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Every week during the 2010-11 season, the languagecaster team explain a football phrase or cliché for learners of English who love the sport. Click on the link below to hear the word or phrase and you can also read the transcript below that. You can find many more examples by going to our football phrase page here football clichés here and our huge football glossary here.
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This week’s English for football phrase is nothing to do with winning, losing or tactics but instead is all about a piece of sports clothing known as the snood. It is, as can be seen in the image, a type of scarf that warms the neck during the cold winter months and many players are using it despite the fact that many commentators and fans think it shows a form of weakness. Arsenal manager Wenger is a big fan claiming that his backroom staff had said they can help his players perform better though his Manchester United counterpart, Alex Ferguson, disagrees and stated recently that ‘real men don’t wear snoods‘.