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Members Competition: Do You Speak Football?

Bloomsbury Sport has published the new edition of Do You Speak Football?: A Glossary of Football Words and Phrases from Around the World by Tom Williams. This is the new and updated definitive guide to the global language of football, with over 750 terms from 89 countries.


We are thankful to Bloomsbury for providing us with two copies to give away to members. Details of the competition can be viewed below.


About the book - Do You Speak Football?



In this revised glossary of football words and phrases, discover the rich, quirky and joyously creative global language used by fans, commentators and players.


From placing a shot 'where the owl sleeps' in Brazil, to what it means to use your 'chocolate leg' in the Netherlands, via 'Anglican' – a phrase adopted by Czechs to describe a disputed goal – and the now ubiquitous 'it's coming home', this comprehensively researched book entertains and informs in equal measure.


Discover why a 'café crème' is more than a classic bistro order, what it means when an Indian coach uses his 'brain weapon' and why Dundee United supporters should keep their heads down in Nigeria.


With over 750 terms from 89 countries (including 29 ways to describe a nutmeg), this is the definitive guide to the global language of football.


'Funny, erudite, rich in detail and endlessly readable. Perfect for anyone who thinks they already know about the language of football'? Barney Ronay, The Guardian


'A reminder that there are few better means of celebrating both our differences and similarities than the game of football' ? The Guardian


'Quirky, addictive, stuffed with anecdote, it's far more than a glossary … The writing is precise, light and often lovely. A treat' ? Jonathan Northcroft, Sunday Times


'A fascinating and necessary work' ? Jonathan Wilson, founder of The Blizzard


'Ein super Buch!' ? Raphael Honigstein, The Athletic


'Funny, informative and truly global' ? 11Freunde


A extract from the book can be viewed above, with further pages viewable here.


Purchase Online


The new version of the book, with a forward by Clarence Seedorf, can be purchased directly from Bloomsbury, costing £11.69, by clicking here.


Amazon also have the book in stock. Details can be viewed here.


Members Competition


To be in with a chance of winning one of two copies of this book, please email competition@gfcsc.co.uk and include your name and membership number. The competition closes on Friday 23rd February 2024. Good luck and up the Gills.

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