Most Annoying Football Clichés
YOU JUST can’t beat a good cliché can you? Footballers, managers, coaches, commentators all seem to love using them. Now that the 2012-13 EPL season is under way I dare you to listen and spot how many times you hear any of the below listed clichés. We’ve collected our list from some of the more frequently used, and it is not suggested that this is a conclusive list but definitely the most annoying football lichés. In fact, if you have any personal favourites please share them with us.
• It’s never over ’til the referee blows the whistle. I suppose this one could be from the old “it’s not over until the fat lady sings” saying?
• A win is a win. Well, that says it all doesn’t it?
• It’s a game of two halves. I suppose three halves wouldn’t work would it?
• That was a great cross it’s just a pity no one was there / He did everything right except for the finish. So what was so good about the cross and isn’t the finish the whole point then?
• 2-0 is always a dangerous lead. Why? . . . it’s still one goal better than leading 1-0!
• He gave 110% / he worked his socks off. I’m thinking they must be basing it on a 200% scale which means he’s still got another 90% left to give. I’ve yet to see any player leave the field sockless!
• This game needs a goal. Read: This game is either boring or very exciting end-to-end football where the commentator deems it in need of a goal, which is what both team are hopefully trying to achieve.
• Bad time to concede. Tell me the best time to concede a goal?
• Take it one game at a time. Unless the Footballing authorities allow more than two teams on the same field to play simultaneously, I don’t think this needs to be stated.
• He’s hit it too well. Usually heard when a player makes perfect contact with the ball, however his shot is off target, which makes you think he didn’t hit it all that well at all.
• Football is a funny old game. Catchall phrase when something unexpected happens in a game, like a team that contributes absolutely nothing for 89 minutes in a game only to breakaway and score a winner with their one opportunity. Actually, not funny at all.
• For a big lad, he’s good with his feet. Why are “big lads” not expected to be any good with their feet? Is it because 90% of their touches are made with their heads?
• A great advert for the game. Reserved for very exciting games, or players displaying exceptional skills are generally “great adverts for the game”.
• Too good to go down. Teams that finish in the bottom three after 38 games in the EPL generally are there because they were not good enough over the whole season. It seems that this opinion can be skewed if the team has a rally in the last three or four games of the season.
• Every game is a cup final now. Basically if we don’t win our next game(s) something bad is going to happen!
• There are no easy games at this level. Obviously, we’re talking professional sports here, and every team wants to win.
• The keeper had it covered. The commentator suddenly has laser-vision and can predict that had the shot been on target the goalie would have saved it quite easily.
• This team looks good on paper but games aren’t played on paper. Talking about a team that contains many big name players but basically under performing.
Soccer Funny Sporting Quotes
Here is a list of favorite funny sporting quotes from the sport of Soccer
I spent a lot of money on booze, birds and fast cars … the rest I just squandered. George Best
I’m sure sex wouldn’t be so rewarding as this World Cup. It’s not that sex isn’t good but the World Cup is every four years and sex is not. Ronaldo – Brazilian soccer player, after winning 2002 World Cup.
He had an eternity to play that ball… but he took too long over it. Martin Tyler, English football commentator
An inch or two either side of the post and that would have been a goal. Dave Bassett, English football manager
And that’s Aston Villa’s first league goal since their last one. Elton Welsby, British TV sports presenter
Germany are a very difficult team to play… they have eleven internationals out there today. Steve Lomas, Former Northern Irish football player
Some people believe football is a matter of life and death. I’m very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that. Bill Shankly – English soccer manager.
He is a goal scorer, not a natural born one – not yet. That takes time. Glenn Hoddle, Former English football player and manager
I wouldn’t be bothered if we lost every game, as long as we won the league. Mark Viduka, English and Australian football player.
The rules of soccer are very simple, basically it is this: if it moves, kick it. If it doesn’t move, kick it until it does. Phil Woosnam – Welsh soccer player and manager.