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Today’s World Cup phrase of the day is the expression to pull the strings which is used when a player dominates or heavily influences a game. This player is like the fulcrum or pivot of the team through which everything passes. He is the one who sets the pace of the attacks and is usually the best passer of the ball and has the best footballing brain of the team. Perhaps the best example of a player in the World Cup who pulls the strings for his side is Xavi who plays for Spain. In the second round match against Portugal he constantly pulled the strings in his side’s victory. To pull the strings.