Subject: Colemanballs


A term coined by British magazine “Private Eye,” to describe verbal gaffes, errors or misuse of words and phrases spoken by British football (soccer) announcers, coaches or players – initially BBC broadcaster David Coleman and the suffix -balls, as in “to balls up” or make a mistake.

Marseille needed to score first, and that never looked likely once Liverpool had taken the lead.

English football player, manager & sports commentator

Stronsay is an island surrounded by sea.

(1926 – ) English sports commentator

Once again it was Gough who stood firm for Scotland in the air.

Scottish football player

Peter Beardsley has got a few tricks up his book.

English football player

Souness gave Fleck a second chance and he grabbed it with both feet.

I’ve had 14 bookings this season – 8 of which were my fault, but 7 of which were disputable.

English football player

The World Cup is every four years, so it’s going to be a perennial problem.

English football player & sportscaster

Mind you, I've been here during the bad times too – one year we came second.

Stevens got to the line, crossed the ball and Linekar wrapped it all up with his head.

British announcer

And the Bulgarians are doing all they can here to waste every last inch of time in this game.

Alan Shearer has done very well for us, considering his age. We have introduced some movement into his game because he has got two good legs now. Last season he played with one leg.

British football commentator

When he was dribbling, he used to go through a minefield with his arm, a bit like you go through a supermarket.

British football commentator

A Kerry footballer with an inferiority complex is one who thinks he’s just as good as everybody else.

(1928 – 2002) Irish playwright, novelist & essayist

I'd have to be Superman to do some of the things I'm supposed to have done, I've been at six different places at six different times.

(1946 – 2005) Irish professional football player

The only thing I have in common with George Best is that we come from the same place, play for the same club and were discovered by the same man.

Irish football player

And Ritchie has now scored 11 goals, exactly double the number he scored last season.

My youth coach told me he’d got these two great 15-year-olds. I told him I don’t want to know, because by the time they’re 18 I’ll be dead.

Irish football player & manager

If that ball had crossed the line, it would have been a goal.

Argentine football player

To be fair, I don’t think Les Ferdinand was fouled there – I think he went over [fell] on his own ability.

English football player & manager

At the end of the day, the Arsenal fans demand that we put eleven players on the pitch.

Our strikers couldn’t score in a brothel.

Scottish football player & manager
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