- n. soccer a system of defensive play
- Borrowing from Italian. (Wiktionary)
“To Anglophone types with an interest in the beautiful game the Italian word 'catenaccio', ( 'door-bolt') is usually familiar only as a once influential defensive system first employed by Inter Milan in the 1960s.”
“The 1930s teams, coached by Vittorio Pozzo, had relied on a defensive style of play known as catenaccio, meaning bolt or lock.”
“Brazil, Argentina, Germany were the favored ones to win, but Italy ate their lunch playing the "catenaccio" or padlock, they just defended piled all their people on defense, opposite teams defense got tired, played all their moves, and when most of their team was on offense, wham! italy went forward and beat them all ...!”
“If Italian soccer is so pathetic why have the English and Irish entrusted their precious national teams to "catenaccio" experts?”
“Meanwhile Italy's club teams often play with a more tactical, defensive approach, inspired by a strategy in the 1970s called "catenaccio," which means "door bolt" in Italian.”
“It's akin to the Italian system of "catenaccio," which translates to "door bolt.”
“May I just point out that Mancini has been peltered all season for being this negative catenaccio guy......but seems to me It's OK for King Kenny and Prince Steve to do so.”
“When Carlo Ancelotti left Milan for Chelsea, he could hardly have imagined that the challenge in England would include a rendezvous with his old friend catenaccio.”
“Catenaccio away from home; catenaccio with a hint of ambition at home.”
“Now, here was one of his successors at San Siro overseeing the breaking of some very fundamental rules of catenaccio.”
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