Sir Alex Ferguson’s iconic phrases ‘squeaky bum time’ and Jose Mourinho’s ‘parking the bus’ are added to the Oxford English Dictionary… as its update brings 15 football-related terms including ‘Gegenpressing’, “Row Z” and “Trequartista”. ‘
- Oxford English Dictionary latest update includes several football sayings
- Sir Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho have had their iconic phrases added
- Ferguson’s ‘squeaky time’ and Mourinho’s ‘bus garage’ included
- 15 football-related terms have been added in total, such as ‘Row Z’ and ‘Rabona’
Several football terms have been added to the Oxford English Dictionary as part of its quarterly update, including iconic phrases from Sir Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho.
15 football-related terms have been added in total, containing Ferguson’s infamous ‘squeaky time’ and Mourinho’s oft-criticized defensive tactic of ‘parking the bus’.
Ferguson, the legendary Manchester United boss, and Mourinho, who managed several top European clubs including Real Madrid, United, Chelsea, Tottenham and Inter Milan, are two of the most influential managers in English football in the 21st century.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s ‘squeaky bum time’ phrase added to Oxford English Dictionary
Ferguson originally referred to the “squeaky ass time” in 2003 when discussing Arsenal’s end of the season, with the Gunners vying with the Scot’s Red Devils for the Premier League title.
Meanwhile, Mourinho was regularly criticized during his coaching career for playing defensive football, but that didn’t stop him from pursuing a glittering career on the touchline, which included three Premier League titles. League with Chelsea.
Nonetheless, it was actually Mourinho who criticized Tottenham’s tactical setup against Chelsea in the 2004-05 season when he first coined the phrase ‘park the bus’.
Jose Mourinho, often criticized for his defensive tactics, also saw ‘park the bus’ added
Mourinho first coined the phrase ‘park the bus’ when he criticized Tottenham’s tactical setup during a game against his side Chelsea in the 2004-05 Premier League season.
In the latest dictionary update, “butt squeaky time” was defined as: “A particularly tense period of time, in particular. one leading to the climax of a competition or event.
Additionally, “parking the bus” is described as: “playing very defensively, usually having the majority of outfield players close to their own goal and showing little attacking intent.”
The other 13 football-related phrases that were included in the latest dictionary update are: Cruyff turn, Rabona, Panenka, total football, Gegenpressing, tiki-taka, false nine, row Z, top-scoring, outfield, over the top, Trequartista and zonal marking.
Gegenpressing, which is often said to have been introduced and favored by several German managers such as Ralf Rangnick, Jurgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel, is defined as: “A style of play in which a team by losing possession exerts a immediate and intensive pressure on the opposition, even deep in the opponents’ half, to try to win the ball back at the first opportunity, prevent the opposing team from capitalizing on possession and force errors into dangerous positions.
“Gegenpressing” is a term said to have been introduced by German coaches like Ralf Rangnick
Similarly, the Z row, which is a classic term used by commentators, is explained as follows: “A fictional area high and far in the stadium, which is humorously said to be the destination of a powerful but inelegant, an extremely misdirected shot, etc.”
A Trequartista is a tactical term for “an attacking player who operates in the space between midfielders and forwards and whose primary role is to create opportunities for his teammates to score”.
Mourinho and Ferguson can claim to have played a significant role in impacting the English game over the past decades, and now their legacy can be upheld by the presence of familiar phrases in the dictionary.
‘Row Z’ is defined as: ‘A fictional area high and far in the stadium, humorously said to be the destination of a powerful but inelegant clearance, an extremely misdirected shot, etc.’