Every week, languagecaster.com brings you words or phrases from the footballing news. Today we explain the phrase ‘super-sub’. You can understand more about the word or phrase by reading the transcript below. You can also find many more examples by going to our football cliches page here and our huge football glossary here.

This week’s football phrase is ‘super-sub‘ which is a shortened form of the phrase ‘super substitute‘. Now, a substitute is someone who does not start the game – he or she starts on the bench – but then comes on in place of one of his/her team mates. Sometimes a substitution occurs when a team mate is injured but on other occasions the manager hopes that by bringing on a substitute it can help to change the game somehow. If a player can actually help to change the result, for example, by scoring a goal, then he or she is known as a ‘super-sub‘. In recent weeks both Manchester clubs have been greatly helped out by their ‘super-subs’. For Manchester City Edin Dzeko scored the winner against Tottenham to secure the points for City, while Chicharito Hernandez scored a brace against Aston Villa to help United come from behind and win. Both players came off the bench to score these vital winners and thus cementing their roles as ‘super-subs‘.


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