Soccer cliches in general, actually, but edifying on this off day.
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One famous clichÃ© comes from Johan Cruijff: â€œElk nadeel heb zâ€™n voordeelâ€ or â€œThere is an advantage in each disadvantageâ€ or â€œa disadvantage creates new opportunities you can use to your advantageâ€. – Guy
The Romanian soccer culture uses a ton of cliches, and, interesting enough, some of them are shared not only by the TV commentators, but by the regular aficionados too.
Whenever you are asked about your expectation regarding, e.g., Spain – Saudi Arabia, you will say that 4-0 is a reasonable score, but you will end up wisely with â€œMingea e rotundaâ€, translated â€œThe ball is roundâ€, meaning that in football one should never be 100% sure.
Another funny thing that we keep hearing is that â€œ2-0 is the most dangerous scoreâ€, meaning that teams leading with 2-0 are the most susceptible to leave their guard off. Of course, each 7-0 is at one time 2-0, and although the result is obvious in these games, we keep laughing about the 2-0 danger as long as itâ€™s not 3-0 yet.
Another cliche related to the 1999 CL final is the saying that somebody famous probably originated. It says â€œPe germani nu poti fi sigur ca i-ai batut pina nu i-ai urcat in avionâ€, translated â€œOne cannot be sure he defeated the Germans until he accompanies them to the airplaneâ€. – Luci Sandor
The Portuguese also say â€œa bola Ã© redonda,â€ i.e. â€œthe ball is round.â€ the other famous one is â€œprevisÃµes sÃ³ depois do jogoâ€ — a Berra-esque phrase indeed: â€œpredictions only after the gameâ€™s finished.â€ – etb
Cruyf again: â€œom te kunnen scoren moet je schietenâ€: to be able to score you need to shoot.
Is logisch. – Martin Wisse
Hereâ€™s a good old English football clichÃ©: â€œItâ€™s a game of two halves.â€
Which, I think, means that what happens in the second half could be the complete opposite of what happened in the first. – Gag Halfrunt