Quiz! Can you guess the meaning of these 60 football terms?

José Mourinho head coach of A.S. Roma during the Serie A match between AS Roma and Atalanta BC at Stadio Olimpico on September 18, 2022 in Rome, Italy.
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15 minutes on the clock, 60 terms to guess.

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We think of Jose Mourinho and Sir Alex Ferguson being trendsetters in football. Revolutionaries in their own ways.

But they've had an impact on wider society, too. Phrases coined by these managers have found their way into the Oxford English Dictionary, to be enjoyed by everyone… not just Premier League managers. 

That's quite remarkable, really. Perhaps in years to come, a student, somewhere, will use the phrase, "Park the bus" in an essay about something completely unrelated to football, having read it in a dictionary.

There are plenty of phrases, terms and words that we take for granted as being football lexicon. Why not send this quiz to a non-football following mate and see how well they do?


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Mark White
Staff Writer

Mark White has been a staff writer on FourFourTwo since joining in January 2020, writing pieces for both online and the magazine. An encyclopedia of football shirts and boots knowledge – both past and present – Mark has also been to the FA Cup and League Cup finals for FFT and has written pieces for the mag ranging on subjects from Bobby Robson's season at Barcelona to Robinho's career. He once saw Tyrone Mings at a petrol station in Bournemouth but felt far too short to ask for a photo.