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Weekly Football Phrase: To Finish with Aplomb

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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Finish with aplomb

This week’s English for football is the phrase ‘to finish with aplomb‘, which means to score a goal with a good deal of confidence, a great finish. To do something with aplomb means to be self-assured or very confident so when a player scores a goal with aplomb it means they never really looked like missing. In the Copa del Rey match between Athletic Bilbao and Barcelona, French full-back Eric Abidal scored his first ever career goal to help the Catalan side to make it through to the last 8. He side-footed the ball home after a pass from Xavi – who else? – he finished with aplomb. To finish with aplomb.

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