David and GoliathIn this week’s football phrase we introduce the football phrase ‘David and Goliath‘ which is often used to describe a cup match.

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David and Goliath

David and Goliath is a famous biblical story in which David manages to defeat the giant Goliath against all odds – no one was expecting him to win but he did. In football we use this phrase when describing a match between a team with little or no chance of winning against a strong favourite. In the upcoming 2015 Asian Cup, Asian powerhouse Japan will face newcomers Palestine in their opening match – a real David and Goliath battle. David and Goliath

  • Example: Yeovil Town from the third tier of English football versus Manchester United of the Premier League is a real David and Goliath affair.
  • Example: Palestine are taking on Japan in the 2015 Asian Cup – a real example of a David and Goliath match.

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