase: A sorry performance

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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 football phrase for English is sorry. Now, sorry is used as an adjective usually to say you apologise for something or that you feel regret: for example, you say sorry for a mistake. It can also be used for a different meaning – to say that something is in a poor or bad condition, that it is awful. So, in football, if a team had a sorry performance, then they played very badly. If something is a sorry state of affairs, it means that something is in a very bad situation. Last weekend, PSV beat Feyenoord 10-0, an amazing scoreline. Feyenoord put in a sorry performance. The headlines said, ‘PSV thrash sorry Feyenoord‘.

A sorry performance, a sorry team
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