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    Hey guys, I would really need some help for my thesis. I'm writing about sports idioms and would like to find some more idioms connected to football (European football, soccer in USA - not American football!).

    So if you do remember any please tell me about them. You can also write some connected to basketball if you know any, but football is priority.

    Thanks

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    He "has got pace"... means he is a fast runner.

    They need practice on "set plays" means corner kicks, penalty kicks, structured actions.

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    Default Re: Football idioms

    It's a game of two halves.

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    It's a big ask.
    He was immense.
    to nutmeg
    on the park
    striker's tackle
    spotkick
    set piece
    to kick the ball into row Z
    to dive
    in the box
    in the technical area
    an early shower
    early doors
    hit the woodwork
    stepovers
    to turn inside
    long ball
    route one
    olé football
    an assist
    dead ball situation
    the 12th man
    on the bench
    first touch
    to hoof
    to play someone onside
    holding role
    diamond (formation)
    in the hole
    to play off the striker
    10 men behind the ball
    the catenaccio
    total football
    4-4-2
    celebration

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    Hey, thanks for the help so far. But if you remember any more, just keep them coming. I need quite a lot of them.

    And also, MrPedantic, thanks for all the idioms, but coudl you help me with the meaning of the following:

    It's a big ask.
    stepovers
    route one
    to hoof

    Thanks

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    Default Re: Football idioms

    Hello Mark,

    "It's a big ask" - "It is a very difficult task" (this phrase is not unique to football, but is mostly heard in that context).

    "Stepovers" - this is what Ronaldo does, when he allows the ball to run in front of him, while constantly moving his right foot from one side of the ball to the other. (It is designed to confuse an opponent who wants to tackle you.)

    "Route one" - a long ball up the pitch from your own penalty area to a striker. ("Route one" because it is a slightly basic way to proceed: to be contrasted with slow progress up the pitch by means of short passes.)

    "To hoof" - to kick the ball hopefully and with great force up the pitch, to no one in particular, in a not particularly stylish fashion. Sometimes the crowd will accompany such a clearance with a shout of "hoof!".

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    This one might be pretty useful when your team has lost the game, and the referee is the only person on earth to be blame for the loss:
    We was robbed!

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    Default Re: Football idioms

    that's great guys, and thanks for the bbc site.

    But I also need to find some idioms, that are used in everyday life, but they originate from football...

    For example: in the nick of time, keep the ball rolling, get a kick out of

    Again, tnaks for any help

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    stonewall penalty
    miss a sitter
    screamer

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