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This week’s English for football phrase is the expression schoolboy error which is used to describe a very bad mistake committed by a player during a game. The mistake is so basic and unexpected that it is hard to believe that a professional player could do such a thing – it is a mistake that only someone with a limited knowledge of the game would make – a schoolboy. A similar expression is ‘rookie mistake’ which is more common in the US. Some typical examples of schoolboy errors include not playing to the whistle, not facing a free kick or failing to clear the ball when under pressure. These are basics of the game and failing to do them may result in a team conceding a goal or even losing a game. Schoolboy error.
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