This week introduce the football cliche ‘it’s a funny old game’. You can understand more about this word or phrase by reading the transcript below. You can also find many more examples of soccer vocabulary by going to our football cliches page here and our huge football glossary here. If you have any suggestions or questions then you can contact us at

Today’s English for Football expression is ‘it’s a funny old game‘. Now, what this means is that football is unpredictable: that we just don’t know what is going to happen, or anything could happen in football. Now, funny has two meanings: first of all it means something humorous, something that makes you laugh; The other meaning is that something is strange, and this is the meaning we use here. Football is a strange old game. Now, this week in the Premier League, bottom club Queens Park Rangers beat third place Chelsea 1-0. Everyone believed before the game that Chelsea would easily win, yet they lost – In this situation, you can say that football is a funny old game. Also, this weekend sees the start of the FA Cup third round, where minnows meet the more famous clubs in the top leagues. Expect to hear many managers and pundits using this cliche to describe their surprise after a strange result. It’s a funny old game.

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