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  • v. To attempt to stop the opposition team from scoring a goal by playing extremely defensively and placing as many players as possible behind the ball.


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  • I first heard this used by José Mourinho when he was at Chelsea.

    "As we say in Portugal, they brought the bus and they left the bus in front of the goal. I would have been frustrated if I had been a supporter who paid £50 to watch this game because Spurs came to defend. There was only one team looking to win, they only came not to concede - it's not fair for the football we played."

    - Mourinho, September 2004.

    April 13, 2011

  • Football jargon: to play with an overly defensive strategy.

    April 13, 2011