A total of 15 football-related words have been added to the most recent edition of the Oxford English Dictionary. Sir Alex Ferguson’s “squeaky bum time” and Jose Mourinho’s well-known approach of “parking the bus,” have been included in the vocabulary. Both phrases have been described exactly as the football community understands them.
The fabled “Cruyff turn,” Barcelona’s famous “tiki-taka,” Rabona, Panenka, Trequartista, zonal marking, false nine, and row Z are among the other popular football words that have entered the Oxford Dictionary.
The term “squeaky bum time” initially surfaced when Sir Alex Ferguson addressed Manchester United and Arsenal’s chances in the 2003 season’s final weeks of the Premier League title battle. According to Oxford, the word refers to a stressful moment, particularly when one is building up to the culmination of a contest or competition.
While ‘Parking the Bus’ is known to be a preferred defensive tactic of another previous United manager Jose Mourinho. Throughout his illustrious coaching career, the Portuguese maestro has led a number of elite European clubs.
However, the phrase “parking the bus” first appeared when Mourinho criticized Tottenham Hostspur’s defensive style of play in the Premier League during the 2004–05 season. The 60-year-old then improved the strategy according to his own preferences, and it eventually grew synonymous with him.
The Oxford English Dictionary defines “parking the bus” as lying very defensively with the majority of the outfield players near their own box and with no indication of offensive intent. Additionally, the Oxford Dictionary now includes the term “Gergenpressing,” which is really a definition of “counter-pressing” in German football.