Friday, September 07, 2012
Football quotes, remarks, terms and descriptions are open to a minefield of interpretation and analysis, so here is a list of often heard, sometimes overused classic football related remarks, and what they really mean!
# Great vision = Does not see a simple pass.
# A very experienced player = A bit over the hill.
# Temperamental = Nutcase.
# Not afraid to take people on = Blissfully unaware of team-mates screaming for him to pass the ball.
# He did everything right but put the ball in the net = He can't finish.
# I'm happy with the squad I've got = The board has told me I'm not getting another penny to spend on players.
# Loyal club player = Never had an offer from another club.
# Workrate is excellent = Runs around the pitch like a headless chicken, but never gets the ball.
# That's what the cup is all about, the whole town is buzzing = The butcher has put a rosette in his window.
# We're just going out to enjoy ourselves = We haven't a hope in hell of winning.
# We'll settle for a replay = We need the money.
# He was on fire today = His contract's up for negotiation.
# He's still learning = He's rubbish, but he's young, so there's hope.
# Creative player = Bit namby-pamby but can pass a ball.
# Looks to be struggling with his knee = Knows he's played rubbish and is about to be substituted.
# An ambitious effort = Hopelessly wayward shot from 30 yards.
# He got too much purchase on that = Open goal, head back and blazed the ball over.
# Good footballing brain = Brain contains basically what you find in a football.
# This is real cat-and-mouse stuff = Neither team has had a shot at goal.
# You'd expect him to do better from there = He missed from three yards out.
# He was given too much space = The marking was diabolical.
# I wouldn't write them off yet = They're dead and buried.
# Which is why it's such a wonderful game = I'm wrong again.