Man Utd legend Sir Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho's iconic phrases added to dictionary | The Sun

A HOST of football phrases have been added to the Oxford English dictionary including lines made famous by Jose Mourinho and Sir Alex Ferguson.

The pair no longer manage in England but both left a lasting impact on the Premier League.

And as well as the memories they leave behind, some of the phrases they used have entered the lexicon of almost every football fan.

Mourinho's famous 'park the bus' phrase has been added to the dictionary.

The Portuguese, 59, coined the term to describe Tottenham's tactics in a goalless draw with his Chelsea side in 2004.

The new dictionary definition describes the phrase as: "To play in a very defensive way, typically by having the majority of outfield players close to their own goal and showing little attacking intent."


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Mourinho revealed it was a phrase commonly used in Portugal and it has been used to describe some of his teams in the past.

The phrase 'squeaky bum time' can also be applied to certain phases of Mourinho's career – but it was Ferguson who invented the term.

The former Manchester United manager used it to describe his team's title challenge towards the latter end of the season.

But the phrase is sometimes used by fans to describe holding onto a win in the final few minutes of game.

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'Squeaky bum time' is defined in the dictionary as: "A particularly tense period of time, especially one leading up to the climax of a competition or event."

The famous 'Cruyff turn' has also been added to the dictionary along with 'Panenka'.

Both terms are named after pieces of brilliant individual skill – Johan Cruyff's slick turn at the 1974 World Cup and Antonin Panenka's chipped penalty in the the 1976 European Championships final.

Other phrases include 'Row Z', 'Outfield', 'Over the top', 'Tiki-taka', 'top scoring', 'trequartista', 'zonal marking' and 'total football'.

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