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Weekly Football Phrase: To Bundle

To BundleEach week the languagecaster team will explain a football phrase or cliche for learners of English who love the sport. On this week’s show we feature the verb ‘To Bundle’. Click on the link below to learn about the word or phrase, while you can also read the transcript. You can also find many more examples by going to our football cliches here and our huge football glossary here.

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This week we take a look at the verb ‘to bundle‘. Usually, this means to wrap or to pack, but it also has a special meaning in football. When we say, to bundle the ball over the line or to bundle the ball home, it means to score a goal after a scramble in the box, where many players are trying to either clear the ball (the defenders) or score a goal (the attackers), but none can hit the ball cleanly. Finally, one player bundles the ball over the line, by knocking the ball across the goal line with his shin, thigh, chest etc. It is an untidy goal. In the Carling Cup of 2012, Cardiff City player Turner bundled the ball home in the 118th minute. To Bundle.

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