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There are now 15 football-related words in the Oxford English Dictionary

<p>Numerous football-related words have been added to the Oxford English Dictionary’s most recent revision. Football fans might see up to 15 terms that were previously solely used in the sport when the dictionary received its quarterly update. Aside from names for certain unique abilities, a few tactical expressions, such as Sir Alex Ferguson’s “squeaky bum time” and Jose Mourinho’s well-known approach of “parking the bus,” have been included to the vocabulary. Both terms have been described exactly as the football community understands them. The fabled “Cruyff turn,” Barcelona’s famous “tiki-taka,” Rabona, Panenka, Trequartista, zonal marking, false nine, and row Z are among the other well-known words that have entered the Oxford Dictionary.</p>
<p>The term “squeaky bum time” initially surfaced when Sir Alex Ferguson addressed Manchester United and Arsenal’s chances in the 2003 season’s final weeks of the Premier League championship battle. According to Oxford, the word refers to a stressful moment, particularly when one is building up to the culmination of an event or competition.<img decoding=”async” class=”alignnone wp-image-75757″ src=”” alt=”” width=”1321″ height=”1077″ srcset=” 249w,×122.jpg 150w” sizes=”(max-width: 1321px) 100vw, 1321px” /></p>
<p>Notably, Arsenal beat Ferguson’s United in the end to win the Premier League that year. From 1986 until 2013, Ferguson led the Red Devils as its manager, guiding the team to 30 domestic and international championships.</p>
<p>While ‘parking the van’ is known to be a preferred defensive tactic of another former United manager Jose Mourinho. Throughout his illustrious coaching career, the Portuguese maestro has led a number of elite European teams. However, the phrase “parking the bus” first appeared when Mourinho criticized Tottenham Hostspur’s defensive style of play in the Premier League during the 2004–05 season. The 60-year-old then improved the strategy according to his own preferences, and it ultimately became synonymous with him.</p>
<p>The Oxford English Dictionary defines “parking the bus” as to lie extremely defensively with the bulk of the outfield players near to their own box and with no indication of offensive intent.</p>
<p>Additionally, the Oxford Dictionary now includes the term “Gergenpressing,” which is really a definition of “counter-pressing” in German football. After been introduced to English club football by German managers like Jurgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel, the technique is becoming extremely common in other European leagues as well. A team that immediately and intensely presses the opponent after losing control of the ball is said to be “Gergenpressing,” according to the official definition of the term.</p>
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