jeudi 10 mars 2011

The Lingo (Part 2)

Du Caviar
In Britain, we talk occasionally of "champagne football". Champagne is regarded by many in France as a staple, which doesn't do justice to the magnificence of a team like Barcelona. In response to a sublime passage of play, the French swoon instead, 'Oh-la-la! C'est du caviar!' Similarly, champagne socialists - of which there are huge numbers here - are known as la gauche caviar.

Another nod to the brilliant legacy of Latin American players, specifically Ramón Unzaga Azla (who was born in Spain but made his name Chile). In 1914, Unzaga Azla executed the first recorded bicycle kick in a competitive match. Une Chilienne might also be called, simply, une bicyclette.

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