Dictionary Archive / Football Terminology

All of the dictionary entries that have been added to Football King since its inception.

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Reducer Challenge

What is the meaning of the Reducer Challenge in the game of football? The 'reducer' is a brutal foul on an important player of the opposing team with the goal of injuring and taking him/her out of ...

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Bubble Gum Player

What is the meaning of the term 'bubble gum player' when it comes to the game of football? 'Bubble gum' is a term used to describe a player with outstanding ball control and vision. The player mov...

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Duodecima

What is the meaning of the term Duodecima when it comes to football? Duodecima in Spanish means twelfth (12th). When it comes to the game of football, it is Real Madrid's quest to win their twelft...

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Remontada

What is the meaning of the term Remontada when it comes to football? Remontada in Spanish language means comeback. The word is often used when a team is behind on goals and needs to turn things ar...

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Calcio

What is the meaning of Calcio when it comes the sport of football? Calcio in the Italian language simply means football. Football is the most important sport in Italy (by far) and the nation can...

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BBC

What is the meaning of BBC when it comes to the game of football? The BBC is an acronym for Real Madrid's front line partnership of Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo. For the sake o...

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Gegenpress

What is the meaning of Gegenpress in the sport of football? Gegenpress is a high pressure defense, loved and often utilized by a German tactician and present manager of Liverpool FC, Jurgen Klopp. ...

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Robbery

What is the meaning of the term Robbery in the world of football? Robbery, funny enough, is a nickname for the partnership of Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery, the two Bayern Munich now senior player...

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Selling Team

What is the meaning of a Selling Team when it comes to the game of football? A selling team is the one that, year after year, unloads of its star players for the purpose of generating revenue. <...

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Goal-Line Technology

What is the meaning of Goal-Line Technology in the game of football? The Goal-Line Technology is basically a set of cameras and sensors attached to each goalpost for the purpose of precisely determ...

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Thunder Bastard

A Thunder Bastard is a goal scored from long range with a powerful strike. For a goal to be categorized as a Thunder Bastard the ball still has to be rising when it hits the net. -- Here is...

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MSN

In the game of football, MSN is a Spanish media coined acronym for the attacking partnership of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Junior Neymar. The South American trio helped Barcelona FC win a treb...

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Der Klassiker

What is the meaning of Der Klassiker in the world of football? Der Klassiker is the name for any meeting between the two German football powerhouses, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund. It is the...

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Bumper Deal

What is the meaning of a Bumper Deal in the world of football? By definition, a bumper means something extraordinarily large, abundant or full.
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Sextuple

What is the meaning of the term Sextuple in the world of football? When was it first used? Barcelona FC winger, Neymar Junior, coined the term sextuple when talking to reporters about repeating th...

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Barrio Play

What is the meaning of Barrio Play in the game of football. Barrio in spanish means neighborhood. Barrio play refers to the way South Americans play football in the streets. In comparison to th...

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Professional Time-Wasting

What is the meaning of Professional Time-wasting in the game of football? The 2015 UEFA Champions League final between Barcelona and Juventus (3-1) provided a perfect example of professional time-w...

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El Tridente

What is the meaning of the term El Tridente in football? El Tridente was the key word in Spanish media the morning after Barcelona beat Juventus in the 2015 UEFA Champions League final.
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Treble

What is the meaning of the term Treble when it comes to the game of football? A European football club has won the treble when they win the domestic league, the domestic cup and the UEFA Champions ...

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Zincha

What is the meaning of Zincha in the game of football? Who is Zincha? Zincha is the mascot for the 2015 Copa America tournament hosted by Chile. The word Zincha is a mix of Spanish words 'fox' ...

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Perfect Hat-Trick

What is the meaning of Perfect Hat-Trick in the game of football? A hat-trick is a term used when a player scores three goals in a single football match. A perfect hat-trick is when a player sc...

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Superclasico

What is the meaning of Superclasico in the game of football? Superclasico is one of the world's biggest derbies. It is the clash between the Argentine giants Boca Juniors and River Plate, both bas...

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In Their Flip-flops

What is the meaning of the term 'In their Flip-flops' when it comes to the game of football? When someone says that a team is already in their flip-flops it means that the players have nothing left...

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Crack Player

The only place where the English word "crack" is used in sport is in shooting. So we commonly find sentences like "He's a crack shot" which means "he's an excellent marksman". But the Spanish and Cata...

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Anchorman

What is the role of anchorman in contemporary football? Anchorman is a position of a player who fills in the area between the midfielders and defenders. His job is to anticipate and intercept poten...

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The Invincibles

What is the meaning of the term 'The Invincibles' when it comes to Arsenal football club and the English Premier League? -- On May 15th 2004 when the whistle blew in the 90th minute of the game ...

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Travel Sickness

What is the meaning of the term 'travel sickness' in the game of football? -- There was a time when a team's dismal showing away from home was attributed to the long distances they had to commut...

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Calciopoli

CALCIOPOLI: THE ITALIAN FOOTBALL SCANDAL OF 2006 A few months before they lifted the 2006 World Cup in Germany, Italy was rocked by a scandal involving some of the biggest names in national footbal...

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Footbonaut

What is a Footbonaut in the game football? The Footbonaut is Borussia Dortmund's training device that is supposed to help players develop their passing, shooting and reaction skills. The Footbon...

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Rabona Goal

What is the meaning of Rabona goal in the game of football? Rabona goal is a goal scored with the leg wrapped behind the standing leg. This move is also called a 'crossed-kick'. So if a left ...

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Tiki-Taka

What is the meaning of Tiki-Taka in the game of football? Tiki-Taka (spelled tiqui-taca in Spanish) is an elegant style of play in football, characterized by quick, short passing and maintenance of...

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Class of 92

What is Class of 92 when it comes to football? Class of 92 is a term for Manchester United's golden generation of players that reached their peak in the 1998/99 season, when they won the English Le...

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FIFA Virus

What is the meaning of FIFA virus in the game of football? The FIFA virus is a term used to jokingly categorize the injuries and fatigue that football players suffer with after playing for their co...

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Senyera Kit

What is the Senyera Kit in the game of football? The Senyera kit was Barcelona FC's second kit in the 2013/14 season. The kit is based on 'la Senyera', the flag which represents the Spanish regi...

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La Undecima

What is the meaning of the term Undecima in the game of football? La undecima in Spanish means the eleventh. In football terms, undecima is Real Madrid's quest for their eleventh Champions League ...

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Galactico

What is the meaning of Galactico in the game of football? The term Galactico often refers to a superstar football player, acquired by the Spanish club giant, Real Madrid. A Galactico is a world...

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The Special One

What is the meaning of "The Special One" in the game of football? "The Special One" is the self-proclaimed nickname of the Portuguese manager, Jose Mourinho. Mourinho is one of the most famous f...

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The Elf

What is the meaning of Elf in the world of football? The Elf is the nickname for the German football national team. When translated directly from German, elf means 'eleven'. The game of footb...

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Los Cafeteros

What is the meaning of the term Los Cafeteros in the game of football? Los Cafeteros is the nickname for the Colombian football national team. The name translated to English means The People of th...

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Nutmeg

What is the meaning of the term nutmeg in the game of football? A nutmeg is a football trick move where a player passes an opposing player by sliding the ball through his legs. A shot or a pass th...

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Yellow Card Amnesty

What is the Yellow Card Amnesty in the game of football? What does it mean? The yellow card amnesty is a rule within the English Football Association that punishes players who accumulate five yell...

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Panenka Penalty

What is a Panenka penalty in the game of football? What kind of a penalty shot is it? The Panenka penalty is a gently chipped kick, aimed at the middle of the goal, executed after a purposeful run...

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Park the Bus

What is the meaning of Park the Bus in the game of football? Parking the Bus is term used for a football tactic of playing all eleven players behind the ball in an, ultra-defensive, attempt to eith...

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La Decima

What does the term 'La Decima' mean when it comes to football? La Decima (meaning The Tenth in Spanish) is the term for Real Madrid's fascination with winning their tenth European Cup (UEFA Champio...

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Dubious Goals Panel / Committee

What is the Dubious Goals Panel (Committee) in the game of football? The Dubious Goals Panel is a body within the English Premier League responsible for correcting any injustices brought to it's at...

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Handicapper

What is a Handicapper when it comes to the game of football? The football handicapper is the person who estimates outcomes of football matches. Handicappers often charge for their services. G...

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Cultured Player

What is the meaning of Cultured Player in the game of football? Culture Player is a term used to describe football player's ability, mentality and style of play. Cultured players are skillful,...

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The Groundsman

Who is the Groundsman in the game of football? The Groundsman is the person responsible for making sure the playing surface, or the pitch if you like, is fit and safe to play on. The Groundsman ...

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Rolls-Royce Defender

What is a Rolls-Royce Defender in the game of football? A Rolls-Royce Defender is a central defender with a commanding presence and effortless physical dominance. This player wins tackles and out-...

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Champagne Football

What is the meaning of the term Champagne Football? Champagne Football is a poetic term used to describe an attacking and enthusiastic football match involving world's elite players, where both tea...

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La Masia

What is 'La Masia' in the world of football? La Masia is the famous Barcelona FC youth academy, originally located near the Camp Nou Stadium. La Masia in Catalan means "The Farmhouse". La M...

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Cup Tied

What is the meaning of Cup Tied in the game of football? A football player is said to be cup-tied if he is not able to play in a cup competition (UEFA Champions League for example) due to the fact ...

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El Derbi madrileno (Madrid Derby)

What is the meaning of El Derbi madrileno in the world of football? El Derbi madrileno, in English known as the Madrid Derby, is the name for a football match between city rivals Real Madrid and At...

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Derby d'Italia

What is the meaning of Derby d'Italia in football? Derby d'Italia (Derby of Italy) is a nickname for a matchup between Inter Milan and Juventus. The term was first used in 1967 by the sports jou...

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Zamora Trophy

What is the Zamora Trophy in the game of football? The Zamora Trophy is an annual award for the Spanish Primera goalie with the lowest goal-to-games ratio at the end of each season. The award is g...

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Glamour Friendly

What is a Glamour Friendly in the world of football? Glamour Friendly is an exhibition game between two high profile football teams, usually as a part of offseason training or as a marketing / fund...

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Sweeper Keeper

What is the meaning of the term 'Sweeper Keeper' in the world of football? Sweeper Keeper is a goalie who is quick and brave enough to dash off his line to clear through balls if the situation aris...

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Giallorossi

What is the meaning of Giallorossi in the game of football? Giallorossi is the nickname for the Italian football club A.S. Roma. Giallorossi in Italian means the yellow-reds, which are the home je...

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Poacher

What does Poacher mean in the game of football? Poacher is a type of football player. Goal poacher is a striker with an awesome scoring ability and dangerous movement in front of the opposing goal...

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Capocannoniere

What is "Capocannoniere" in the game of football? What does it mean? Capocannoniere, otherwise known as the Serie A Golden Boot, is the award given to the highest scorer in the Italian premier lea...

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D10S

What is the meaning of "D10S" when it comes to football? D10S used to be the nickname of Diego Maradona, the greatest footballer of all times according to many. Dios in Spanish means GOD and D10S...

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Yellow Wall

What is the "Yellow Wall"? What does the "Yellow Wall" stand for in the world of football? Yellow Wall is the nickname for the south terrace of the Borussia Dortmund's Westfalenstadion, also know...

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Pichichi Trophy

What is a "Pichichi Trophy"? What does the term "Pichichi Trophy" mean when it comes to the game of football? Pichichi is the trophy awarded by the Spanish sports magazine Marca to the top goal sc...

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El Golazo

What is the meaning of the term "El Golazo"? What does the term "El Golazo" stand for when it comes to the game of football? El Golazo is a Spanish slang term that means an awesome goal. For ex...

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Blaugrana

What is the "Blaugrana"? What does the term "Blaugrana" mean as it applies to the world of football? Blaugrana is one of the nicknames for the Barcelona Football Club. It refers to the team jersey...

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Derbi Barceloni

What is the "Derbi Barceloni"? What does the term "Derbi Barceloni" mean as it applies to the world of football? Derbi Barceloni or the Barcelona Derby is a football match between two city rivals F...

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North London Derby

What is the "North London Derby"? What does the term "North London Derby" mean as it applies to the world of football? The North London derby is the matchup between two North London sides Arsenal a...

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Merseyside Derby

What is the "Merseyside Derby"? What does the term "Merseyside Derby" mean as it applies to the world of football? Merseyside Derby is a football match between Everton and Liverpool. It is the lon...

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The Old Lady

What is the definition of the term "Old Lady"? What does the term "Old Lady" mean as it applies to the world of football? The "Old Lady" is one of the nicknames given to Juventus F.C. by it's fans ...

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Le Classique

What is the definition of the term "Le Classique"? What does the term "Le Classique" mean as it applies to the world of football? Le Classique, or Derby de France, is what the French call a matchup...

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Scudetto

What is the definition of the term "scudetto"? What does the term "scudetto" mean as it applies to the world of football? Scudetto in Italian means 'Little Shield'. In football terms, scudetto is ...

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Over/Under Goals

What is meant by the term "over/under goals" as it applies to the world of betting on football? What does the term "Over/Under Goals" mean? The "Over/Under Goals" line is the line that you use to b...

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Punter

What is the definition of the term "punter"? What does the term "punter" mean as it applies to the world of gambling? A "punter" is anybody who bets money on an event. So, let's say that Manche...

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In-Play Betting

What is "in-play betting"? What is the definition of the term "in-play betting"? In-play betting refers to the ability for punters to bet money on a game while it is still in progress. For inst...

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Draw No Bet

"Draw no bet" is a type of bet in which you will receive your wager back if the game ends in a draw. Let's take a look at real odds from an under 20 football contest between Portugal and Cuba: ...

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