In this week’s football phrase we explain the expression goal drought.

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Goal Drought

The word drought is used to describe a situation when a shortage of rain means that crops may not be able to grow. In football a goal drought is when a player has not managed to score a goal in a very long time. So, if a striker has not scored for a while we can say that he or she is suffering a goal drought. When the striker scores we can then say that they have broken or ended their goal drought. Goal drought.

  • Example: Tottenham striker Roberto Soldado ended his ten-match goal drought with a volleyed goal against Fiorentina in the Europa League
  • Example: Sunderland striker Danny Graham has not scored in his first 20 appearances for the club – a real goal drought.

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