top drawerThis week introduces the English for football phrase ‘to scramble’. You can understand more about this 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. This post also features in our podcast show, along with a main report and our weekly predictions.
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This week’s football phrase is ‘scramble‘ which generally means to do something in a rather uncontrolled or ungraceful manner. So, to scramble the ball clear means that the defending side have had some difficulty in making a clearance but after some struggles have manged to clear the ball from danger. A goalmouth scramble occurs when the attacking team tries on many occasions in the same attack to score a goal but are unable to due to some desperate defending – again, there is little or no control over the attack as the ball bounces around the area. Sometimes when the ball does eventually cross the line for a goal we can say that a team scrambled the ball home, where home means the goal. In this week’s Champions League match between Manchester United and Leverkusen, Wayne Rooney scrambled home his side’s opener in their 4-2 victory. Scramble.

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