March 08, 2006

Football terms from around the world.: The Guardian's The Knowledge makes me laugh with football terms that describe tricks and other phenomena. Which one did you like best? Have any of your own?

posted by worldcup2002 to soccer at 01:50 PM - 11 comments

"Klinsmann." That's the name soccer fans everywhere call a player who flops to the turf every time that player moves into the penalty box -- contact or not.

posted by the red terror at 02:24 PM on March 08, 2006

In Indonesia, you don't score, you 'print' (mencetak) a goal. And the keeper is sometimes referred to as the 'guardian of the net' (penjaga gawang). That last term is available for use by the SpoFi pantheon, by the way.

posted by owlhouse at 02:35 PM on March 08, 2006

This is so Germanic: Anschlusstreffer - the goal that reduces the deficit to one (eg brings the score to 2-1 rather than 2-0). Similarly Japanese: Jisatsu-ten ("suicide point") = own goal Brinca-na-areia: Jose Antonion Reyes Great link.

posted by billsaysthis at 03:33 PM on March 08, 2006

I liked the Czech "Bundesliga" as a reference to "mullet hairstyle" ... makes me think of Rudy Voeller.

posted by worldcup2002 at 04:27 PM on March 08, 2006

In similar vein, I seem to recall Rudi Voller's nickname among German fans was 'Auntie', from the hairstyle making him look like an old woman

posted by owlhouse at 04:43 PM on March 08, 2006

Le saut de grenouille ("frog's jump") - clasping the ball between both feet and jumping over the outstretched leg of an opponent.
Argh, what was the name of the Mexican guy that did that in the world cup? It's on the tip of my tongue...

posted by afx237vi at 04:49 PM on March 08, 2006

Cuauhtemoc Blanco Is your tongue in knots?

posted by owlhouse at 05:44 PM on March 08, 2006

Well and truly. Let's just call it the Blanco bunnyhop.

posted by afx237vi at 05:57 PM on March 08, 2006

Blancos a pussy

posted by soccerplaya16 at 09:13 PM on March 08, 2006

who's blancos? You mean BLANCO.....I don't know about being a pussy but he's definatly an asshole.

posted by Grrrlacher at 12:11 PM on March 09, 2006

Well, the two are close together...geographically speaking.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 04:20 PM on March 09, 2006

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