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Weekly Football Phrase: Magic Spray (Sponge)

This week’s English for football phrase is the noun ‘Magic Spray’.Magic Spray

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Magic Spray

For this week’s football phrase, we introduce the noun phrase, ‘magic spray‘. Often in football players get injured, or pick up a knock. When this happens the medical team runs on to the field to treat the player. They often spray the injured area, usually somewhere on the leg, with a spray. Soon after, the player gets up and can play again. This is called the magic spray, or magic sponge before spray became common. The use of the word ‘magic‘ is ironic, as usually most people know the player is not very badly injured, but when they are fouled, they exaggerate the injury to get a free kick. When the medical team simply sprays the injured area and the player gets up, it is like magic. Magic spray.

  • Example: With a bit of magic spray, he should be fine to carry on.
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