Beg Your Pardon?? (Things You Thought You’ll Never Hear From Footballers)

Everybody makes some speech bloopers now and then. It just happens. You can call and attribute them as slips of tongue, a lack of concentration, panicky emotions, warped logic or distracted thoughts. Whatever the reasons and rationales are, bloopers make communication an interesting and fun topic to examine and apply.

One thing to note, most of the time, these comments are unintentional and are usually not consciously known to the speaker… until pointed out.

What we can do instead is to learn from these and do our best to say it in a way that make sense. It takes practice no doubt. But it’s always useful for you and I to learn better ways to make speeches and comments.

In this article about Communication Oops and Bloopers: A Light-Hearted Look at How Not to Say It, I came across a report on comments made by some footballers. They brought a chuckle to me and personal learning, so I decided to share some of these remarks with you.

For those linguistically-inclined and the football enthusiasts, you may want to spot where the twists lie.

Remember, it’s OK to laugh at ourselves. Life’s already serious. 🙂

*  “Home advantage gives you an advantage.” — Bobby Robson

*  “If Glen Hoddle said one word to his team at half-time, it was concentration and focus.” — Ron Atkinson

*  “I’d like to play for an Italian club, like Barcelona” — Mark Draper (note: Barcelona is a Spanish football club)

*  “If history is going to repeat itself, I should think we can expect the same thing again.” — Terry Venables

*  “I always used to put my right boot on first, and then obviously my right sock.” — Barry Venison

*  “I couldn’t settle in Italy – it was like living in a foreign country. “– Ian Rush on why he failed at Juventus

*  “What I said to them at half-time would be unprintable on the radio.” — Gerry Francis

*  “I would not be bothered if we lost every game, as long as we won the league.” — Mark Viduka

*  “I’ve had 14 bookings this season – 8 of which were my fault, but 7 of which were disputable.” — Paul Gascoigne

*  “Germany are a very difficult team to play – they had 11 internationals out there today.” — Steve Lomas from Northern Ireland on why Germany won his team.

*  “Wayne Rooney can go all the way to the top if he keeps his head firmly on the ground.” — David Unsworth

*  “When you’re 4-0 up, you should never lose 7-1.” — Laurie McMenemy

*  “The 33- or 34-year-olds will be 36 or 37 by the time the next World Cup comes around, if they’re not careful.” — Kevin Keegan

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